Meet the Governors

Kevin Unsworth ~ Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor of the Acorns Primary and Nursery School and Whitley Village Federated School in July 2017.
Until 2016 I was chair of Governors at my local village school, so I am no stranger to the governor role and I am really looking forward to working alongside Mrs Mansfield and the team.

It’s a real privilege to be part of your school. Being a governor always gives me a great sense of pride, helping support the school to nurture, develop and educate your children ready for their step into high school and beyond.

My wife, Mrs Unsworth, currently teaches in Year 1/2 at The Acorns, so whilst I am new to the governing body I am aware of all the great work the staff, children and parents have done and continue to do across both schools.


Away from being a governor I work for Lloyds Banking group, and have done for the last 20 years. When not travelling to London, or other parts of the country I like to find time to get out on my bike, and when the weather isn’t kind I tend to be at home with my head in a good book…when my 2 daughters allow me the time!

Hannah Broom ~ Head Teacher

As Executive Headteacher of the Federation, I am privileged to sit on the Governing Body and attend all Committee and Full Governing Body meetings. Our Governing Body is a pleasure to work with. They are a group of dedicated and committed people who strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils. We have worked hard together as a team to clarify our aims and objectives and have a shared vision of every pupil being the best they can be in school and in life.


 Vacancy ~ Local Authority Governor

Nic Jevons ~ Parent Governor

Through my role as an experienced teacher, I have knowledge of working in a small village school as part of a federation, as well as currently working within a large 2-form entry primary school in Widnes as Assistant Headteacher.

As a current parent of a Year 2 child and Reception child at Whitley Village School, I have been delighted with the support and nurture all staff provide, as well as the high attainment and progress my son has made. I would like to contribute and support the schools through the role as parent governor




     Geraldine Godwin ~ Co-opted Governor


              Dawn Gelder ~ Staff Governor







Sue Jones ~ Co-opted Governor

I recently moved into the area having lived in Derby for over 30 years. I was a governor in Derby for a federation of two diverse primary schools and wanted to continue with a similar commitment. I have taken on the role of Pupil Premium Governor.

I have taught Chemistry to 11-18 year olds for over 30 years and continue to stay up to date with all changes in education.
In my free time, I am a Brownie Guide leader and a Trainer for Girlguiding.

Martin Nield ~ Co-opted Governor

I've been a Governor at the Acorns since 1998.  During this time I've served as Chair and Vice Chair.  I also serve on the Finance, Personnel, and Premises Committee and am also safeguarding link governor. 

Before retiring, I spent 35 years in the nuclear industry in various roles, the last being responsible for training at the site. Since retirement I’ve operated as a part-time Chester Tour guide.

I feel it's very important that our schools provide the best opportunities we can for all our children.

Crystal Rees ~ Parent Governor

I have a son currently in year 6, and an older daughter. I have been a parent governor for over four years now and am really enjoying being part of the school team. I am the link governor for SEND (special educational needs and disability) and also maths within the Federation. I am on the School Improvement Committee and often help with other developments and events within the Federation. I worked in education with children with special educational needs after leaving university in 2004, and then moved onto a new path in nursing and midwifery in 2012.

Di Buckley ~ Co-opted Governor; Vice Chair

When I initially became a governor at Whitley Village School our priorities were to increase numbers on roll and ensure the school was at the heart of the community. Since then there have been many challenging and exciting stages on our journey. The collaboration has gone from strength to strength and I am proud to be part of the leadership team. Through a great deal of hard work and perseverance, both schools are thriving.

The students are very proud of their schools and attitudes to learning are very positive as a result of fantastic teaching and an engaging curriculum. In my personal life, I am an English teacher at a High School and live locally to Whitley Village School. Both my children attend Whitley School and are very happy; they love going to school and are both thriving.


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Contact the School

The Acorns Primary and Nursery School

Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED

Main Contact: Mrs H. Broom, Executive Head Teacher

Tel: 0151 355 1546

SEN Contact: Mrs K Bentley

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