Church Of England Primary School

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.



Ollie Woodcock, Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

"I was asked to become a foundation governor in July 2016, representing St Ambrose Church, Leyland. 

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 since the early 1980’s.

I was a diocesan inspector of church schools (SIAMS) for the dioceses of Blackburn, Carlisle and Chester until March 2020, having inspected almost 150 schools. RE, collective worship and church school development are therefore major interests.  

I hope to continue to sustain the continued improvement of our school, working alongside other governors to support our staff, pupils and families."


Lyndon Wright, Vice Chair, Foundation Governor

"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"


Rev Phillip Venables, Foundation Governor

"During my short life 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."

Alison Morgan, Foundation Governor

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Kayliegh Howlett, Staff Governor
"I am the staff governor for Clayton-le-Woods CE Primary school. I'm responsible for several areas in school including: SENDCO, Deputy DSL and KS2 Leader. I teach part time in Y3, whilst also leading Maths across school. I have now been a proud member of the Clayton-le-Woods family for 10 years as of 2022."

Debbie Blanchard, Local Authority Governor

"I am a career civil servant, working in digital government. I am committed to making the school the best it can be for the children and the local community, and am really proud to be part of the governing body. I chair the Teaching and Learning Committee, and am the linked governor for wider curriculum."



Mr Darryl Keane, Parent Governor

I joined the governors as a parent governor in November 2021. I have two children at the school (currently in Y2 and pre-school). I'm the leader of the Subject and Curriculum Adviser team for a successful educational technology company, with a particular focus on developing our primary maths product. In my previous teaching career, I held various whole-school responsibilities including leading on maths, curriculum and assessment, behaviour, pupil voice and educational visits. 

Mrs Tricia Spedding, Parent Governor

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Mr Paul Haslam, Parent Governor/ Foundation Governor

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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:

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: Mr John Barnes, Mrs Helen Dixon. We pass on our thanks to both for all their service and help.