Meet the Governors of Woodland View Primary School
Mr John Wilson OBE
Having spent 41 years as teacher and Headteacher in Nottinghamshire and 3 years as a part time local authority officer. I became a teacher because I have a life time passion working with young children and adults, shaping their futures. In addition, I was a Governor of Kimberley School and for twelve years Chair of the Governing Body.
Since retirement, I have become a national park ranger in the Peak District and organise a local walking group. I am an active member of Nuttall Methodist Church and a season ticket holder, for dare I say it, Nottingham Forest.
I was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2005 for services in education and the community in Nottinghamshire. I am married, have five children and four grandchildren.
Mr Jonathan Cunliffe
I have been involved in education for the past 34 years and have worked in six schools in that time. I have been a head teacher for nineteen years and am currently a head teacher of a school in Bingham. I also do work supporting other primary schools in Nottinghamshire; something that is incredibly rewarding.
I spent the spring of 2016 as Acting Head of the then John Davies Primary and Nursery School and I was immediately struck by how friendly and welcoming the children were.
Mrs Emma Bowler
My name is Emma Bowler and I am the Deputy Head at Woodland View Primary. This is a wide role with a range of responsibilities including Inclusion, Assessment and Safeguarding. I relish these aspects of my work as they are both challenging and rewarding.
On a personal note I have two beautiful daughters who enrich my life and of whom I am so proud. When I am not at work, I choose to spend my time with my family and friends, where most of my time is either spent with my girls having fun or as ‘mum’s taxi’ ferrying them to their various leisure activities.
Seeing my girls grow up, unfortunately far too quickly, only compounds my strong belief that children get one chance at life and as a school we must ensure that every moment counts and makes a difference!
Mrs Michelle Sims
My name is Michelle Sims. I am a higher level teaching assistant at Woodland View Primary School. I have been teaching children in Huthwaite for over 20 years and I enjoy my job immensely. My role in school this year is teaching phonics throughout the school. I am passionate about how children learn. I aim to ensure that each child develops a lifelong love of learning in a happy, caring and safe environment and for them to know that they are valued for their academic and social worth.
I have two grown up children who have given me two adorable grandchildren and they both keep me busy when I am not at work.
I am proud to be a Staff Governor and play a vital role in ensuring that our children at Woodland View Primary School have the best possible education available and also to be able to work with a professional team of Staff, Governors and Head Teacher.
Mrs Diane Bathgate
I have been a governor at another Nottinghamshire Primary School for over 20 years, joining initially as a parent governor when my 2 children went to the school. As Chair of Governors for the past 17 years and I have seen the school through many changes. I have over 40 years’ experience in business working at board level as a HR professional for 25 years. The local authority has pulled together a group of skilled and experienced governors with a thorough understanding of good strategic governance to help other governing boards. As an invited member of the Nottinghamshire Support Governors (NSG) I play an essential role in the strategy to improve governing bodies across Nottinghamshire; by mentoring a governor, sharing expertise, or joining a governing body as an additional governor. This is an exciting opportunity both for my own personal development but also to help others grow and develop the challenging role of being a governor. I am passionate about working collectively with governors, staff and parents/carers to deliver the best possible outcomes for children.
Miss Andrea Davison
I’m Andrea Davison. I’ve taught at this school for just over 2 years in a Year 6 class. I am a Governor, Assistant Head teacher, Year 6 teacher, Leader of Upper Key Stage 2, Maths Co-coordinator and Y4, 5 and 6 Behaviour Co-coordinators. I have been teaching for 19 years and have taught at a school in Essex, a school in Sheffield and a school in Rotherham. My main hobbies are now running, gym and swimming. Every year I love to run the ‘Race for Life’
Mrs Rachel Thrower
I have been a School Governor at local Mansfield schools since 2008, I have been an active hand on person with primary schools in special measures joining a Trust, a secondary school implementing their own trust, a special needs school in special measures joining a trust, and a standalone primary school.
I have an interest in safeguarding, health & safety, complaints, teaching and learning, data analysis and Headteacher appraisal/ staff and pay committee experience along with interviewing for numerous staff appointments and staff disciplinary procedures and panels, attendance panels to raise primary school attendance and student exclusion panels.
I am a widow and have two sons both educated in Mansfield Primary and Secondary schools, one works in warehousing and my second son is at NTU undertaking a joint degree in Psychology with education studies.
I have a Counselling Degree with an interest in bereavement care for children, a member of BACUP, a trained counsellor for Relate, I have worked 17 years in the healthcare sector as a Nurse, Funeral Director, Chef, Cruse Bereavement Care, a nursing home, home care services matron and Social Services.
I believe that all children are able to reach their full potential and as a School Governor to create opportunities for all students to believe in themselves and build on the very varied skills they learn throughout school to succeed and enjoy life.
Mr Alec Malbon
I work as a photographer in schools, and cover events and weddings all over the country. I run my own photography business as well as freelancing. During the quiet season I also work as an electrical subcontractor, making use of the apprenticeship I served over 20 years ago.
When I am not working my main pastime is spending time with my family. Apart from that I love grass roots football, and I manage the Huthwaite Colts Under 8 team.
I applied to become a Governor at Woodland View because I care about my children's education and wanted to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.
Mr Tony Laws
My hobbies are primarily related to the many sports I have performed taught and coached. I enjoy reading mainly factual and educational books but still have time for novels. I like making things, working with my hands and get pleasure out of getting things to grow.
My interests are primarily related to coaching, learning and how to get the best out of people and situations. I wanted to become a governor to bring a parent’s view to the successful development of the school and feel that my background in the various types of education and learning would be of use in the journey the school will make to achieve an outstanding grade.
Furthermore, I feel that the role of governor offers a challenge worth undertaking