Broad Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 7QL

01270 906124


Stapeley Broad Lane CofE Primary School



The strategic direction of the school is determined by a group of volunteers who represent different aspects of our community.  

We are proud of our achievements. We  reviewed the structure and composition of our Board of Governors and its committees in 2014 and again in 2018. This latest review recommended moving to a leaner committee structure with two committee meetings per term - each with a focus on either education and business -  supported by various working groups and sub-committees where necessary:

Full Committee with Education Focus

- ensuring that children make good progress and that the curriculum continues to develop to meet the children's needs.

- ensuring that children's guidance and welfare is the best it can be; promoting positive relationships with parents, local schools and the community.

Full Committee with Business Focus

- ensuring that the business aspects of the school are maintained and developed (including the statutory returns to the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency and Companies House). Specifically, the school budget is allocated and spent wisely, an appropriate staffing structure is in place and the building is safe and fit for purpose.

We have 10 governors, as follows:

Mrs Sarah Parker (Co-opted by the Governing Body until March 2020) 

Mr Ian Shackleton (Head - ex-officio governor)

Mrs Laura Smallwood (Elected by staff until July 2020)

Mrs Rebecca Hayter (Co-chair of Education Committee - elected by parents until December 2020)

Mr Les Hodgkison (Elected by parents until January 2021)

Mr Tim Marsden (Chair of Governors - co-opted by the Governing Body until March 2020)

Mr Richard Morgan (Vice-chair of Governors  - nominated by St Chad's PCC until November 2020) 

Mrs Gillian Tucker (Co-chair of Education Committee - nominated by Chester Diocesan Board of Education until November 2019)

Mr Matthew Vickers (Chair of Business committee - elected by parents until December 2020)

Mrs Jane Welsh (Elected by staff until September 2021)

Mr Roy Smith (Co-opted by the Governing Body until December 2022)


Governors' attendance information for 2016/17 can be found here and for 2017/18, here

Governors' pecuniary interests can be found here.


What do Governors do?

An academy governor acts as the critical friend of the headteacher and senior leadership team, and provides support and challenge. The key responsibilities of the governing body include:

  • ensuring the quality of educational provision;
  • challenging and monitoring the performance of the academy;
  • ensuring good financial health and probity;
  • supporting the Senior Leadership Team in the management of staff.

In fulfilling these responsibilities an effective governing body will:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement;
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice;
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does;
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping these under review;
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff; and
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.