The Governing Team

Local Authority Governor: Mike Whitaker

I have been a governor at Winsford High Street for a number of years. I am very proud, pleased and privileged to be associated and involved with such a good school.I enjoy working with the staff and children and seeing the school develop and flourish.  I call into school whenever possible and enjoy meeting the School Council and other children in their classes. I have been fortunate to visit the children on some of their residential visits and share the belief that the first hand experiences which the school provides the children are most valuable. I specifically enjoy the children’s performances which I am invited to. I also enjoy my role as Special Educational Needs Governor and finding out how the children with such needs, progress through the school.

Prior to becoming a governor I worked in the education sector as a teacher and a Head Teacher. I spent the latter stages of my career as the Chair of the Cheshire Association of Primary Head Teachers and as a lecturer at Universities of Chester and Edge Hill.


Community Governor: Andrew Morley

Local businessman who lives in Winsford with wife and two children. Former high street pupil and school governor for 4 years. Heavily involved in local sporting community, especially cycling and swimming. Believe high quality education should be accessible to all.

Co-opted Governor: Christine Rose

Joint Vice-Chair of Governors 

I have taught in Winsford for 42 years, and for 33 of them I have worked at Winsford High Street Community Primary School. You could say that the school has been my passion and I support the school with my vast wealth of experience.  Since my retirement 7 years ago I have been the Community Governor at this school. I attend the full Governor meetings as well as Chairing the the Environment committee and being a member of the Resources Committee.

As Safeguarding Governor I take my role very seriously. I regularly attend the Base (Early Years) and Curriculum (Languages) meetings held each week. As a very hands-on Governor I help with the new Nursery and support the school on educational visits and concerts etc. I also represent the school at the WEP Lead Governor meetings and I am committed to furthering my own knowledge by attending Governor courses and conferences.

Co-opted Governor: Phil Anderson

Co-opted Governor: Rene Hancock 

I am a Co-opted Governor and have been a member of the Governing Body since 2010. I am a retired teacher who taught at High Street for a number of Years. Currently I am a member of the Resources Committee and the Environment Committee. I am also the current nominated Health and Safety Governor. I also participate in the Performance Management of the Head Teacher and am a representative on the Pay Appeals Committee.

Parent Governor: Chris Abbott 

Joint Vice-Chair of Governors 

Hi, my name is Chris Abbott. I have been a parent governor since October 2013 and my 2 children attend High Street Primary.  I am a member of the Resources Committee, assisting with decisions regarding staff, as well as presenting views of a parent in all aspects of current and future decisions within school. 

Parent Governor: Mr Nathan Ollie

Co-opted Governor:Chris Anderson

Chair of Governors

I was a teacher at Winsford High Street for eighteen years and retired in July 2015. I loved teaching and being part of the High Street community and felt that I still have something to offer the school so continued my role as co-opted governor. I have since become Chair of Governors and am a member of the Resources Committee. In this role I feel that I am still working on behalf of all members of the school community to ensure that the school continues to provide for the children the best education possible. I attend meetings of the Humanities Curriculum team and the Y1/2 Base team. I enjoy coming into school to watch performances, attend residential and day visits and seeing the school in action

Staff Governors: 

Wendy Williams

My name is Wendy Williams, I am the School Bursar.  I have worked at Winsford High Street Primary School for 14 years.  I serve as a non-teaching staff governor.


Mark Joule

My name is Mark Joule. I have served as Head teacher of Winsford High Street for 14 years and have manged the growth of the school from a setting with a pupil admission number of 37 in 2003 to the present day where we take 75 pupils on an annual basis. 

In addition to my role as Head teacher I am the Winsford representative on the Cheshire West and Chester Association of Primary Head teachers and also support three other schools in the borough in the capacity of Associate School Improvement Advisor. 

Caroline Lowe

My name is Caroline Lowe. I have been Deputy Head teacher at Winsford High Street for 7 years. I serve as a staff governor. I teach mornings in Y6 as an additional teacher and work alongside Mr Joule to ensure the smooth running of the school. I am also a moderator for the Loacal Authority and in this capacity help to ensure that the assessment process in writing, in the borough is rigorous. 


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