Ightenhill Primary School

To be the best that we can be.



The Governing body has a general responsibility for seeing the school run effectively. They have legal duties, powers and responsibilities and offer support and challenge to the Headteacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.  The full Governing Body meets once every term.  It is made up of people from the local community, parents, the Headteacher and school staff.  

The Governing Body


Mr Stephen Grimshaw  -  Chair of Governors / Community Governor
Mrs Jean Stuttard  -  Vice-chair of Governors / Community Governor
Mrs Joanne Cromack -  Co-opted Governor
Mr Craig Atherton  -  Co-opted Governor

Mrs Mechelle Lewis  -  Staff Governor
Mr Sean Crosier  -  Headteacher
Mrs Kathryn Dunderdale  -  Deputy Headteacher
Miss Janet Egar  -  Co-opted Governor
Mr Nigel Battersby  -  Community Governor
Mrs Barbara Hudson  -  Community Governor

Mrs Caroline Yabantu - Parent Governor

Mrs Kirsten Knight - Parent Governor


Committee structure


We have two main Governors committees :

  • Standards and Effectiveness - Chair of committee : Mr N Battersby
  • Resources - Chair of committee : Mrs J Egar


Information about Governance - including appointment dates


Detailed information about governance including appointment dates and terms of office can be found on this link :

Ightenhill governance details


Meeting dates 2022-2023 :



Resources Committee


12 10 22


Standards & Effectiveness Committee


28 09 22


Full Governing Body Meeting


23 11 22



Resources Committee


18 01 23


Standards & Effectiveness Committee


08 02 23


Full Governing Body Meeting


22 03 23



Resources Committee


03 05 23


Standards & Effectiveness Committee


26 04 23


Full Governing Body Meeting


14 06 23




Governor Pen Portraits


Stephen Grimshaw (Chair of Governors)

I became a school governor at Ightenhill after I retired from teaching.  Having been a high school teacher for nearly thirty years, I felt I should do something worthwhile in my retirement and give something back to the local community.


Knowing how difficult it is to run a school today, I thought that my experience in both the classroom and in middle management would come in useful at Igthenhill.


I believe that Ightenhill is a very successful school and that all the staff and governors are working very hard to ensure that this continues to be true.


Sean Crosier (Headteacher)

I have been a teacher in the North West of England since 1992 working in Bolton, Manchester, Accrington, Bury and Burnley.


Ightenhill is my third Headship and I have joined the school during a period of uncertainty caused by a global pandemic. I hope to lead the school sensitively and optimistically forward as we start to face the future together. I am passionate about value led school communities and this will be at the centre of my leadership at Ightenhill.


Jean Stuttard (co-opted Governor)

Awaiting information


Craig Atherton (co-opted Governor)

I first became involved with Ightenhill Governing Body approximately ten years ago when my two children attended the school.  They have both left Ightenhill and I am still here!


I am a co-opted governor and a member of the curriculum committee - I am also involved with Health & Safety.  I am the link governor for PSHE and E-safety; I attend all meetings.


I have lived in the area for 21 years and work for a local aerospace company. In my free time I enjoy walking, cycling, caravaning and spending time with my family.


Janet Egar (Community Governor)

Having taught at Ightenhill, formerly Lionel Street School, for 38 years I was delighted to be asked to become a school-governor after retirement.


I feel that I have a good knowledge of the school, its staff and pupils and wanted to continue my involvement and support in a role other than as a teacher.  I try to attend all meetings and have particularly enjoyed coming into school to observe areas of curriculum work during governor 'walk-rounds'.


The headteacher and staff work hard to give all pupils a chance to achieve their very best and as a governor, I am happy to support and encourage everyone at Ightenhill Primary School.


Nigel Battersby (Community Governor)

I am a Solicitor by profession and have been a Governor at Ightenhill School for over 25 years. I started as a parent governor as my two sons attended the school at the time. My wife also taught at the school for many years.


Prior to becoming a Governor, I had previously been involved with the Home School Association that I chaired for a while and already obtained some background knowledge of the School. I thought that I may be able to contribute something useful that might be of benefit to the School by becoming a Governor.


I am now designated as a Community Governor and for a number of years have acted as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and take a particular interest in matters relating to the curriculum aspects of the School Development Plan.


Barbara Hudson (Community Governor)

I am a retired teacher.  I worked in local secondary schools supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in mainstream classes.  I enjoyed my work as so I was keen to become involved in a local school. 


I live in the area and Ightenhill is important to me because it is where I attended for my primary education and is where my grandchildren attend. 


I have a good record of attendance at all meetings and I particularly enjoy coming into school for the curriculum 'walk rounds'.  These enable governors to observe classes and the work of the pupils and staff.  As a governor, my areas of responsibility cover S.E.N.D. and English.  I am also a member of the curriculum committee.




Joanne Cromack (Co-opted Governor)

I am a parent governor with my youngest son currently attending Ightenhill.  My daughter also attended from reception through to year 6 and is now at a local high school.


I work as a Technical Manager for a water treatment company where I use my chemistry background on a daily basis, mainly for problem solving and project management.  In my spare time I keep myself fit and healthy with swimming, running and gym classes.  I believe that both my professional and personal interests provide perfect motivation for my areas of responsibility as a governor, these being Science and Physical Education.


I hope that my role as a parent and experience in the science and technology industry provide valuable depth to the team of governors at Ightenhill.


Please see below documentation for committee structure, declaration of interest and attendance register

Instrument Of Governance

Committee Structure

Declaration of Interest 2022


Our Governors have made the following declarations in relation to their business interests.

There are currently no declarations of business interest recorded. (July 2022)


Governors are also asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest arising from any matter or agenda item discussed by the Governing Body and its Committees at each meeting and this is formally recorded.


The following declarations have been made by individual Governors:

There are currently no declarations of potential conflict or interest recorded. (July 2022)


Governance roles in other educational institutions.

No governors currently have governance roles in other educational institutions. (July 2022)