Bedford Primary School

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Allan Jones (Chair- Co-Opted Governor)

I am retired engineer and have over 16 years experience as a school Governor and 8 years as Chair. I have significant experience of schools finance, school performance, building projects etc. I hope I can use this to help Bedford Primary continue to be the great community school it is. My passion is about helping to provide the best education for the whole child and not just chase exams results. 


Josie Williams(Vice Chair -Co-opted Governor)

I have been a Co-opted Governor at Bedford Primary for several years. I enjoy the various roles that involve me with the staff and children. Being a part of the Governing Body has enabled me to see the opportunities given to the children to help and assist them to achieve their own personal potential. Also living in the same community that Bedford Primary is situated provides me with greater opportunities to build relationships with parents as well as the children. 


Andrea Watts (Co-Opted Governor)

I am Executive Director at Sefton Council and was previously Head of Communities at Sefton Council for three years. I have worked in 5 local authorities over the last 30 years and have been a Governor at the Bedford Primary for over 5 years.  I am passionate about supporting the school and its community in any way I can, particularly through my connections to wider networks.


Amy Wishart (Co-opted Governor)

I worked at Bedford Primary as a teacher for 4 years and have experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I absolutely loved my time working at Bedford Primary and I am passionate about children’s mental health and well-being and the important role that school plays in this. I believe that with the right environment all children can thrive to their full potential. I am currently working in adult mental health as a Senior Learning Facilitator within the NHS. 


Stephanie Wardale (Co-opted Governor)

In my role as Vice Principal at Hillside High School there is no better way to support pupils transition up to high school than to uphold such an integral role as governor at Bedford Primary. I have been teaching for over 15 years and have been in senior leadership for over 5 years. Primarily my role is to ensure high quality teaching and learning for all. We all go into teaching because we care about the outcomes and prospects of young people and my role as governor allows for crossover between Primary and Secondary to help guide the learning and further enrich the experience for our pupils across the two phases.


Cherith Hancock (Co-opted Governor)

I have been involved with Bedford's Board of Governors for many years and my own family have had four generations at Bedford Primary. My own children came to Bedford and have very fond memories of their school years.  Working at Bedford is a real pleasure. My passion is encouraging and supporting families to learn together whilst having fun. I love playing an active role in the life of school and strive to give all children who attend Bedford the opportunity to achieve and aspire to fulfil their potential.  


Dave Clare (Parent Governor)

As a dad of two boys who attend Bedford Primary, I am passionate about creating opportunity for children in the area to receive excellent educational, pastoral and wrap-around care. I hope to make sure school life gives them great memories, long-lasting friendships and the best chance of success as an adult, including a healthy mind-set. I am a qualified Building Surveyor in the insurance sector and am Director of a multi-million-pound surveying and construction operation for a national company with turnover in excess of £25m. People management, construction, process and IT innovation are at the heart of my job and I am keen to extend these skills into being a great Parent Governor.


Alena Elicerova (Parent Governor)

Both of my children attend Bedford Primary and have already made so many happy memories and are  thriving on their learning journey in the school. I manage a 53 bed care home, I work well under pressure and can deliver what is promised. I have excellent organisational and communication skills. Together as a PTA member and Trustee for our school BEST Charity, I have a passion for fundraising for our school to allow all children to have extra curriculum activities to broaden their horizons. As a Parent Governor I will have the  opportunity to put my 'can do' attitude in life to good practice.


Laura Doherty (Staff Governor)

I have worked at Bedford Primary School for over 7 years as a class teacher and I am passionate about providing our children with the best possible education so that each individual reaches their true potential. I have worked in several year groups in Key Stage 2 and am currently based in Year 6. I thoroughly enjoying my role as Staff Governor as I feel it provides me with further opportunities to work alongside staff, families and our community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum.