Find out a little more about the Governing Body


Mrs Claire Green - Chair of Governors

I have been Chair of Governors at Northway since November 2010, having joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2004. Previously I was Vice Chair, Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee and Vice Chair of the Resources Committee. Both my son and daughter attended Northway and were very happy.  I was appointed as a community governor when one of my terms of office as a parent governor ended, and then co-opted back on to the newly re constituted Governing Body in November 2014.

 I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in Sefton for nearly 23 years. I worked for 19 of these years in Sefton’s Special School for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties aged between 4 and 16. Some of the pupils had complex needs, such as autism, ADHD, literacy, Speech & Language difficulties or a mild learning difficulty in addition to their primary need.

I was then offered a secondment by Sefton’s Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), where I was asked to help to set up the Key Stage 1 provision, for children who have a social, emotional or behavioural difficulty, which is becoming a barrier to their learning. I currently work within the PRU in Key Stage 1 and support their mainstream schools through outreach support. We also take reception pupils, when required, which means that I have also had to become familiar with the EYFS framework. 

I am a strongly committed governor who believes in working as a team to support the Headteacher and the staff in achieving the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils, in a safe and happy environment where their knowledge and confidence is nurtured and allowed to grow. 


Tom Leah - Local Authority Governor

I joined the Governor team at Northway in September 2016  and enjoy to adding value and experience to the school. I joined the team to sit on the Resources Committee as this is my speciality but I am open to helping in other positions if appropriate.

I come from a Engineering Project Management and Facilities Management background in the retailing sector. I have also spent a number of years managing Building Services and Building Facilities departments in warehousing and logistics. 

Currently,  I am employed within a Project Management Role in a Parcel Handling Business.  I am familiar with the financial control of Building Services and Building Projects, the Health and Safety and Compliance legislation although Schools are a new challenge for me. On a regular basis I deal with contractors, construction projects and building fabric contracts within my Senior Manager Role.

I will  bring experience from my Facilities Management and Compliance roles to support the team at Northway Community Primary School to keep the buildings fit for purpose and the children safe.


Mrs Linda Hale - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since February 2016. I applied as I thought it would give me a very interesting insight into how a school is run.

My son attended Northway and my daughter is now a pupil too. Both my son and daughter have been very happy here since day 1 and I think it is a fantastic school.

I am currently the governor for ICT and e-safety. I have 19 years experience working in IT and I hope this will enable me to take an active role in helping support and continue the hard work the school has put into these subjects.


Mrs Diane Farrell - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor at Northway Primary since February 2016. I have always wanted to be involved in education and have been teaching in primary schools in Darlington and Liverpool since I graduated in 1997. I have been at my current school in Liverpool for nearly 20 years, and have taught children in the Foundation, Infants and Junior Departments.
I have 2 boys who attend Northway. In the time that they have been at the school I have been so impressed by the commitment of the staff and the 'warm' feel of the school. Both of my boys are very happy at the school and keen to talk about the experiences and opportunities that the school gives them. I am very grateful to the amazing start that the school has provided, not just academically but in becoming happy, polite and confident individuals.
I decided to join the governing body at Northway as I felt that I would like to 'try and give a little something back' to the school in return for all that has done, and continues to do for my children. I hope that both my experience and commitment to the role, will help the school to continue to strive to achieve high standards and provide all children with the best possible education and care.


Nina Peters - Parent Governor

I  became a Parent Governor in January 2018. As a former pupil, I have wonderful memories of Northway school. Both of my children attend the school and I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to serve on the governing body. 

I work in social housing with a background in performance management, customer insight and business transformation. I look forward to working with other governors and senior staff. I hope to make a vaulable contribution to the excellent work being done at Northway to provide an outstanding education for the children. 


Lisa Jones - Staff Governor

As a fairly recent member of staff at Northway, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to apply for the role of Staff Governor, and even more so to be appointed. I joined Northway as a HLTA in December 2020 and have been Staff Governor since November 2021. 

As a HLTA, my role is to cover PPA and subject leadership time across the whole school and I also deliver targeted group interventions in KS2. I am lucky in this role as I have experience of being a class teacher as well as a member osupport staff, which gives me a unique insight into school life 

I am keen to develop as an educator and this opportunity to serve Northway from “behind the scenes” is one that I am grateful for. I am very committed to the role and look forward to supporting the leadership team in any way that I can.  


Mrs Lisa Baggley - Community Governor

I have 15 years teaching experience in the primary sector and now work for Liverpool City Council as a School Improvement Officer. I have a passion for mathematics and became subject leader during my first year of teaching. Subsequently, I have worked across a number of Sefton schools as an advanced skills maths teacher. I am an accredited Every Child Counts Lead Trainer and NCETM Lead and regularly lead professional development for teachers and teaching assistants to deliver mathematics intervention programmes. I was a governor at Deyes High for 3 years and am excited to join the team at Northway. I am committed to the role and hope my experience will enable me to support the school to continue to provide an excellent education for the children. 


Mrs Nickie Barnes - Community Governor

I became a Governor at Northway in September 2021. I have lived in Maghull all my life so the community is very important to me. I have worked in HMRC for the last 23 years and currently I am a manager in Customs. I worked a couple of evenings per week as a youth worker for 10 years. I have previously been a local councillor for 9 years, a school governor of a local high school and I voluntarily managed the Youth Coffee Bar based at Maghull Town Hall for 20 years.

I am looking forward to supporting Northway in the months and years ahead to help drive Northway forward and continue providing an excellent all round education for its pupils.

Contact the School

Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303