Jamie Whyte – Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at the school since September 2012, and was appointed Chair of Governors in Summer 2016. I have three children at Tyntesfield, and I have lived in Sale almost all of my life. As well as being Chair of Governors, I also chair the curriculum committee, and am named governor for pupil performance, computing, and science.

By day, I work for Trafford Council - heading up a data and technology lab, helping people use data to make decisions. I am passionate about trying to make sure everyone has the opportunity to experience and access information and technology.

I am really proud to be in this position where I am able to support and challenge the school, and hope to do so for many years to come.

Kylie Spark - Headteacher

I have been Headteacher at Tyntesfield for eight years and in that time the school has developed and grown to become an 'Outstanding' school.

Our Mission Statement 'We grow as learners, to be the best we an be, through care, collaboration and challenge' is at the heart of our work and it is a privilege to work with such hard working and committed staff and governors who strive to ensure the very best for every child.

Tyntesfield is a vibrant, exciting, forward-thinking school and it is a privilege to be headteacher here.

Mary Savege

My son started in the nursery in 2004 so I have been involved with the school for some time now. He has now moved on to secondary school but remembers many happy times at Tyntesfield. My daughter is currently in Year 5 and loves her time at school.

I joined the governing body as I wanted to play a part in making sure my children’s education was of a high standard and because I had the spare time to commit to the role.

As a governor I am in the Curriculum, Personnel and Building committees. In addition to this I am the named governor for Literacy, EAL and for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education.

In my time as a governor I have gained quite an insight into the work that goes into providing our children with a good education and I am enjoying being part of the team that helps this continue. I have developed a good working relationship with the staff and gain an invaluable insight into policies implementation and impact within school.

I also go into school as a parent helper. When possible I read with children in my daughter’s class and help with Woody Wanderers. I am a qualified teaching assistant so I have knowledge and experience that are useful in my role as governor.

Karen Eccles

I'm a Human Resources Consultant and after a long career in the Corporate world I'm now self-employed undertaking a variety of HR and Learning related activities for a number of small and medium companies.

My interest in Tyntesfield began over 20 years ago when my daughter attended the school. She was very happy here and I've been delighted to see the school continue to flourish. I'm pleased to have the chance to support the school as a governor.

In my spare time I like holidays (lazy ones generally), I love to read, socialise, watch quiz shows, and I enjoy knitting. To keep fit, I try to to the gym and to swim and I also do some ice skating occasionally.

Jean Arnold

I am a retired primary school teacher. My children attended Tyntesfield School during which time I was on the P.T.A.committee. I am a member of The Avenue Church.

Becoming a Community Governor gave me the opportunity to give something back to the school. I am currently on the Personnel Committee, a link Governor to Special Educational Needs and Early Years Foundation Stage and one of the Head Teacher's performance management governors.

Jane Pope

I have proudly and happily worked at Tyntesfield since 2004. I am the Nursery Teacher and have the privilege of being at the beginning of the children’s learning journey. I have been teaching since 1996 and my passion has always been Early Years. This is my second term of office on the Governing body. I enjoy being part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team who are constantly striving to improve our school.

I am a mother of two daughters and enjoy spending time with my family. My family are keen cooks and enjoy finding and trying out new restaurants. I love travelling and not only enjoy the holiday but get great pleasure planning the trip. My new venture is having an allotment with my husband and some friends. My husband does all the hard work and I collect the produce and cook it!!

Deborah Turner

My eldest son attends Tyntesfield and hopefully when the time comes, my younger son will too.

I have been a qualified 11-18 school teacher for fifteen years, and have worked in special education at a senior leadership level in various roles for ten of these. My roles have included managing the Looked after Children education team and a KS3/KS4 Pupil Referral Unit. I was Deputy Head teacher at an Alternative Provision Academy for several years before taking up my current role leading a school Support Service in a neighbouring authority.

I really enjoy being a governor here at Tyntesfield. I sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and am the link governor for safeguarding. I feel privileged to be able to contribute to, and be a part of, the schools continuous journey of development and growth.

Helen Johnson

I have been a Parent at Tyntesfield for 10 years and a Governor for 4. Prior to being elected I helped regularly within the school. It seemed a natural progression to become involved with the board of governors. I currently sit on two committees (curriculum and buildings). I am also the named governor for reading, KS1 and KS2. I enjoy every aspect of being a governor. It offers me a unique opportunity to see and be involved in the decisions that make our school outstanding.

Siobhan Thompson

I have worked at Tyntesfield for 12 years now and in my current role as school office manager, have been fortunate in developing an excellent relationship with the whole school community.

I have been a staff governor since October 2012 and feel privileged to work with such a hardworking, motivated and dedicated staff team and governing body. I am the PE link governor and sit on the curriculum and finance committees. As a Governor, I am keen to support the head and staff in ensuring that all pupils’ have a great experience of school and that they achieve their full potential through the very best education and care, learning in a positive, safe, warm and friendly school environment.

I believe Tyntesfield is going from strength to strength and I look forward to being a part of this in the years to come.

Carys Stockton

I was lucky enough to begin my teaching career at Tyntesfield in 2014 and in the years following I have learnt so much from the wonderful staff, children and wider school community. I am a class teacher, Art Coordinator and a member of the Mastery in Maths team. I took my seat as Staff Governor on the Governing Body and the Curriculum Committee in September 2016 and have thoroughly enjoyed working on the continued development of our school with such a dedicated team.

There is a truly special feel to Tyntesfield Primary School. The children and staff fully embody our school values in every aspect of school life and celebrate learning in everything they do. I consider myself very fortunate to work here.

Councillor John Holden

I came to Tyntesfield in 2004 when I was asked to become a governor after my first election as a councillor in that year.

A relative newcomer to the area, having arrived in the mid-nineties, I now live about a mile from the school with my wife Christine and our new dog Milo. I come to the school after a career in business, the army and latterly as a local politician.

The first steps in a child’s education are the most important, setting the scene for everything that is to come. I am keen to support Tyntesfield as it continues to provide the best possible foundation for every child’s education and future.

Tabitha Gardner

I joined the Governing body at Tyntesfield in February 2017, and I have been a Governor previously at South Trafford College for 8 years.

I have been involved with Tyntesfield for 6 years as a parent of two children at school and as part of the PTA. I now have one child in year 5 although both have had a fantastic experience of education thanks to the high standards of achievement and support at Tyntesfield.

My main role on the Governing body is to bring financial advice to the team. I am a chartered public sector accountant, and I will be chairing the finance committee as well as providing financial advice to the Governing body.


Pupils very much enjoy coming to school... They feel safe in the stimulating environment into which they are warmly welcomed... One pupil stated that, ‘You can be yourself here.’

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