Who we represent

The governing body is made up of staff from the school, parent representatives of children at the school and members of the local community.

The governing body is made up of 4 different types of governor. These are:

Community governors - invited by the other governors to represent the wider community.

Local Authority (LA) governors

Parent governors - elected by other parents at the school.

Staff governors – a teaching and a non-teaching member of staff are elected by their colleagues plus the Head Teacher.

The Governing Body also has a Clerk who supports the governors by arranging the meetings, circulating the agenda and papers, taking the meeting minutes and keeping governors up to date with their statutory obligations. 

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Who we are



Andrew Cooper, Chair of Governors

Andrew moved to Northwich from Stockport and has been passionate about the town ever since.  He was elected to Northwich Town Council in 2013, where he has focused on making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in the area, and in particular those living in poverty.  He has served as a governor at Victoria Road since February 2017.
His professional background is in software development, and Andrew is currently employed at Gadbrook Park working for a company that provides software to the Social Housing sector.
Following the birth of their son in 2016, Andrew spends most of his time outside of work and community commitments, retrieving his glasses from a mischievous toddler.

Date of appointment and Term of Office  01/09/2018 - 4 Year Term


Sue Minor, Head of School

I was excited to become a member of the Victoria Road Primary School family in January 2023 as Head of School. This is my first headship post although I have over 20 years experience as a Primary School Teacher, Senior Leader and Mental Health Lead. I have worked as a Visiting Lecturer for Chester University and Associate Tutor for Manchester Metropolitan University in the Education Departments. I am currently studying for my NPQH qualification which I feel will help me develop my leadership skills. Alongside this I have the support of an Executive Head, Mrs Kathy Nichol, from Aspire Educational Trust. She is an experienced Head and is offering me guidance in this new role.

The staff at Victoria Road Primary School are incredibly welcoming and go above and beyond to help develop the children’s learning and pastoral support. I feel very privileged to have been offered this opportunity and I am excited to build positive relationships with Parents and Carers so we can work together in the future.

I have a daughter, a husband, a very lively Labrador called Apollo and 2 guinea pigs. I enjoy hiking with friends at the weekend and have already achieved climbing Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis (not in one go!). I love gardening and reading to relax and spending time with my family and friends.

Date of appoinment  01/01/2023 By Right of Office


Kathy Nichol, Executive Head

I am delighted to have joined the team at Victoria Road as Executive Head.  As an experienced headteacher, I am enjoying the challenges of leading a new school, alongside Mrs Minor.  I have 30 years of experience working in a wide range of schools as a teacher and school leader and am passionate about achieving the very best for all the children at this school.   

Date of appointment 01/01/2023  By Right of Office


Janet Smith, Vice chair

My name is Jan Smith.

I am a retired teacher and worked at a primary school in Wythenshawe for over 20 years. My husband and I have recently moved to Northwich to be closer to my daughter and 2 wonderful granddaughters. I have a wealth of experience teaching within KS1. I was also the KS1 phase leader, assessment lead and a member of the School Leadership Team. I am passionate about education and believe that all children should be given high
quality learning experiences to enable them to reach their potential. I am really looking forward to working with the school and community.

Date of appointment and Term of Office  23 Nov 2020 - 4 Year Term


Mrs Deborah Frosdyck-Rawlins - Safeguarding Governor

I am a working mum of 2 children, my daughter is primary aged and attends VRPS and I have an adult son with additional needs. I am a keen hiker and gardener, I also enjoy cooking, baking, reading and singing in a choir. I have dogs, cats and garden hens. 

Date of appointment and Term of Office 19/11/2018 - 4 Year Term



Lisa Benskin - Clerk to the Governors

The clerk to the governors is responsible for providing administration and advice to the governors. 




Kimberley Clarke, Assistant Head Teacher, Year 2 Teacher and Staff Governor

I have been a Teacher for around 13 years and Victoria Road Primary School was the school I began my teaching career at as an NQT. Throughout my time at VRPS I have developed career by teaching in both Key Stage 1 and 2 and progressing through my roles as Literacy lead, Key Stage lead and now assistant head teacher. I have also been lucky enough to work as part of the ASPIRE Trust, helping lead on the Write Across Project and supporting many schools across both the ASPIRE and Fallibroome Trusts as well as two secondary schools.

I have a huge passion for literacy and my specialisms are writing and phonics. I have developed and implemented a variety of approaches in order to strive to increase attainment and progress across school.

I have a lovely daughter, Phoebe, who I love making memories with as well as my husband and rest of my family and friends. 

I am very proud to work at such a nurturing school with a supportive and dedicated team and couldn't think of a better place to work.

Date of appointment and Term of Office  11th March 2019 - 4 Year Term


Mr. Dharmendra Rai -

Parents Governor


My name is Dharmendra Rai and I am currently working as an IT Software Engineer from last 15 years in a Multinational Company. Iam an Indian and lived/studied in India all my life before coming to Northwich,UK in September 2018.

I am staying in Northwich along with my wife and our lovely 8 years old daughter and she is currently studying at Victoria road Primary School since Sep 2019. As a parent we always want our child to get a good education and learning environment so that she can do well in her personal and professional life in future. I love to help people around me whether it is my colleagues or peers or friends or family. I am really passionate about what I do, and looking forward to working as a Parents Governor of this Victoria Road Primary School, where I can learn something new and will try to contribute something from my past experiences.

Date of appointment and Term of Office 16th March 2021 - 4 year Term                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



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