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The Governing Body is essential for the management of the school. They are legally responsible for our finances, teaching and learning, the premises and for the strategic development of the school. Our Governors have regular contact with the school and have a clear understanding of what happens.  Our Governors are like our critical friends, they are aware of our strengths and weaknesses and continue to be fully informed about the day to day life at Frodsham Manor House. The Governing Body include representation from staff, parents, Cheshire West and our local community of Frodsham. Feedback is always welcome and we can be contacted through the school office where you can also ask for copies of meeting minutes. 


Adam Kilborn

Chair of Governors, English, Maths, Head Teacher Performance Management, Finance, Dahl Class Link.

 Co-opted Governor - 4 year term of office - Ends July 2023

I started my second stint as a Governor at Frodsham Manor House in October 2015. Having previously been a Governor for a ten year period from 2004, I have witnessed the significant improvement in the school over the years and I jumped at the opportunity to be a Governor again so that I can help to support the further development of the school. As a parent to three children who all attended the school, I can attest to the tremendously positive effect it has had on their life and I am keen to ensure that as many other children as possible also benefit from the same opportunities. The very best thing about being a Governor is the opportunity to be in the school meeting all the children who are such amazing ambassadors for the school.

Business/Financial Interests - None to declare.

If you wish to contact Mr Kilborn, please do so through the school office address.”

David Smith

Finance, Science, Shakespeare Class Link. 

Co-opted Governor - 4 year term of office - Ends July 2023

I lead on the finance matters for the school. The ambition of the school and the passion it has to achieve the best for every child is something that is important to me. As a qualified accountant with 14 years experience in finance across different sectors including education, health and private sector (5 years at senior management level) I believe I have a wealth of skills to complement the Governing body. I have 2 children currently in the school,  and it's great to see them all so happy.

Business/Financial Interests - None to declare.

Sarah Finlay

Health and Safety, Technology (DT and IT), Lewis  Class Link

Parent Governor - 4 year term of office - Ends November 2023

I am a newly appointed Parent Governor at Frodsham Manor House and I started my term in 2019. My daughter attends the school and it has been a pleasure to see how her confidence and ability have developed since starting in Reception. As a parent, I have experienced how the teachers and the wider staff team really take the time to understand the children as individuals in order to provide the correct support for their needs. I have been an active volunteer within the school since 2018 as I volunteer with the PTA and have also had the pleasure of supporting pupils with their guided reading on a weekly basis. My background is Youth Work and I have 19 years experience working with children, young people and families within a Local Authority Early Help Division. I have had various responsibilities over the years including managing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme, Educational Visits and Health and Safety with Premise Management responsibilities. I am hoping that I have some transferable skills, knowledge and experience that will benefit the Governing Board. I am passionate about supporting children and young people to thrive and I am looking forward to my role as a Parent Governor and the positive contribution that I can make.

Business/Financial Interests - Nothing to declare

The Chair of Governors Report to Parents July  2021 can be found below. 

Dates for the Academic Year 2019/20
Teaching and Learning Meetings- 5.30 pm start:
11th January 2021
26th April 2021
Leadership & Management Meetings- 5.30pm start:
1st February 2021
1st June 2021
Full Governing Body - 5pm start:
22nd March 2021
12th July 2021
Our clerk is Miss J Edge (Edsential) 

Sarah-Jane Hair

Vice Chair of Governors, SEND, Chair of Teaching and Learning committee, RE, SMSC, Healthy Schools (including PSHE), Milne class Link.

Co-opted - Ends July 2023

I have been a Governor at Frodsham Manor House since 2009. My daughter is in Year 6, and my son went through the school and is now at Helsby High.  Having spent my career teaching in the secondary and Sixth Form sectors, I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to extend my educational interest beyond the realms of teenagers into primary education. I enjoy seeing how education can make a difference to a child's life.  It is rewarding and a privilege, to see the development of each child from Reception to Year 6.

Business/Financial Interests - Nothing to declare.

Hannah Horton

History, Geography, Diversity

Parent Governor - 4 year term of office - Ends November 2024

I was elected as a parent governor in November 2020 and am really looking forward to getting more involved in the life of the school in this way. I grew up in Frodsham and have two daughters at Manor House. We've always felt incredibly privileged to be part of such a special school family. My daughters have flourished at Manor House, with a huge wealth of opportunities and support on offer. Education is a new world for me, but I have 20 years' experience in the private sector and charities, where as a service designer I've led teams through times of change, used technology to solve problems, and helped organisations to achieve better outcomes in more efficient ways. I hope the experience and skills I've gained along the way will be transferable to the governing body. I'm also passionate about inclusion and diversity, music and the performing arts, and supporting the school's role in the wider community. 

Business/Financial Interests - None to declare

Liz Stamps

Safeguarding, PE, EYFS, Mental Health and Well Being, Looked after children, Potter Class Link.

Co-opted  Governor -4 year term of office-  Ends July 2023

I am a co-opted governor at Frodsham Manor House, having previously served as a parent governor. Over the years I have seen a massive improvement in all areas of the school since my eldest child started here in 2005. I want to help to ensure that improvements continue to take place. I am a paediatric nurse working as a Ward Sister at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and have three children who all attended this school. They all had a fantastic time here, enjoying and benefiting from the wealth of wonderful opportunities offered to them. 

Business/Financial Interests -Nothing to declare.

Kerry Pye

Teacher Governor - 4 year term of office - Ends March 2024

I am a recently appointed governor and sit on the Governing Body as a staff governor. This is my 7th year working at Frodsham Manor House and I have a few different areas of responsibility at school. I am the Year Six teacher; Literacy Coordinator and I am one of the Assistant Headteachers (along with Mrs Anstice). I very much enjoy undertaking all these roles and especially love working as part of the SLT to help ensure that our school is the best that it can be. I love our school and feel very lucky that both of my daughters have had the chance to attend Frodsham Manor House - they have both adored all the amazing academic and extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

Business/Financial Interests - Nothing to declare

Parent Governors are elected by the parents of the current pupil body.

Co-opted governors are elected by the governing body depending on required skill set.

Local Authority governors are appointed by Cheshire West and Chester Council. 

Ian Devereux-Roberts

Headteacher, Community, Training. 

I sit on the Governing Body in my capacity as the Head Teacher here at Manor House. I have been the Head Teacher here for fourteen years, having previously been head teacher at Eaton Primary School. I adore my role as head teacher and I am exceptionally proud of all the achievements that have taken place here and obviously exceptionally proud of all the members of staff and the 211 wonderful children we currently have on roll. Away from education, I am a very proud dad to three amazing children - Ellie, Meg and Harry - and I also have a great interest in performing on stage. The children at school have seen me performing in a number of pantomimes! I sit on the Governing Body of Helsby High School as an Associate Member.

Business/Financial Interests - Nothing to declare

Neil Banks

Chair of Leadership and Management committee, MFL, Art, Data Protection, Carroll Class Link.

Parent Governor - 4 Year term of office -  Ends April 2022

I am a new parent governor, having been elected in 2018. I have two children at the school. Like all governors, I’m a volunteer and an equal part of the governing board, sharing the same strategic role in supporting and challenging the School Leadership Team to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for pupils, both now and in the future. I’m looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of Manor House Primary School.

Business / Financial Interests -  None to declare


Valarie Ball

Music, Pupil Premium Champion, Tolkien Class Link.

Co-opted Governor - 4 year term of office - Ends March 2023

I recently became a co-opted governor at Frodsham Manor House. My husband was in Year 6 when the school opened, my two daughters attended the school, and now my grandson is in Year 4 and my granddaughter will start in reception in Sept ’20.

My working background is with the police and later social work. For most of my school life and my adult life my passion has been singing and musical theatre. In school I took part in many eisteddfods and as an adult I have performed in and directed many of the most well-known musicals. Importantly, for a school governor, this means I have lived my life as an active member of our community.

Running also paid a big part in my life and I have completed the London Marathon on three occasions. Accompanying my grandchildren on the 'Downhill Run' isn't quite the same level of challenge but I am glad they are active children!

For me, the musical opportunities the school has to offer the children are just fantastic. The fact that every child will have the opportunity during their time at school to learn a musical instrument is a testament to the emphasis the school has on music. Add this to the school productions, talent contests and 'Star in their Eyes' and I see that pupils at Manor House children develop musical skills that also give them confidence in other areas.

Music just happens to be my passion - but on my regular visits I also see that there are so many others ways this school ensures children flourish and fulfil their potential.

Business/Financial Interests - Nothing to declare


Iain Bennett
Local Authority Governor - 4 year term of office - Ends March 2025
I have recently been appointed by Cheshire West and Chester as the Local Authority Governor at Frodsham Manor House. I have grown up in Frodsham and I'm very pleased that my son started in Reception in September 2020. I am a secondary school science teacher in Runcorn and I am looking forward to learning more detail about the primary education sector and exploring whether I can offer anything from my experiences. I am a member of a local amateur dramatics group and I'm encouraged by how highly Frodsham Manor House value drama and allow our pupils to express themselves through acting, song and dance. 
Business/ Financial Interests - None to declare