Our Governing Body is commited to work in partnership with the Head Teacher and staff to develop and drive the strategic vision of the school. Our Governors support and challenge school to maintain and improve standards for the benefit of all pupils and staff. Governors meet at various times throughout the year as a full governing body and through sub-commitees.  

Governing Body 2020/21

Chair of Governors                             Clare Swann


Chair of Personnel to be appointed
Chair of Curriculum Joanne McLaughlin
Chair of Safeguarding Yvonne Poskitt
Chair of Pay Clare Swann
Chair of Premises Geoff Hawley
Chair of Finance Andrea Thomason
Chair of Performance Managment Yvonne Poskitt
Chair of Pupil Discipline to be appointed
Complaints  to be appointed
Staff Dismissal to be appointed


Geoff Hawley

I have over 30 years experience as a school governor, including 8 years at Oughtrington Community Primary School.  I am Chairman of the Premises Committee and am also a member of the Finance, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discripline and Pay Committees.  I have one grandchild at the school in Year 6 and two other grandchildren at Lymm High School.

I have lived with my wife, Alison, in Lymm for over 49 years and am a retired dental surgeon.  I served as a magistrate in Cheshire for over 20 years and am now Deputy Chairman of Lymm Parish Council.  I was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire in 2010.

I have been Chairman of the Lymm Cancer Research Committee for 36 years and am on the management committees of both the Lymm Heritage Centre and the Lymm Youth and Community Association.

Gill Marsland

I have had the pleasure of being the Head Teacher at Oughtrington since 2007.  We have such a wonderful school with a knowledgeable and dedicated staff and governor team, along with superb children and extremely supportive parents.  It really is a great community to work in.  We all work tirelessly to ensure that we retain and further strengthen our consistently outstanding provision for the children in our care.  As Head Teacher I am on all the governor committees.  Since 2015 I have been recognised as a LLE (Local Leader of Education) which had led to me supporting many schools within Warrington and to me being a primary consultant with Cheshire East.

Joanne McLaughlin

I have been a governor for 5 years and enjoy my roles chairing the curriculum committee and being involved with the head teacher's performance management.  I work as a leader of Science at a comprehensive high school in Stockport which allows me to bring insight from a secondary perspective.  I enjoy all aspects of school management, curriculum development and pupils learning journeys.  I believe in a thoroughly broad and balanced curriculum and take pride in the fact that Oughtrington delivers this to every pupil.  I have lived in Lymm for 7 years and enjoy reading, yoga and cooking in my spare time.

Laura Paddock

It is a privilege to be part of the governing body team at Oughtrington and this is a role that I really enjoy.  I am committed to supporting and developing school in my role as a staff governor.  In addition to this role, I am also Key Stage 2 Deputy Head and a member of the resources and curriculum sub-committees.  In my role as a staff governor, I regularly report to governors on the progress and attainment of pupils as well as developments that are taking place within school.  I love playing an active role in the life of the school and strive to ensure all children achieve their full potential and have the best opportunities to succeed.

Yvonne Poskitt

I have been connected to Oughtrington Community Primary School for over 30 years as this is where my three grown up children attending during their primary years.  As I work in the secondary education sector, and have worked with young people with additional needs and their families for over 25 years, I feel that my skills and knowledge serve me well as a governor at OCPS.  I am Chair of the Safeguarding Committee and SEND Governor as well as a member of Curriculum, Personnel, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline, Pay and Performance Management Committees.  I am also a Governor at Lymm High School.

I am passionate about making sure every child has an equal opportunity to access school life regardless of any additional needs they may have and feel that my experience in SEND and inclusion enables me to make a valuable contribution to the Governing Body at Oughtrington.

Karen Rurlander

I have been priviledged to have been on our governing body for over 11 years, originally elected as a parent governor when my own daughters were at Oughtrington Primary.  Since then I have been reappointed as a community governor and am now a co-opted governor for our school.  I enjoyed a career with British Airways for over 23 years and was also part of their promotional and recruitment team.  After base closure I retrained and have been very fortunate to enjoy a second career as a member of the teaching assistant team at Oughtrington.  I have a strong pastoral focus and have seen the school grow and rightly promote itself as one of the strongest primary schools in the area.  I am a member of the Curriculum and Health & Safety Committees and am also the training link Governor.  I enjoy building good relationships, networking and promoting our school.  I love supporting our wonderful children.

I feel very proud of what we've achieved, how we've grown and moved forward as a school and governing body and look forward to our next steps.

Helen Smith

I am currently a Year 2 teacher and the Deputy Head of EYFS and Key Stage One.  Having worked at Oughtrington Primary School for more than 10 years, I feel extremely proud of our school community and the rich, broad and exciting curriculum we provide our pupils with.  As a Staff Governor, I regularly report back to our Governing Body on the progress and attainment of our pupils as well as keeping them up-to-date with the day-to-day life of the school.  I am also a member of the Curriculum and Personnel sub-committees.  I am committed to helping pupils achieve their full potential and have a special interest in promoting children's social, emotional and mental health.

Clare Swann

I have been a Governor for 4 years and I am now in my second year as Chair of Governors at Oughtrington.  I have been Vice Chair of the Curriculum committee and I am currently Vice Chair of the Personnel Committee.

My professional background has always been within education and I have taught in both the Primary and Secondary sector.  I have had previous experience of senior leadership (as Deputy Head) and Governance in schools in the North East, serving as staff governor for two different schools.  Currently I work with students who require medical tuition.  This includes developing positive relationships with students so that they can engage with their education and teaching a varied curriculum across all Key Stages.  This is often challenging but also a rewarding role, involving collaborative work with professionals from education, the health sector (especially CAMHS) and Childrens Services, to ensure that students receive the most appropriate support and opportunities.  In 2017 I completed my Master's Degree in education from the Open University.

As a governor at Oughtrington I have taken part in a variety of training sessions, including Safeguarding, Assessment Data and Championing Vulnerable Children, to further my knowledge and understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of the role and current issues within education.  I have also been on courses on 'The Role of the Chair of Governors' and 'Leading the team', sharing ideas and experiences with other colleagues to develop my skills as Chair.  I enjoy my regular visits to school, whether it is to support staff, celebrate musical and sporting events or to be interviewed by members of the School Council!

My three children have attended Oughtrington and have benefitted from the opportunities, support and friendships offered by all the staf here.  I am proud to be involved with such a warm and welcoming school where every child is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential in all aspects of school life and the wider community.

I have recently become a Governor at St Andrews CE Primary School in Orford.

Dennis Thomason

I have been a governor since 1980 when I became a Parish Councillor which I was for over 20 years, I was also a Warrington Borough Councillor for 10 years.

I was a pupil at Sandy Lane Infants School as was my father.  My 3 children attended this school as have 4 of my 5 grandchildren.

My main involvement with this school has been with the premises, finance and personnel committees.

I am retired and was Regional Sales Manager dealing with components for the Aerospace and Defence Industry.

Sarah Wilkins

I joined Oughtrington Community Primary School in January 2003.  I represent the teaching staff on the Governing Body and I am a member of the Curriculum Committee. Currently, I am a Year 6 teacher/Team Leader (0.5) and I am passionate about achievement for all so every child reaches their potential.  I am the Mathematics subject leader at Oughtrington and I am currently working with North West Maths Hub 3 as a Maths Mastery Specialist.  This has involved developing the Teaching for Mastery approach at Oughtrington and also working alongside other primary schools across Warrington and Halton.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and coaching/competing in athletics events.

Sandra Donnelly

For my day job I am Head of Economics at William Hulme's Grammar School in Manchester, a senior examiner of A Level Economics and am midway through a MEd in Senior Leadership.  I am a member of the Chartered College of Teaching and was previously the Chief Executive of the Economics, Business and Enterprise Association.  For the last five years I have been a Non-Executive Director of Chester Zoo and trustee of the North of England Zoological Society, where I serve as Liaison to the Youth Board, on the Curriculum Advisory Panel and on the Conservation Masterplan Committee.

My passion for education, economics and conservation is the result of years of backpacking holidays; visiting schools, zoos and conservation projects.  I am a strong advocate of evidence-lead approaches to education that build engagement, inclusivity and empower future generations.  Inspired by Chester Zoo and motivated by our mini-conservationist daughter in Year 5, we are more active campaigners for social justice and trying to live more sustainably.  If you see a Lymm Runner plodding past pulled along by a springer-doodle-daschund, it is probably me.

Andrew Abernethy

I was co-opted as a Governor in December 2020. I am a practising employment lawyer with a background in accountancy and finance.  I previously held a voluntary position of Treasurer for Oughtrington Pre-School and as Trustee for Ethiopiaid, a charity advancing education in Ethiopia.  I am looking forward to making a contribution in my new role in the months and years to come.

In my short time as part of the team, I have already been hugely impressed with the dedication and innovation of the staff and my fellow governors.  My two children both attended Oughtrington, one of whom has special educational requirements, and both have benefitted hugely from the support and education they have received.

Sara Frith

I am a newly appointed parent governor with one child remaining at the school - my eldest having recently left to attend high school.  I have lived in Lymm for 11 years and during this time have undertaken the role of secretary at the village pre-school and events co-ordinator for the Lymm Festival.  My professional background is education having worked in the sector for 17 years - my current role being a department leader at Stockport Secondary School.  I am very interested in the quality of education with particular focus on curriculum, teaching and learning.  In my spare time I enjoy reading and theatre.  I very much look forward to working with the dedicated team at Oughtrington in their quest to provide the very best that education can offer.









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