Yuk-Lam Collins - Staff Governor
I am a part-time teacher in EYFS, working with Reception hedgehogs. I am also subject leader for Mathematics and I share this role with Mrs Aspinall. This is my fourth year at Godfrey Ermen Primary school. I have taught for 23 years and specialise in Early Years and Key Stage One. I am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to bring about improvements to the whole school.
Marjorie Critch-Higham - Foundation Governor
As a member of St Michael's Church, I was invited to be a Foundation Governor in 2015. I willingly accepted the role.
In December 2015 I retired from teaching in a Trafford Primary School, after thirty eight years. This has meant that I feel able to commit far more time to my role as a governor and become more involved at GEMs. I support my husband, teaching ukulele to Yr. 5 and Yr. 6 children at lunchtime on Wednesdays. I am also involved as a coordinator for Messy Church at GEMs which takes place once a term. I work closely with Mrs Clay and Father Ian when planning craft and learning activities for these sessions.
Throughout my teaching career I have had a passion for maths which I led as Coordinator. I have also been very involved with extra-curricular music. At my old school I was Assistant Head and as such, part of the Senior Management Team, working closely with the head and staff to raise standards and ensure a high quality of educational experience for all.
During my career, I have been Staff Governor and in my role as Assistant Head, attended all governor meetings, including all sub-committees. I now act as Chair for the School Effectiveness Sub-Committee at GEMS.
I have chosen to be the Maths Link Governor and have been excited by all the developments taking place in the teaching and learning of maths. I have enjoyed the opportunities to meet and discuss maths with Mrs Aspinall and Mrs Collins.
As a retired teacher, I feel privileged to still feel involved in education at this forward-looking school.
Michael Critch- Higham - Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
I was honoured to be elected Chair of Governors in May last year, and to have spent this last year reviewing and updating our governing body structure, ensuring the correct level of challenge for the head teacher and senior management team. I’m totally confident in our strategic direction and that our school development and improvement plans present the right focus, ambition and opportunity for all our children.
Having completed a joint accounting and business studies course at Manchester I followed this with a number of years in the auditing and accounting field before moving into computing in 1973, A career which spanned over 40 years in the IT industry culminated in several years providing project management and consultancy for some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies.
I’m a keen musician (a member of the S. Michael’s church music group), a reader and countryside walker, and I feel privileged to have been a member of the governing body since 2013 following my appointment as a foundation governor by St. Michael’s PCC.
I have volunteered at the school since 2008, teaching Ukulele to a small but talented group each Wednesday lunchtime. I am lucky to have experienced first-hand the dedication and commitment of the school management team and staff to our children, and share in their ambition and determination to bring outstanding education and achievements to all. I work closely with the head teacher and we meet on a regular basis to plan and check the progress of every area of the school and I’m excited to be working as the Link Governor for Writing and Reading.
Cllr John Mullen - Local Authority Governor
Jeremy Shaw - Parent Governor
I was elected as the new parent governor for Godfrey Ermen in September 2015. I also sit on the school’s building sub-committee. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the Head and Leadership Team at Godfrey Ermen to help in improving the education of all of our children.
As a parent with 2 children at Godfrey Ermen, I feel it is extremely important that the parent’s perspective is represented when decisions are made at the school, and that success should be celebrated and shared with all. When improvements need to be made, it is equally important to understand what needs to be done and to support the school in making changes.
I’ve worked as a Programme/Project Manager for a number of years within a governance and quality assurance setting, most recently for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Previously, I’ve worked in hospitals and a health and safety consultancy, as well as customer facing roles.
I’m looking forward to assisting the school in achieving its ambitions through the use of the skills and experience that I’ve gained in my professional career.
Our school is proud to be part of the Children's University Trust.
The Children's University (CU) Trust is a charitable trust that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. We celebrate achievement and reward participation through our certificates. Raising children's aspirations is important to us and we aim to develop the understanding that learning can be "...a satellite navigation system to better places in life…".