Governors: Pen Portraits


Kate Hubbard
Chair of Governors

 I am the newly appointed Chair of Governors, I have been a parent governor at Rivacre since 2016 and have 2 children at the school. I work in education and have the experience in school governance and the wider school environment. I am looking forward to watching Rivacre expand and grow over the next few years and hope to maintain and promote the school ethos.

Gemma Flynn
Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor since June 2016. I have a son, Archie, who attends Rivacre Valley and I have volunteered at the school for the past two and a half/three years. I am currently working in the kitchen as my main job at the moment at other schools and have my NVQ level 2 in child care. I feel that my experience and involvement through the schools has a good part to play towards my Governing role. As Parent Governor I have been assigned to be a parent with a familiar face on the playground. I am caring and passionate towards the school, with a familiar, friendly face that is approachable at all times.

Ian Aspden
I was appointed as a co-opted Governor by the Governing Board for a period of 4 years to March 2023. I have particular responsibility for Finance and for Safeguarding of Pupils. I am a member of the Pay Panel. I have been a governor here since 2003 and was Chair of the Governing Body for several years. I thoroughly enjoy working with the school, which is always striving to become even better.

Jed Denham

I have worked at Rivacre Valley Primary School for over 5 years as a class teacher and am the Early Years Lead. I am passionate about providing our children with the best possible education so that each individual reaches their true potential. I have worked in several year groups at the younger end of the school and am currently based in Reception. I am excited about my role as Staff Governor as I feel it will provide further opportunity to work alongside staff, families and our community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and enspiring curriculum.

Jacqui Critchley

I was appointed as the Local Authority Governor by the Governing Board on 13th March 2019. I first became involved with Rivacre Valley Primary School when I was appointed as their Clerk to Governors; a role which has provided me with valuable experience of working with lots of different primary schools and gaining a greater understanding of the education sector. I enjoy my visits to Rivacre which is such a happy, welcoming and nurturing enviroment and have a deep respect for the staff and the work they do to help their children become the best they can be.

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