Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools alongside the Headteacher. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions particuarly around balancing resources.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

* Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

* Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it's pupils.

* Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

In order to make sure this is done well, we believe that training is essential. In January 2017, the DfE released a new Competency Framework for Governance, structured around the DfE’s newly identified “six features of effective governance”. The governance handbook 2017 states that “Boards should carry out regular audits of the skills they possess in the light of the skills and competences they need, taking account of the department’s Competency framework for governance”. The DfE suggest one way governing boards can use the competency framework is to inform how they carry out a skills audit. Our Governing Body did this in Autumn 2016 and have repeated the process in light of the training they have had and the experience in school in the last year.

Governing Body

Mr A. Canham - Chair/LA Governor 

I am a company director, qualified to post-graduate level in Earth Sciences, and a Fellow of the Geological Society. I have been a parent governor since 2013 and Chair of the Governing Body since September 2016. In 2019, I converted from parent to local authority governor, as my son moved to Helsby High.  I am involved in monitoring school finances and resources, particularly budgeting, provide support and advice to school leaders particularly on business matters and am also the link Governor for EYFS, data and Pupil Premium, as well as science, history and geography.  I am keen to see the school maintain and, where possible, improve on the high standards currently achieved and to ensure that students from all backgrounds and abilities can look back on their school days as amongst the most enjoyable and rewarding of their lives.  I would love to see our school given the Outstanding rating it so thoroughly deserves.


Mrs Clare Wright - Vice Chair 

I am a mother of three and as a family we run two successful local businesses.I am also Chair of my local Parish Council. My children have all attended Elton Primary School, so I have been involved with the school since 2002. For many years I have had an active role in the PTA and I've been chair person for over three years. In this time we've raised many thousands of pounds which has helped improve our childrens educational experiences and raise the profile of the school within our local community. I believe in a no nonsense, common sense, hands on approach to governance which I hope will encourage other parents to become interested and involved in our school for the benefit of our children.As a new governor I am ready to embrace the challenges ahead, improve my own knowledge and skills in order to help the school attain high standards in all areas. 


Mrs Ester J Chaloner - Parent Governor 


My grandson attends school here at Elton hence my commitment! I have a degree in Health Care and two master’s degrees: one in Education and the other in Chiropractic. My professional background is firmly blended within professional adult education and health care, working at a strategic level. I have also assessed and taught young adults with specific learning difficulties; fostered children; mentored children in school and run a Brownie pack so I have an understanding of safeguarding too.

As new Parent Governor (Autumn Term 2021) I offer commitment and enthusiasm as a “critical friend” within the school's strive for academic excellence. I am keen to develop my knowledge as a governor to further support our school’s development. I am link governor for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Mental Health and Wellbeing for staff, and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). I believe children should be given every opportunity available to them to develop into the best version of themselves they can be through education and extra curriculum activities. My hope is that my experience will help me contribute to the school’s further development.


Mrs Samantha Strachan - Parent Governor

I am a working mum of two and my eldest boy attends Elton.

I have worked in the public sector for over 14 years and currently I am a public servant working for a local authority. I have a degree in Sociology and a Postgraduate certificate in Personnel and Development. I am also a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). My role is all about developing and supporting staff to meet the goals and mission of the organisation.

I became a parent governor in 2021 and I am really excited about the role. I aim to bring my skills and experience in any way I can, ultimately supporting the school to be the best it can be and to enable as many opportunities as possible, for our students to achieve their full potential.







Ex Governor Information

Mrs H Coy - Resigned Summer 2021 

Mrs L Roberts - Resigned Spring 2021 due to family/work commitments. 

Miss V Carr - Resigned Autumn 2018 due to post at another school.

Mrs L Roberts - Resigned Spring 2018 due to family commitments. 

Cllr S Smith - Resigned Autumn 2016 due to work commitments.

Dr D Waugh - Resigned Autumn 2016 due to a moving house of out the area.

Dr A-M Wright - Resigned August 2016 due to work commitments.

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