Governing Body


School governors form the largest volunteer group in the country. They are people from all walks of life, who care about children’s education and are prepared to work as a team to support their school and local community.

More than 9,000 people volunteer to be governors in Lancashire, bringing to their role experience of everyday life and a wish to help children and schools. They support schools in raising standards, by determining the conduct and direction of the school.

Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and act as a critical friend. They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team. The headteacher works closely with the governing body as its principal professional advisor. Governing body policy decisions will then be implemented by the headteacher in the day-to-day running of the school.

They will be supported by other governors on the governing body as well as by Lancashire County Council, through the Governor Services Team.

Governors can also get information at:


The Governing Body at Penwortham Primary School

The first point of contact for the Governing Body is Mrs Patricia Jones, Chair of Governors, via the school office. Mrs Jones will then contact you directly.


Governing Body Members
The term of office for each Governor is 4 years.






Mrs  Pat Jones
Chair of GovernorCo-opted

Mr Alex Robertson   

Vice Chair
Chair of Finance, Resourcing and Staffing Committee

Miss Angela Flint   

Chair of Achievement Committee

Mr Greg Fedun   

Chair of Behaviour, Safety and Premises Maintenance Committee
Parent Governor




Mrs Mary McAuley

Mr Bob Barnish

Local Authority

Mrs Lisa Gaskell
Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Elaine Lambert





Mr Andrew Newman
Co opted

Mr Nigel Wright
Mrs Rachel Duke

Mrs Helen Hesketh 




Click here for full details on each current Governing Body Member



Governor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancies for 2 parent governors. Governors are an important part of our school. Please consider taking up a role on the Governing Body. Governors from all walks of life are needed to ensure that we have a balanced representation of our school community. Further information is available either from Mrs Hesketh (Headteacher) or Mrs Jones (Chair of Governors). 

There are places for 2 parent governors on the governing body of Penwortham Primary School.  They are elected by the parents of pupils at this school to serve a 4 year term of office. You may, if you wish, put yourself forward for election, using the attached nomination form.  Please read the information given with this form. 

The timetable for the election is:- 

Nomination form to be returned to me by 12.00 noon on Monday 27th September 2021. 

Governors have an important and influential role to play in the life of our school, and I do hope you will be able to take part in this election by becoming a candidate and by casting your vote when the time comes. 

If you require any further information about being elected to the governing body, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


Helen Hesketh. 


Returning Officer for Governor Election 

Letter to parents

Nomination form

Appendix A Who Are Parent Governors

Appendix E Disqualification amended



Annual Reports to Parents

Governors Annual Report to Parents 2021
Governors Annual Report to Parents 2019
Governors Annual Report to Parents 2018
Governors Annual Report to Parents 2017


Key Documents
Our Instrument of Government
Our Governance Framework
Our Governance Delegation Planner


Meeting Attendance


2018 – 2019

An Archive of Historical Governors can be accessed here

Files to Download

Find Us

Penwortham Primary School

Crookings Lane, Penwortham, Preston PR1 0HU

Headteacher: Mrs Helen Hesketh

01772 743321

Bursar: Mrs Julie Cullen

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