Marc is an avid Manchester United fan who is currently Head of Projects/Business Engagement -Governance, Risk and Compliance (Corporate security) for HMRC He has also worked as the Director of Corporate Security for the UK Health Security Agency and held Deputy Director posts in both the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and Social Care. Marc has been a governor at our school since January 2018 and served as the chair of the finance committee until he was elected as Chair of Governors in 2019.
Jenny is an experienced Secondary Headteacher, having led three schools in Greater Manchester between 2012 and 2022, including taking one out of Special Measures and another to its best-ever results.Prior to Headship, Jenny worked in a large Multi-Academy Trust leading Assessment, Teaching and Learning across the group as well as fulfilling senior leadership roles in three different academies. Having started her career as a teaching assistant in a school for young people with severe and profound learning needs and moving though English teaching into leadership, she has a wide breadth of educational experience.
Julia has been teaching in Manchester for 20 years and has worked at 4 different primary schools within the city at different levels of leadership. Julia is currently a deputy headteacher at a local Primary school and leads on Inclusion, including Safeguarding, SEND and pupil well-being. Julia is Level 3 DSL trained, have completed the National SENDCO award and have recently successfully completed the National Qualification for Headship. Julia also teaches some sessions on the PGCE course at Manchester University on Emotions Coaching. ‘I enjoy being a governor at Manchester Hospital Schools as I am an avid believer that all children have the right to the very best education from the very best educators and this is the core vision and values that the school is striving to achieve.
After qualifying as an Occupational Therapist Tessa’s passion for working with young people led her to pursue a career in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has worked in a range of mental health settings; acute inpatient, crisis care, community camhs and most recently as part of the Paediatric liaison team at RMCH. Tessa has experience working with young people experiencing a wide range of neurodevelopmental, mental and physical health conditions. This has given Tessa significant insight into the lived experience of the young people and families she has worked with. Working with young people in a range of settings confirmed Tessa’ s belief that education is an integral part of recovery. As an OT she is passionate about supporting young people to engage in occupations which are meaningful to them. Tessa became a governor at the Manchester Hospital School in 2017. Aside from work Tessa Ioves running, travel, the arts and hiking in the great outdoors.
Liz is a retired Headteacher who has worked in schools in Manchester for over 40 years. For seven years Liz was Headteacher of an 11- 18 large comprehensive school in South Manchester. Here, she was the lead school in a Trust of three Secondary schools , which gave her the opportunity to work and share good practice with two other Headteachers and undertake quality assurance across the Trust. Previous to that Liz eas was Deputy Head with my main responsibility being curriculum and assessment and regularly met with other deputies across the city. Liz has also had various responsibilities as Assistant Head in the school which have involved working with a range of institutions including Universities and a variety of businesses.
Nicola has been a parent governor with Manchester Hospital Schoolfor for over 3 years. ‘Being part of a governing body has enabled me to see the opportunities given to children and the hard and dedicated work of the staff here at Manchester Hospital School. My son spent some time in RMCH in 2018 and he was in and out of hospital over the following 3 years. Whilst in hospital and on his return home he received support with his education and this helped immensely with his transition back into full time school.’ Nicola currently works in a financial role helping vulnerable adults in Manchester, these skills she brings to the governing board along with empathy and a dedication to the children to receive the care, education and motivation they deserve.
Before becoming a teacher, I was a qualified Physiotherapist working for Salford Royal Foundation Trust. After traveling for four years, I completed my PGCE and became a Teacher of Humanities. Prior to working at Manchester Hospital School, I gained several years of experience working at a variety of mainstream secondary schools around Greater Manchester. I am currently completing my NPQBLC. I am very passionate about helping children to achieve their full potential.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Governing Body has a number of duties and responsibilities towards all its stakeholders; students, staff, parents, the local authority and all our partners.
The role includes:
Quality and Standards
Ensuring the school fulfils its statutory duties and meets legal requirements
Setting challenging targets
Ensuring the school has adequate resources to meet the needs of the pupils and that it uses best value principles in setting its budget
Ensuring all pupils are supported with their transition
Establishing a clear vision for the school and setting the strategic aims
Communicating this vision to pupils, staff, Parents and stakeholders
Developing shared values and principles based on an explicit moral purpose
Monitoring and evaluating performance and progress
Relationships with stakeholders
Ensuring the school is accountable to all stakeholders
Building and nurturing a close relationship with young people and their families
Caring for the welfare of pupils and staff
The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Local Authority, parents, staff of the school and co-opted members from the community. Representatives are elected for a period of four years. The Governing Body meets to discuss issues concerned with the school. Minutes of the meetings are available for reference at the school. Members of the Governing Body are always willing to discuss school matters and can be contacted via the school office.
The Governing Body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance:
Chair of Governors: Marc Smith
Vice Chair of Governors: Julia Scott
Parent Governors: Jenny Langley, Nicola Chapman
LA Governor: Marc Smith
Co-opted Governors: Julia Scott, Liz Hole
Staff Governor: Elizabeth Air
Headteacher: Janet Doherty
Resources Committee: Marc Smith, Jenny Langley (Chair), Janet Doherty, Nicola Chapman
Curriculum Committee: Tessa Hutton (Chair), Julia Scott, Liz Hole, Jenny Langley, Janet Doherty, Elizabeth Air
Pay Committee: March Smith (Chair), Jenny Langley, Liz Hole, Tessa Hutton, Julia Scott
If you wish to contact the Chair of the Governing Body, please do so using the following address:
Link Governors Governor Staff Safeguarding including attendance Julia Scott Janet Doherty SEND & Equalities Tessa Hutton Gwen Rees-Moffitt Wellbeing (pupils) Tessa Hutton Janet Doherty Curriculum and standards Liz Hole Joanna Goodfellow Health and Safety Nicola Chapman Catherine Charnock Post 16 and Careers Jenny Langley Lisa Biggar Stakeholder voice including staff (including staff wellbeing), pupils and parents and medical practitioners Nicola Chapman / Elizabeth Air Janet Doherty Pupil Premium Liz Hole Ruth Sheard-Pearson Governor Attendance
Governor Training Record
Register of Business Interests
Governor Expenses Policy
Governor Expenses Policy Governor Code of Conduct
Governor Code of Conduct Governor Privacy Notice
Governor Privacy Notice Collecting and publishing governing board diversity data
The governing body of Manchester Hospital School currently holds data on each governor in relation to their gender and age.
Governors have agreed to collect further data on their ethnicity and disability/medical condition status.
Governors have agreed to collect and review this data internally rather than publish to ensure that individuals cannot be identified, as the numbers are low