Meet the Governors

Roles and responsibilities of Governors

Governors play an important part in the strategic development of school improvement. We are very fortunate to have a hard working and proactive governing body who work closely with the school to ensure that it provides a good quality education for all pupils.

Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors. As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, Governors are the employers of staff and responsible for the Admission of pupils.

Governor appointments extend for a term four years. The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school’s future direction
  • selects the head teacher
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy
  • makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs.

More information about the role of the Governing Body can be found on the Governors’ Charter. Please also see the Governors Annual Statement, please note none of our Governors hold Governor roles in other schools.


 Dr Kate Walchester
 Chair of Governors


I have been a governor since 2015. My son attended Woodcocks’ Well before going on to Eaton Bank Academy. I am passionately interested in education; my current job is senior lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University, having previously taught at Secondary Level, Sixth-form and English as a Foreign Language in Italy.  I am the current Chair of Governors.

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

Its caring and happy atmosphere.


** Declared pecuniary interests with P Kelsall Associates



 Maria Lawless
 Vice Chair of Governors


I have been a governor since 2015. My twins both attend Woodcocks’ Well Primary School and are thoroughly enjoying their time here.

Having worked in the motor industry for over 25 years as operations director, I now look after three of the largest and some smaller clients for the same company, people like J Sainsburys, Cadburys (Mondelez International) and Balfour Beatty. Looking after client needs within the repair management field. Including negotiating terms and operating procedures and also setting up new client accounts working in conjunction with the Company’s Managing Director.

I am very fortunate to be able to offer quite a bit of my time to support Woodcocks’ Well. As well as holding the position of Vice-Chair of Governors, I am actively involved with the ECO Warriors and Junior Council teams within the school, who I am personally very proud of. I also support and help in the classes as often as I can. 

My hobbies are gardening and DIY (albeit not very well!) and Bruce Springsteen!!


What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

Its total commitment to the pupils within the school and the passion from all teachers and governors to ensure that every child’s experience at Woodcocks’ Well stands them in good stead for their future independence.

** Declared Charity Trustee to Woodcocks' Well PTFA



 Ian Doughty 


I have been a Foundation Governor at Woodcocks' Well since 2001 and Chair of Governors from 2003 to 2016. Now retired I have been involved in education all my professional life, initially as a teacher of Religious Studies to High School students and subsequently, as a Local Government Officer supporting school governance in Stockport and Wigan.


I am a passionate believer in the value of small rural schools and the contribution they make to community life. I have had the pleasure of working with staff, parents, and fellow governors in ensuring that Woodcocks' Well school continues to deliver high quality education to its local community.


What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

It is that happy, caring 'family' atmosphere the size of the school makes possible which makes is so unique.

** Declared Interest in Congleton Museum








 Rev Phillip Atkinson


I studied in London and Durham and have degrees in theology and counselling psychotherapy. After my first parish I worked in Independent Schools for sixteen years as a chaplain and Head of Religious Studies, during which time I also examined for AQA.

Returning to parish ministry, I arrived in Odd Rode in 2011 and on my first visit to Woodcock’s Well, I was enormously impressed by the warm family atmosphere. Over the years this has continued and alongside it the standard of achievement has grown immensely. It has been a privilege serve as ex-officio Foundation Governor with such a committed governing body and dedicated staff, all of whom have the sole aim of getting the best for the children-whatever their ability-in a stable and nurturing environment.

There have been challenging times but we have gone from strength to strength since becoming a Church Aided School in 2014.

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

The school has always had a strong Christian ethos and has celebrated its links with St Luke’s church, but now those have grown even stronger.



 Jo Mckie


I am currently a Foundation Governor for the school and have also been a Parent Governor during the time my son attended Woodcocks' Well.

I have a background in insurance as well as finance and take an interest in the financial aspects of school life as well as the educational element.

I believe our school is dedicated to giving children the best start to their education and we have high teaching standards across the year groups. We also aim to bring as many extras as possible for the children to benefit from as well as a wide range of extra curricular clubs. All of this adds up to children reaching their true potential before venturing off to high school and future careers.

As well as being a governor and staff member, I am also Chair of the PTA. In my spare time I like to read, exercise and spend time with my family.

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

The feeling you get when you spend time in school and view for yourself the caring ethos amongst staff and the extra mile they go ensure children are happy, safe and learning.

**Declared Charity Trustee for Woodcocks' Well PTFA and Congleton High School Parents In Partnership (PIP)



 Gemma Scott 


I was appointed as a Parent Governor in December 2018. I have two children; my daughter is in Year One and my son will soon start preschool.


I have been a Children's Social Worker for 11 years.  I started my career working with children with disabilities and their families, providing advice, support and carrying out safeguarding duties. 


For the past 7 years I have been a Supervising Social Worker for a Local Authority Fostering Team. In my role, I manage the recruitment, assessment, support and training of Foster Carers. Our Foster Carers are absolutely amazing!  I am passionate about supporting them to help children in care to meet their potential. 


In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and I like to go to live gigs and concerts whenever I have the opportunity. I also enjoy volunteering in school and being part of the school community by helping out wherever I can. 

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

Woodcocks' Well school is unique and in such a beautiful setting. We are lucky to be part of such a supportive and traditional school community, where children access a creative curriculum which makes learning fun. 





 Michaela Warrilow


My name is Michaela Warrilow and I am honoured to be Community Governor for Woodcocks’ Well.

I have been working in education for twenty years now as a drama/theatre practioner alongside workings as a freelance theatre director/actor/writer. My work has allowed me to work in varying settings using drama and theatre as a tool for addressing social issues, raising standards within learning environments and enhancing confidence and self-esteem through positive communication.

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

I first came to Woodcocks’ several years ago as a freelance drama practioner and in that time I have seen the amazing commitment and love the head, staff and community have for this jewel in the Mow Cop crown. I consider this school to be unique in that here, every child is taught to shine, with the encouragement and love from this fabulous environment. 



 Julie Massen 


I joined Woodcocks’ Well as Head Teacher in January 2007 and automatically took on the Ex-Officio governor position on the Governing Body.

I have seen many changes over the years and, all in all, it has been a very exciting journey; remaining so more than ever, today. I am fortunate to work with a wonderful team of staff and governors. Over the years, we have come to know many families and enjoyed providing excellent provision, not only for the children but also within the community.

My teaching career is based in Cheshire East where I first studied as a mature student at MMU and then held several teaching posts in the Congleton area.

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

I have always considered myself to be in a privileged position, working with children, and I remain passionate about educating children and providing a happy environment in which they can thrive and love learning.



 Elizabeth Sharples


I have been teaching at Woodcock's Well for 17 years and have enjoyed every single second of being here.

I am currently lucky enough to teach Reception class and lead Early Years working closely with Pre-School staff to ensure our children get an amazing start to their education making them hungry little learners.

I lead Religious Education and English with Miss Booth which are both subjects that I feel passionately about. Both my children attend Woodcocks' Well and I cannot think of a better place for them.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking and anything dance related!

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

I love the family atmosphere and feeling; the friendly and caring, well behaved chidlren we have here and I love the fact that every day I come to school and laugh.



 Victoria Booth 


I have been teaching at Woodcocks’ Well since 2012.

I currently lead English with Miss Sharples as well as ICT and PE. There are so many aspects of teaching that I love: delving into a topic for a whole term at a time and learning the ins and outs of it with the children; taking the children on residential trips (even the lack of sleep is enjoyable!) and of course the fact that every single day is different.

In my spare time I love reading, cooking and walking with my naughty puppy, Marv. 

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

I love how kind and caring our children are towards one another. At Woodcocks’ Well we celebrate all strengths and its always fantastic to see how genuinely proud the children are of each other.

Marion Cook    

I have been a governor for a few years. I am retired and so I put most of my time and effort into the School/Odd Rode Parish plus anything else I can do for the local community.

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

I enjoy working with the staff and children. 


Rachael Stanley  

I have recently become a parent governor at Woodcocks’ Well and currently have one child in Year 3.  My daughter only left Year 6 in July and has just started secondary school. I regularly volunteer in school and try to attend as many events as possible.  I am a qualified teacher of Modern Languages and have previously taught at two secondary schools not too far away from here.  I have also spent time working in schools in both France and Germany.   

What do you love about Woodcocks’ Well C of E Primary School?

One of the real strengths of Woodcocks’ Well is its strong family atmosphere.  Everybody knows each other and the children always to seem to be happy. 

Ruth Winterton    


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Whole School Attendance


Class of the Term Attendance

Miss Adams


Church Total


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