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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body

The governing body is responsible for the conduct of the school and promoting high standards of educational achievement. Governors provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework, appoint and performance manage the headteacher and agree the school improvement strategy and staffing structures. Governors monitor and evaluate the work of the school, agree policies and review the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.  Governing bodies are required to meet a minimum of three times a year. In July 2015 a review by governors decided to dispense with a committee structure and  for the full governing body to meet half termly (six times each school year) to discuss all aspects previously delegated to the Resources and Learning Community Committees. Some members of the Governing Body sit on other Governing Bodies (Nigel Spencer and Karen Morris). Some have declared business interests (Nigel Spencer is the MD of Edac Solutions who provide the school's Curriculum IT Support). There are no relationships between governors and members of the school staff (including spouses, partners and relatives). The clerk to the Governing Body is Dr Carsten Kressel and he can be contacted on callands_governor10@warrington.gov.uk.

Governing Body Membership

Nigel Spencer - Chair of Governors

I became a co-opted Governor at Callands Primary School in the Spring Term of 2018 and am very committed to contributing fully to both the Governing Body and the School community. I live in Westbrook with my wife Caroline and am very active in the local education community.

As well as my role as a Governor at Callands Primary, I am also Chair of Governors at another Warrington Primary School and a co-opted Governor at a third Warrington School. I consult on the e-safety groups for six Warrington Primary Schools, including Callands, and act as Data Protection Officer for another local school.

I have owned and operated EDAC Solutions for almost twenty years, providing ICT support exclusively to Warrington Schools and, through this, I have become deeply involved in the Warrington Education Community with the interests of all our young learners at heart.

I have a very unusual hobby, which the children in our school find fascinating. I keep many of the worlds most venomous snakes, assisting in research into anti-venom for developing and third world countries. This research saves many many lives. I also have a pet Alligator called Colin.

Responsible for Safeguarding, E Safety and IT

Term of office expires: 16.04.2022

Co-opted member


Lisa Wigglesworth - Headteacher

I joined Callands as Headteacher in January 2012, having been a Headteacher of another primary school in Warrington for four years.  I also live in West Warrington and  I have a child who attends the school in Year 3.  I  began teaching in 1997 in Surrey, before moving to teach in Wiltshire and then Warrington.


Julie Lee

Staff governor – elected by members of staff

I am currently in the position of Teacher Governor.

My Daughter also attended Callands Primary school until she moved up to Sankey High School. We live in the local area and enjoy using all of the local amenities.

I have had varied teaching experience and have worked in Nursery and Reception classes at my previous school, in my home county of Yorkshire and EYFS – Y3 in this school. I have worked at Callands School for the past 24 years and therefore have been an integral member of the journey the school has taken. I currently lead: KS1 and I am a member of SLT, Art throughout the school and run the weekly School Council meetings. I am also an SLE for Art where I work with teachers in other schools to help improve Art provision or support NQT teachers with their training.

I enjoy my role as Governor for two main reasons. Primarily it allows me to share the experiences of the staff currently working in school and secondly it allows me to place issues arising in the school, into a much wider context e.g. budgetary needs.

Term of office expires 29 March 2020 

Kelly Woodward

Responsible for SEND and Disadvantaged.

I am currently SENDCo at Penketh High School for KS3 and work with students who have additional needs within the school environment. My aim is to ensure the smooth transition of students with special educational needs into secondary education.

I hope to be able to play my part in supporting the governing body to ensure that all Callands students achieve their true potential.

I live in Warrington and have two children, age 1 and 6. My daughter is in Year 3 at a local primary school. 

Co-opted member - appointed by the governing body

Term of office expires 13 February 2021

Claire Woods

Term of office expires: 16.04.2022

Parent Governor

Governors who have served on the Governing Body in the last 12 months

Selina Miller - 24.09.2015 - 26.02.2019

Dennis Pickering - 06.10.2010 - 26.02.2019

Karen Morris - 

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