Our Governing Body consists of 12 governors: (7 x co-opted, 1 x head, 1 x staff, 1 x Local Authority 2 x Parents)

Our governors serve for a 4 year term except staff governors who will serve for 2 years.

Here's what some of our governors say about themselves and their role as a governor:

Phillipa Watton: "My son, Charlie, has justed started in Year 7 at a local Secondary School after completing his Primary education at this school. I have been a governor for four years, starting as a Parent Governor and I am now the Chair of Governors. I really enjoy coming in to work with the children and seeing their confidence and knowledge grow with each school year."

Anne Thompson:  "I worked in various Admin roles during my working life, ending with (early!) retirement after nearly seven years at Sutton High School where I was PA to the Year Heads. It's very different working with Primary School age children!  I am really enjoying reading with the children each Friday and seeing the continuous improvement. The thing which has made the biggest impression on me is how very polite all the students are - all the time! I am Vice Chair of Governors."

Kathleen Spain: "I have had four children attend this school over the years and now have a stepson attending in the Reception Class. I have been a Governor for nearly eight years, firstly as a parent and now as a member of staff. I really enjoy my time in the school and love to hear the 'voice of the children' and to help be part of a team who is focused on helping the future of this school."

Kath Lloyd: "I have been a school governor at nursery, primary and secondary schools and have spent 20 years working in Children’s Services in different Local Authorities.  I spent 3 very happy years as Children’s Centre Manager at Westminster Community Primary School and I’m now back in the area working as a senior manager for the Citizens Advice Service who have an office base just down the road from the school." 

Kenny Spain "I am very pleased that I have been a governor since 1991. I have accepted the responsibility and continue to fulfill the commitment. Since this time, I have witnessed the school improve tremendously. There is always a positive feeling when I enter the school and a tremendous buzz of activities."

Sue Mayers: "I have taught in a variety of schools and completed my career in the largest Primary School in North Lincolnshire as Assistant/Deputy Head. I am passionate about teaching and will relish the prospect of being very involved at Westminster Primary as a Governor. I love coming into school and supporting children with their learning and the warm friendly atmosphere radiating throughout the school makes me realise what a privilege it is to be part of the team. I hope that I will be able to use my teaching and senior management experiences to benefit the school."

Toni Elliott: "My son Jake is just about to finish year 3 and go into year 4.  I started as a parent governor in March 2018.  I work full time in a solicitors office and try and attend family lunches, open afternoons etc as much as I am able. I like chatting to the children in Jake's class in the playground in the mornings having seen most of them grow since reception class.  I look forward to being more involved with such a special school".

Jo Seaward:  "I started teaching here in 2007, when I worked in the year 1/2 class/ I am currently working in year 3/4, and am the Maths subject leader.  I have enjoyed working in Westminster over the years, taking part in all school activities and residentials.  I have been a Teacher Governor for 8 years and I am very proud to be part of the School Team, who are devoted to the development and success of the school."

Sue Finch: "I have been the Headteacher here since 2006. It is a pleasure to work at Westminster Community Primary School and to be part of the excellent team here. We work well together to improve outcomes for our children and as well as working hard, we work with a sense of enjoyment and fun. There is so much to celebrate within our school community and our website will give you a clear picture of our good work."


Each governor works as part of a committee and has a link area within the school. The tables below give you information about each of our governors. There are also documents that you can download. You may also wish to visit the NGA website





Name Position End of Tenure Committee Declaration of Interest
Sue Finch Staff Head   Exec + Health and Safety  
Phillipa Watton Chair/Co-opted 23-02-2019 Exec Relative works for Edsential and School
Lisa Chapman Co-opted 24-03-2022 Health and Safety  
Kath Lloyd Co-opted 08-06-2020 Exec  
Jo Seaward Staff Teacher 16-02-2019    
Kathleen Spain Co-opted Staff 18-12-2020 Health and Safety  
Emma Dunn Associate Member 18-10-2019 Exec  
Anne Thompson Vice Chair/Co-opted 09-07-2022 Exec  
Laura Turner Co-opted 07-10-2019 Health and Safety  
Joanne Hutchinson Parent 22-09-2020 Health and Safety  
Susan Mayers Co-opted 14-02-2022 Exec  
Toni Elliott Parent 24-03-2022 Health and Safety  
Tracey House Co-opted Feb 15 reisgned Sept 2017  
Claire Rennie Co-opted Staff Dec 08 resigned Oct 2016  
Tracey Jones Chair/Co-opted Dec 12 resigned Mar 2016  
Marlene Hill Parent Feb 12 resigned Oct 2015  
Lucy Turner Co-opted Dec 14 resigned Sept 2015  
Hannah Gaynor Associate Oct 15 resigned Aug 2018  
Kenny Spain Local Authority Mar 18 end of tenure Mar 18  


Sue Finch All
Phillipa Watton Pupil Premium, Website, SMSC, Maths, French, RE
Anne Thompson Safeguarding, Children in Care, SEN, English, Staff Well-Being
Lisa Chapman Reading, Music
Kath Lloyd Attendance, Governor Training
Jo Seaward Science
Kathleen Spain Maths & Computing
Laura Turner Mental Health
Joanne Hutchinson EYFS
Sue Mayers English, Maths, Data

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224

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