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. 


Amy Pritchard-Roberts

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I am a Deputy Headteacher at Helsby High School with responsibilities for Quality of Education, in particular curriculum and timetabling, assessment, reporting and student progress. I have worked in secondary education since 2007 where I started out as a Science Teacher. I have lived on the Wirral my entire life and I studied Physics at both undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Liverpool. I am happily married with two daughters, one of primary age and one of secondary age. As a family we enjoy camping and caravanning where we can explore the British countryside with our much loved pet dog. My motto for both my personal and professional life is ‘to be the best version of yourself’. I believe it is important to work hard, support others and make the most of all life’s opportunities. I have been a Co-opted Governor since April 2022 and am excited to work with the entire Elton community to ensure the school delivers the best quality education and enriching experiences for all its students.


Sharon Moroney

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Sean Crosswaite




Rev. John Hellewell




Lyndsey Roberts





Toni Deakin


I am a Staff Governor here at Elton Primary School.  I am married with two children who both attended Elton Primary. Before starting at Elton Primary, I have qualifications in Child Care Learning and Development and Supporting Teaching and Learning.I am the school’s Learning Mentor and ELSA.  I have been working at Elton Primary School for the past 14 yrs across both key stages. I qualified as a High Level Teaching Assistant at Chester Uni in 2013. I was also one of the first cohort to be trained as an ELSA by Chester West and Chester Educational Psychologists in 2015.  I am also qualified in Bereavement Support, Mental Health, Drawing and Talking Therapy and many other things to support our children’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience.  My role is to support the children and families in our school. I also cover classes for teacher’s PPA. My role as Learning Mentor is crucial to Elton, as I positively support children to overcome social, emotional and mental health needs and removing barriers to their learning. By extending my support to families, I strive to improve children’s self-confidence and motivation in order to achieve the most positive learning and development outcomes.


Ex Governor Information

Mrs E J Chaloner - Resigned Summer 2022

Mrs S Strachan - Resigned Summer 2022

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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