MIKE GEORGE - JOINT CHAIR
Mike is a town councillor & chairman of the Court Lodge Residents Association.
He has a long time interest in the school & its predecessors his children & a granddaughter being former pupils.
Mike, in addition to being vice chairman of the Governing Body has special responsibilities for Safeguarding, Looked After children & Health & Safety.
After 22 years working for the Woolwich Building Society, a part time job for Relate (marriage counselling) during maternity leave steered me into a new direction.
I was one of the co founders of Surrey Young Carers Project, back in 1997 which was a fascinating and rewarding role. My eyes were opened and I became truly aware of how many children are actually caring throughout their sometimes difficult childhoods.
I have five children of my own (one with a learning difficulty) and nine grandchildren, all of whom keep me busy and poor! But it was always extremely important to me that my children received the best education possible. I was always interested in whatever they did and tried to be supportive.
So when I was given the opportunity to be the School Home Link Worker at Manorfield in 2007, I jumped at the chance.
This role brought together my Relate days, my Surrey Young Carer work and my life as a mum! I absolutely loved meeting so many parents and their lovely children and became passionate about Manorfield School and helping to improve the outcomes for all the children.
So when I retired it felt a natural progression to become a governor. It's from a different perspective, but I hope I can continue supporting and liaising with the staff to keep all our children safeguarded, happy and educated to the highest level.
I am a former pupil of Manorfield School who now works in business intelligence at our local ambulance trust. After attending a range of Horley's schools I completed my degree in PPE at the University of Oxford. I have also recently become a town councillor for Horley West ward, of which the school is part. Today's children deserve the same support to achieve their potential that I was able to benefit from when I was younger, and I chose serve as a governor to help enable this
My name is Rachel and I am the mother of twins in the school, Isabelle and Alexander. I am really impressed by the enthusiasm of the teaching and the ethos of the school's ERICA values.
I am a qualified Paediatric Nurse working in the NHS. I currently work as a Neonatal Senior Sister and Practice Educator. The welfare of children and families is at the heart of my work and becoming a parent governor will enable me to invest these skills into the school.
KAREN SCHOFIELD - JOINT CHAIR
I have gained skills and had many years of experience of working and caring for children as a parent, grandparent, foster carer, Specialist Teaching Assistant and Children’s Social Worker.
I believe passionately that children must be at the centre of our practise, given a voice and encouraged to participate in all areas of their lives, education, and their community.
I am delighted to be part of the Manorfield Governing Body and aim to use my experience to support the school values and vision enabling our children to be cared for, have a holistic, good quality education, and be respected and valued as individuals.
My name is Anna and I have 2 children at Manorfield.
I’m a ‘stay at home parent’ and since my eldest started at the school 6 years ago I have enjoyed the roles of school helper, class rep and I am part of the Parent Council helping to raise much needed funds for the school.
My work background is in distribution, staff training and retail management. I currently host French students who are on school trips for 3/4 nights a week. They are aged between 11-18 and I host up to four children giving them a warm home, good food and fabulous British hospitality.
My children have been very happy at Manorfield and I want to use my role as parent governor to support the governing body continue to ensure every child at Manorfield has the warm and happy environment they need to thrive at school.
My name is Mike, I am the father of two boys, Oliver and Sam who have successfully gone through the state school system, in a safe and fulfilling way.
I believe it to be important that ALL children can similarly have every opportunity to do the same and realise whatever ambitions they have in an equally secure and safe setting for learning.
In my working life I have 35 years’ experience in the Medical Technology sector, strategically engaging with Senior NHS leaders, local Health Trusts/Authorities and central government, in the adoption of new technologies for the betterment of health provision for ALL.
At Manorfield Primary School, with its principles of ERICA, I am excited to join the schools governing body to support, pupils, staff and the Senior Leadership Team in their drive for the betterment of education for ALL.