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


Cathy Lord, Head Teacher and Staff Governor

I have been a Teacher for over 20 years and Victoria Road Primary School is my first Headship- I have been in post since 2013, having previously been an Assistant Head and Deputy Head teacher in schools in Cheshire East and Staffordshire. I have a lot of experience teaching across the Primary age range and I am passionate about investigating and promoting quality teaching in all aspects of both pupil and adult learning. I believe passionately in developing leadership in others and I am an accredited National Colleague of School Leadership facilitator; having helped staff develop their leadership skills through programmes like the Middle Leader Development Programme as well as the many opportunities that are offered in our wider ASPIRE community of schools. I am an advocate of collaborative working and am fully involved in working with our ASPIRE partner schools and our 24 Northwich Educational Partnership schools, heading up the annual Art programme, which displays pupils art work in the local community in an annual display. I am also the Trauma informed practise champion for the NEP, supporting colleagues in further developing their trauma informed practise in order to proactively address wellbeing concerns and offer training for this through the ASPIRER research school. I am passionate about the power of positive thinking and am particularly interested in the philosophy behind ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ and engaging and learning from other positivity champions through Twitter.

I have two children and a beautiful Jack Russell called Frank. I am very proud to lead a school where the first word in the motto is ‘Nurture’ and know that putting Nuture at the core of all of our interactions is a very firm foundation for ensuring that we are able to achieve the very best outcomes for our children and our families.

Date of appoinment and Term of Office 01/09/2013 By Right of Office

Cheryl Hamnett, Support Staff Governor and Governor responsible for Health and Safety

My name is Mrs Cheryl Hamnett and I am the Teaching Support Staff Governor. Those of you who know me already know this and so I’m stating the obvious, but if you don’t know me, I am a Teaching Assistant at your child’s school and have been since 2003 (blimey time flies when you’re having fun!!!!!) I am therefore in school every day and should you wish to find out more about being a Governor or if you have a concern I’d be more than happy to listen and help.

Date of appointment and Term of Office 18 Jan 2021 - 4 Year Term


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



Janet Hughes - Clerk to the Governors

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

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



Joanne Munro Assistant Head Teacher KS2 and Staff Governor

I have been a teacher for over 16 years in both primary and secondary school settings across Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Warrington. Victoria Road Primary School is my first Assistant Headship role and primary school setting where I had to opportunity to experience leadership in ks2 and maths. I am driven personally by the passion to become a headteacher within the next couple of years, and I am constantly striving to develop myself as an outstanding leader.

I believe passionately in quality first teaching and learning, and I have been highly praised for my delivery of outstanding lessons and the use of formative and summative assessment to develop children not only in my own class, but those across the school. I am also passionate about teamworking and the development of not only myself, but of others in order to create a sense of empowerment, for this I have undergone Leadership Coaching through the Fallibroome Trust and have also been involved in the Aspire Trust’s Research school and the Implementation Counts course.

I have a wonderful family – a husband, daughter and a puppy and we believe in ‘making memories’ and having quality family time, so spend all of our free time together having lots of wonderful adventures.

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

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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