Queenswood Primary School

Meet the Governors

Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents, school staff and the Local Authority. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity.

OfSTED said:

Governors "... work closely with leaders at all levels. They regularly check the effectiveness of school leaders and seek the views of staff, pupils, parents and carers. They report their findings to the full governing body so that they can make informed decisions about the school’s work and how to make the best use of the school’s finances, including the pupil premium, in pupils’ best interests. Governors know the school’s strengths and areas for development well, including how well pupils perform compared to others in similar schools nationally. They work in partnership with the headteacher and other leaders to ensure that teaching and pupils’ achievement continues to improve." (November 2012)

You can contact our Governors through the school office. For the latest copy of the Governor's Declaration on Business Interests click here.

For details of the governors and to view attendance at governors meetings, please click here.

To view the agreed governors code of conduct, please click here.


Paul Dyson, Chair of Governors

Local Authority governor appointed by Telford and Wrekin

Term of office ends 14th May 2019


“I became a Local Authority Appointed governor in May 2015. My professional background covers roles in both the public and private sector. I attended the Royal Academy of Music became a peripatetic brass teacher and professional musician teaching students from primary school age to adults. I pursued a second career in hotel and catering during which I attained the position of manager in a large London hotel. Here I honed my skills in all aspects of business management. When my contract came to an end I then joined the Royal Air Force as a commissioned Officer specialising in catering. I retired from the RAF in Sep 2011 having attained the rank of Squadron Leader. During my RAF career I undertook a wide variety of appointments which involved me developing and using my experience and skills in areas such as leadership, financial and estate management, human relations management etc. Additionally, whilst in the RAF I gained my Certificate in Education (PCE). On retirement, I returned to work for a local care company providing specialist services for children with special educational needs. Finally, in 2014 I took up the appointment of school business manager at a special school, leaving in April 2015. As you will see from the above I have a wealth of experience and a wide variety of skills which I am keen to offer. I believe these equip me with the ability to be a critical friend and enable me to provide the necessary support to the school in order to deliver the high standards of education which our young pupils deserve. I feel honoured and privileged to hold this appointment and look forward with enthusiasm to meeting the future challenges that the role will bring.”



Kirsty Dadswell,  Vice Chair of Governors

Trust Governor appointed by the governing body

Term of office ends 27th April 2019


I became a Governor in April 2015 having established links with the school personally and through my work in Telford & Wrekin Council.  I have worked in Education Welfare and Attendance Support since 2000.  I believe a good education, where all children have opportunities to learn and develop, is vitally important and I hope I can assist the Head and staff at Queenswood in continuing to provide these opportunities.  I am the Safeguarding Governor, assisting in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all children at the school."



Chris Ballinger

Co-opted governor appointed by the governing body

Term of office ends 26th July 2019


“I was pleased to become a co-opted governor in July 2015 having recently retired from a full time career in Children’s Services spanning three different Local Authority Areas.  From a Social Work background I held senior management responsibility for social work services, and as a member of the Safeguarding Board and Children’s Partnership I had significant involvement in multiagency work to deliver strong safeguarding practice and the development of early years services to help get children off to the best possible start in life.  I believe that a good education, where all children have the opportunity and support to learn is vital.  I hope that my experience will assist me in becoming a critical friend to Queenswood School, ensuring that school values are upheld to meet the needs of each child."



Tracey Ricketts

Staff governor appointed by school staff

Term of office ends 1st February 2018


"I have been a governor at Queenswood for more than 10 years.  I originally started as a parent governor and then was elected to be staff governor when a vacancy became available. I am currently employed by the school as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant working across all the key stages.  I have worked for many years in the Foundation stage where I have gained extensive knowledge and experience in Early Years from which I believe builds the firm roots to prepare the children at Queenswood for their start in school life. I also live close to the school and feel this gives me a valuable insight as to what the community wants from their school.  I feel honoured and privileged to have been part of the schools development over the years to ensure that our children reach their full potential and the best possible start in life."



Andrew Murray

Co-opted Governor appointed by governing body

Term of office ends 2021


"My professional background covers roles mainly in the private sector. I attended Stockport College of FE to acquire my BTEC HNC in Electronics/Electrical Engineering in 1993. I have had a lot of roles in the past but primarily I have sold equipment (from Burglar Alarms, Door Entry Systems, Satellite Systems, to Voice Alarm Systems and Soundfield Systems). I have worked for some of the best people I know and had the privilege to work with some noble people as well. Due to my background, I can contribute a lot to being a Governor at Queenswood Primary School I am able to carry out ‘Risk Assessments’, around the School and I am able to write Spreadsheets so I can evaluate the relevant data. As you can see from the above I have a wealth of experience and a wide variety of skills which I am Keen to offer the School. I believe that every child has the ability to go where he/she requires to go therefore I feel honoured to be a part of the Governors at this School and I will do everything in my power to confront the challenges ahead. "



Co-opted Governor appointed by governing body

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Parent Governor appointed by governing body

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Parent Governor appointed by governing body

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Trust Governor appointed by governing body

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