Mrs Emma Bailey
I joined the great team at WKPS In September 2014 as the new Deputy Headteacher. Seven years later, I was privileged to be appointed the 10th Headteacher. As Headteacher of West Kirby Primary School I am a member of our Governing Body and attend all Committee and Full Governing Body meetings.
Following the completion of a BEd Honours degree at Liverpool Hope University, I completed an MSc in Education. More recently I have successfully completed my NPQH. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught across the primary age range at WKPS and other Wirral and Cheshire Schools.
Working with the Governors at our school is vital to ensure the best outcomes and experiences for all of the children at our school, which is always my aim. As a mum to my son Ellis, I know that everyone wants the best for their child and we need to work in partnership with all stakeholders to achieve this.
In my leisure time I enjoy reading, swimming, walking and spending time with family.
Mr John Cresswell
Chair of Governors
I have been a Local Authority nominated Governor since 2008 and am currently chair of the governing body. I was raised in Leeds before attending Durham University to study Applied Physics and Electronics. After moving south for work, I returned to Durham as a mature PhD student – before another two moves for work saw me finally settling in West Kirby with my wife in 2001. We have one daughter who attends WKPS.
I work as an IT Manager, specialising in security, for an inspection and testing company in Ellesmere Port. When I find the time, my main interests are walking, cooking and folk music. And one day soon I hope to get round to re-starting running.
Mrs Chris Gill
I have been a co-opted and community governor at West Kirby Primary School for about 25 years now.
I have worked on all of the committees over the years. I do have a special interest in Safeguarding, Special Needs and Early Years.
I have worked as a Counsellor with Children and Adults for 18 years in various places such as Probation, Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, Sure Start Centres and presently at schools across Wirral, Liverpool and Cheshire.
I run a Domestic Violence Programme for Women in Wirral.
I have been a Supervisor, Special Needs Coordinator and Safeguarding Deputy at St Agnes Pre School for over 35 years - now just one morning a week, but love it!
I sing in The Liverpool Harmonic Gospel choir and I play the Melodeon in the band for the Mockbeggar Morris dancers.
As well as the above, I love walking and swimming.
Mrs Catherine Howell
I am a parent governor, taking up the role in 2018. I have two sons, the elder of which is enjoying his time at WKPS. By profession I am a secondary school Maths teacher and have worked both locally and internationally. I enjoy running and yoga and I am a qualified yoga teacher. I am passionate about education and well-being and hope to support the school with my time and professional skill set.
Mrs Tracey McCann
Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum Leader and SENDCo
I have been a staff governor at West Kirby since 2012; I previously held the post of parent governor at my children’s school. I am married with four grown up children. My aim as a governor is to do everything I can to make sure that everything is in place for children at WKPS to reach their full education potential. I enjoy being on our Governing Body and see the vital role that governors do in working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.
Mrs Louise Wood
I am a co-opted Governor and I have two young children one of whom is at WKPS, the other in nursery.
I work full time as Head of Internal Communications at the University of Chester having previously worked in both the public and private sector including pharmaceutical, NHS, FMCG and Public Health.
Outside of work I am President of West Kirby Women's Institute and a Director of the Cheshire Commonwealth Association. I am also half French.
I am passionate about the importance of clear communication and look forward to supporting the school's work in ensuring a superlative experience for both the children and parents.
Mrs Eleanor Hope
My name is Eleanor Hope and I am a co-opted governor. I have three children – two of them attend WKPS. I grew up in Liverpool before moving to Edinburgh to do a Maths degree at university. We moved to the Wirral after getting married and I am now a Maths teacher at a local secondary school. In my spare time I love playing netball.
Mr Aaron Leach
My name is Aaron Leach and my daughter attends WKPS. I am a Headteacher and Associate Governor of a large, outstanding primary school in Liverpool. I feel passionately about providing the children of our village with the best possible start at life through a high-quality education. I firmly believe I have the experience and expertise to provide the support and challenge needed to ensure the school builds on its strengths and continues to improve.
As a Headteacher, I am aware of current education policy and innovations in the sector, particularly in relation to safeguarding as I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead at my school. I sit on the School Improvement Liverpool Safeguarding Focus Panel, one of only twenty members. Safeguarding children is a real passion of mine.
I have extensive experience of teaching across the phases from EYFS to upper Key Stage 2 and have worked in requires improvement, good and outstanding schools. I am also responsible for SMSC/British Values, Curriculum, the school website and social media platforms in my current role.
Mr Bryn Williams
I am a parent Governor with a background in science and education. I grew up on the Wirral and now live here in West Kirby with my wife and two children.
I have a doctorate from Bristol University and pursued my first career in scientific research in Bristol, Switzerland and California where I investigated the biology of learning and memory at the level of the brain cell, including how this was affected by the development of Alzheimer's disease.
For the past 15 years, I have been in education, teaching biology at secondary and further education level. I currently work at the City of Liverpool College where I am a biology lecturer and a teaching and learning coach supporting the effective use of digital technology in teaching.
With my daughter here at West Kirby Primary School in Year 5, I strive to be a supportive and, where necessary, a challenging Governor ensuring the strategic aims of the school always remain focussed on helping our children achieve their highest potential.
Mrs Kim Waters
I run my own graphic design business in West Kirby. I have lived in Wirral all my life, but moved to West Kirby in 2008 and just love it. My two children attend this school which is why I was so keen to become a parent governor. In my spare time, I like to go running and on walks with the family and the dog! I am also a member of the local community group One West Kirby.
Mr Christian Hughes
My experience lies in building global audiences on YouTube through the creation of children’s educational content. Together with my wife, I co-founded Toddler Fun Learning: a YouTube channel and app for children, whilst also creating the animated show Gecko’s Garage. Both were created because we felt our children deserved better digital content; content that they could laugh and sing with, but more importantly learn something from.
I feel very passionate about equipping our children with the necessary skills to tackle the competitive world of work in the future, together with teaching the value of entrepreneurship.