Home Page

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 Louise Benney.  I am Chair of the Governing Body and a Foundation 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 a child at St Peters 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 a number of 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 Ian Jenkinson.  I am Vice Chair of Governors. 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.



My name is Rev Peter Smith and I am the Vicar at St Peter's Church and a 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 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 Neil Houghton and I am a Foundation Governor.   I have over fourteen years’ experience working with children with special needs, Autism and Asperger’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 Four.



My name is Sharon Smith and I have recently been appointed as Foundation 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 who both attend St Peter's. I am looking forward to working on the Governing Body and supporting the school community.



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.




My name is  Lorraine Smith. I am a Foundation governor at St Peter’s, appointed in January 2018. I attend St Peter’s church every week and am a committed Christian. I am married with three grown up children and one granddaughter.   

I have worked in a primary school office and have over fifteen years ‘ previous experience as a governor at another primary school and am committed to the growth and development of our young children in primary education.


In previous employment roles I have worked extensively in banks and in the Civil Service, particularly with disadvantaged and disabled individuals; and hope to bring this experience to my role as a governor.   I have been a Treasurer for several churches over many years, currently serving as the Chorley Deanery Treasurer. I hope to draw on all this experience to help with the financial wellbeing of the school.


My name is Gail Breen, I was appointed a Foundation Governor in February 2018.

I was born and spent my early years in this parish, I attended St. Peter’s Church, Sunday School, Brownies and Guides.

I am currently training as a Yoga Teacher and studying an MA in Arts Health at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan); as part of the MA I will develop a specialised yoga program for young people in specialist schools.

I have spent 25+ years working in the retail banking industry, my professional life has equipped me with business skills and techniques that enabled me to become a specialist consultant, I have earned a reputation as a skilled designer, project manager and trouble-shooter. I have extensive experience in planning and problem solving.

I am a Christian that respects all faiths and have recently returned to St. Peter’s Church as my place of Christian worship, I feel very welcome and part of the community.

I am looking forward to working with the governing body and getting involved in school life and the development of the children





My name is David Roberts and I'm a new foundation governor.   I live local to the school and in fact am a St Peter's old boy having left many moons ago.  My daughter used to attend the school.   Over the years I have seen the school grow and improve and I am very proud that I can be part of this ongoing development and use my skills and experience to continue moving the school forward.  Over my working life I've taken on various roles and through theses experiences will bring a different skill set to compliment the other governors in achieving our aims.   I am also an active member of the fund raising committee of St Peter's Church.




My name is Devon Bishop and I am one of the foundation governors, I volunteered for this role as I wanted to be involved in children’s education, I would like to be a part of making decisions that will influence children’s education in a positive way. I am a teacher myself I teach adults currently but worked in FE before moving into adult education, I have recently moved to the area from Berkshire I am looking forward to working closely with the school and local community.



My name is James Pollard. I have lived in Chorley for the last 12 years and both our children attend St Peter's.  I work as a consultant surgeon in Bolton and have an interest in medical education and assessment.  I'm also involved in governance and quality assurance work as a part of my job.  In my spare time I'm a keen runner and love all things outdoors.



Governing Body Terms of Office and Business Interests

Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2019-2020