Responsibility, Respect, Aspiration, Pride

As a governor of Hartford Primary School we undertake to work collectively, with our best intentions, to drive forward the school community and provide the best environment possible for the pupils and staff in our care to thrive. 

We understand that our key roles are to:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

3. Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

We will strike a thoughtful balance between support and challenge, consider the whole school impact of the decisions we make and support, be visible and mindful, whilst seeking self-development to remain relevant and informed. 

The well-being of our staff and our pupils will be at the forefront of our minds as we go about our business, we will take bold and decisive steps where the actions match our strategy and we will be active citizens in our community to promote HPS. 

Effective governance is based on six key features:


1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.

2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.

3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity. 

4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities. 

5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.

6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.


As a collective we are responsible for being effective, in a manner that promotes the physical, social, emotion and education wellbeing of each and every pupil in our care, for setting and championing our schools ethos, vision and values, and for being the rational and knowledge voice of strategic support, which when couple with our exceptional executive leaders, provides an unstoppable force towards a brighter future for all. 

Mike Watson - Chair of Governors

I am father to Max in Y4, and Izzy who is currently in Y2. This is my 2nd Governorship having previously served as a Community Governor at Platt Bridge CPS in Wigan. 

I currently work in Financial Services as a Business Development Manager for an Automotive Auditors. I have a huge passion for Sport and have worked and volunteered in the industry for the past 16 years. I'm delighted to have been elected Chair of Governors in July 2019 following a 3 year period as a Parent Governor. 

Faye Russell - Vice Chair of Governors

I was elected as a parent governor in December 2015. I will have three children enrolled at the school from September 2019 (in Reception, Year 4 and Year 6) and this is also my old primary school. In my career as a commercial property solicitor I am familiar with reviewing and analysing written reports and data and in helping to provide practical, workable solutions to client's problems I feel these skills provide a useful foundation for my role on the governing body.

Julia Hughes

I have over 30 years’ experience in the special educational sector. Since 2003 I have worked in school administration, specifically in maintained and academy governance. 

My involvement in school governance as a governor began in 2006 and over the subsequent years I have held various positions of office including Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Board and subcommittees. 

Within such roles I have learnt the importance of strong and effective governance and the role it plays in ensuring that all children receive the best possible education to enable them to achieve their full potential. 

I am currently Vice Chair of the Cheshire West Governance Association.

Kate Venables

I became a parent governor in June 2019 and have two children at Hartford Primary School. 

In my professional capacity, I am a partner in a regional commercial law firm and have specialized in Employment Law for over 14 years, advising organisations and individuals across a range of sectors. 

Simon Groves

John Gallemore

Elizabeth Parker-Clerk

Heather Harris