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

On my retirement in December 2013, I was delighted to be appointed onto the Governing Board as a co-opted member. It was their opinion that I possessed the skills and experience to contribute significantly to the effective governance of Gorse Hall.

I consider my varied roles in Tameside primary schools for over 34 years serve me well. My experiences during my 20 years at Gorse Hall, in strategic leadership and management, including my role as SENCO, Child Protection Liaison Teacher, Senior Leadership Team Member and Phase leader, in particular, demonstrate that I possess the necessary skills, personal qualities, enthusiasm and commitment to help further develop the effectiveness of the Governing Board.  I had previously served on both The Governing Board at Gorse Hall and another local school for two terms of office. I was keen to embrace the changing role.

I feel honoured to be elected to Vice Chair for two, consecutive terms of office now. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my role, offering support and encouragement, yet assuming the role of a critical friend.  However, most of all, I enjoy spending time with children across school, including supporting their work, conferencing groups on areas of the curriculum or discussing which lessons/activities that they have particularly enjoyed and why.

I am committed to protecting the environment and was instrumental in securing the first Green Flag for Gorse Hall. I was also an active member of the local group Friends of Gorse Hall for many years. I love walking my dog, gardening and swimming.  However, my daughter and I have spent most of our leisure time enjoying our horses for almost 30 years.

My main passion for the last 4 years has been enjoying time with my grand- daughter and seeing her develop and blossom.  I would have been very happy for her to have joined Gorse Hall.  I am passionate about all children receiving the best possible education, in a happy, secure environment and developing the necessary skills and confidence to believe that they can be what they want to be. As a governor I shall continue to work continually and tirelessly towards this goal.

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 have been a Parent Governor for the past 3 years.  I am also Vice Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.

I am currently taking time off work to be at home with my 2 year old daughter, but previous to my maternity leave, I worked in the role of a Family Intervention Worker with Homestart.

I am very proud to be able to fulfil my role as a Parent Governor as I think our school is very special and a very happy place to be.  I have an invested interest in the progress we make and I am hopeful that I can make a positive contribution to the progress of the school.

Georgia Beswick (Staff)

My name is Georgia Beswick and I have been working at Gorse Hall for the past 3 years. I trained at Gorse Hall as a student and I have been fortune enough to be offered a job here. I currently teach year 5, and I am responsible for Maths across school.

Through spending time in the classroom, I understand the impact of having a purposeful learning environment to ensure the best outcomes for every child. As a staff governor, I would like to make a positive impact on the vision of the school, ensuring that at the heart of it we meet the needs of our children and the wider community.