Local School Board

The Local School Board or Governing Body comprises of 14 individuals who work together to lead and manage our School.

Black Firs School is part of the CmaT family of schools.

Our Governors have an active role in the life of the School. They have a strategic view. They ensure the quality of educational provision and have responsibility to be 'critical friends' - challenging and monitoring the performance of the School.

Governors are appointed as representatives of three groups: Appointed, Parent and Staff governors and all serve for a four year term of office. In addition, School Council are invited each term to feedback their views to Governors.

If you wish to contact our Local Governing Body Chair, Dr David Wood, you can do so via email at or by using the contact form or by writing to Dr D Wood, Chair of Governors, c/o Black Firs School, Longdown Road, Congleton, CW12 4QJ.

Our Local Governing Board has three Sub-Committees: Finance; Curriculum, Personnel & Welfare; General Purposes. We also have a Strategic working group.

The Local Governing Body holds 3 meetings each academic year, all of which are held in the Staffroom at Black Firs School commencing at 4.30pm. Meeting dates for the 2017/18 academic year are:
16th November 2017    
22nd March 2018     
28th June 2018
Appointed Governors  
 Name  Terms of Office  Declaration(s)
Dr David Wood - Chair 12.7.17  11.7.21 None which conflict
Dr Paul Horrocks - Vice chair  12.7.17  11.7.21 None which conflict
Sharon Bowker 29.6.17- 28.6.21 Finance Director at CmaT
Aileen Markin 28.9.17- 27.9.21 None which conflict
Sharon May  22.3.18- 21.3.22 Headteacher at Pack Moor Primary School
Andrew Pear  29.6.17 - 28.6.21 Trustee at CmaT

Ex-Officio Governor
Martin Casserley Ex-Officio 1998  Director: CeCP  and Director: eCAPH
Parent Governors 
Rachel Cam  10.1.15 - 9.1.19  None which conflict
Paul Hanks  28.9.17- 27.9.21  None which conflict
Greg Roche 28.9.17- 27.9.21  None which conflict
Teaching Staff Governors
Toby Hassall  20.7.17 - 19.7.21  None which conflict
Support staff Governors
Beverley Webb  28.9.17- 27.9.21  None which conflict
Others attending
 Daphne Wright - Deputy Head    None which conflict
 Claire Gritton - Clerk    None which conflict
Governors who were appointed by the LGB and served in the last 12 months
Governors' Attendance Data 2017/18
Governor No. of Possible Meetings No. of Meetings Attended

Sub-Committees meet three times each academic year in the Staffroom at Black Firs School. 
Meeting dates for the 2017/18 academic year are:
 General Purposes (4.30pm)    25th January 2018   3rd May 2018
 Curriculum & Personnel (4:30pm)    1st March 2018  24th may 2018
 Finance (4:30pm)    8th March 2018  7th June 2018
 Full Governors (4:30pm) 16th November 2017  22nd March 2018   28th June 2018