Our Governing Body Profiles
Chris Story, Chairperson
I’ve been a governor for the past 5 years, and also work with School through Vale Royal School Sport Partnership. I’ve always enjoyed working with the Winnington Park because of the positive, purposeful and caring environment the staff work hard to create. Over the years I’ve held a variety of roles on the governing body including chairing the school finance committee, supporting the curriculum and pupil premium groups and of course in helping to develop Physical Education & School Sport. My background in teaching and education leadership helps me recognise the successes of the school while challenging the school leaders to sustain improvement. My spare time is taken up with a young family, a love of cycling & the outdoors and the restoration of an ageing campervan!
Mark Nixon LA Governor
I live in Winnington with my wife and son. I have worked in Children’s Services for the Local Education Authority for over 16 years in the area of Special Educational Needs. I am interested in all sports and like spending as much time as possible with my family and son Harry – who we hope to be able to send to this school once he’s old enough!
Being a Governor gives you the knowledge that you have played a part in improving children’s education, a chance to develop new skills and to practise existing ones, witness the hard work and dedication of our school staff and see children enjoying their lessons.
I have lived in Winnington for 7 years having moved to the area. Since 2016 I have been involved with the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. More recently I have taken on the role of Vice Chair Of Governors. Winnington Park is a happy, caring, safe school which puts its pupils at the heart of everything that it does. As I drop off and collect my son every day I see happy faces and children who are proud of their school and their achievements. It is a real privilege to be involved with the school and it’s community. My background is in the armed forces and the police, whilst I now work for a local authority commissioned service.
As a family we love to make the most of the wonderful countryside and facilities in our area.
As a Governor I believe the impact of my role is to provide support and challenge to the staff to ensure that all children can achieve their potential and have a broad and rich school experience.
I am an experienced Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist and have worked in the local area for 18 years. I became a parent governor for Winnington Park Primary and Nursery School in November 2020, when my eldest daughter was in Year 1. My youngest daughter now also attends the nursery, and they are both thriving in this school. I am currently link governor for Design Technology, Computing and Modern Foreign Languages and am part of the Curriculum and Full Governing Body. As part of succession planning, I am also sharing the role of Early Years link governor.
I feel my experience and skills enable me to be able to particularly support and challenge in the areas of; parental involvement, communication strategy, Early Years development, supporting of pupils with SEND and Equality and Diversity. Being a parent governor is a particular honour and I strive to fulfil the role with enthusiasm and passion and with a commitment to ensuring a high-quality education for all our children.
I have had the honour to work at Winnington Park Primary School and Nursery as a teacher since 2016 and it is evident that the school mirrors my own personal philosophy of education. I have gained valuable teaching and leadership experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I am an enthusiastic and caring professional with a strong commitment to teaching, learning and leadership. I am the Deputy Headteacher, with a vast experience of leading areas across the curriculum, such as: Mathematics, English and Behaviour as well as being the SENDCo for 5 years. I feel that I am an approachable member of staff and believe I have a strong rapport with everyone in our school community.