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Acting Head Teacher
Acting Head Teacher

Donna Crawford- Acting Headteacher 

I will be taking up the position of Acting Headteacher from April 2021.  It is an honour and privilege to serve our families, children and staff here at Martenscroft Nursery School and Sure Start Children's Centre.  I have a wealth of early years and SEND experience to bring to my role having worked in a number of schools and settings at senior leadership level in Greater Manchester.  I am ambitious for all children and take pride in our inclusive, quality, needs led approach in school.  Our developmental-interaction model creates the foundations for all of our children to flourish.   I am also very mindful of balancing health and well being considerations for all our children, families and staff.  I am looking forward to working alongside our team of governors to ensure we maintain our excellent practice as we start a new journey together. 

John Dalby - Head of Finance

It is an honour and a privilege to be a co-opted governor at Marenscroft Nursery School and Children’s Centre. I am a retired teacher. I taught at three Manchester Primary Schools including being Headteacher of St. Philip’s CE Primary School, Hulme from 1981-2008. When Martenscroft opened I was invited to be the Community Governor on the new governing body. It is wonderful to see the Nursery and Children’s Centre being an excellent provider of education and care for the children and families of Hulme and Central Manchester. It is a marvellous achievement to have provided and maintained that provision to a high standard for over twenty years. I am currently Chair of the Governors Finance Committee and a member of the Premises and Safety Committee.

Jane Rogers - Staff Governor

I have worked in early years since 1978 in many different settings always in and around Moss Side and Hulme communities. During this time I have been part of and experienced many positive changes. There is a richly diverse, ethnic and cultural community that strives to be self-sufficient in an ever changing demographic landscape at the heart of Manchester. It has taught me that family and community are integral to learning and development, for every child. As schools and early year’s settings within these communities we are privileged to be part of each child’s care and education and the growth of the community.

Sally Gee - Community Governor

i joined the Co-op in 2015. As the Campaigns & Comms Manager for the Ethics, Sustainability & Policy (ESP) Team, Sally is responsible for ensuring that Co-op’s Future of Food ambition is brought to life in an engaging and accurate way for customers, colleagues and members.Before joining the ESP team. I was lucky enough to work with different teams across the Co-op, including heading up our own brand legal labelling team, defining propositions in our Customer team and contributing to the successful property strategy. Before joining the Co-op, I was a Research Fellow at Manchester Business School and the Sustainable Consumption Institute. I have completed an in-house coaching qualification programme and is working towardsILM Level 5 qualification – Effective Coaching and Mentoring. I have 2 internal clients and
has introduced innovative coaching models to the Co-op.


 Nuzhat Atif - Parent Governor

Two of my children have had the privilege of attending Martenscroft. My hobbies include travelling, reading and also enjoying time outdoors with my family. I have a child with special educational needs and disabilities and after the amazing support we received from the Martenscroft team I wanted to give something back to the nursery. I bring my experience and prospective as a parent of a child with SEND to the governing body. 


Hannah Rogers- Co-opted Governor 

I am originally from Kent and moved to Manchester in 2014 after I met my husband while we were both working in America.  My little boy started at Martenscroft in October 2019 and he loves going to nursery.  He was diagnosed with a genetic developmental delay disorder in August 2020. The staff are amazing at supporting and encouraging him learn new things each day. I am new to the governing body and have a strong commitment to ensuring the nursery maintains its exceptionally high standards particularly around safeguarding and SEND.

Mary Metcalfe- Vice Chair of Governors

I started my career as a primary school teacher which I enjoyed.

After 9 years, working in two different schools within Manchester and Salford Local Authorities (LA), I left teaching to work for Manchester LA within Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). I eventually led the citywide team of LA specialist teachers for children with Learning Needs. At this time I was also a District Co-ordinator (DC) for the North of Manchester, brokering in support for children with SEND, English as Additional Language, Ethnic Minority Achievement, International New Arrivals and therapeutic support..
My role moved into school improvement over the years and I became a School Effectiveness Officer supporting and challenging Headteachers and SLTs to be as inclusive, effective and successful as possible and prepared for OFSTED inspections. As part of my work for the LA I was headteacher of a small interim school for 2 terms for children who didn't have a school place. These were mainly families who were International new arrivals. In 2012 I embarked on an MSc in Play Therapy. I qualified as a BAPT Play Therapist in 2014 and have been working in schools and privately since.I have been a governor at Martenscroft since 2007, where I was with the Chair of governors, and now I am currently the Vice Chair. Martenscroft is a special and unique school and Children's Centre which is inclusive and diverse at it's core, offering a high quality of provision to young children and their families. It is a privilege to be on the governing body of Martenscroft and it is a much valued and respected school in the community. 

Elaine Bates - Chair of Governors

My background is in (primary)teaching and I have held a variety of learning and access roles in museums and galleries; including Manchester Museum where I was the Early Years Coordinator for 14 years. It was in this role that my relationship with Martenscroft developed, working with staff to support museum visits for local families and more recently to undertake research alongside them towards an MA in Early Years Education. I was invited to become a governor in 2010 and have been chair of governors since 2018. It has been a privilege to be part of the Martenscroft community, supporting a team of skilled and experienced early years leaders and professionals, committed to improving outcomes for local families.

Jan Nettleton - Staff Governor

I have had a strong association with both the community of Hulme and Martenscroft Nursery School and Children’s Centre. I was appointed as a teacher at Martenscroft in January 2000 and went on to become Lead Teacher in the Nursery Class and a Specialist Leader in Education for early years until I retired in August 2017. Initially I was a Staff Governor and I am now a Co-opted member of the Governing body.I have a passion for supporting families, parents and carers, to ensure that in their early years all children receive the best possible opportunities to develop their personality, talents, and abilities to the full. (Article 29 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). I am a strong advocate for enabling children to have access to a rich child centred curriculum that provides opportunities to learn both in our school and centre, and in the local community. Hulme and the city of Manchester have a rich variety of cultural venues such as museums, galleries and religious centres along with the built environment close at hand to be explored and experienced. In parallel with this making use of the richly resourced outdoor spaces at Martenscroft is the key to learning for all. I love to celebrate the diversity and creativity of the Martenscroft community.

Ged McCoy-  Clark of Governor

I have provided clerking services to a range of schools and academies across Manchester, Tameside, Salford and Bradford for 12 years and I have worked with Martenscroft from 2009.


  Kelly Prause - Parent Governor

I was born in Ghent, Belgium, studied viola in Düsseldorf and then Czech and English at the Charles University in Prague. I’ve worked as a freelance viola player before moving to the UK in May 2010. Martenscroft Nursery School and Children’s Centre holds a special place in my heart. My eldest attended Martenscroft for over 3 years (2013-2016) and my youngest loves and thrives there every single day, so when a parent governor nomination came up, I didn’t hesitate to apply.  I feel passionate about championing every child, embracing cultural diversity and inclusion. The past ten years, I’ve worked at the Royal Northern College of Music in various roles. In my current role, I run the RNCM Pathfinder programme. A programme that creates opportunities for children and young people to access musical activities and support them in overcoming any barriers they face to their musical progression and development. I’m responsible for the successful delivery of all aspects of the RNCM Pathfinder programme and direct and implement its strategic and operational expansion work.