Our Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Headteacher and his 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 oficio capacity). The Full Governing Body meets three times per year as do the two sub-committees, Teaching & Learning and Leadership & Management. 

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. 

As well as meeting on sub-committees, each Governor links to a specific area of the school and meets with its leader throughout the year and specifically at Link-Governor meetings.

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 2021-22





Autumn   Stakeholders Monday 27th September 2021  2 – 4:30 pm
  Link Governors Monday 18th October 2021  3:15 pm
  Pay Committee Thursday 21st October 2021

9:00 am

  T&L Thursday 18th November 2021  4:00 pm
  L&M Monday 22nd November 2021 4:00 pm
  FGB  Monday 13th December 2021 4:00 pm
Spring  T&L Thursday 10th March 2022 4:00 pm
  L&M Monday 14th March 2022 4:00 pm
  FGB  Thursday 24th March 2022 4:00 pm
Summer  L&M Monday 27th June 2022 4:00 pm
  T&L Thursday 30th June 2022 4:00 pm
  FGB  Monday 11th July 2022 4:00 pm

Members of the Governing Body 2021-22

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In 2020-21, the following governors resigned from their roles: Natalie Catterall, Andrew Anderson (Co-opted); and the following governors' terms ended: Sarah Sands, and Alison Barnett (Parent Governors).  We thank them all for their support and contribution to Buglawton Primary School.

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. 

     Anna       Aitken

Anna joined the governing body in 2021, she has two children, the eldest of which attends Buglawton in Year 1.

In Anna's professional role, she is a Primary school teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator at a school in Knutsford. Anna is passionate about primary education; particularly the outcomes of children with additional needs and hopes to offer her knowledge and experience in this area in a supportive capacity in her role as parent Governor. 

Not that she has much spare time as a mum of two young children, but when she does, Anna enjoys running, wild swimming, and caravan and camping trips with the family. 

     Nicola      Taylor

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

I am a Pre-Litigation Paralegal for a firm of Solicitors in Macclesfield where I have worked for the past 16 years.

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

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family.  We love being outside, visiting the seaside, taking our two dogs for long walks, and visiting National Trust parks.


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