The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding, promoting the welfare of children and equality of opportunity for all and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Our School Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to the education of our girls.
They work in partnership with the Headteacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.

They are primarily responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future, and ensure that the school is accountable to those it serves.

Governing Body

1 x Headteacher:

Mrs Julie Hazeldine

2 x Staff:

Mrs Debi Cassidy (Non- teaching)
Mrs Jess Foxley (Teaching)

4 x Parents:

Mr Graeme Dymond
Mrs Tara Green (Vice chair of Governors)
Mr Simon Knott
Mrs Jane Roddy

9 x Community

Mr Anthony Burke
Mr Leo Pyrah
Cllr Mrs June Reilly
Mr Dave Richardson
Ms Elizabeth Steel (Chair of Governors)
Mrs Helen Wiles
3 x Vacancies


To contact any member of the Governing Body, please contact the school on the main school number in the first instance. Alternatively, you can contact PA to the Headteacher, Mrs Jane Buckley, via email jbuckley(at) or email the Chair of Governors, via email CofG(at)

Parent/Staff Governors
Parent Governors are elected from within the parent body of the school when there is a vacancy. Any vacancies will be advertised on the school website.

Staff Governors are elected from within the staff body of the school when there is a vacancy.

Additional Information


Julie Hazeldine      Headteacher      1/9/2007


Anthony Burke 15/12/2014 – 14/12/2018

Leo Pyrah 24/06/2014 – 23/06/2018

June Reilly 21/03/2016 – 20/03/2020

David Richardson 21/03/2016 – 20/03/2020

Elizabeth Steel (Chair) 24/03/2015 – 23/03/2019

Helen Wiles 24/03/2015 – 23/03/2019


 Debi Cassidy 30/10/17 - 29/10/21

 Jessica Foxley 30/10/17 - 29/10/21


Graeme Dymond 5/1/17 - 4/1/21

Tara Green 16/11/2015 – 15/11/2019

Simon Knott 5/1/17 - 4/1/21

Jane Roddy 20/10/17 - 19/10/21


Phil Deakin (Director of Business & Finance)                                                 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

Sonia Schofield (Head of School - Progress & Achievement)                         12/10/2015 – 11/10/2019

Dorothy Trussell (Head of School Logistics and Daily Operations)               12/10/2015 – 11/10/2019



Ms. Elizabeth Steel (Community Governor & Chair of Governors)

Elizabeth Steel joined the Governing Body in January 2010, acting initially as a local authority governor and more recently as a community governor. She is Chair of the governing body. She sits on the Standards & Achievement Committee, and the Business & Finance Committee. She has long and varied experience in both schools and colleges. Her last full-time role before retirement was as a College Manager in charge of Humanities and Social Science, Science, Maths and Sport. She currently works as Senior Examiner for a national examination board.
Elizabeth has degree level qualifications with a first degree in Sociology from London University, a PGCE and a Post graduate diploma in Psychology and Sociology of Education. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. Elizabeth's hobbies include gardening, football and painting, and she sings with a local choral society.

Mr Anthony Burke (Community Governor)

Anthony Burke joined the Governing Body in December 2014 as a Community Governor. Since becoming a governor, Anthony has become a member of the Business & Finance Committee and has also enjoyed attending both Academic Awards evening in the Autumn term of 2014 and the Sound of Music performance in the Spring term of 2015.
Anthony is a Principal Research Officer with HMRC, having worked in a range of analytical posts in the civil service since 2008. He hopes to be able to use his research and analysis skills to be able to support FGS. Anthony has a degree in Sociology and Criminology and an MSc in Sociological Research. Outside of working Anthony is a keen cook and enjoys watching a range of sports, as well as playing badminton.

Mrs Tara Green (Parent Governor)

Tara's daughter is currently in Year 9. Tara was on the PTA throughout her time at Primary School and was Chair for her last 2 years. During this time she built strong relationships with teachers, staff and parents and remains an active supporter of the school even though her daughter no longer goes there. Tara has lived in Urmston all of her life and attended Urmston Grammar School down the road from 1987 until 1994. Although Tara moved to Sheffield for 3 years whilst at University she always knew she would return to her home town and actually bought her family home from her Parents 15 years ago.
Tara's working life as a Project Manager for a large bank allows her flexibility which enables her to dedicate time and resource to Flixton Girls School as a Parent Governor. She is passionate about education and as a working mother she is also passionate about girl's education.
Although Tara has now retired from high level sport, she played Water Polo for Great Britain for 10 years and also captained City of Manchester A team. By being involved with sport throughout her life, Tara has learned to prioritise school work and leisure time, which is a trait she is trying to instil into her daughter! Tara feels that she would be able to offer the school professional support from a business perspective along with loyalty and dedication.

Mr Leo Pyrah (Community Governor)

Leo Pyrah joined FGS as a Community Governor in June 2014. He works as a project manager in the Research and Development function of a large global organisation (Pilkington Glass). Leo has a Masters in Chemistry from University of Oxford and recently became a STEM ambassador promoting Science and Technology to young people. Leo sits on the Standards & Achievement committee. Outside of work Leo enjoys football, running and triathlon.

Cllr. Mrs. June Reilly (Community Governor)

Cllr Mrs June Reilly joined the Governing Body as a Local Authority Representative over 10 years ago and now sits on The Board as a Community Governor. June is a member of the Standards & Achievement Committee.

Mr. David Richardson (Community Governor)

Mr Dave Richardson joined the Governing Body as a Parent Representative over 10 years ago and now sits on The Board as a Community Governor. Dave is a member of the Culture & Ethos Committee.

Mrs Helen Wiles (Community Governor)

Helen Wiles was appointed in March 2015 as a Community Governor. She has served as a Foundation Governor at a Salford primary school for 30 years and also had a spell as a Parent Governor at a Salford high school. Helen is a member of the Standards & Achievement Committee and her main aim is to help improve provision for Able, Gifted and Talented students. Helen spent 26 years teaching science, particularly chemistry, at FGS, where she eventually became acting deputy head, and a further 3 years working in the school office. Now retired, Helen enjoys amateur dramatics, walking, knitting and watching football. She is also heavily involved in church and local community work and sings in the church choir.


Please use the links below to access additional information about Governance at FGS.

Register of Business Interests 2016 2017.pdf

2017- 18 Governor Committee Structure.pdf



Governors Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017.pdf