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. My daughter attended the school, leaving at the end of Year 6 in 2012 to attend Deyes High School. My son still attends Northway and is very happy there.  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. 

Mrs Karen Ashley - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a parent governor at Northway since September 2013. Prior to that, I was secretary of the PTA for 3 years. My two sons attended Northway, but have both recently moved onto high school. They enjoyed their time at Northway, and I felt I wanted to “give a bit back” to what I think is a fantastic school.

I work at a local building company in Halsall, and have been there for 15 years. We complete work for the NHS at their mental health sites, John Moores University and Merseyside Fire Brigade, amongst others. I am the office manager and I am responsible for the weekly payroll, banking, invoicing the work and liaising with the clients and suppliers.

Prior to this, I worked in a building society / bank for 18 years, working my way up to Chief Cashier. I also got involved with the new mortgage applications and their relevant queries.

I also go into Northway as a volunteer 1 afternoon a week, which I love, and have done this for the last 9 years. I am in a class of Year 1 children, and will do anything from reading with the children to giving a little bit of writing help, to cutting & sticking!

In September, I was asked if I would be vice chair of governors, I agreed to do this as I felt the school can only keep being more and more successful, and I wanted to do my bit to help.

 Mrs Angela Mole - Community Governor

I have been a community governor for just over two years. I have two daughters, both of whom attended Northway Primary from nursery age through to Y6. They both thoroughly enjoyed their time at the school and I felt that by becoming a governor it was my opportunity to ‘give something back’ to the school.

Before having children I worked for 17 years in various finance and administration roles, learning valuable skills which I can now use in my role as governor. I attend Maghull Baptist Church where I am responsible for coordinating their schools work. Through this work I get involved with Christmas and Easter presentations to most of the local primary schools, as well as regular assemblies in Northway and other presentations to support the curriculum.

It is always a pleasure to visit Northway. The welcome from both staff and pupils is extremely warm, with the children always ready to engage in whatever activity is before them. The behaviour is also exemplary.

Although I thought I knew how the school worked, having seen it through the eyes of a parent and also the eyes of a member of the PTA committee for 6 years, I now appreciate the enormous amount of work that goes on unseen by the head teacher and all other members of staff to provide the best level of education possible for each child, enabling each and every one of them to reach their full potential.  It is a pleasure to serve on the board of governors and to offer my support to the school in whatever way I can.

Mr Roy Coleman - Community Governor

I have been a Community Governor since January 2011. I am on the Teaching & Learning Committee and Resources Committee. Both of my granddaughters attended Northway and both are now at Deyes High School.

I retired ten years ago after a career of some forty years in Financial Services. I attend a local Baptist Church and am actively involved in their work with local schools. I am also a Trustee of the children’s charity YKIDS who work with individual children and schools in Bootle and surrounding areas.

I wish to use the mix of experience gained in my professional and voluntary life to assist the school staff, parents and pupils of Northway to continually achieve the highest possible standards.

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.

I have a son in the juniors at Northway and a daughter who will join the nursery next year. My son has 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, one in the juniors and the other in the infants. 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.

Tom Leah - Community Governor

I have recently joined the Governor team at Northway (September 2016)  and look forward to adding value and experience to the school. I have 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.


Contact the School

Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

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