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Governing Board

Sarah Matthews

Chair of Governors

I was appointed to the role of Parent Governor in January 2018.  As of 2020 I am delighted to take over the responsibility of Chair of Governors.

All Governors have specific responsibilities, mine include Key Stage 2 and Pupil Premium.

I am married to Alex (who works as an Engineer at Rolls Royce) and we have three children who all love Highfields - Alice is in Year 6, Harriet is in Year 3 and Edward attends Little Crickets pre-school. I have worked for Shell since 2007 and I am a Scientist at heart.  I have enjoyed a variety of techinical roles developing new fuel, lubricant and grease products for Shell.  In my current role I lead a global team of scientists and engineers and manage Shell's University Technology Centre at Imperial College London. I am a keen advocate for STEM subjects and have played a role as a STEM Ambassador in the local community.  Outside of the Science I also have experience in recruitment, contracts and procurement, HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) and leadership. I am passionate about the importance of Primary Education in giving our children the best possible start in life.  As Chair of Governors,

I will work in partnership with the Head and Leadership team to provide the best education and experience for all children at Highfields.

Declarations of pecuniary interest - None



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Iain McGregor

Vice Chair of Governors

Iain has worked primarily in IT Management positions, which has given him relevant experience for his role on the various committees to help guide and advise the schools wherever possible. 

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Simon Dyson


Simon is a qualified School Inspector, accredited by CFbT and has been involved in the inspection of several primary schools in recent years. He is also accredited by the National College for Teaching and Learning to deliver leadership programmes such as the NPQH, NPQSL, NPQML and EYLDP. Simon has been Principal at Highfields Academy for 13 years and also previously been Chair of the Nantwich Education Partnership for three years. Simon is the Director of School Improvement for Star Academy Trust.

Declarations of pecuniary interest – Chair of Governors, Oaklands School

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Jenny Aspinall

I am a qualified teacher and have taught at Malbank School and Sixth Form College for the last 12 years.  I am current Head of Lower School and am responsible for the pastoral care of all children in KS3.  This is my first school govenor appointment and I will undertake the role of Safeguarding and look forward to sharing my expertise in the pastoral sector with the team. On a personal level I have recently completed a National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership and a Masters Degreen in Education.

Declarations of pecuniary interest - Teacher at Malbank School


Jackie Holland

I am married with 2 grown-up children and two grandchildren, both of who are at schools in Nantwich.  Until my retirement, I worked in primary education - 30 years at Lodgefields CP, Crewe as a School Bursar followed by 5 years ar Bridgemere CE, Nantwich as a part-time Administrator. I have been a Governor at Highfields for 10 years, having previously been a School Governor in Crewe for 24 years.  I am on the HR, Teaching & Learning and Finance committees.  I am also a member of the Headteacher Performance Management Team. My main hobby is looking after my grandchildren!!  I am a member of Nantwich Methodist Church where I am a worship leader, editor of the Church Magazine and Treasurer of the Churches Together in Nantwich group.  Surprisingly, I also enjoy being a 'Nantwich Street Pastor' - which means, together with others, I walk the streets of Nantwich, between 10.30pm and 4.00am one evening a month, makingsure youngsters out and about at night are able to enjoy themselves safely and offering our help to any who might need it.

Declearions of pecuniary interest - None



Adam Strefford

I have been a qualified teacher for 21 years.  In this time I have taught in a range of schools, from inner city Bradford to the leafy suburbs of Cheshire, Currently, I am Vice Principal at Highfields Academy.  As part of my role I am responsible for different aspects of school life including Pupil Premium, staff appraisal and subject leadership. I have been a staff governor for 1 year but also an observer in governors' meetings for over 4 years. In my spare time I like to take part in outdoor activities such as kayaking and running.

Declaration of pecuniary interest -  Mary Strefford Teacher


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