Governors work with the Headteacher and staff to ensure the best possible education for each and every child in the school. The Governing body has many legal responsibilities which include overseeing the budget, appointing staff, oversight of the curriculum, maintaining and developing the school premises, Health and Safety issues.  Governors are all members of the local community, who are unpaid, they  give hours of their time voluntarily to support the work of Woodside Primary. The Full Governing Body and sub committees meet at least every half –term. We also have a Governors day once a term, when Governors visit the school. 


What do we do?

Governing bodies are responsible for overseeing the work of the school, act as a 'critical friend' to the school, working closely with the Headteacher and Leadership Team.

The Finance and Resources Committee oversee the financial management of the school, including the budget and, and how it is spent throughout the year to achieve value for money.  This committee also oversees staffing, including performance management, and the management and development of the school premises.


The Curriculum Committee oversee the development of the curriculum, create and approve polices, and meet with subject leaders to ensure that priorities for school development are being carried out effectively.


All committees pay particular attention to safeguarding, as the safety and well-being of the children is paramount.



Mr Thomas Hall - Chair of Governors 

Areas of Responsibility - Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Safer Recruitment (trained)

Tom was on the governing body for some years before becoming Chair of Governors in 2015.  Both Tom's daughter and youngest son attended Woodside and his wife is a Teaching Assistant at Woodside, therefore his relationship with the school goes back 26 years.  He also has a grandson who currently attends Woodside.

Sadly Tom's son passed away while he was a pupil at Woodside. Tom and his wife have both stated that they felt Woodside was a pivotal part in the whole process of their son's illness.  They feel that Woodside supported the whole family extremely well, including their son both in hospital and at home and that the school, teachers and governing body played an enormous part in their grieving process.

Since becoming Chair of Governors for Woodside, Tom states that he quickly came to realise how passionate the team of teaching and support staff are.  He particularly noted how well they carry out the school ethos of 'every child deserves an education' and also it's mission statement of 'Educating with pride, learning together'.

"Woodside, to me, caters to the welfare, health, behavioural and educational needs of each and every child and parent who enters it's doors.  I am therefore very proud to be the Chair of Governors to this very unique establishment and endeavour to support the Headteacher, staff and children in any way I can." - Tom Hall


Mr Alan Greggs - Vice Chair of Governors  (Local Authority Appointed)

Areas of Responsibility - Special Educational Needs and Educational Visits

Alan Greggs became a governor in 1999 at the request of the previous Chair of Governors and has seen a lot of changes within the school.  Alan states that the reason for becoming a Governor is fair play and that every child is given a fair chance to excel, education brings a better understanding of the wider world and other cultures.  

Alan's working life at present is working with Autistic Adults which he says is very challenging at times but having the skill to communicate with Autistic people relieves a lot of their anxiety and frustration which is very rewarding.  Alan's  hobbies are Football, Family History and Politics.


Mr Richard Collings - Headteacher

Areas of Responsibility - Headteacher

Richard Collings has been Headteacher at Woodside since September 2011.  He has been on the governing board in his position as Headteacher and prior to that as an associate member.  He is a graduate of Leeds University where he studied Food Science.  He later went to Crewe college to attain a post-graduate teaching qualification in 1992.  Richard first came to Woodside in the Autumn of 1992 as a student and was offered a job in 1993.  He has been at the school ever since.  Richard's interests include caravanning, walking, jogging, music and film.  He has a wife and two children.


Mrs Helen Howard - Staff Governor

Responsible for E-Safety

Helen has been staff governor since 2016. She first joined Woodside Primary School back in 2002 as a 1:1 teaching assistant and states that she has been privileged to witness and be a part of many inspiring changes. Over the years, she has worked mostly in Key Stage Two, having gained valuable experience across the board which led her to her current position in Year 6 supporting and preparing pupils for their SATs.

Helen is passionate about educating the children in our local area and our school's mission statement 'Educating with pride, learning together' is something that she feels drives every aspect of our school and underpins our unique ethos which many parents and visitors comment upon.

"Woodside is pivotal to the community and full of hardworking, inspiring, dedicated staff and children, of which I am fully committed to being part of such a remarkable team." - Helen Howard


Mrs Jill Berry - Co-opted Governor

Areas of Responsibility - Community Development and Pupil Premium, School Website

Jill is the manager of Halton Lodge & Grange pre-school which is situated in the grounds of Woodside CP School. Jill has a long association with the pre-school having first worked there from 1995 to 2008. She left to manage a day nursery and completed a degree in Integrated Children and Young People's Practice. Jill returned to manage Halton Lodge & Grange Pre-school in 2013. She has 3 children and her hobbies are yoga, running and reading.


Miss Edwina Jones - Parent Governor

Areas of Responsibility - Key Stage 2

Edwina has a daughter who has attended Woodside since Reception and he has been a Parent Governor since June 2015. She is a qualified practising Midwife.

Edwina enjoys spending time with her daughter, going to the cinema in addition to taking her on days out/holidays to learn more about the history of other countries as well as our own.


Mr Ben Marsh - Parent Governor

Areas of Responsibility - Key Stage 1, Training and Support

Ben Marsh became a Parent Governor in 2017. Ben is a student of Nursing and former Royal Navy serviceman. Ben has a child at the school who joined us in Reception Class. His partner is also a former pupil of the school now studying for a degree at University. Ben's role on the governing body includes overseeing Key Stage 1 and Science curriculum.

Ben is an avid Climber and is currently training to compete at Triathlon. Ben and his family enjoy camping and walking in Wales and Cumbria. They enjoy spending time with their pets Belle the dog, Mollie the horse and Frank and Rosie the rabbits.


Mr David Scarisbrick - Parent Governor

Areas of Responsibility - Maths

David became a Parent Governor in May 2017.  David has 2 children and a step-daughter who attend the school and is a former pupil himself.  David's mother is Teaching Assistant at the school.

David currently works as a driver for a loacal coach firm.  He states that the reason he became a Parent Governor is because he wanted to get envolved with his children's education after they children settled so well at Woodside after moving from another school, as well as to support the school and pupils at woodside. 

David has an interest in most things that are technical, particularly cars and computers.


Mrs Danielle Quinn - Parent Governor

Areas of Responsibility - NOT YET ALLOCATED

Danielle is a parent to one of our children in Reception and works part time as a Book Keeper. She is also studying for a BA Honours in Early Childhood, given this any spare time she has involves taking her son swimming or to the cinema. Danielle is a former pupil in Woodside from 1992 till 1996 and states that she loved her time spent at Woodside. Danielle says it was the only choice when it came to picking a school for my son.

"I am happy to be a parent governor for such an amazing school. I believe in what the school stands for and the nurturing care they provide for our children." - Danielle Quinn


Mrs Catherine Murray - Associate Governor (Deputy Headteacher and SENCO)

Catherine has been teaching at Woodside since 1996 in a variety of year groups and is currently the teacher for the children in the BESD Unit.  Catherine is also SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) for the school, as well as Deputy Headteacher. 





Category of Governor


Date of end of tenure


Designated Role

Business or Financial Interests in the school​Governing Roles in Other SchoolsFull Meeting Attendance (Sept 2016-July 2017)​Full Meeting Attendance (Sept 2017-May 2017)Sub-committee Attendance
Mr T HallCo-opted18 March 2019Chair of Governors, Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Safer recruitment trained ​None 3/3​2/25/6
Mrs J BerryCo-opted18 March 2019Community Development, Pupil Premium, School website

Yes - Manager of Pre-school based on Woodside Premises

​None 1/3​2/24/4
Mr A GreggsLA

5 November 2019

Vice Chair, Educational Visits, SEND ​None 1/3​1/20/2
Ms E JonesParent28 June 2019KS2 ​None 2/3​2/21/1
Mr B MarshParent7 May 2021KS1, Training and Support​None N/A​2/21/2
Mr D ScarisbrickParent7 May 2021MathematicsYes - works for coach company used by the school​None 1/1(Appointed mid-year)​1/20/1
Mrs D QuinnParentMay 2022  ​None N/A​1/1


(appointed mid-year)

Mr R CollingsStaff Head Teacher ​None 3/3​2/26/6
Mrs H HowardStaff28 June 2019  None 3/3​2/21/1