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Old Hall

Primary School

Aspirational, Inspirational, Motivational - Aim High

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Governors at Old Hall


Barrie Rostron (Chair of Governors)

Paul Tracey (Vice Chair of Governors and Parent Governor)

Emma Manifold (Parent Governor)

Michael Hankey (Co-opted Governor)

Counsellor Jack Rydherd (Local Authority Governor)

Robert Cooley (Staff Governor)

Nicola Carlile (Headteacher)

Josh Harcup (Associate Governor)


Welcome from our Chair of Governors 

Dear Parents and Carers,

On behalf of all the Governors, welcome to Old Hall Primary School. It is important that as parents and carers you feel welcome. A good relationship between school and home assists every child’s development. Old Hall is a warm and welcoming school where our AIM is to give each child every opportunity to reach the highest possible standards and we strive to ensure that each child achieves their personal best.


AIM stands for Aspirational, Inspirational Motivation and it is an ethos that we pride ourselves on at Old Hall. We are a school that has high expectations of pupils and staff, and we believe that the education we provide will help all the children to become confident, happy and successful people.


Our Ethos is to AIM for maximum progress for each child.


Yours sincerely,


Mr B. Rostron




Please find below the details of our current governor structure and their roles and responsibilities at Old Hall and our Instrument of Governance.

Governor Information 

Mr B Rostron (Chair and Co-opted Governor)


I am a senior partner in a local chartered accountants practice and have been a governor and subsequently chair at Old Hall for in excess of 25 years. There have been many changes in this period with ever increasing responsibility being placed on the governing body and the school leadership team to manage the school performance effectively and efficiently. It is an ongoing but enjoyable challenge in a constantly changing environment.


Mr P Tracey (Vice Chair of Governors and Parent Governor)


I became a Parent Governor at Old Hall in April 2021 following my eldest son starting at the school.


As a Governor, who lives a stones throw away from the school, I want to contribute to the work of the governing board in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for all.

I am a Director within a Large Property Consultancy and hope to bring my passion for ensuring people can develop the skills and confidence to excel to the School which is very close to my heart. As well as having children within the school it is the primary school I attended and as such have a close link to the community and the school as a whole.


 I am an approachable and friendly person who is always willing to help of I can, or work on solutions to ensure the right people for the role are in place to further develop the school and ensure we all grow together, from staff, pupils and carers I want all of us to take responsibility and make Old Hall the best it can be.


Mrs E Manifold (Parent Governor)


I became a Parent Governor at Old Hall in April 2021. I was keen to become involved with Old Hall when my son started attending the school in September 2020. Professionally, I am a Partner at Fieldings Porter Solicitors, qualifying as a solicitor in 2008. My professional role involves advising client with many aspects of the law but in addition, team management and people development are a huge part of my responsibilities within my firm.


I am passionate about providing the best opportunities for all pupils at the school and ensuring they can reach their full potential with a well-rounded curriculum. My role will be to support the challenges faced by senior leadership team and ensure the school continues to strive for high standards and extend my skills in the role as Wellbeing Governor.


What are Governors?


At Old Hall, we enjoy strong links with our Governing Body and the wider community. The Governing Body believes that the current structure is appropriate for its current activities but continually keeps it under review. The Governing Body will also co-opt individuals with specific skills and knowledge to assist in the work of the sub-committees.  

A co-opted governor is one who is appointed by the governing body and is a person who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


Who are we responsible to?  


School governors are responsible to and must be prepared to explain their actions to anyone with a valid interest in the school. This includes parents, staff, pupils, the Local Authority, DfE and the local community.