Our Governors

What does a Governing Board do ?

Every maintained school has a Governing Board which makes decisions about how the school is run and makes plans for it to develop in the future.

Each Governing Board is made up of parents, staff, people appointed by the Local Authority and residents from the local community.  In this way all interested groups can give their views of how the school works.

The Governing Board looks after the upkeep of the school buildings both inside and out, how the school money is spent, how many staff there are and what they do, the safety of the children and staff and and much more.

Our Governing Board meets each term for the Main Meeting and then also termly for our Committee Meeting.

In the downloads section of our website there are the latest published Governing Board minutes for you to see and our Governor's Handbook for your information.

If there is anything you would like to know or let the Governing Board know about please contact the Chair.

Our Chair is Cllr. June Somekh.  You can contact her here: cllr.june.somekh@stockport.gov.uk

If you are interested in joining our Governing Body come and have a chat with the Headteacher, Jo O'Raw or you can e-mail her on :





Our Governing Board

Cath Evans

Cath is our Deputy Headteacher and an Associate Governor


Cath is our Deputy Headteacher and shares our developments with Governors particularly connected to our curriculum and the children's progress.

Claire Flynn

Fiona Wilcock

Fiona is our School Business Manager and an Associate Governor

 She shares with the Governors updates on our budget and how we are ensuring we get best value for the Nursery.


'I joined the school in September 2014, having held a similar role in a private nursery for 8 years, and have recently completed the Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management. My background is in finance; I trained as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross (later Deloitte & Touche) and qualified in 1994. I worked for them until 2000, in both their audit and marketing departments. I have two teenage children who keep me very busy when I’m not at work.'


Jo O'Raw

Jo is the Headteacher of the Nursery


'I have been the Headteacher of Lark Hill Nursery School for 11 years and have loved helping the Nursery to develop and expand to now offer a flexible choice of places for 2,3 and 4 year olds. I love how excited the children are every day as they skip into the Nursery and how supportive the wonderful families are.  I am proud of our fantastic Nursery and know our staff do a wonderful job to help the children learn and thrive and it is wonderful to be a part of such a talented team.  I have been an Early Years Teacher for 20 years now and find my job so rewarding as I hope we make a real difference to our children and families. I am responsible for creating the right environment for children and families to flourish.  I strongly believe in creating an inclusive school where everyone is valued and it is important to me that everyone feels welcomed and listened to.  I have the responsibility for ensuring we meet the needs of all of our children and help them to get the support they need.  I am the joint SENCO (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities Coordinator) with our Deputy and am responsible for Safeguarding.  I love sharing our practice and lead the Edgeley and Cheadle Heath Early Years Group and lead training for other professionals.

I enjoy walking, going to the gym and swimming.  I also love eating out and challenging myself to think about and learn new things.  I started studying for a doctorate in Educational Leadership in September 2016 and it will continue until September 2022.'

June Somekh

June is the Chair of our Governing Body

June is a Councillor for Cheadle Hulme North. She is a member of the Trustees Board of Stockport Citizen's Advice and Chelwood Foodbank. She has been a member of the Governing Boards of two other schools.

'I have worked as a cookery demonstrator, teacher and school consellor.  I wanted to become a Governor at Lark Hill Nursery School as I have a great interest in very young children and seeing how they learn.  I am a Local Authority Appointed Governor.  I have been involved with the Headteacher's Appraisal for two years now and have been Chair since September 2015 .  Outside of the Governing my interests are politics, travel, reading, bridge and local radio.'

Lilla Sutton

Lilla is the Vice-Chair of our Governing Body

Lyndsey Ellin-Blackburn

Nicoletta di Ciolla

Penny Smith

Governor Attendance

Each year we will publish here the attendance of our Governors to our Committee and Main Meetings


Paid For Sessions

Our Paid For Sessions give you the option to pay for additional sessions, so you can top up your child’s free entitlement place between 8-3:30pm.

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