Good attendance is necessary for all children, research shows that children who attend school regularly and punctually perform better overall and in their later lives. Therefore, the Government expects the level of school attendance for all primary aged pupils to be no lower than 97%
There have been a lot of complaints recently regarding parking around school before and after school. Please be considerate when parking, as some parents with pushchairs have not been able to get passed due to parking on corners of the streets and residents have been blocked in.
We have several children in school with severe nut allergies, which require an Epi Pen. Please do not send your child into school with any nuts or nut products e.g Nutella spread for snack or lunch, as this could be life threatening to these children.


Gorse Hall Governors Welcome

Welcome to Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery school. The main responsibility of the Governing Board is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; to support, challenge but hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and to oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. All members of the Governing Board are high committed individuals with the shared goal that every child receives the highest standard of education, is happy and safe and achieves their best possible educational outcomes

School Blog

Annual Governance Statement

Governor Attendance

Governor List

Instrument of Government


Alexandra Flood (Head teacher) 

My name is Alexandra Flood and I have had the pleasure of working at Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School since 2000. I am passionate about, and dedicated to, the range of roles that I have undertaken during my time at our School, working from Newly Qualified Teacher to my current role as Headteacher. I have two children of my own, both of whom keep me very active and busy. Reece attends Ashton Sixth Form College and Sadie attends Longdendale High School.  I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shopping, swimming, reading and being creative. I am highly committed to ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible education, through a range of stimulating and exciting experiences. This I believe will equip them well for their adult lives ahead. High expectations are at the heart of everything that I do 

Glyn Goodchild. (Chair)
Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

We have a new Chair of Governors, Glyn Goodchild. He has rejoined our Governing Board after several years absence. Glyn has been part of our School Community for the past 40 years and was Chair of Governors for a large part of that time. Throughout his absence, he has spent a considerable amount of time involved with the school. Glyn is now retired and lives locally with his wife and family. He is very much looking forward to undertaking this key role.

Nicola Winterbottom (Co-Op)

My name is Nicola Welsh, I began working at Gorse Hall in 2013 as the Learning Mentor. I then carried out my Teacher training at Gorse Hall where I have been fortunate enough in being offered a job here. I joined Gorse Hall Primary School’s Governing body as a co-opted Community Governor in July 2016.

Through working in primary schools in Tameside, I recognise the importance of providing a safe, caring, supportive and effective environment that brings opportunities for each child to make those essential steps in life. Working in schools has enabled me to recognise how important it is that the children of Gorse Hall leave equipped with the knowledge, skills and moral foundations to enable them to achieve and succeed in later life. I hope to utilise my skills and experience in education and working with parents and the community to support Miss Flood, the Governing body and the staff in fulfilling our aspirations for the future of Gorse Hall.

Holly Wright (Teacher)

Hi, my name is Holly Wright and I have been a staff governor for 4 years. I trained at Gorse Hall as a student and consider myself very lucky to have been offered a job here. I have taught a range of year groups over the last 6 years, but am currently based in Year 6. I am the Senior Leader for Year 5 and 6, and am also responsible for Computing across school.

I believe that the most important thing we can develop in our children is a life-long love of learning and I feel that our school does this extremely well. As a staff governor, I am keen to ensure that the views of the staff, the governors, the parents and, most importantly, the children are shared and valued.

Pauline Ashton (Co-Op)
Vice Chair of Governors

Pauline has just recently retired from Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery having been a teacher there for the past 20 years.  She is passionate about teaching, ECO issues, local history and has created links with Friends of Gorse Hall and Cheethams Park.  Pauline has a love of animals and has worked tirelessly to develop a love of nature and all things around us in the countless children she has taught.

Steve McMahon (Parent)

My name is Steve McMahon. I was elected as a parent Governor at Gorse Hall School in 2014. I subsequently left in October 2017 and was elected again in March 2018. I have been a professional actor for 32 years appearing in many and varied Theatre, Film, and Television productions. I have also worked as a Senior Recruitment Consultant Specialising in Driving and Industrial Staff. I have a great love and interest in Education as I loved school and still miss it to this day. Education, good family values, and manners are paramount in my whole outlook on life and I think these are some of the most important things for all children to have.

Tracy Hudson (Parent)

My name is Tracy Hudson and I currently work as an Early Education Outreach Worker for Homestart, I am also an accredited member of the institute of Welfare Officers. Throughout my career I have embarked on a lot of community projects mainly focusing on providing help and support to vulnerable children and young people. I am very excited about fulfilling the role of a parent Governor as I have two boys both of whom attend Gorse Hall Primary School. I have an invested interest in the school and look forward to making a positive contribution to the progress of the school.