Who they are
This page contains details about who the school governors are and what area they specialise in.
I recently returned to Manley Park as chair after a break of 2 years. Both of my sons attended Manley Park Primary School, my youngest now being 17. I've lived in Whalley Range for the last 25 years and have worked in the area so know it well. Manley Park has worked hard over the years to provide the best possible education for children of all abilities. I am fully committed to helping the school develop its educational role in our diverse community, continuing to be accessible to all children in the area, a school that pupils, staff and governors are proud to belong to.
I was elected as a parent governor at Manley Park in 2011 when my son started in Nursery and now have a child at the infants and one at the Juniors, so know both sites. As a parent, governor and teacher myself, I feel well placed to understand the ever changing education system and consider the constant challenges that this brings.
I have been link governor for EYFS for several years and have recently become more involved in monitoring the School Development Plan, from a governor perspective. Currently I chair our Curriculum Committee, looking in more detail at what and how the children of Manley Park learn and how school augments their development.
My name is Catherine Butt and I have been a co-opted governor at Manley Park since November 2015. I live locally and have a background in teaching having been a primary school teacher and Assistant Headteacher until 2014. I now work for the charity 'Teach First' as a curriculum design manager which means that I design the curriculum for graduates who wish to train to teach through the 'Teach First" route. The nature of my job means that I have to be up to speed with the latest developments across the education sector which I hope could be of benefit to MPPS. I am the link governor for Early Years, Safeguarding and Literacy; all areas that pertain to my skillset and experience.
Charlie joined the governing body in 2017. He is a co opted governor and has 2 children in the school. Charlie is a registered nurse and has worked in the NHS for 27 years. After many years supporting adults with a learning disability in various roles he now works as an NHS manager supporting child and adolescent mental health services alongside learning disability community teams. Charlie would like to support the governing body using the skills and experience he has developed. This includes knowledge of the financial systems in public services, supporting and managing complex resource issues and promoting wellbeing. “I have recognised early on that my children are fortunate to be part of the family that is Manley Park. I will endeavour to bring energy and enthusiasm to this role, seeking to maintain the quality education being delivered and to develop this alongside the teaching staff”
Damian joined the Governing Body in 2013. He’s a co-opted governor and Chair of the Resources Committee. Damian is also a Manley Park parent, with children in Years 2 and 4.
Damian is a Chartered Energy Manager and Chartered Environmentalist. He has worked in civil engineering, environment and sustainability for business and government for 20 years, and since 2012 has run his own consultancy business. He has previously chaired the fuel poverty group of the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission and the energy group of Manchester’s climate change action plan.
Damian enjoys time with his family, music, books, sports, travel and the great outdoors. He plays in a local band and runs occasional fundraisers for local good causes.
I have been a parent governor at Manley Park School for the past year and it has been a privilege to get an insight into the great work carried out by school staff, and to be involved in the Manley Park community.
I am a member of the Halle Orchestra and have had experience on boards of governors both at Manchester Camerata and the Royal Northern College of Music.
I have two children at Manley Park Juniors, both of whom had a fantastic nurturing and educational experience at Infants.
As the current chair of the Curriculum Committee I have been involved with overseeing the School Improvement Plan, particularly in relation to curriculum and the focus on Emotional Intelligence and Manley Park values. I am also a link governor for reading and literacy. I have a strong interest in learning experiences that enrich pupils' time at Manley Park and complement the curriculum, whether it be musical activities, drama, dance, art, school trips, or outdoor learning.
As a governor the school ethos, "Sharing a love of learning", is at the forefront of my mind, as is the idea that all stakeholders at the school should have a voice and that there is a clear flow of communication between all parts of the school and the wider community.
Eve Holt - Chair of Full Governing Body
I am an ex-pupil at Manley Park and now have 3 children attending the school.
I love the school’s ethos and vision - ‘Sharing a Love of Learning’ - and the way this includes everyone in the school community. We are all learning together!
As a lawyer I have advised both families and statutory bodies on their statutory rights and duties across education, health and social care and write legal updates for the Education Law Journal.
As a co-opted member on Manchester City Council’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and the Ofsted sub-committee, I help hold the council to account on all issues regarding children and young people.
I also work as a freelance consultant, facilitating connection, collaboration and change within organisations and the community. As an Associate at Helen Sanderson Associates this includes training and coaching around person-centred practice, collaboration and change.
I love learning new skills, meeting new people and having new experiences. After leaving Manley Park Primary School I was privileged to study Law at Oxford University. I believe every child has the right to an outstanding education and should be supported to fulfil their potential so they lead a happy, successful and fulfilling future.
My name is Farah Ayyub. I was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2017. I've got a daughter who is currently in Year 6. I used to be Personnel Executive for Siemens before having to medically retire. Through this I have a background in dealing with HR related issues. I have also gained qualifications as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Teaching Assistant.
I now regularly volunteer at the school in Year 3 and Year 4 offering classroom support. I started doing this at the infants and moved up to supporting at the juniors. I love the ethos and vibes of Manley Park and it's staff and I hope to be able to continue to support the school into the future.