Governors: Pen Portraits
Chair of Governors
I am the newly appointed Chair of Governors, I have been a parent governor at Rivacre since 2016 and have 2 children at the school. I work in education and have the experience in school governance and the wider school environment. I am looking forward to watching Rivacre expand and grow over the next few years and hope to maintain and promote the school ethos.
I have been a parent governor since June 2016. I have a son, Archie, who attends Rivacre Valley and I have volunteered at the school for the past two and a half/three years. I am currently working in the kitchen as my main job at the moment at other schools and have my NVQ level 2 in child care. I feel that my experience and involvement through the schools has a good part to play towards my Governing role. As Parent Governor I have been assigned to be a parent with a familiar face on the playground. I am caring and passionate towards the school, with a familiar, friendly face that is approachable at all times.
I was appointed as a co-opted Governor by the Governing Board for a period of 4 years to March 2023. I have particular responsibility for Finance and for Safeguarding of Pupils. I am a member of the Pay Panel. I have been a governor here since 2003 and was Chair of the Governing Body for several years. I thoroughly enjoy working with the school, which is always striving to become even better.
I have worked at Rivacre Valley Primary School for over 5 years as a class teacher and am the Early Years Lead. I am passionate about providing our children with the best possible education so that each individual reaches their true potential. I have worked in several year groups at the younger end of the school and am currently based in Reception. I am excited about my role as Staff Governor as I feel it will provide further opportunity to work alongside staff, families and our community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and enspiring curriculum.
I was appointed as the Local Authority Governor by the Governing Board on 13th March 2019. I first became involved with Rivacre Valley Primary School when I was appointed as their Clerk to Governors; a role which has provided me with valuable experience of working with lots of different primary schools and gaining a greater understanding of the education sector. I enjoy my visits to Rivacre which is such a happy, welcoming and nurturing enviroment and have a deep respect for the staff and the work they do to help their children become the best they can be.
Kate Docherty: Headteacher
I have been the Headteacher at Rivacre Valley since 2005. Rivacre is a very special school which I am immensely proud to lead. I have an amazing team of staff and delightful children. The journey Rivacre has been on has always focused on the best outcomes for the children and as a result the school is a happy and caring place.
When I first joined Rivacre it was classed as a “school causing concern” to the Local Authority. Through hard work and a tireless drive for success we came out of that category in less than 12 months and had our first good Ofsted judgement in 2007. Since then we have had a further 3 Ofsted Inspections, all graded as good. This is a testament to the strong leadership and hard work of the staff. The school has also grown in size from just below 100 children to 300 children currently. This demonstrates our popularity within the community as our Early years department is now regularly over subscribed.
In addition to my Headship role I am also a Local Leader of Education and have been deployed by the Local Authority to support other schools to improve since 2010. I represent Primary Headteachers on the Early Years Strategic group and am a member of the Early Years reference group.I am also one of the primary Headteacher representatives on Cheshire West and Chester School Forum and am the primary Headteacher representative on the School Forum Finance Sub-group which makes recommendations to the main Schools Forum. I was also the first Primary headteacher to Chair the Schools Forum, a daunting task but one which was a great privilege.