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 10 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

Members of the Governing Body 2019-20

Governor Meetings 2019-20

Teaching and Learning - 14/11/19, 04/03/20, 11/06/20

Leadership and Management - 21/11/19, 12/03/20, 18/06/20

Full Governing Body - 12/12/19, 26/03/20, 01/07/20

Link Governor Meetings - 23/09/19, 03/02/20, 29/06/20

Pay Committee - 25/10/19

Stakeholders' Meeting - 09/07/20

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’s – 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!

Sarah Sands

Sarah is a Parent Governor at Buglawton Primary School. Sarah joined the Governing Body in March 2017. She has a daughter in Year 6 and a son in Year 9 at Eaton Bank Academy.  Sarah's governor responsibilities include Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and link governor for SEND.  She is also an active member of Eaton Bank Academy's governing body.

Sarah has been actively involved at the school since 2011 when her son started in Reception. She joined the PTA committee in 2011 as Secretary, then became the Vice-Chair and then Chair for a number of years, organising many fundraising events.

Sarah works full time as a Senior Planning Consultant overseeing a variety of planning cases and working with a range of clients. She has worked for the company for 25 years.

Sarah really enjoys being part of the school community and has seen many changes over the years! She is committed to achieving the best learning outcomes for all pupils and is very proud to be part of the school as it continues to move from strength to strength.

Natalie Catterall

Natalie has served on the Governing Body since 2004, having held the position of Vice-Chair and Chair during her time in office. She has also served as a Governor at Eaton Bank Academy.

Natalie sees the strategic role of a governor as vitally important at Buglawton; as a critical friend to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, a supportive yet challenging team of governors can make a significant impact on a school and she believes this is the case at Buglawton.

As a member of the school community since 2003, Natalie has seen a vast array of changes to the school and education in general. She is committed to ensuring that the school delivers the best possible learning and pastoral experience to each and every child in its care to ensure that each child is the best that they possibly can be.

Nathan Banks

Nathan has been a parent governor at Buglawton since 2017 and prior to that was the treasurer of Buglawton Pre-School (formerly Busy Bees) between 2012 and 2017. In his professional life, Nathan is a practising commercial barrister and part-time judge, specialising in (amongst other things) commercial, financial, regulatory, and insolvency matters. He is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator.

Nathan has been a parent at the school for 8 years, first with Georgia (who left in 2019) and then Amelia, (currently in year 5).

In his spare time, Nathan enjoys films, food (both eating and cooking), reading, musical theatre, travel, and is a black belt in Ju-Jitsu.

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 3 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.

Alison Barnett

Alison has lived in Buglawton her whole life.  She joined the Buglawton Governing Board in March 2017 as a Parent governor.  Alison has a daughter in Year 3 and an older daughter who attended Buglawton before moving on to high school and then university where she obtained her degree and master’s qualifications.

Alison's governing responsibilities are L&M Committee, link governor for Phonics & EYFS, in addition to also being on the Pay Committee.  Alison enjoys being a governor as it is interesting to see the background workings of the school.

Alison works as an Accounts Manager for a Rainwater Guttering firm and has worked there for 17 years.  She enjoys her work, especially since she began working from home 2 years ago!

Away from work, Alison is a Sunday School teacher at St John’s Church, Buglawton of which she really enjoys doing.  She also loves spending time with her family, going for walks, days out, and holidays, whilst having her won time going to the gym and keeping fit.


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