Governors are the largest voluntary organisation in the UK, with just over 300,000 members.

Governors are essential to the work of the school.  We are legally responsible for its finances, for the teaching and learning that take place there and for the general strategic direction of the school.

In practice, we appoint the Head teacher and then delegate the day to day running of the school to them.  The Governors, however, are still involved in major decisions, for example we approve the Budget, the School Development Plan and we help appoint new staff.  By working closely with the Head teacher the Governing Body helps shape and monitor policy and practice.

In total there are 15 governors at Helsby Hillside Primary School, six of whom must be parents.  These governors are elected by the other parents to serve for four years.   We value our Parent Governors particularly for their common sense approach in dealing with practical issues.   They play a full role in the work of the Governing Body.

All Governors are expected to be 'critical friends' to the school supporting the whole school team and, when appropriate, asking searching questions.  Broadly the work involves the following:

  • Attending and participating in one full Governing Body meeting per term
  • Joining one sub-committee which meet once a term
  • Exploring and forging links with the school – for instance with subject areas or a particular aspect of school life (reading assistants etc).  Governors are invited to visit school during the school day, parents evenings and at the many events run throughout the school year.

All this involves approximately 15-20 hours per year.  Meetings usually take place between 5pm and 6pm (Full governor meetings: 5pm to 7pm).  Depending on their interests and time available we have some governors who like to be involved in other aspects such as fund raising, joining in school trips or offering specialist advice and support in an area of expertise.   Others chair the sub-committees which involves planning and liaison with senior members of staff.


Of course we anticipate that Parent Governors will bring a wide range of knowledge and experience with them, however to support you further in this new role a variety of training activities are available run by Cheshire West and Chester.  These include Governor Induction training, Child Protection, Finance etc for those interested

Governor Details

Below details the current members of the Full Governing Body which includes category of Governor, committee membership, terms of office and a register of business interests.

The Instrument of Government, Governing Body Code of Conduct, Report of the Effectivess of the Governing Body, Images and a Register of Meeting Attendance are also attached below.




Category of Governor

Committee membership

Term of office/

expiry date

Business Interest & Relationship

Governor of other Education Establishment

 Louise Rowlands

Co-opted governor  appointed by the governing body

Chair of Governors

 Learning & Teaching 

 Finance & Staffing

 Buildings & Maintenance

 HTPM panel

 4 years - 29/11/22



 Terence O’Neill

 Co-opted governor  appointed by the governing body

 Designated Safeguarding Governor

 Vice-Chair of Governors


 Buildings & Maintenance

 Health & Safety

 Learning & Teaching

 Finance & Staffing (Chair)

 4 years - 21/03/23


Helsby High School

 Janet Ford

 Local authority governor       appointed by CWAC(Cheshire West and Chester)

 Buildings & Maintenance

 Learning & Teaching (Chair)

 4 years - 15/02/22




 Keith Bradley

 Co-opted governor appointed by the governing body

 Finance & Staffing

 4 years -21/03/23



 Craig Richardson




 The Literacy Company -  Wife is a Director

 ECM – Education consultant

 ASIA - Advisor for CWAC

 Karen O'Hanlon Parent governor elected by parents of children in the school  Learning & Teaching  4 years - 23/10/21  Parents company owners  of Print Northwest  
 Nicola Skarnes Parent governor elected by parents of children in the school  Finance & Staffing  4 years - 23/11/21    

 Adam Khan


 Staff governor elected by staff in the school  Learning & Teaching 4 years - 18/04/21    Tarvin Primary School

 Jean Ellams

Co-opted governor  appointed by the governing body  Learning & Teaching  4 years - 04/07/23     
 Paul Hedges Newly elected parent governor elected by parents of children in the school  Finance & Staffing  4 years - 05/12/23    

 Naomi Gradwell

Co-opted governor appointed by the governing body   Learning & Teaching  4 years - 05/12/23    

 Kath Evans

Staff governor elected by staff in the school  Learning and Teaching  4 years  - 05/12/23    
Holly Butchers Parent governor elected by parents of children in the school  tbc  4 years  - January 2025    
Briony Hunter Parent governor elected by parents of children in the school tbc  4 years - January 2025    
Governors who have resigned  

 June 2016: Michelle Spruce & Wendy Porter

 Dec 2016: Oliver Mitchell

 April 2017: Kate Higgins

 October 2017: Helen Murray

 November 2017: Andy Morley

 January 2018: James Benn

 June 2018 - Jo Clarke

 July 2019 - Daveen Cleworth

 September 2019 - Sarah Balogh

December 2020 - Steve Jones, Ali Jones

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Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991

SEN Contact: Mrs Lynda Thomas

SEN Email: