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Meet the Governors


The Governing body has a general responsibility for seeing the school run effectively.  They have legal duties, powers and responsibilities and offer assistance 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

Mrs Jean Stuttard  -  Chair of Governors
Mrs Joanne Cromack -  Parent Governor
Mr Craig Atherton  -  Parent Governor

 Mrs Mechelle Lewis  -  Staff Governor
 Mrs Kathryn Marney  -  Headteacher
 Mrs Kathryn Dunderdale  -  Deputy Headteacher
 Miss Janet Egar  -  Co-opted Governor
 Mr Robert Whitaker  -  Co-opted Governor
 Mr Nigel Battersby  -  Community Governor
 Mrs Barbara Hudson  -  Community Governor
Mr Stephen Grimshaw  -  Community Governor


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Full Governing Body















Standards and Effectiveness





Full Governing Body



Governor Pen Portraits


Stephen Grimshaw (Co-opted Governor)

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.


Jean Stuttard (Chair of Governors)

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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)

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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.


Robert Whitaker (Community Governor)

I am a co-opted governor who was appointed in 2012.  I first became involved with Ightenhill as a tutor supporting trainee teachers who were placed within the school for teaching practice.  Before becoming a tutor, I was the headteacher of a Lancashire special school for 14 years.  At present I am the chairperson of the governors Standards and Effectiveness Committee and a member of the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee. 


I attend most courses to fulfil my role and to keep in touch with the many changes that happen within schools.  I have no pecuniary or business interests or relations linked to the school.


Outside of education, my main interests are related to history and sports, in particular football and local Lancashire League cricket.  





Joanne Cromack (Parent 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 Government

Committee Structure