Welcome to the Governors' section!
The Governors of Merefield School work closely with parents, pupils and staff to ensure that every child fulfils their potential.
Merefield Instrument of Government
Consisting of 14 Governors:
2 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
1 Headteacher Governor
9 Co-opted Governors
Clerk to Governors
Meet Our Governors
Brenda Porter - Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at Merefield for over 14 years and Chairman for last 5 years. I was also an Ainsdale Ward Councillor for 12 years prior to my resignation in 2012.
My commitment to Merefield and its young people, parents and carers remains consistent. It is a privilege to be part of Merefield and by working together we look forward to building on what has been achieved, and also ensure our young people remain our top priority.
Lesley Wright - Vice Chair of Governors
I trained as a teacher for primary and special schools - and have been working in special educational needs for thirty five years so far.
I have worked all over the country (I do like variety) and in different types of jobs, advisory teacher, head teacher, local authority senior manager and school improvement partner.
Being a governor at Merefield is a privilege and a joy. I am really pleased to be working with such committed staff and governors - all with the best interests of the children at heart.
Sue Clare - Headteacher
As Headteacher I am accountable to The Governing Body for all major decisions regarding any aspect of school. I attend all Governor Committee meetings and meet regularly with the Chair of Governors to ensure good communication between school and The Governing Body.
Helen Gillies - Staff Governor
I'm Helen and I am a Class Teacher at Merefield School and have been since 2012. I attend Governors meetings, I am part of the Standards and Curriculum Committee and work with the ICT Link Governor. I have a passion for working in this sector and I am committed to providing a fantastic learning environment for our young people.
Peter Lyth - Co-opted Governor
Picture and further information coming soon!!
Darren Holloran - Co-opted Governor
I am the Director of Operations for Revitalise, a national charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers.
I have always enjoyed supporting the local community within my role, and being part of Merefield School enables me to continue supporting disabled people to enjoy the choice and independence we all take for granted in our own lives.
Carl Craven - Co-opted Governor
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Steve McNorton - Co-opted Governor
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My background is with Merseyside Police but I retired several years ago. Since then I have worked within IT, business continuity and a local business. Having recently only joined the team, I hope to use the skills I have acquired to compliment those already on the team, to provide the best school experience for each and every young person who attends Merefield.
Bernie Barber - Co-opted Governor
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I am a retired Registered Nurse, Specialist Nurse Practitioner (Community Studies) Nurse Prescriber. I worked for the NHS for 45 years and held many roles.
I trained in Oldham, Manchester University and Liverpool. I was a District nursing sister in Birkdale and Southport and Formby PCT now (CCG.)
Following my retirement, I have worked in the Education Department of Queenscourt Hospice. I feel privileged to be a Governor of Merefield School and look forward to working as a member of a very committed team, in the interest of the CHildren at Merefield School.
Karen Roberts - Parent Governor
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Hi, I have been a parent governor for a few years and have a young man in the Junior part of the school who has Cerebral Palsy. I have worked with children and young people for many years and have fostered and adopted for the last 24 years.
I feel it is important having parent governors representing all our families and enjoy being one of the governors of such a good and respected school. I am also on the Health and Safety subcommittee.
Jane Bird - Parent Governor
Further information and picture coming soon!!
Gemma Parker - Clerk to Governors
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As well as being Clerk to Governors I am also the School Business Manager here at Merefield.
I have been at Merefield for almost five years, prior to this I worked at Our Lady of Lourdes School for 8 years.