John Sneddon – Chair of Governors
Originally from Scotland, I moved to Salford in 2008, at which point I felt I wanted to give something back to the community while also learning a bit more about the local area. I applied to an advert looking for Local Authority Governors and was matched with Brentnall Primary School. In recent years, I have studied towards a BSc in Engineering and Management with Open University and a MSc in Corporate Real Estate with University of Salford, and I work for Co-op’s Head Office as a Contract Manager for their Estates team – all of which I feel equip me with the necessary skills to determine the aims and overall conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. My professional experience helps me in my voluntary work to set staff levels, set and agree the school budget, ensure that broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, as well as monitoring health and safety and the management of the premises.
I joined Brentnall Community Primary School in 2010. I was initially employed as a teaching assistant in nursery and reception. Over the years I spent time in most classes supporting children and teachers and enjoyed every class in every phase of the school. I was involved in school attendance and safeguarding for a while and then latterly I was employed as a learning mentor and family engagement manager. It was during this time that I completed my degree in teaching, learning and mentoring practice. In the Summer of 2015 I left Brentnall to set up my own business supporting our seniors in Salford. This was prompted because I needed help and support for my mum in her own home in Salford and I struggled to find suitable care. I am delighted to remain a Governor as there are exciting times ahead which I am proud to be part of. I look forward to supporting the head teacher and his team going forward and I look forward to watching the school grow and flourish. However, most importantly, I look forward to playing a small part in ensuring that every child attending Brentnall Community Primary School achieves his/her full potential in every aspect of their learning and well- being.
A lot of you may already know me as I am the Lower Phase Leader here at Brentnall. I have recently joined the Governing Board as a Staff Governor as I am passionate about giving the children the best opportunities and I am very interested in working with the Governors as the school grows.