Governors

Terry ConlonGovernor - Terry Conlon

Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 31st March  2019

Chair of Governors

Member of Resources Committee

Full voting rights

 

I have been a governor at Heaton School since 2007.  I worked in Education / Young Peoples Department of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council until my retirement in 2007. I was an Education officer responsible for schools finance.  I have previously been a Chair of Governors in a primary school in Stockport.

I have a wide and detailed knowledge of education in Stockport as well as knowledge and experience of  best financial management practices, internal control and auditing; budget setting and monitoring; school funding and analysing data. I have considerable experience of strategic leadership.

I am married with two sons and two grand children who attend a Stockport primary school.

 

 

Jonathan Curtis

Headteacher

I have been Headteacher since September 2018, I was previously the Deputy Headteacher since Jan 2015.

My background and training is as a PE Specialist working initially in mainstream PE moving over to an emphasis on students with additional needs through exposure to the School Sports Coordinator role that saw me teach in all Special settings a PRUs in Stockport while based at Heaton School. After this I became the PE lead teacher at Piper Hill Specialist Support School in Manchester before securing the Deputy Head position here at this amazing school.

My experience in a number of school settings enables me to bring a fresh approach to an already outstanding school at an exciting time in the development of Heaton School.

Out of school I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 sons. I’m a real sports enthusiast and enjoy, running, playing and coaching Hockey, coaching Football at Stockport County Colts and watching Manchester City F.C.

 

 

Ralph Ellerton

Co Opted Governor

Term of office ends 9th March 2020

Vice Chairman of Governors

Chairman of Resources Committee

Full voting rights

 

 

I was asked to be a Governor of Heaton School in 2015, and was delighted to accept as I have a special interest in the education of less able students. I am also the Chairman of Governors at Bridge College, an Independent Specialist College for severely physically and mentally disabled students, and regard it is a great privilege to see the amazing work that the staff at Heaton and Bridge achieve with their students. I have recently retired from a career as a professional accountant, both in industry and for the last 25 years in practice in Poynton. A large part of my time is now taken up with the Together Trust where I am a Trustee.

My various roles have equipped me with knowledge and experience of best financial management practices, internal control and auditing; budget setting and monitoring; analysing data; strategic leadership and the special education system.

My retirement gives me more time to spend with my granddaughters who are keen gymnasts.

 

 

Heather Taylor

Co-opted governor

Term of Office ends 8th March 2020

Member of Teaching and  Learning  committee

Full voting rights
I have been a teaching assistant at Heaton School since 2008. Prior to this I worked as a research bioscientist for 17 years at Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. I achieved a foundation degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning via Manchester Metropolitan University (2013).

Outside school I have worked for several years as a volunteer youth worker and now head up the children’s work team at my local church. Involvement with a number of events and holidays supporting the inclusion of young people and adults with SEN, and their families, has led me to be involved in leading a group of adults with learning disabilities which meets in Marple. This has enabled me to use some of my Heaton experience in drama and relevant communication.

I have wide experience and knowledge of the wider disabled community; special educational needs; the curriculum in a special school setting; behaviour management; managing complex needs and encouraging pupil voice.

Apart from all these activities my husband and I like to put on our walking boots and appreciate the local hills.

 

 

 

 

 

John Taylor

LEA appointed Governor

Term of office ends 31st August 2020

Safeguarding Governor

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee

Full voting rights

 

I have been a governor at Heaton School since 2007. I am a local Councillor for  Heatons North and have strong links with the local community and the local council. Over the last 30+ years I have served as a governor at 5 schools in 3 education authorities. I have extensive experience of looked after children, serving on Stockport Council’s corporate parenting working party which oversees how the council supports children and young people in public care. I am also a member of the fostering committee which approves and monitors foster carers and the quality of the fostering relationship.  I used to lead a behaviour and education support team for a cluster of 5 Manchester schools.

I have extensive knowledge and understanding of safeguarding, behaviour management, looked after children and post school opportunities and provision.

I live locally in the Heatons and have 7 grown up children.

 

Angela Ashworth

 

Parent Governor

Term of office ends 31st December 2017

Health and Safety Governor

Member of Resources Committee

Full voting rights
I have served as a governor at Heaton School since 2010. I have been associated with the school since 2008 when my daughter joined as a pupil. She has now left and attends a residential specialist college. This has given me immense insight to the challenges Heaton’s  pupils face. I also held the position of Chair of the PTA at my daughter’s primary school.

I am a retired registered general nurse with midwifery, occupational health and safety training. I spent the first years of my career in hospital settings and then the latter as an Occupational Health  Adviser for the BBC covering the North Of England. I was part of the Health and Safety Committee and managed my own department including recruitment and budgeting. I have subsequently worked as an independent adviser for various organisations.

I bring to the governing body my skills and experience in Health and Safety, recruitment, budget setting and monitoring and post school opportunities and provision.

I am married to a local GP and we have 4 children and three grandchildren between us.

 

 

Tanya Farley

Parent governor

Term of Office ends 31st August 2019

Member of Teaching and  Learning  committee

Full voting rights

 

 

I was originally elected as a parent governor in 2012. My son who has autism and learning difficulties has now moved on from Heaton school.

I have been involved in Parents in Partnership Stockport and the parent voice on the strategic planning group for the children’s Resource Allocation System. I organise the ‘Autism: a Hands on Approach ‘ Conference in Stockport.

As such I bring to the governing body a wide knowledge of the disabled community in Stockport as well as experience of strategic planning and running an organisation; parental engagement; managing complex needs and behaviour management.

I am married and have 4 children .

 

 

John McLuckie

Parent Governor

Term of Office ends 23rd January 2020

Member of the Resources Committee

Full voting rights

 

 

 

I have been a Governor at Heaton School since 2016. My son attends Heaton School.

I have worked in the NHS in a finance role for approximately 30 years and in the last 10 years within Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. I have a wide and detailed knowledge of public sector finance and processes.

I bring to the governing body my skills and experience in strategic leadership; best financial management practices, internal control and auditing; budget setting and monitoring; analysing data; procurement, project management & facilities management.

I am married with three children.  The reason I agreed to become a governor at this school was to ensure every aspect of the offering of the school is of the highest standard it can be.

 

 

Colin Herd

Elected Staff Governor

Term of Office ends 8th November 2019

Member of Resources Committee

Full voting rights

 

 

I have been a teacher at Heaton School since 2004, and have worked with children and adults with learning physical impairments since 1999. I have worked as a science teacher at Kingsway School before Heaton School and I am currently the computing co-ordinator at the school.

I have been a committee member of my local residents’ association for a number of years, and have had various responsibilities within school ordering and overseeing technology installations. I have completed a middle management training course and had lots of opportunities over the years at Heaton School to develop my skills in leading and working as part of a teams.

I bring to the governing body my skills and experience in special educational needs; procurement and facilities management; managing complex needs; pupil voice and behaviour management.

I am a keen Manchester United fan, and also play the tuba in local amateur concert bands and orchestras.

 

Jane Parker

Elected Parent Governor

Member of T&L Committee

Full voting rights

I have served as a parent governor since September 2018 as I wanted to work with the school at a time of change with a new senior leadership team and increasing demands in education.
I felt my background as a teacher for over 20 years & currently as a serving Head Teacher of a mainstream primary school, would also be useful to Heaton School.
My son has autism and epilepsy and his needs are really well catered for at Heaton School where he is happy and settled due to the high level of expertise amongst the staff team.