Governing Body

The Governing Body meets at least once every term and Governors have responsibility for the running of the school, in consultation with the headteacher.

There are normally 4 types of Governors,  Parent, Staff, Community and Local Authority.

The Headteacher is responsible to the Governors for the organisation, management and discipline of the school. Governors are elected to serve for a period of four years and the election process is managed in accordance with agreed LEA procedures.

At each termly meeting the Headteacher presents a detailed report to governors. Attendance at these meetings is recorded and shown below.  Committee meetings also take place termly for Resources and Standards and Effectiveness.  

Name Category Appointment




Committees Other



Positions of


Attendance at

full governors



at full governors


Mr D Mitchell Chair 22nd November 2017 21st November 2021 Standards and Effectiveness None Child Protection

Children Looked After


 2/3  0/0
Canon John Hall Vice-Chair 24th February 2013 5th July 2021 Standards and Effectiveness None PSHE/Extended Schools


 3/3 0/0
Mr Michael Rayner Community 18th December 2015 17th December 2019 Resources None  Link Governor


 3/3 0/0
Mrs June Brand Community 1st August 2014 31st July 2018 Resources None  Humanities  3/3 0/0
Ms Kirsty Thompson Parent 11th November 2015 10th November 2019 Chair of Resources None SEN/Inclusion

Pupil Voice

 2/3  0/0
Mrs Susan Jolley Community 11th November 2015 10th November 2019 Standards and Effectiveness None Early Years Foundation Stage  3/3 0/0
Mrs Barbara Williams Community 18th December 2015 17th December 2019 Resources None  3/3 2/2
Mr Ian Rhodes Local Authority  20th November 2017  20th November 2019  Resources  None Pupil Premium Numeracy


 3/3  0/0
Ms Kirsty Bell Staff 31st October 2015 30th October 2019 Standards and Effectiveness None  3/3  0/0
Mrs Catherine Lea Local Authority 27th March 2019 26th March 2023 Standards and Effectiveness None Science 2/2 0/0
Mr Simon Hammonds Parent 27th March 2019 26th March 2023 Resources None 1/2 0/0

Register of interests:

Governors with a business interest:


Governors with a family relationship:


The observers are associate members of the Governing Body and do not have voting rights.

Mr David Mitchell

I have lived in Thornton Cleveleys for thirteen years but was born and brought up in Yorkshire. I was educated at Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire before studying to be a teacher at City of Leeds and Carnegie College and Leeds University. I emerged with a B.Ed (Hons). I have worked in both the private and maintained sectors with three headships in Junior and Infant schools.

I believe that education should prepare children for adult life and that all pupils should be given the opportunity to pursue a range of skills and experiences in a creative and supportive environment. There must also be a respect for others and a clear idea of the difference between right and wrong.

Working as Chair of Governors at Chaucer School gives me the chance to use the experiences gained through my career, particularly at management level, for the benefit of the school community.

Mr Michael Rayner

I was born in a small village in Yorkshire, where I attended the local infant, primary and Grammar schools. At 14 years of age, I moved to Blackburn, where I attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and then went on to Sunderland Technical College, where, after three years study, I qualified as a Pharmacist.

I then joined Boots the Chemists and held management positions in Birmingham, Rutherglen, near Glasgow and finally in Thornton-Cleveleys. After 27 years with the company, I joined a local pharmacy, where I served the Fleetwood Community for 20 years before retirement.

I am married to Liisa, who is Finnish and we have three daughters, who all work in the medical field. One is a G.P. another a nurse and the third is a clinical audiologist. We also have a grandson and daughter.

Two years into retirement, I was given the opportunity of again serving he local community by becoming a Community Governor at Chaucer. I am keen to support the children and staff in any way that I can, so that all of the children get the best possible start in life and that they are able to reach their maximum potential.

Mrs June Brand

I have lived in Fleetwood since I was 11. My home town is Accrington but I moved to Fleetwood because of my dad’s work. Accrington was a typical mill town with many cotton mills where most of population worked. I attended Woodnook St Mary’s Primary School then Woodnook Secondary School for 6 months before moving to Fleetwood Bailey Secondary Modern Girls School. I stayed on till I was 16 to do Business Studies.

I worked as a secretary when I left school. After marrying I had various jobs to fit in with my children. I started work with Lancashire County Council as a home carer and progressed to home care manager. I then became volunteer organiser for Wyre and Fylde, a service for carers and people they cared for. I recruited people, advertised the service by doing presentations to clubs and workplaces, placed the volunteers with persons being cared for to enable the carer to have some free time for 2-4 hours. This was a free service provided by LCC . I held monthly meetings and training for volunteers.

Now I am retired and volunteer at 2 schools listening to children read. I am a crown green bowler, playing twice a week in the season – April to September. I love travelling, history, am an avid reader and enjoy cooking, especially Greek recipes. Being a grandmother to four keeps me busy! I am a governor at Chaucer School because I believe all children should be given the opportunity to receive the best education and be able to develop at their own pace and become a valued member of society. My husband attended Chaucer and both my children attended the school. It was an excellent school then, and still is, and prepared them for their further education and working life.

Canon John Hall MA

I am the Vicar of Fleetwood and I have been here for the last seven years. I am married to Sandra a Headteacher of a local school and I have three grown up daughters, two of whom are in the teaching profession. I studied for my BA at Leeds University. My theological formation was at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and my Masters Degree in Youth Spirituality was obtained from Lancaster University.

I have been Vicar of St. Peter’s and St. David’s Fleetwood for the last seven years, prior to that I was Vicar of Warton near Lancaster and before that Vicar of Nelson.

I am passionate about children’s welfare and particularly children from a disadvantaged background. I am associated to Chaucer because I was seduced by Mr. Peter Gerrish, his staff and wonderful children.

Ms Kirsty Thompson

I have lived in Fleetwood since I was born and attended Chaucer Primary School from 1988 to 1996. I left to attend Millfield High School and since school I attended college and studied my AAT (Association of Accounting Technician). I am about to start studying again to complete my CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountant).

I currently work for Blackpool Council as a Schools Finance Accountant, this helps me with my role as governor, as I can give advice and understanding to fellow governors and the SLT about the financial position of the school.

The reason I joined as a governor was initially that my daughter attended so I became a parent governor, I thought with my knowledge of finance they could utilise my skills to the benefit of the school. My daughter has now left and I’m not a community governor with another 4 years term.

I thoroughly enjoy being a governor at Chaucer as I believe this is a great school and gives ever child the opportunity to shine and also learn with confidence, whichever background they may come from. As a child I loved Chaucer and I hope that in years to come all these current children, have the same great memories of Chaucer like I do.

Miss Kirsty Bell

I was born and raised in the steel town of Corby, Northamptonshire. I loved school, worked hard and gained a scholarship to Stamford High School for Girls. My family relocated to Blackpool in the 80’s where my education continued at Blackpool Collegiate High School and Sixth Form College.

A career in teaching was always a certainty. My inspiration being my primary school teacher Mr Morgan- a truly remarkable teacher and nurturer of young minds. My studies continued at Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside and University of Lancaster, where my passion for all things maths and science was developed further.

On completing my degree in 1994, I accepted my first teaching post at Chaucer School. Twenty one years later, I still enjoy the challenge and successes of all that the role brings at Chaucer. I have a real love for the children, the school and Fleetwood. Every day is different, every day is rewarding.

I have served on the governing body for X years. I enjoy the role and feel privileged to be part of such an important team, responsible for a wide range of matters which include ensuring the pupils receive high quality education and planning for the future development and improvement of the school.

Mrs Susan Jolley

I was born in Hull and spent the first 10 years of my life here. My parents moved to Fleetwood and I continued my education in Fleetwood. Having decided I wanted to teach I obtained my teaching certificate at Ilkley College Yorkshire and started my teaching career in 1976. My first appointment was to Blakiston Infant School which later amalgamated with Chaucer. During my teaching career I have taught in the nursery , foundation stage, key stage 1 and Lower key stage 2 and have held responsibility for humanities and most recently English. I retired in September 2015 after many happy years teaching .
I have been married 33years and have 2 grown up children who both completed there education at schools in the local area. I have also been fortunate to represent Wyre council as deputy and mayoress alongside my husband who began his political career as a ward councillor for Mount ward.

I was pleased to be asked to serve as a governor for Chaucer as the children have played such a large part in my life. Everyday is different in Chaucer and I hope in some small way I can carry on supporting the children and staff in their quest to experience success.

Mrs Barbara Williams

I was born in Blackpool, brought up and educated in Manchester and following my marriage to an Anglican priest served in parishes in Leigh, Blackburn, and Burnley. When my husband retired we moved to Cleveleys – almost a full circle! My husband died in 1998.

I have four adult sons and lovely daughters-in-law with fourteen grandchildren (ten boys and four girls) ranging in age from five to twenty-five.

I was educated at a grammar school in Manchester and then read Theology at Manchester University. I later gained a Theology Masters degree at Lancaster University whilst teaching at St. Christopher’s C.E. High School in Accrington. On moving to Cleveleys I completed a brief period of “supply” work in the area before obtaining a teaching post at Kirkham Grammar School where I remained until I retired. At that point I returned to my first love – history and my first university to read Ancient History and Archaeology. Having gained a 1st class degree I stayed on to take a Masters in Roman History and Latin which included an eight week course of study at the British School in Rome. This gave me an abiding love of the “Eternal City” and an annual “pilgrimage”!

I have also served as a local councillor in Burnley, a magistrate on the Blackburn, Burnley and Blackpool benches, an Anglican Reader, Lay Chairman of Burnley Deanery Synod and a member of the General Synod.

My interests lie in history, music (especially Early and Baroque) singing with Fleetwood Choral Society and “Dream Team” an informal musical entertainment group. I am also a member of Coastwatch. I love the theatre, the ballet, books and riding (when I have the time).

Mr Ian Rhodes 

I was born in Salford but spent the majority of my childhood in Blackpool. I trained to be a Physical Education teacher at St. John’s Wing P.E. College at York. I am married to Ann with two
sons and two grand daughters. We live in Thornton Cleveleys and are keen walkers who walk with our Springer Spaniel and love the inclement weather.
My teaching career began in a Bolton school before moving on to Trafford to become a Head of Department. Five years later I secured the Head of P.E. post at Collegiate 11-18 in Blackpool and
then progressed to a Head of Faculty post when the schools split.
In 1990 I became the Professional Mentor for teachers and students working alongside Lecturers from St.Martin’s Lancaster, John Moores University in Liverpool, and the Cumbria and Lancashire GRTP scheme. I mentored in excess of 180 professionals during my last 11 years at Collegiate.
I worked for a year as a Lecturer for Lancashire ITT before becoming Deputy Head teacher in Educational Diversity (PRU) Blackpool. In 2009 I completed my teaching career by becoming a
Tutor/mentor for the GTP in Lancashire and Cumbria. During my last 2 years I also trained teachers for the Chorley Primary Physical Education partnerships.
I was particularly impressed when the Head teacher gave me a tour of the school before becoming a Governor. It is apparent that Chaucer is a safe, secure and supportive teaching environment where the children are happy and are being inspired by quality professionals to attain their full potential.

Mr Simon Hammonds

I have 2 boys who already attend Chaucer Primary School and 1 joining the Nursery in September.

I have worked in the recycling industry and have an interest in children’s health and well being. I enjoy cycling and have recently become a volunteer for Wyre Council supporting disadvantaged adults and children through cycling. I believe in a brighter more sustainable future for the next generation, good health and well being and community values.