Meet the Governors
Our current Governors are:
Katie Siddall (Chair)
I have a background in education and taught Secondary Science at Buxton Community School for 12 years, after which I was asked to teach Year 13 Biology at New Mills School. Over the years I taught all three sciences to GCSE, Biology at A level and mentored PGCE students and new teachers. I also worked for an agency that provided tutors for children who could not access school due to mental health reasons. Teaching and tutoring were both incredibly rewarding and have provided me with a skill set I can carry through life. I have now left education and have retrained as a fire safety assessor specialising in the hospitality and care industry. Although a big change in career I am now able to concentrate more on the important things in life…family.
I have 2 children who attend Ash Grove Academy, both of whom attended another local school before joining Ash Grove. Changing school was by far the best decision, Ash Grove is an incredible school, with staff that truly care about every child and their progress; not only academically but also emotionally. I decided to apply to be a governor to give something back to the school and was overwhelmed at the opportunity to become Chair. I feel my background in education has given me an excellent understanding of the complexities of school life; being able to see things from both perspectives, parent and teacher, will enable me to serve the school and pupils well.
I have a background in sales and marketing. I live and work locally in Macclesfield for a company that designs and builds exhibition stands throughout the UK and internationally.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, running and going to the gym. I am also a keen Macclesfield Town supporter.
I have been a reading volunteer at Ash Grove for approximately 4 years. When I first walked into Ash Grove I was completely overwhelmed with the energy and positivity that the school exudes. There are huge challenges throughout the school but the dedication of all staff and the desire to provide the best education and opportunities for the children is truly inspirational. Being a governor is a real privilege and allows me to make a positive contribution to such a great school.
I am currently a school governor where I am responsible for ensuring the wider curriculum is implemented effectively. I have always been passionate about volunteering and during my time at the University of Manchester, I was involved in many charitable causes. It has been this experience which has really opened my eyes and showed me the importance of giving back to the community. Seeing Ash Grove Academy and the work the school does has only enhanced this desire and I hope to be a part of the schools progression for many years to come.
I studied Law with Politics at the University of Manchester, before completing my Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Manchester. I am currently a Commercial Litigation paralegal at a law firm in Manchester and my long term aim is to become a solicitor. In my free time, I enjoy reading fantasy books, boxing and watching football.
I have worked in Macclesfield as a Health Visitor for the past 17 years and work as part of the Ash Grove health visiting team so feel that I know and understand the issues facing families at Ash Grove.
I also volunteer at the school by listening to children read in Year 6 which is my favourite part of the week!
All four of my children attended school in Macclesfield and I was a Governor at their Primary School for 10 years. I am proud to be serving as a Governor at Ash Grove and look forward to supporting the school and its community.