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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Meet the governors

Mr Colin Price (Chair)

I became a Parent Governor when my daughter started at Middlewich High
School in September 2018. Without any previous experience in governance,
or indeed within the education system, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of getting to grips with new my role as a governor.

Although daunting at first, by completing the induction training and various other courses provided by the Local Authority, I have now gained sufficient knowledge to be able to purposefully contribute to the governing body and have recently been elected Chair of Governors.

I am married with two children (my son has just started at Middlewich High
School) and I live in Middlewich, having moved here 15 years ago. I am an
Airline Pilot with British Airways and I enjoy running and playing golf.



Miss Julie Brandreth (Vice Chair)

My teaching career commenced in September 1983 and concluded in August 2019 when I retired from my headship of a local secondary school. I have taught across the 11-18 age, ability and socio-economic range in seven schools, three in the Independent and four in the State sector.

I have a Masters in Business Administration ( Educational Management ) and a keen interest in ongoing school improvement and how to manage that process. I am also Chair of the Governing Body of a Cheshire primary school and a Governor in a Sixth Form College. I can thereby offer experience and understanding of governance at primary, secondary and post-16, as well as knowledge and understanding of academisation, accountability processes, strategic planning and translating policy into practical reality, working with and engaging a variety of stakeholders in the local and wider community.



Mr Mike Finney MBE (Co-opted Governor)

I have recently retired from a 38 year career in Education, have served as a Governor at Middlewich High School for a number of years and am also a Director/ Member of a local Academy group. This experience and the ongoing training I undertake provides me with the opportunity to contribute to the continued development of the school. I support the leadership team and the dedicated staff, both teaching and non teaching, who work tirelessly to provide the best possible learning and personal development opportunities for our pupils.

I am a local resident who is committed to helping to ensure a high quality Secondary education is available in Middlewich for the young people in the area we serve.



Heidi Thurland (Headteacher)

I am the Headteacher here at Middlewich High School. I have worked in education since Sept 2000 when I qualified as a teacher of PE and Business Studies. I have worked in Cheshire East for almost all my career bar a short foray into Stockport for two terms. I have worked in three leadership teams with Middlewich High School being my first Headship. I come from a family of teachers my parents were English teachers, my twin is an Assistant Head at a school in Stourbridge - learning/education is in my DNA. I really enjoy reading, running and cycling and love nothing more than walking my dog in the hills. When I am not out and about you will find me experimenting with cooking or planning my next trip as I love to travel. I am very excited about my role as a Governor and highly invested in ensuring Middlewich High School provides an ambitious curriculum characterized by excellence.



Andy McAdam (Staff Governor)

I have been teaching at Middlewich High School for 28 years, teaching the Sciences (specifically Chemistry). I currently sit as chairperson on the staff welfare committee. I have a good understanding of the school and its place in the wider community, having had the pleasure of working closely with all our primary feeder schools. I have also undertaken charity bag packs in our local supermarkets as part of the World Challenge programme, worked with the Cheshire Show and am not averse to the odd pantomime performance!

I have two daughters, chalk and cheese, but both wonderful! I enjoy (or maybe my wife would say enjoyed!) playing rugby and other sports and am very fortunate to see for myself the way our fabulous students can develop through responsibility and travel, more recently having led student expeditions to places such as India, Kenya and Costa Rica.



Stuart Mayhead (Co-opted Governor)

I commenced my career in the Food and Drinks Industry, working within logistics and manufacturing and gained my Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. I became a General Manager of a £150m turnover business and moved to live in Middlewich. Following a redundancy, I re-trained at Manchester Metropolitan University gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education. After gaining a teaching post with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, I taught and assessed qualifications for adults in logistics and management subjects across the world.

After 10 years I accepted a post in Abu Dhabi as Head of Programme at the Military Logistics Academy and lived in Dubai. Returning home 3 years later I worked delivering NVQ level 2-5 for Real Time Training as well as designing and delivering commercial bespoke training. Retiring in 2015 in 2017 I became a Governor of a local Primary School where I chair the Safeguarding & Finance committee. In 2019 I joined the Governing Body of Middlewich High School.