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Governing Body


Mr Peter Tite Chair of Governors

The school has an experienced and supportive governing body, with a strong core of long standing members, who know the school very well. The governing body is made up of parents/carers, professionals and members of the whole school community who have expertise and experience in a wide range of education or related fields.>

The governing body meet as a full governing body and as sub-commities at least every half term. Governors also take part in learning walks and attend various events throughout the year.

“Governors never hesitate to challenge practice and seek the very best provision and outcomes for pupils. There is a supportive, healthy and mutually respected relationship between governors and staff and a strong sense of shared accountability and responsibility. Governors continue to provide effective challenge and support to school leaders. Governors’ deep knowledge of the school enables them to identify any emerging potential issues so that swift and decisive action can be taken. For example, governors have been relentless in their determination to improve attendance so that no pupil is disadvantaged by missing school. As a result of the school’s actions, attendance improved considerably last year. Governors value the opinions of key stakeholders, including staff, pupils and parents. Governors use this information well to improve the school further. Governors have a wealth of experience and expertise. However, they do not rest on their laurels and are continually accessing further training to keep on top of their game”.  Ofsted 2018

Why do you think you are here?

Meet our Governors Peter and Fiona as they are interviewed by Governor Chris Beswick about their journey with Melland High.

Episode 1 Peter Tite

Episode 2 Fiona Johnson

Episode 3 Colin Shepherd

View Governors Make a ‘Delve’ into Reading at Melland below in Full Screen to scroll through

Academy Governance Structure

Chair of Governors – Mr Peter Tite

Vice Chair of Governors – Mr Chris Beswick

Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee

Chair – Mrs Fiona Johnson

Mr Peter Tite, Mrs Sue Warner

Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee

Chair – Mr Chris Beswick

Members: Mrs Cath Stone, Dr. Fassah Bibi, Mr George Roberts, Mr Colin Shepherd
and Mrs Angela Dean

Governor Profiles

Mr Peter Tite

Type of Governor & Appointment:Trust Appointment
Term of office starts:01/09/15
Term of office ends:31/08/24
Committee Membership:Finance
Meetings attended in the last academic year:2 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

I have been involved in education for 18 years as a teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.

I represent Special School governors on the Manchester Funding Forum.

I have been involved with Melland High School since 2013 as a member of the Impact Group (Monitoring & Evaluating School Improvement), as a governor and now Chair.

Mr Chris Beswick

Type of Governor & Appointment:Appointed
Term of office starts:12/05/15
Term of office ends:18/06/24
Committee Membership:Curriculum
Meetings attended in the last academic year:2 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

Chris Beswick’s background and career

After university studies in Cambridge and Nancy (in France) and post-graduate teacher training at York University Language Teaching Centre, Chris began his career as a modern foreign languages (MFL) teacher and head of faculty in comprehensive high schools and in a sixth form college. He wrote and co-wrote several French text books for schools and adult language guides, as well as working with Thames Television on school television broadcasts for A-level students of French.

He was appointed district inspector for MFL for Manchester City Council in 1983, as general inspector for a group of Manchester primary, secondary and special schools and as a member of the specialist secondary inspectorate team.

His work in MFL teaching, publishing and advisory work was given due recognition by the French government by his inclusion in the national honours list of 1989, when he was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, for services to French language and culture.

He worked nineteen years in all as a local schools inspector, with four years as senior inspector/principal school improvement officer, and in that time worked as one of the first lead inspectors for Ofsted and trainer and assessor of Ofsted inspectors.

He also took a leading role, initially as a senior inspector but subsequently as an independent consultant, in developing and implementing the assessment and reporting model for the Manchester Healthy Schools award scheme, in partnership with National Health Service colleagues.  

Since 2002, he has operated as an independent education consultant, mainly working with senior leaders and governors in good and outstanding primary, secondary and special schools in Manchester and a number of other neighbouring local authorities, particularly those in Cheshire West and East. A central aspect of this work has been providing support and challenge for school leaders and governors in the fields of school self-evaluation and school improvement planning. His brief has also included work with school leaders and governors on vision-setting in schools in Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire, as well as extensive work with a multi-academy trust on developing school improvement and school-to-school support strategies.

He worked as a consultant with many of the Manchester secondary schools in their applications for specialist status. Since 2013, he has worked with a dozen or so schools in different local authorities on their applications for accredited teaching school status. He serves on the strategic board of the large Teach Manchester teaching school alliance which covers the 3-19 age range.

He also continues to work as a facilitator for a group of Manchester schools who operate a peer-to-peer support and challenge model (MC2SP). He acts as the external adviser for headteacher appraisal for five governing bodies.

At Melland High School, Manchester, he serves as vice-chair of the local governing body, within a multi-academy trust, and as chair of the curriculum, quality and standards committee.

Mrs Sue Warner

Type of Governor & Appointment:Principal
Term of office starts:Ex Officio
Committee Membership:Finance
Meetings attended in the last academic year:2 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

Sue has been involved in Special Education for over 20 years and has taught in specialist support schools across the north west. Previously head of sixth form at Melland she maintains a keen interest in securing aspirational post school provision for young people with SEND, working closely with a range of multi agency professionals.

Most recently Sue has held strategic responsibility for pupil progress, developing innovative and effective strategies for identifying and raising achievement of pupils with SEND which have been shared with colleagues both locally and nationally. Sue is proud to be Principal of an outstanding school and keen to share its’ expertise in SEND with academies across the Trust.

Mr Colin Shepherd

Type of Governor & Appointment:Appointed
Term of office starts:14/05/2019
Term of office ends:14/05/2025
Committee Membership:Curriculum, Quality and Standards
Meetings attended in the last academic year:2 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

I have been involved in Manchester inner city education for 35 years as a teacher, a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Phase Leader and as Deputy Headteacher on two occasions.

I have worked in six primary schools having served on three governing bodies.

I have had strategic responsibility for pupils with SEND and led the development of Information Technology and Mathematics.

I have been involved with Melland High School as a member of the IMPACT group since its inception in 2007
I am fully committed to making a positive contribution as a governor to the future development of MHS.

I am looking forward to helping all members of  this outstanding community reach their aspirations and develop their full potential.

Mrs Fiona Johnson

Type of Governor & Appointment:Appointed
Term of office starts:31/08/2018
Term of office ends:31/08/2024
Committee Membership:Finance and Personnel
Meetings attended in the last academic year:2 out of 2

Mrs Cath Stone

Type of Governor & Appointment:Appointed
Term of office starts:01/08/12
Term of office ends:01/08/24
Committee Membership:Curriculum, Quality and Standards
Meetings attended in the last academic year:0 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

I belong to:
– Parents Voices Count
– Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG)
– Patient and Public Advisory Groups (PPAG)
– Manchester Parents Forum (parents achieving change together)
– Learning Disability Group at Manchester Royal Infirmity
– Children’s Heart Association
– Governor at Melland High School
– Governor at Bridge College
– I sit on the board of the ‘Local Offer’ Manchester
– I sit on the transition board at Manchester Town Hall
– I’m a parent champion for Manchester
– International Costello Syndrome support group

Dr Fassah Bibi

Type of Governor & Appointment:Parent: Elected
Term of office starts:31/03/12
Term of office ends:26/11/22
Committee Membership:Curriculum
Meetings attended in the last academic year:1 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

Fassah is a full time carer to her son Khinshan Shah. Khinshan requires full time care to attend to his needs. Fassah is also the CEO of her start-up business, Al Fatimah Travels.

Fassah has been providing excellent customer service through Al Fatimah Travels to customers looking to go on Hajj, Umrah and other holidays.

Fassah has great communication skills in English and Urdu as demonstrated by her ability to sell the packages and flights to customers. Fassah has years of experience dealing with children, particularly children with special needs.

Fassah’s other notable positions include, Member of MHS Parent/Carer Working Party, Governor at Melland High School, Chair of Mustafia Sharif Charitable Organisation, Chair of the board of IEPR Charitable Organisation and founder of the Khinshan specialist schools.

Mr George Roberts

Type of Governor & Appointment:Staff: Elected
Term of office starts:07/11/17
Term of office ends:06/11/24
Committee Membership:Curriculum, quality and standards
Meetings attended in the last academic year:2 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

I am George Roberts and I have worked in education for 11 years, 7 of these teaching within mainstream and 3 teaching at Melland High School. My curriculum specialty is science, however I have taught many other subjects while at MHS. I feel extremely privileged not only to be nominated staff governor but also to teach the amazing students that attend our outstanding school. I look forward to contributing everything I can to ensure MHS grows from strength to strength.

Mrs Angela Dean

Type of Governor & Appointment:Staff: Elected
Term of office starts:08/03/2022
Term of office ends:08/03/2025
Committee Membership:Curriculum
Meetings attended in the last academic year:1 out of 2

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

My name is Angela Dean and I have worked at Melland High School for many years.

As well as being an enthusiastic and committed supporter of Melland High School I have a unique understanding of the aspirational challenges and incredible achievements of our students.
Over the years, whilst working in the school, I have gained valuable experience and knowledge enabling me to contribute positively to the development of MHS.

This outstanding school has provided me with the confidence to develop my personal skills and given me the tools to share and encourage other staff and students to further their learning.

Catherine Finney

Type of Governor & Appointment:Appointed
Term of office starts:05/07/22
Term of office ends:05/07/25
Committee Membership:Curriculum, Quality and Standards

Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

Catherine has a first class honours degree in Early Childhood Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Childhood Studies and Practice in The Early Years.    She is an experienced teacher and Early Years Leader with over 20 years teaching experience in both Nursery and Primary schools and significant experience of supporting and leading others to improve their practice.  She is a Specialist Leader in Education for Early Years.

She was previously employed as an Early Years Consultant for Stockport LA where  she engaged with a range of professionals across the sector including EYFS Leaders, Managers and Head teachers to identify strengths and areas of improvement in order to improve provision and practice.  She is currently a Lead Moderator for Stockport a role that requires her to engage with colleagues supporting and challenging EYFS assessments and judgements through professional conversations and dialogue.  The role also requires her to facilitate local moderation cluster groups and moderation activities signposting colleagues to appropriate documentation and national exemplification materials.  She is also a member of the Associate Partnership scheme an initiative that facilitates school to school support and the sharing of good practice in Stockport.

She is currently the Early Years leader and member of the Senior Leadership team at St Marys Catholic Voluntary Academy which was rated Outstanding at last inspection.  She is a Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school.

In her current role as Early Years leader and Senior Leader at St Marys Catholic Voluntary Academy she has led several initiatives that have significantly improved outcomes for children.  She has led and supported the Early Years team to develop the outdoor curriculum and led a focus on improving outcomes for physical development and early writing skills.

Catherine has extensive knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and how young children learn and develop.  She is experienced at working with others to identify and improve practice to ensure improved outcomes for young children in the Foundation Stage.

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