Emma CaulfieldTerm of Office 12/06/18 - 12/06/22 Chair of Governors
Emma Caulfield is presently Chair of Governors at Parrs Wood High School. She has worked in primary education for 25 years as a middle and senior leader. She was a primary school teacher & middle leader for eight years and worked as School Improvement Officer for Manchester City Council for five years (Primary English and Intensifying Support Programme). She has also held the roles of School Safeguarding Lead and of Primary English Lead for MCC. She works widely as a Key Stage 1 moderator. Emma was a primary school governor for five years including two years as Chair, during which time the school was graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted. She holds the NPQH qualification and an MA in Education· For the last seven years Emma has been a primary literacy consultant and is a published author on literacy related matters in primary education.
Jason DobsonTerm of Office: 27/02/19 - 27/02/23 Co-opted
Mark McElweeTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 Parrs Wood High School Headteacher
I came to England in 1993 to study Biology at the University of Manchester and subsequently discovered a passion for teaching whereby I undertook a PGCSE at MMU. I have now been in education for almost 25 years, holding a wide variety of pastoral and academic leadership roles along the way, starting as a Teacher of Science. I have worked at two schools but have had the opportunity to work with some of the best leaders of education in England. I am a Specialist Leader of Education, focusing on curriculum development.
I joined Parrs Wood High School in 2009 as an Assistant Headteacher and now as Headteacher I believe in our mission to improve the lives of our children by instilling in them our core values of Community, Creativity and Achievement.
Francis MarkusTerm of Office: 27/02/19 - 27/02/23 Co-opted
Francis was co-opted onto the PWHS Local Governing Body in February 2019, and is currently Vice-Chair. He is employed in the Research Team of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), undertaking work to inform the policies of the elected mayor of Greater Manchester and those of the ten Greater Manchester local authorities and partner agencies. This includes supporting the development of new ways to deliver public services, in particular through a focus on early intervention and prevention. Francis works extensively with data and has expertise in developing and implementing performance assessment approaches. He also helps to develop new investment models to support service delivery and achieve value for money.
In addition to this experience, Francis worked for more than ten years in primary and secondary schools, teaching instrumental music and delivering some classroom-based sessions. He also undertook creative arts education projects for a wide range of participants including children, disabled and homeless people. As a classical musician, he performed extensively throughout Britain and overseas.
Francis has an MA (Distinction) in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Manchester, and first class degrees from the University of London (Politics and Society) and Royal Academy of Music (Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music).
Kevin CorteenTerm of Office: 16/10/19 - 15/20/23 Co-opted
Mr. Corteen is currently Head teacher at Broad Oak Primary School in East Didsbury. He started his career working in Primary Schools in London before relocating to Manchester in 2003. He has undertaken a variety of leadership roles in Manchester Primary Schools, gaining a good understanding of the local context.
Most recently Mr. Corteen has provided school to school support to schools across the North West of England, working as an Achievement Advisor for the NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers) Aspire Teaching & Leadership Innovation Fund project. The project provided support to 'Requires Improvement' schools to secure a 'Good' Ofsted judgement through facilitated network days and in school development work.
Mr. Corteen is an active member of the NAHT Manchester Executive Committee and was Branch President in 2019-20.
Sacha GottliebTerm of Office: 02/12/20 - 01/12/24 Co-opted
Sacha has worked with young people for over 30 years. She began her career as a youth worker in London and then Manchester. From there, she worked with children and families managing a number of initiatives designed to bring together health, education and social care for better outcomes for families in several Greater Manchester boroughs. After having her own children, she returned to work for ChildLine which led her into the field of mental health. She qualified as a counsellor in 2013 and has since managed an IAPT service, worked in private practice and supervised helpline staff. She currently delivers training for a national children's mental health charity, counselling with young people and supervision for NHS counsellors, voluntary sector staff and school senior leaders. She is a governor at two high schools.
Ruth ByrneTerm of Office; 03/11/20 - 02/11/24 Co-opted
Ruth has 20 years' experience in teaching and 16 years in leadership. She has taught in all year groups across the Primary School phase. Before becoming Deputy Headteacher at Beaver Road Primary School, she was Assistant Headteacher teaching in Year 6, which enabled her to develop a good understanding of effective transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. Ruth will be central to making closer links with Parrs Wood High School in various curriculum subjects.
As Deputy, Ruth's main priority is leading the whole school's curriculum development. She believes passionately that every child is entitled to an inclusive curriculum where their attainment, experiences and skills are developed to their full potential. Ruth's school is a Gold Rights Respecting school. She holds the roles of Designated Teacher for Looked After and Post Looked After children, Designated Teacher for Mental Health and Well Being line manager for the SEND Co-ordinator, PSHE lead and family engagement officer at Beaver Road. This experience and responsibility gives her the expertise to make her an effective and supportive Governor.
In her spare time, Ruth is kept very busy looking after her two young boys. She loves to play netball, keeping fit at circuit classes and baking.
Natalie DanielsTerm of Office: 30/11/20 - 30/11/24 Parent Governor
Natalie has over 15 years' experience of teaching in a range of settings and across a range of subjects, including Sociology, PSHE and Citizenship She has been an Assistant Headteacher for 3 years, working on improvements in the Quality of Education in this role. Natalie is currently working at St Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Salford and is a parent governor, with one child currently attending Parrs Wood High School.
David MidgleyTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 Staff Governor
Mr Midgley has been teaching History since 2001 and has been at Parrs Wood since 2006. He has taught a wide range of students from a variety of backgrounds and contexts in his years teaching. Mr Midgley is currently the head of History and Ancient History at Parrs Wood, which is one of only two state schools in the North West to deliver Ancient History. He has had significant experience of Ofsted inspections as both a class room teacher and governor and has been with Parrs Wood through its journey of improvement. Additionally, Mr Midgley has worked as an examiner, undertaken educational projects for the Learning and Skills Development Agency, developed interactive digital lessons ideas for the DfE and was part of team that created the �Think History� series of text books for Heinemann Publishing. Mr Midgley is also a member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and the Historical Association and is currently working with Manchester Museums to develop curriculum links between secondary education and Museums in the region. He has been a staff governor since the disbanding of the Parrs Wood IEB.
Catherine McCrohanTerm of Office: 10.02.21 - 10.02.25 Co-opted
Catherine McCrohan MA, DPhil, FRSB
Catherine is Professor in Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. In a previous role as Associate Dean in Life Sciences, she was responsible for undergraduate recruitment, admissions, degree programme delivery, and examinations and assessment, as well as co-curricular activities to enhance employability. She is currently Academic Director of the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning. The College delivers interdisciplinary courses that are open to undergraduates across the University, and which address 21st century challenges such as global sustainability, mental health, equality & diversity and cybersecurity. As a member of the teaching executive of the University, Catherine has a broad knowledge of the higher education landscape (including current issues consequent on the pandemic) as it relates to student fees, applications and admissions, teaching quality, student wellbeing, and graduate employability.