What is the role of the Governing Board?

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.

Our Governing Board is a keen, enthusiastic and very supportive group of people who take their statutory responsibilities for the school very seriously. They are very familiar with the life of the school and  work hard to ensure it continually improves.

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, staff and visitors and and much more.

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

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

You can send our Chair of Governors a message via our School Business Manager karen.fairweather@larkhill-nur.stockport.sch,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: headteacher@larkhill-nur.stockport.sch.uk



Our Governing Board


Aliya Khan

Aliya is a Project Manager at Manchester University. "I believe that education plays a pivotal role in life and that everyone deserves a positive educational experience. I'm lucky to have been able to pursue education to Masters level but my early experiences at school were not the best. Fortunately, support from my parents kept me going. For many children school will be the only place they can rely on for learning, inspiration, community and self-belief so I think every school has a duty to do the very best they can to create a positive learning environment and support every pupil to achieve to the best of their ability."

Emma Harris

Emma Harris is an Associate Governor and our Well-being Governor "Having recently taken on the role of North West Area for Governors for Schools. I now have a better understanding of the role of school governors and the impact that they can have in ensuring positive outcomes for children. I would very much like to be involved with Lark Hill Nursery, as it serves my local community, including friend's children. Parents I have spoken to are very positive about the experience that their children have and I would like to be part of extending that to more children in the area."

Hannah Rahman

Hannah is a Parent Governor "As a parent of three children I am a strong believer in the importance of giving children a great foundation through high quality Early Years education and care. Lark Hill Nursery School has provided this fantastic start for my two youngest children and as a parent governor I aim to offer my skills and experience in order to support and give constructive advice to the the staff, so that together we can act in the best interests of the school and the children, whilst continuing to develop the Nursery and it's positive reach within the wider community."

Helen Allwood

Helen Allwood is an Associate Governor "I joined Lark Hill Nursery School as a Governor in Autumn 2018. In my day job I manage a child language research centre based at the universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. The centre’s research looks at language development in children aged 0-5. We rely a lot on local families, schools and nurseries giving up their time to take part in our research, so I wanted to repay some of their generosity by volunteering as a governor.   My day-to-day work is varied and involves managing all aspects of the research centre’s administration, governance, finance, communications and fundraising. I hope some of these skills will be of use to Lark Hill. Prior to this I worked in various project management roles in the higher education and charitable sectors. In my spare time, I’m the proud owner of a beautiful Labrador who walks me all over the North West."

Jo O'Raw

Jo O'Raw is the Headteacher of the Nursery "I have been the Headteacher of Lark Hill Nursery School since 2005. 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 am responsible for creating the right environment for children, families and staff 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 am the Designated Safeguarding Lead for our Nursery and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.  I love sharing our practice with other Nurseries and lead training for other professionals, including Headteachers. I enjoy walking, camping and being in the countryside.  I also love challenging myself to think about and learn anything new."

Karen Fairweather

Karen Fairweather 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. As part of our Senior Leadership Team she contributes to our plans for the future of the Nursery and develops and leads on our marketing strategy. She has two children who both attended Lark Hill Nursery School before she was employed as our School Business Manager.

Sophia Ramsbottom

Sophia is a Marketing Manager. "I feel passionate that if you have time to give something back to your local community then you should. I have two young children and have therefore experienced home schooling over the last year and believe teachers and schools deserve as much support as they can get."

Governor Attendance