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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Meet the governors

Mr Andrew Gibson (Chair)

I have been a governor at Middlewich High School for a number of years, having seen my three children progress successfully through the school. 

I was initially a Parent Governor but am now a Community Governor.  I am proud to serve as Chair of Governors and hope my experience adds to the strong leadership and governance team the school has.

I work in Manchester as a solicitor specialising in employment and education law, and bring what I can from that role to help in the governance of the school. I am also currently Chair of Governors at Byley Primary School and consider the strong links the school has with its feeder primaries and the local community to be a real strength.


Mr Mike Finney MBE

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.


Mr Will Hibbert

I began my teaching career at Middlewich High School in 1969 where I taught a range of subjects including PE, Music and the Humanities. I was also involved in the many extra curricular activities that the school offers including concerts, drama productions and residential visits.

Since my retirement I have continued to support the school as a Community Governor, with a special interest in Safeguarding. I also support staff and students on school visits and events, maintain contact with staff by attending meetings. As part of my role as a school Governor, I have recently attended courses on Safeguarding and Emotional Health.


Rev. Simon Drew

I am the Rector of St Michael’s Church in Middlewich. I have been a governor of the school since 2011, and have had two children attend the school in recent years. I have previously been a governor at two primary schools before coming to live in Middlewich. I have also worked as a civil engineer for a local authority. I am often in school helping with assemblies and lessons.


Mr Colin Price (Parent Governor)

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 have thoroughly enjoyed the
challenge of getting to grips with my new role as a governor.

Although a bit daunting at first, by completing the governor induction training
provided by the Local Authority, I have gained sufficient knowledge to now
feel confident enough to be able to contribute to the governing body and
ultimately make a difference to our school.

I am married with two children (my son is currently at Middlewich Primary
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.


Mrs Janet Langford

As a former secondary school teacher, I have always been passionate about every student achieving their full potential.  Becoming a parent of a child with special educational needs gave me a new insight and an even greater commitment to this.  I was a Governor at my daughter’s primary school and soon after she joined Middlewich High School I became a Parent Governor at this school.  I continued this role until she left to attend Sir John Deane’s College in 2006, when I was appointed a Community Governor.  I am a Governor with responsibility for our students who have special educational needs and this is something which I consider to be an immense privilege.


Mrs Helen Clayton (Parent Governor) 

I have been a parent governor at MHS for 3 years and currently have 1 child attending the school, while my eldest has just left, after 5 successful years, to continue his education at Sir John Deane's 6th Form College. 

Middlewich High School has given both of my children some fantastic opportunities through their education and as a governor I am pleased to be able to give a little something back.

I believe very strongly in the “Excellence in Learning, Achievement for All” ethos of the school and as such, am passionate about every child enjoying their education and being given the opportunity to thrive whilst at MHS. 

Outside of school, I love my job supporting young people leaving the care system in and around Cheshire. In my spare time I co-run a local Youth Theatre based in Middlewich. 


Miss Julie Brandreth (Co-Opted Governor)

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.