Welcome from our Governors

A welcome from Angela Claydon,
Chair of Governors

Thank you for your interest in Parklands Community Primary School. We are very proud of the purposeful, respectful and happy environment maintained within our school. Children are valued as individuals and encouraged, challenged and supported to achieve the very best that they can.

Ofsted graded Parklands School as good with outstanding features in May 2016. This is a real achievement which underlines the progress that has been made at the school over recent years.

The governors of the school work closely with the leadership team to ensure that school resources are deployed efficiently and effectively to provide a quality educational experience.

We value the contribution which parents and families make to supporting their children. I am a regular visitor in school and look forward to meeting your child and celebrating their success in the near future.

Angela Claydon

Meet our Governors

Angela Claydon – Chair of Governors (Co-opted)

I was born and brought up locally and still live in Great Sutton. For 23 years I was a local councillor and served as Mayor of Ellesmere Port.

I am a retired primary school teacher, specialising in Literacy and Special Needs, and have two adult children and four grandchildren. I have 35 years’ experience as a school governor, and am also a governor at Whitby High School.

Laura Harris – Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted)

Born and raised in Ellesmere Port, I am a local author, business owner and parent with a keen understanding and experience of children with additional needs. I have had the privilege of being involved with the Parent Forum and engaging with the school on a number of projects, including being interviewed for the school radio by a panel of children from different year groups as a local writer. I have been Vice Chair of Governors at Parklands since summer 2015.

I am the Director of a local media company, which engages with local young people and offers opportunities in a range of creative outlets (including drama, film production, photography, music and creative writing). Our aim is always to build upon and grow the existing skill-set of all those involved with our projects. We work hard to develop confidence in young people, hone their talents and skills, encourage an understanding of self-worth and aid in developing a sense of respect and a sense of their place within society.

I believe that Parklands County Primary School has come a very long way in its recent history and it is my opinion that all of the staff, as well as the wider school community, have – and continue to – work incredibly hard to ensure that the school moves onwards and upwards.

Emily Reid – Governor (Co-opted)

I am assistant headteacher at St Bernard’s RC Primary School, the lead teaching school of Ignite TSA. I have worked closely with Parklands over the past 4 years within Ignite. It was through this partnership that I was invited to join the Parkland’s governing body on their journey of continuous improvement.

I am a Specialist Leader in Cultural Education and lead on two curriculum projects through Ignite TSA. One on conservation in partnership with Chester Zoo and the other around social justice with Action Transport Theatre. I am passionate about building school curriculums that enable children to thrive. I am looking forward to supporting the school in striving for their MAT vision: Enabling autonomous, outstanding academies within the MAT framework with a commitment to providing a high-quality education for all children.

Rebecca Kennedy – Governor (Parent)

My name is Rebecca Kennedy and I am a parent governor at Parklands.  I have two children in the school, my youngest has just started in nursery and my oldest is in year 1.  I lived in Ellesmere Port from birth to around 7 years old, where I attended Parklands Primary school myself before relocating to Manchester. In 2009 I went to Edge Hill University to study ‘Keystage 2 and 3 Education in Mathematics with QTS’.

I graduated in 2012 with a 1st Class BA Hons degree. I moved back to Ellesmere Port when I graduated university and began my career in teaching. I am currently a secondary school teacher working at an outstanding school in Christleton. I teach Mathematics to students from year 7 up to sixth form. I am very passionate about teaching and inspiring young people; it is an honor to be part of the governing body here at Parklands, where I am able to make a difference to the lives of students outside of my own classroom.

Kim Cairns – Headteacher

I am very proud to be Parklands’ headteacher and to serve the Parklands community. I have always been impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm shown by members of the wider school community who put themselves forward to act in the role of school governor, and no more so than now. Working alongside governors is essential to ensure that the school continues to develop. I will provide a wide range of information for the governing board so that they can hold the school to account, check how well we are performing, and ensure that the school is moving in the right direction.

Lucy McNeil – Governor (Staff)

Having been a part of the Parklands family for over 10 years, and a former parent governor, I am delighted to once again be a part of the governing body which represents our school, only this time as a staff governor!
I am an HLTA within our school and work in every year group from Nursery through to Year 6. 
I pride myself on knowing all of the childrens names in our school family and it’s lovely to see siblings of those who have also attended our fantastic school before. 
I will work hard in my role as staff governor and support everyone in our school family.


Julie Murphy – Governor (Co-opted)

Julie Murphy recently retired as headteacher of a highly regarded, successful infant school. She worked across two Local Authorities and within the new Concordia Multi-Academy Trust and is now a Trustee. Julie served as Chair for Wirral’s Primary Headteachers Consultation Group and represented Primary Headteachers on an Improvement Board. She gained wider school improvement experience working for a Locality Board and previously served within Cheshire’s Early Years Quality Assurance Team. As a senior leader in two ‘Outstanding’ schools, Julie has a proven track record for ensuring quality learning experiences and excellent outcomes for pupils.

Julie is an Associate Consultant for ECM Education Consultants Ltd.

Brian Hughes – Governor (Co-opted)

My name is Brian Hughes and I am a co-opted governor at Parklands. I worked with council housing in Ellesmere Port from 2005 to 2019 in a number of roles with Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Plus Dane Group and finally ForHousing. I left ForHousing in October 2019 and I am currently retraining as a data analyst. I live in Chester, but I have worked in Ellesmere Port for nearly 15 years.

I have a degree in law, and a postgraduate diploma in Information Systems and Computer Science. I am a qualified but non-practising solicitor. I worked with housing associations and for local authorities in managing social and public housing for nearly 30 years. I managed the Council’s leasehold properties from 2008 to 2019 and I bring knowledge and experience of business and management practice and financial and performance management issues.  My background in housing means that I also have an understanding of issues affecting people living in areas where there is a lot of council housing. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to see that Parklands Primary School continues to perform well under its current headteacher and as part of the multi-academy trust.

Governing Body Information

The Governing Body of Parklands Community Primary School

is organised as follows: 

Parent Governors

Vacancy x 2

R Kennedy


K Cairns

Co-opted Governors

A Claydon – Chair of Governors

L Harris – Vice-Chair of Governors

B Hughes

J Murphy

E Reid

Staff Governor

L McNeil

The Board of Governors meets half-termly. In addition, governors hold specific roles within school, with responsibilities allocated to utilise governor skills, expertise and prior experience.

Governors specific roles and responsibilities are as follows: 

Finance – Mr Hughes
Health and Safety – Ms Claydon
Safeguarding – Mrs Murphy & Miss Kennedy
Whistleblowing – Mrs Harris

Inclusion – Miss Reid & Mrs McNeil
Personal Development – Mrs Harris & Miss Reid
Quality of Education – Ms Claydon & Mrs Murphy
Behaviour and Attitudes – Mrs McNeil & Miss Kennedy

Governing Body meetings  

  • 8th October 2019
  • 3rd December 2019
  • 28th January 2020
  • 10th March 2020
  • 5th May 2020
  • 14th July 2020

Please consult the files at the top of this page for any additional information. If you would like to contact a governor please contact the school on 0151 306 5113 or email admin@parklands.cheshire.sch.uk