Amanda Edwards – Chair of Governors
Amanda works in education and became a governor because she wanted to support her children’s school. She was a Governor at her children’s primary school and played a part in the strategic direction of the school. She believed in the ethos and felt that she could support and challenge the school as a governor. She ultimately became the Chair of Governors at Chorlton Park Primary School and during her tenure was inspected twice by Ofsted. Both inspections were rated as Outstanding. When her children moved on to secondary school she was keen to continue to be involved on a strategic level. She became a Governor at Chorlton High School in December 2013 and went onto become the Chair of Governors, until her term ended in Autumn 2017. As well as being the Chair of the CHS South Local Governing Body, she is also Governor at Newall Green High School and a Trustee for the Prospere Trust.
Her professional background is in Special Educational Needs. She has over 25 years’ experience as an Advisory Teacher for SpLD. Amanda has a Masters in Autistic Spectrum and Masters in Management and Education, as well as an Advanced Diploma in SpLD. The knowledge she has gained from being a Governor and Trustee has supported her own professional development and given her greater insight into the strategic management of a school.
In his professional career Mark worked in publishing for 7 years at Manchester’s City Life magazine followed by 25 years working as an account director and company director at a large independent Manchester advertising agency. He now works from home managing a property portfolio. He has previously had 6 years’ experience as a Parent Governor at Chorlton Park Primary. Mark has strong financial management skills and has served on the Resources and Finance Committee since his appointment bringing a strong degree of challenge and scrutiny to the financial management of resources across the school and wider Trust. Mark was elected as a Parent representative of the Chorlton High School Governing Body in 2015 and has served on the Trust Board of the CHS Learning Trust since February 2017. Mark uses his wealth of business skills and expertise as well as his strong understanding of the local community to ensure that the leadership of the school are constantly reflecting on success of their actions, leading the school strategically to ensure that they deliver the very best outcomes for students in our care.
Mark is also Trustee of Prospere Learning Trust.
Jane Clewlow has been teaching since 1999. After completing a BA Honours degree in English Literature at the University of Lancaster and a PGCE in Secondary English Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University, Jane was invited to take part in a DFE initiative called Fast Track Teaching. This programme identified, developed and retained talented individuals in the teaching profession and provided them with an enriched professional development route to early positions of senior leadership. This programme saw Jane take on the role of Head of English at the end of her second year of teaching and then move on to London to set up a new Academy.
From South East London, Jane moved to Manchester where she took up the role as Vice Principal at Salford City Academy. Here Jane was tasked with setting up a new school sixth form. This sixth form provision was praised in the school’s “Good” Ofsted report.
Following on from this role, Jane moved into the role of Vice Principal at the newly formed East Manchester Academy in Beswick. Originally situated in offices across from the school site, the skeleton staffing team prepared the school for the start of 180 students in September 2010. The Ofsted report of 2012 gave the school a “Good” grading with “Outstanding” for leadership and management.
Jane has served as a Governor on the board of two primary schools. Jane is also a resident of Chorlton and has 3 children who attend Chorlton primary schools.