Welcome to William Stockton and Wimboldsley Federated Schools Governing Body

The Governors of William Stockton and Wimboldsley Federated Schools  have the responsibility for education of the children in our schools. The Local Governing Body, whose membership includes the school's head teachers, provides strategic leadership to the school and takes key decisions in areas such as finance, staffing structure and appointments and premises as well as monitoring educational performance. 

Our members are drawn from parents, staff and the local community so that we bring a wide range of experiences and views to our debates. Although we are all volunteers we take our duties very seriously and consequently have a genuine impact upon the school and the education provided to William Stockton and Wimboldsley Federated Schools children. There are typically three Full Governing Body meetings per year. There are also several sub-committee meetings and members regularly attend training events.

Governors welcome enquiries from all sections of the community about membership. We always embrace people who are committed to the ethos of the school and who are willing to work with us to improve the quality of the leadership that we provide. Enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn and contribute are the most important qualities. We can be contacted through the school.

Positive feedback is always welcome (so we can repeat successful things more often) but we also want to learn about things we can improve. We can readily be contacted through the school. If the matter is sensitive then a sealed envelope can be forwarded to the Governing Body via the school office.


Governor Details and Register of Interests


Type of Governor



Date of Appointment

End of Term of Office

Interests including business and any relationships with school staff

Number of meetings attended in

Total Possible 3

Number of meetings attended in 2018-19

Total Possible 3


Margaret Hughes 





Quality of Teaching


1/9/13 31/8/21 None 2 FGB 3 FGB
Fiona Chesters




Outcomes of pupils

Personal Development

1/9/13 31/8/21 None 3 FGB 3 FGB

Joyce Beatie

Co-opted Staff


Personal Development

Quality of Teaching



None 3 FGB 2 FGB
Kate Docherty Co-opted

Children in care


Leadership and management

Outcomes of pupils

9/3/17 8/3/21

Head Teacher

Rivacre Valley Primary School



Moira Atkins


Staff Executive Headteacher All Committees  1/9/13 Ongoing




Mark Allen



William Stockton

All Committes 1/9/15 Ongoing None 3 FGB 3 FGB


Samantha Fletcher


Federation Assistant Headteacher


All Committees 1/9/19 Ongoing None    


James Bancroft



Quality of Teaching 


9/3/17 9/3/21

Children at school


Sharon Vernon  Co-opted    EYFS 2/9/18




None 3 FGB 2 FGB


Please meet the Governors of Wimboldsley and William Stockton Federated Schools

Our chair of Governors email is:  


Name: Mrs Margaret Hughes     Type of Governor:  Co-opted       Role:  Chair / SEND

Margaret Hughes is a retired head of a large Secondary School (The Whitby High School) which she took from Satisfactory in 2008 to Good with Outstanding features in 2011 - Ofsted commented: ‘The strength of the leadership provided by the Head teacher is a key element in the school’s improvement and the strong progress made since the last inspection’ and they mentioned: ‘strategies to eradicate weaknesses have been successful’. It is this direct experience of challenging underperformance that Margaret will bring to the board. Also she has experience of taking her school to Foundation status (2007) and then she formed a Trust with a group of 6 Primary schools in 2010. This experience of moving to Charitable Status and working collaboratively with many groups of Governors and other Stakeholders will support our move to a MAT and work with other schools as a Sponsor.

Name: Ms Kate Docherty    Type of Governor: Co-opted   Role:  Vice-Chair

My name is Kate Docherty, I have been the Headteacher at Rivacre Valley Primary School for 10 years. Rivacre Valley is a 1 form entry primary school serving an area of high deprivation. FSM entitlement is 46%. I have been deployed by the LA as a Local Leader of Education for the last 5 years working with 5 different schools on their journey towards good/outstanding. The key areas of support provided include: working with the Governing Body, opportunities for staff to observe good practice, supporting the creation and implementation of a successful action plan, restructuring the leadership team, lesson observations - EYFS, KS1 and KS2 validating HT judgements, defining roles and responsibilities for staff ensuring clarity, enhancing the systems for appraisal.

Name: Mrs Fiona Chesters      Type of Governor: Staff  

My name is Fiona Chesters and I have been a Teaching Assistant at Wimboldsley for over 10 years. I also hold the role of Welfare Assistant and have been trained in Mental Health First aid as well as a number of other welfare based qualifications. In addition produce the weekly newsletter and any press releases and design and production of promotional/display material.  I am a staff governor.

Name: Mrs Joyce Beattie           Type of Governor: Co-opted 

My name is Joyce Beattie, I was the Learning Mentor at William Stockton for 11 years, prior to this I was the Learning Mentor at Wolverham Primary School for 2 years. I have a Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning and a Degree in Inclusive Educations, I acheived these at the young age of 50! I have worked in education for over 35 years and have always had a special interest in special needs and safeguarding.  I am committed to my role on the Governing Body.

Name: Mrs Sharon Vernon   Type of Governor: Co-opted    

My name is Sharon Vernon, I am a retired Business Manager having worked with the partnership of 25+ schools in Ellesmere Port over the past 17 years. I have also been involved in many community projects during this time including setting up several festivals for Ellesmere Port schools such as Shakespeare, Arts festivals, and Science Technology Engineering and Maths festivals. I have always believed in extending additional opportunities to all young people and in working partnerships with local industry and organisations.   I have served as a governor at William Stockton School in the past as Safeguarding Governor and Vice Chair.   I am a Nan to 4 young grandchildren and enjoy supporting my daughters who are busy working mums, practising yoga, swimming and walking with my dog Bonnie.

Name: Mr James Bancroft      Type of Governor: Parent        

My name is James Bancroft and I am delighted to become a governor at Wimboldsley. I’m married to Lisa and our daughter Lily attends the school. Our little boy, George, will join the school next year. It has been a privilege watching Lily and her friends skip into the school happily every day. We have fallen in love with the school and it is clear that the staff and its values make Wimboldsley a special place to learn. I am the Principal at Wistaston Church Lane Academy in Crewe so I have an strong understanding of education and school leadership.

Name: Mrs Moira Atkins     Type of Governor: Staff    Role: Executive Head Teacher 

My name is Moira Atkins, I have extensive experience of classroom teaching and senior leadership roles in five schools in contrasting catchments and sizes across Cheshire: including two successful primary Headships in schools in challenging areas. As Head Teacher I have effectively transformed the reputation and category of each, with a focus on raising standards and school improvement. I have worked with schools across Cheshire and in other authorities as a Professional partner for new head teachers as Local Leader in Education, a Cheshire West School Improvement Advisor and a School  to School partner for Ignite Teaching School Alliance. Through these roles I have assisted many schools on their journey to Good and Outstanding. I have worked in Australia, France, Ghana, Jersey and London on Literacy Teacher Training, the curriculum, Action Research Projects and 'Solutions Orientated School' business. I am a trained 'Inclusion Quality Mark' assessor and Pupil Premium Reviewer. I have professional qualifications in 'Leading Educational Change' (Masters level), Postgraduate  Advanced Diploma and Certificate in Primary School Management, The Primary Executive Headship Qualification and the National Professional Qualification for Headship and I am currently undertaking the Future Leaders Executive Educators Programme and am a serving Ofsted Inspector.

Name: Mr Mark Allen    Type of Governor: Staff    Role: Head Teacher (William Stockton)

My name is Mark Allen, I am currently Head Teacher at William Stockton Primary School, prior to this I was Head Teacher at Wimboldsley Primary School for  four and a half years. Previously I was the Deputy Head Teacher at William Stockton Primary School and strategically aided the setting up of the federation of both schools.



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Nantwich Road, Wimboldsley, Cheshire

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