Our Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Headteacher and her staff, as well as shaping the strategic direction of the school. The Governing Body comprises of Governors (each of which has a 4-year term of office) and the Headteacher (in an ex officio capacity). The Full Governing Body meets six times per year (on a half-termly basis). In between these meetings, Governors are typically involved in visiting the school to monitor particular areas and engage in broader school life and events.

The Governors take a full and active role in the writing of the School Development Plan and are committed to the continuing success of the school. Each Governor, with the exception of the Headteacher, is appointed, or elected, for a four-year term of office. 

Each Governor links to a specific area of the school and meets with its leader throughout the year and specifically at Link-Governor meetings.  Prior to 1st September 2022, the governing body delegated powers (as per the committee terms of reference) to two standing committees: Teaching & Learning, and Leadership & Management where the following positions were held: 

  • Chair of the FGB: George Hayes
  • Chair of the Pay committee: George Hayes
  • Chair of Teaching & Learning: John Whitelock
  • Chair of Leadership & Management: George Hayes

From 1st September 2022, the Buglawton Governing Body has implemented a Circle structure of governance and holds six Full Governing Body meetings each academic year (one every half-term). The Pay committee meets annually during each autumn term.  There are no additional committees.

Interested in joining the Governing Body?

If you are interested in joining our school's Governing Body, then please contact the Chair of Governors for further information.

The Chair of the Governing Body can be contacted either via the school office or by email: g.hayes@buglawton.cheshire.sch.uk

Governor Meetings 2022-23

17th October 2022                                        20th October 2022 – Pay Committee                        12th December 2022

13th February 2023                                       27th March 2023                                                        22nd May 2023                         17th July 2023

Members of the Governing Body 2022-23

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Meet the Governing Body

   George    Hayes

George is a previous pupil of Buglawton Primary School, who then went on to Eaton Bank School. After concluding his A Levels, George has since been an elected member of Congleton Town Council (since 2011) and Cheshire East Council (since 2015), representing Congleton.

In addition to being involved in school governance at Buglawton Primary School, George has previous experience of being a governor and Chair of Governors at two other local schools as well as supporting improvements in school governance at other schools within Cheshire East.

George was proud to be elected as Mayor of Congleton in 2013-14 and has previously undertaken the role of Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families at Cheshire East Council. More recently, George undertakes the role of Strategic Lead for Governance working for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Council – supporting schools across these areas to improve their school governance.

John Whitelock

John has lived with his wife and family in Congleton since 1978 and worked in Tytherington High School until the turn of the century.  He then taught in an independent Islamic Grammar school in Manchester for 9 years before retiring.  John taught Physics and ICT and was a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 

He has two children, who both still live in Congleton, and four school-aged grand-children -  he is sorry to say none went to Buglawton.  Wishing to use some of his educational experience after retirement, John applied to become a School Governor and Cheshire East appointed him as the Local Authority representative for Buglawton.  John is also a member of the Cheshire East School Admissions panel and Chair appeals made by parents when their chosen school declines an application. 

John tries to keep fit by playing badminton and the occasional orienteering. He is also an avid strategic board games and bridge player. He loves walking with his wife and other members of the family, sometimes spoiling it with some geocaching!

      Will         Davies
Will is a co-opted governor and joined the governing body in the Autumn Term of 2020. He has worked in education for nearly 10 years and is currently an Assistant Headteacher at Eaton Bank Academy, with responsibility for Teaching & Learning and Disadvantaged. In addition, Will works closely with a range of teacher training providers in the region and is heavily involved with the strategic planning of Teaching & Learning in the Fallibroome Trust. 
Will is passionate about collaboration being at the heart of school improvement, with a relentless focus on ‘the pursuit of excellence’. He lives in Sandbach with his wife, young daughter and cocker spaniel
  Sarah    Balfour

Sarah moved to Congleton in 1997 after completing a BMUS Hons Degree at Birmingham Conservatoire and a PGCE in Music at Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire.

Sarah worked for Shropshire Music Service teaching the Violin for several years, before joining the 'Music For Life' team here in Cheshire, teaching both Violin and Piano. Over the years, Sarah has helped in excess of 200 children and adults pass the ABRSM instrumental exam, with several going on to study Music at University.

Aside from teaching, Sarah plays in various String Quartets (including The Balfour String Quartet which she set up),  playing at weddings, and other corporate functions. Sarah regularly plays in larger groups often touring the U.K with musicians such as Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins, and Alfie Boe.

Sarah has a son at Buglawton in Year 4 and joined the Governing Body in Nov 2018 where she has been the Link Governor to The Arts and Humanities. Sarah believes that The Arts are an extremely important part of the curriculum as it enables children to get creative, build self-confidence and develop their communication skills, qualities that are all essential in day to day life.

Lise  Houldsworth  

Lise is a co-opted governor and joined the governing body in the Autumn term of 2020. She has worked in education for over 24 years as a primary school teacher, deputy headteacher, and headteacher. Until January 2020, she was the headteacher of an outstanding school and the CEO of a small primary MAT. In addition, Lise has worked as a school improvement partner, system leader, and Local Leader of Education. She is currently the Deputy CEO and Leader of Education Standards in a nine-school cross-phase Multi Academy Trust.

Lise is a resident of Congleton and taught her very first lesson at Buglawton as a PGCE student many years ago. She is passionate about collaboration and school improvement. 

     Nicola      Taylor

Nicola joined the Governing body in 2021, having been a previous Parent Governor for Havannah Primary School where her older daughters attended. Nicola has 3 children, 2 daughters at Eaton Bank and her youngest son who attends Year 2 at Buglawton.

Nicola is a Pre-Litigation Paralegal for a firm of Solicitors in Macclesfield where she have worked for the past 16 years.

Nicola volunteered to be part of the Governing body as she is passionate about the education and wellbeing of children and believes Buglawton Primary School is a great environment for the children and a good stepping stone on the educational ladder.  She also feels this role will also give her the opportunity to be able to contribute to the community by assisting in shaping our children’s education.

In her spare time, Nicola enjoys spending time with my family who love being outside, visiting the seaside, taking their two dogs for long walks, and visiting National Trust parks.

Libby Banks


Libby's early working career was in law and property but more recently she has worked in a supporting role for parents of children with SEND. She has trained with the Council for Disabled Children to provide independent support to parents who are embarking on the journey of obtaining an EHCP (Education Healthcare Plan) for their child. Libby has also worked with a not-for-profit organisation in the production and delivery of a book and training programme in schools and colleges and in the workplace for helping children and adults to better understand their mental health and to practice self-regulation. Libby has enjoyed this area of work immensely and found it very satisfying to see the positive outcomes of having a ‘Toolbox for your Brainbox’ saying that whilst these practices can be amazingly simple to implement the outcomes can be huge.

Hobbies and interests

Libby loves to take my labradoodle on long walks and enjoys the countryside. She enjoys reading and is a member of a few book clubs. Libby loves a bit of musical theatre and enjoys watching a show. But most of all she enjoys spending quality time with loved ones.

Links to the school and local area

Libby has been involved with the school for many years since 2012: she was an active member of the PTA while her children attended Buglawton and spent 5 years as the Chair of the pre-school prior to that. It has been lovely to be part of so many summer and Christmas fairs, sports days, and trips.

In the wider community, Libby has been involved with Visyon children’s mental health and wellbeing charity and organised fundraising events for them. Libby has during her time with them undertaken mental health and wellbeing training, and safeguarding training. She is a trained mental health first aider. She has experience in prioritising the needs of vulnerable children, risk assessment and safeguarding, and people management.

Reasons for becoming a governor

Libby first became a parent governor at the school several years ago when her daughters attended the school and have now returned as a co-opted governor. Libby believes that every child should have the right to a good education and to feel safe and happy at school. Libby understands that all children are different, all adults are different, and that our differences should be embraced and celebrated. She believes that Buglawton is a school that really nurtures its pupils and encourages everyone to be the best that they can be.

Mike Moss

Mike joined the governing body in 2022 as a parent governor. He has two children, his eldest started at Buglawton last year, and Mike says 'the progress that he has made in the short time he has attended is fantastic to see'. Mike's youngest will be starting this September, 'she is so excited to start her journey at Buglawton'.

Mike works in the private sector within education as an Engineering Team Lead. In this role, he manages a team and assists in delivering accounting solutions for Schools, Academies, MATs, and Local Authorities around the UK. Mike hopes his knowledge and experience in this sector will help Buglawton's vision and ensure the school is the best it can possibly be.

On the rare occasion that Mike has any spare time, he enjoys spending it with his family and keeping up to date with the latest technologies.



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