Meet the Governors
I joined Fox Wood School in September 2015 as Headteacher. I have taught and held Management positions in both Mainstream and Special schools and have always had a passion for enabling each individual child, young person and member of staff to reach their potential and to become as happy, motivated, skilled and confident as possible. I believe strongly in the importance of developing independence and am adept at finding innovative ways to make things possible!
I am very proud to be Head Teacher at Fox Wood and feel that we are very fortunate to have excellent facilities, a fantastic staff team and - most importantly - pupils who inspire us and help us make our world a better place.
Co-opted Chair of Governors
Hi, I am Trish Chapman and I am Chair of Governors at Fox Wood School and have been for approximately 5 years. I have three grown up children, one of whom has Down Syndrome and attended Green Lane School. I was a Parent Governor at Green Lane for 11 years, before becoming a member of staff and a Staff Governor for 8 years. I am now retired and enjoy looking after my grandchildren. I feel that being a parent of a daughter with a disability, helps me to understand some of the issues for parents and pupils alike. I am friendly and approachable and care deeply that our pupils deserve the best that we can give them.
Local Authority Governor and College Link Governor
I qualified as a teacher in 1971 commencing my career in Warrington Secondary Schools until 1991 when I decided to follow my dream of working in Special Education. I consider myself fortunate to have secured a post in the then Loushers Lane, now Foxwood, school. Subsequently, with the support of the Local Authority and the school I was able to achieve a Diploma in Special Educational Needs specialising in the education of pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Autism.
In 2005 I made the very difficult decision to take early retirement to take the time to travel with my husband. I continued to teach on a supply basis to Foxwood.
Having been Teacher Governor for several years, after my retirement the Authority appointed me as a Local Authority Governor. I have valued this opportunity as I have been able use my experience in the school to give support through various changes. I also took the Role of Vice Chair of the Governors for many years a post I later had to relinquish because of family commitments. Whenever possible I attend training to keep up to date with new initiatives and innovations.
I support the school motto and am totally devoted to the education and well being of pupils, students and staff of Foxwood.
I am proud to be a member of the Governing Body who are committed to encouraging children and young adults to reach their potential in a safe and happy environment
I was the Headteacher of Woolston Brook School (formerly Grappenhall Hall School) until August 2019. I have always had a real passion for special educational needs and ensuring that the pupils in my care make progress.
I became a governor at Fox Wood because I believe I have a great deal of experience to offer, as a result of my career in special education (34 years in special schools and 24 as a head teacher)
I believe that the pupils in any school should be making progress and that none should be marginalised. To do this successfully the school has to have a unified and talented staff. As a governor I believe it is our purpose to support the Headteacher in achieving these things and provide sufficient challenge to be sure that we can be confident in the performance of the school.
For many years my work has focussed on Youth and Community work, Social Education and the Care Industry. Two and a half years ago, I joined the Walton Lea Partnership as Head of Learning, Development and Safeguarding. I am privileged to be part of an organisation working to improve the lives of young people and adults with learning disabilities in Warrington.
I am committed to making an effective personal contribution to the work and development of the governing body and share the enthusiasm of all to help drive the continued improvement of the school.
I became a Governor at Fox Wood School in March 2018, having volunteered here for a short time. I have been a school Governor periodically since my children were in primary school, retiring as Vice Chair in September 2017. I retired from the Fire and Rescue Service in 2012 and, in my spare time, enjoy DIY projects and keeping fit and active.
I am a teacher at Fox Wood School and have been with the school for over 4 years – a period of time which I have enjoyed massively and take great pride in. I have been a teacher for 9 years, initially starting off in mainstream education before finding my calling in SEND. My aim is to use my experience to support the Head Teacher and governing body to further strengthen our already fantastic provision and to provide the best possible support to our pupils. As a member of staff on the Governing Body, I aim to offer an insight into school activities and give a professional knowledge of the school's strengths and areas for development. I am passionate about providing our pupils with the broadest education possible which is filled with wonderful and meaningful experiences, something which I feel Fox Wood do exceptionally well already – and I aim to contribute to the continuous development of the learning experience of our pupils as much as I possibly can.
Most people will know me as Patrick’s Dad. I have been involved with Fox Wood School and Woolston College for many years, after moving Patrick from another school.
I was immediately struck by the warm and friendly environment as soon as I walked into Fox Wood. The Fox Wood Family have been instrumental in Patrick’s progression into the young man he is today, I can honestly say I wish he had started Fox Wood earlier in his educational journey.
I am passionate about children/young adults with special needs and not afraid to challenge people / the local authority when I feel they aren’t doing enough to support the students, and will happily be their voice to ensure people listen. I do my best to play an active role in contributing to the school’s success and achievements.
I have many years of experience dealing with the woefully inadequate support to parents with children / young adults with special needs, and will do my utmost to improve the help given to schools by Government / the Local Authority.
I want to give something back to the school that gave Patrick so much, and be a part of Fox Wood’s progression into the future.