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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 Andrew Gibson

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.