Meet our Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of 12 members of the school and wider local community, who bring their skills, expertise and experiences to support the continued development of our school. Being a Governor is a voluntary role and each of our Governors gives their time freely and have the best interests of our school and our children at heart.

The information below tells you a little more about each of our Governors and the roles they undertake on behalf of our school.



John Barnes, Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Term of office to: August 2018
Committees: Curriculum, Resources
Other Roles: Safeguarding & Prevent Governor, Link Governor Year 2

"I am proud to be Chair of Governors of Clayton-le-Woods C.E. Primary School.  I joined the Governing Board in September 2013 and was elected Chair in September 2014. 

I spent forty-two years in education teaching in both Liverpool and Lancashire 11-19 High Schools.   For twenty years I was Deputy Head at Tarleton High School and the final three years of my career, prior to retirement, was Partnership Officer for the development of the 14-19 curriculum for Runshaw College and the High Schools in Chorley and South Ribble.  I have also been a member of the Shaftesbury High School Management   Committee for seven years.

I am a regular worshiper at St. John the Evangelist, Whittle-le-Woods where I am proud to have the opportunity to read lessons and to assist with Holy Communion.  I am very committed to the development of a Christian ethos within Clayton-le-Woods C.E. Primary School." 


Helen Dixon, Foundation Governor
Term of office to: November 2021
Committees: Curriculum
Other roles: Online Safety Governor, Link Governor Year 6


Kayleigh Howlett, Staff Governor
Term of office to:
Committees: Curriculum

"I am very proud to be a member of our school governing body. I am the staff governor; I am the Year Five class teacher, the school SENCO and the Maths Subject Leader.  I feel this allows me to bring a diverse, honest and current view of the school. Prior to this, I have also worked as a Year Three teacher and across KS1 as well as leading an array of other subjects.

I thoroughly enjoy working at Clayton-le-Woods CE Primary School and  feel very fortunate to be the staff governor as it allows me to contribute further within a passionate and successful team."



 Jane Ogle, Foundation Governor
Term of office to: 
Committees: Resources (Chair)
Other Roles: Governor Training & Development, Link Governor Year 1

"I am very pleased to be serving as a governor at Clayton-le-Woods C.E. Primary School, which I have done since early in 2012.  My roles as a governor include serving on the Finance & Staffing and Premises Committees and organising governor training.  I am also the link governor with Year 1 pupils, which I enjoy very much. 

I bring to Clayton-le-Woods C.E. School the experience of working as a senior manager in the National Health Service, responsible for business planning and strategic development.  I also had responsibility for a large budget and a Radiography and Diagnostic department of up to 40 staff, Now that I am retired I have time to devote to my governor role and I hope that my experience will contribute to the success of our school."


Sue Pennington, Head Teacher
Term of office to: March 2019
Committees: Curriculum, Resources

"I have been the head teacher of Clayton-le-Woods C.E. School since April 2007. I am delighted to be in this role and to have been part of the journey to improvement.

I qualified as a teacher in 1975. My first school was small and I taught mixed classes. When I left the school, I was the deputy head teacher and was teaching Reception/Y1 andY2 as one class. I then taught in two larger schools before coming to Clayton-le-Woods C.E.Primary."


Helen Stansfield - Parent Governor
Term of office to: October 2019
Committees: Curriculum (Chair)
Other Roles: Subject Governor for Literacy, Link Governor Year 5 & School Council

"I really care about our school and the wellbeing of our children, teachers and wider school community. I hope in my role as Parent Governor I can contribute to the continued success and improvement of the school for all.

Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of roles across the public, private and voluntary sectors, mainly in project management, marketing and communications roles. I now run my own business, which provides strategic communications, business writing and leadership advice, training and consultancy. I hope to bring the skills and experiences I have gained over the years to my role as Governor – as well as my insight as a parent of a child in the school."


Rev Philip Venables, Foundation Governor
Term of office to: 
Committees: Curriculum
Other Roles: School Worship, Link Governor Year 4

"During my short life of 57 years I have attended two schools and one university, and I have served as a secondary school teacher in four schools. Since being ordained I have been in three parishes with church schools and have been a governor at all of them. I love coming in to school most weeks and leading worship and teaching Bible stories. It is a joy to serve the children and school in this way. In my spare time I love mucking about with bicycles, furniture and food."


Ollie Woodcock, Foundation Governor
Term of office to: 
Committees: Curriculum
Other Roles: SEN Governor, Subject Governor for Religious Education

"I was honoured and pleased to be asked to take over the role of a foundation governor representing St. Ambrose Church, when Rita Braithwaite stepped down after serving a number of years as governor.

I taught for over 36 years in primary schools, the last 18 years being the deputy headteacher of St. Nicholas CE Primary School, a large church school in Blackpool. I have a particular interest in special needs and disabilities, having gained additional qualifications and led on all aspects of meeting the additional needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils in the early 1980’s.

I am a diocesan inspector of church schools (SIAMS) for the dioceses of Blackburn, Carlisle and Chester and have now inspected over 115 schools. RE, collective worship and church school development are therefore major interests.  

I look forward to supporting the continuous improvement of Clayton-le-Woods."


Lyndon Wright, Foundation Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
Term of Office to: 
Committees: Curriculum
Other Roles: Subject Governor for PE & Sports Premium, Link Governor Year 3

"I served 30 years in the Police Force, joining initially West Midlands Police, as my home town is in Warwickshire, retiring in April 2008 as a Detective Sergeant in Greater Manchester Police.  The last 10 years of my service I was involved investigating serious crime and for 5 years led a Child Abuse Unit.   For the last 7 years I have been re- employed by Greater Manchester Police as an Action Manager in a Major Incident Support Unit, investigating Homicides.

I am a regular worshipper at St John the Evangelist, Whittle-Le-Woods where I currently serve as Church Warden, involving myself completely in the life of the Church. I am very committed to the continuing development of a Christian ethos within Clayton-le-Woods C.E. Primary School"


Clerk to the Governors is Bernard Golding
Governors can be contacted via the School Office.


Declarations of Interests:

Business interests of Governors:

There are no reported business interests on the Governing Board.


Governors who are involved with other educational establishments:

Mr J. Barnes - Governor at Shaftsbury High School
Rev. P. Venables - Governor at Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary


Relationships between Governors and members of the school:

There are no reported relationships between Governors and school staff.


Retiring Governors:

The following people have either retired or resigned from the Board of Governors in the last 12 month period: Rev Andy Meeson, Prof Peter Seville and Mr Alasdair Jackson.