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Meet Our Governing Body

The Role of the Governing Body at

St Peter’s Church of England Primary School.


The Governing Body of St Peter’s Church of England Primary School makes decisions which are in the best interests of the children. The role of governor is enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership. The majority of employers appreciate this and are supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility. In addition, contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well- being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.


The governing body is responsible for the conduct of the school and we aim to promote high standards of educational achievement. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:


  • provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and appraises the Headteacher and agrees the school’s improvement plan.
  • monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
  • signs off the self-evaluation process and responds to Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.


In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a visits to the school during the school day. Governors need to work together as a team under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing Body. There are different types of governor and so that staff, parents, pupils and members of the community can get to know governors each governor has provided a brief pen portrait detailed below.


Our Governors


My name is Wendy Nevett. I am the Chair of Governors and monitor the school’s work on Art and Mathematics and lead the panel for the Headteachers appraisal. I am married with two children and became a governor at St. Peter’s when both my children attended the school. My main reason for becoming a governor was to give something back to the school for all the work and dedication the teachers and staff were putting into my children’s education and well- being. As Chair of Governors, I visit the school regularly to support and challenge the Headteacher in her leadership role. I also attend assemblies, school events and sometimes accompany school visits. Children often see me around school and greet me by name. I worship at St. Peter’s Church and strongly support the Christian ethos of the school. I believe it is important to sustain links between the school and the church. I feel proud of my connections with the school and hope to continue to support the school in its continuing successes.



I am Andy Pratt and I am the Vice Chair of Governors. I am also, currently, the Bishop of Blackburn's Interfaith Advisor and I really enjoy children exploring everything to do with their own faith and the faith of other people. I am the lead Governor for RE/Worship and Behaviour. I play the French Horn and sing in a choir and love to see the children progress and enjoy music.







I am Ben Holmes and I am the Headteacher here at St Peter’s and therefore an 'ex-officio' member of the governing body. I joined St Peter’s in January 2013 as Deputy Headteacher and became Headteacher in September 2016.  I love this school & have a strong relationship with the Governing Body (To which I was previously a member prior to beginning my headship), the staff and of course our amazing children! My main roles within the governing body are to keep them informed of progress & standards within the school and to be challenged & questioned about how the senior leadership team & I are working to make things even better!  I attend all the committee meetings that take place, as well as the full governing body meetings on a termly basis.  I addition to this, I meet regularly with specific Governors and small working groups throughout the school year to support the management of the school.  

We are very lucky here at St Peter's to have such a proactive and hands on set of Governors with a great skill set which we can draw upon.

Before joining St Peter's I worked at a school in Accrington where I developed my experience from being a newly qualified teacher to being a senior leader within the school over a number of years.

As well as working here, I also live in Chorley with my wife Sarah (also a teacher!) and my three beautiful daughters Molly, Alice & Martha. In my spare time(!) I love spending time with my family, going on days out and watching a good film or box set on tv!



My name is Rev Peter Smith and I am the Vicar at St Peter's Church and an ex-officio foundation governor. By the nature of my vocation I am very keen to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is promoted and maintained and my impressions and experiences have been nothing less than excellent.  

My specific duties include being the Worship & RE governor, I am on the Curriculum Committee and also Lead governor for Spelling. I am very keen to develop links between church and school and offer the church building as an additional resource for children to expand their learning environment. 


On a pastoral note, I can offer confidential support to any staff member, pupils or families as may be required. I am a local boy, married with three grown up boys, born and bred in Chorley so I know the parish very well, which I think is vitally important when dealing with local issues. I love interacting with the children and the staff and will visit the school as often as possible, to assist with worship, assemblies etc. working alongside the Headteacher and staff. I sincerely believe that when our children are encouraged through Christian values as provided at St Peter’s school they respond with love, better behaviour, respect, academic success and ultimately become better citizens.  


My name is Ian Jenkinson and I have been on the governors of St Peters for just over twelve months. I have lived in the parish of St Peters since moving to Chorley in 1970 and I have been a teacher for 35 years. Whilst my experience has been in the secondary sector I feel I have an awareness of modern practice across the profession. I serve on the Resources Committee and have a responsibility for Finance and Health and Safety. I believe St Peters has a vital role to play in the future of Chorley and I am honoured to serve as a governor.



I am Cheryl Winstanley and I have been teaching Music at Secondary Level for 33 years of which 25 of those I have happily spent teaching at St Michael's. I love singing and also have a Steel band at school which is another passion of mine! In the Summer I am a GCSE examiner. I love teaching and am now a Governor at St Peter's worshiping at St Laurence's Chorley. Reading is also another hobby and I come into school to hear children read and have a responsibility for Literacy on the Governing body.



I am Claire Crabtree. I am the governor for health and safety at St Peter’s School. As an employer of staff the governing body must take reasonable steps to ensure that staff and pupils are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. I also work in the main school office as the School Bursar I have to work with the health and safety systems in place at the school and keep the governors informed of health and safety issues. I have to ensure adequate training is given to staff on health and safety matters. I work closely with the Site Supervisor to ensure that all the statutory checks are completed and the buildings are maintained in a good condition.



My name is David Lowe. I was the Headteacher of a Lancashire secondary school for seventeen years. I was a National Leader of Education and supported other schools nationally. For five years I was the national representative on both the association of School and College Leaders and on the General Teacher Council for England. I am currently a Director of my own company called Professional Support for School Staff which supports individual staff on matters relating to capability and discipline. The company also provides training for school leaders and governing bodies. I am really enjoying my role on the Governing Body at St Peter’s and look forward to serving the school for many years.



My name is Louise Benney and I am a Parent Governor at Chorley St Peters. I sit on the Resources Committee and am also Pupil Premium Governor - responsible for ensuring that the Pupil Premium funding is spent wisely and helps the children reach their potential. I have three children at St Peters in the infants and juniors so I am actively involved in school life, and I know quite a few of the parents and children across school. I enjoy being able to support the school that is shaping my children's lives for the future and as such I have volunteered as a school governor for over 5 years both here and elsewhere. I work full time for Lancashire County Council and have experience of working with councillors, in change management and more recently as BSF Service Delivery Manager. Together I feel that my broad range of experience has equipped me well to help guide the school towards excellence. I have a passion for learning and strongly believe that children should be given the opportunity to pursue their dreams whether that be music, languages, sport or something entirely different. How do you know what you are good at unless you get the chance to try? I am very proud to say that St Peters provides those opportunities through lessons and it's range of clubs in and out of school. I am very proud to be part of St Peters, all it has achieved and all that I am confident it will go on to achieve.



My name is Janette Riding and I am a foundation governor and serve on the resource committee and my role is buildings finance and admissions. I am retired and used to work in accounts and retail. I have been a member of St Peters Church from the age of three and I serve on the PCC and I am also a Sunday school teacher. I attended St Peter’s School. I have seen three children through the education system from primary school to university. One works as a teacher another in public health and the baby of the family the police force. I also help to look after my three grandchildren.



My name is Claire Ashworth and I am a Foundation Governor. Both my children attend the school, and I worship at St Peter’s Church. It is important to me that I can give my time to help the school to make decisions that are in the best interest of all present and future children. I believe I incorporate both my professional skills and knowledge with my beliefs and commitment to life-long learning. My professional background is in Human Resources, Leadership and Organisational Development. I have spent the majority of my working life in public service, from local housing offices, to prisons. I am currently work in higher education as a university lecturer and can see how primary education has shaped the paths for many adult learners. 

I sit on the Standards & Effectiveness Committee as well as the Curriculum Committee and I am the Governor for Science and Modern Foreign Languages. 




My name is Neil Houghton and I am a parent governor with responsibilities for special educational needs.   I have over fourteen years’ experience working with children with special needs, Autism and Asperser’s syndrome.  I have become a governor as it is a role I have always wanted to be involved in and to share my knowledge and experience.  I live locally and see the school playing a vital role in the community.  I am married to Clare and my daughter is in year one.



My name is Sharon Smith and I have recently been appointed as Parent Governor at St Peter’s. I am a Deputy Headteacher at a school in Manchester and have been teaching for twenty two years. I currently teach Year Six and coordinate Assessment and Science. I am also an Associate Governor at that school. I have lived in Chorley for three and a half years with my husband and I have two children, Thomas and Georgina. I am looking forward to working on the Governing Body and supporting the school community.



My name is Carole Keegan and I am one of the Foundation Governors.  I live in Chorley with my husband and two children who both attend St Peter's School (one in the infants and one in juniors) and I attend St Peter's Church on a regular basis.

This is my first role on a governing body.  I volunteered for this role as I want to be involved in children's education.  I'd also like to take an active role in the processes and decision making within school taking into account the best interests of the children.

Throughout my working life I have spent a number of years working within the early years and pre-school settings before moving into the public sector.   









My name is Samantha McKenna and I am a Parent Governor. I work as Head of School at a Further Education College in Preston where I am responsible for provisions in Accounting, Business, Computing and Management. I am originally from Essex and moved to Chorley to be with my now husband who attended the school as a child and whose family have had strong connections with both the School and Parish over many years. I am a leader in a youth group attached to St Peter’s Parish where I lead the music of our marching band and over the years have worked with so many children and young people who have progressed through St Peter’s School. Our two children both attend the School and love every minute of their School life. I have always found St Peter’s School and the Parish it sits within to be a very friendly, loving and welcoming community. It is an absolute privilege to have been voted into the Governing body and I hope to be able to reflect the views of parents in my role. I believe my educational background, voluntary work and passion to see and support the progress and development of children and young people will support the School greatly in its quest to providing education of the highest quality.











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