School governors

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Church Lawton School governors (also known as the local governance body or 'LGB') is made up of representatives from the local area and covers a number of governor roles. School governors have a key role in setting the strategic direction of a school, ensuring the accountability of teachers and staff, and thinking critically about the welfare of a school. For further information, see our NASAT Governance Plan and Scheme of delegation.

Governor lead areas and pairings

Mr M Sanchez, Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Local Governing Body (also a member of the NAS Academies Trust (NASAT) Board due to role):

  • Governance
  • Leadership & Management
  • Safeguarding & Prevention
  • Business & Financial Planning
  • School Development Plan / School Improvement
  • Performance Data Reporting
  • HR & Staffing
  • Website
  • Admission

Mrs C Lewis, Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body:

  • Governance
  • Leadership & Management
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • Business & Financial Planning
  • School Development Plan / School Improvement
  • Performance Data Reporting
  • Single Central Register
  • Governor Skills / Training Audit
  • Admission

Mrs J Corcoran, Co-opted Governor (NASAT Board Chair); HR Governor:

  • Health and safety
  • Premises
  • Training and Development
  • HR and Staffing

Mrs Rhoda Bailey, Co-opted Governor; Community Governor:

  • Links with community and opportunities for Apprenticeships/Employment
  • Links with local businesses
  • Knowledge of the local/regional economy
  • Understanding of current education policy
  • Scrutiny of work / independent validation
  • School Council link
  • Performance Data Reporting

Mrs Lorraine Clegg, Staff Elected representative; Education & SEND Governor:

  • Cared for Children
  • Pupil Premium 
  • Special Educational Needs / Teaching & Learning  
  • Outreach support
  • EHC plans
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
  • English / Maths / Science
  • British Values – Liberty (rule of law), Freedom and Democracy
  • Performance Data Reporting 

Mr David Holstead, Parent Elected Representative; Parent Governor:

  • School Improvement
  • Performance Data Reporting 
  • Apprenticeship & Employment 
  • Learning Networks
  • Parental Carer Liaison / Parent Forum Link
  • Health & Safety

Mrs Ruth Walker, Co-opted Governor; Education & SEND Governor:

  • Cared for Children
  • Pupil Premium 
  • Special Educational Needs / Teaching & Learning  
  • Outreach Support
  • EHC plans
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
  • English / Maths / Science
  • British Values – Liberty (rule of law), Freedom and Democracy
  • Performance Data Reporting

Mr Paul Scales:  

  • Principal of the School

Local governance body

Janet Corcoran

NASAT Director

Janet is the mother of an adult child with autism born in 1978, who now lives more independently than she ever thought possible. She was a mainstream primary school teacher from 1969 until she retired, and her last 16 years were spent as a Deputy Head teacher and SENCO. Janet has taught many children with autism.

Janet has been Secretary of the Lincolnshire Autistic Society for over 20 years. She runs the local helpline for parents and professionals and she has been a National Autistic Society councillor since 1996 and a trustee from 1997. She am no longer a Trustee but has moved across to Chair NASAT and EQD for The National Autistic Society.

She lives in Donington, Lincolnshire where she is on a wide range of community and social welfare committees.

She is an appointed co-opted member of the Local Governing Board.

Michael Sanchez

Chair of the Local Governing Body, Church Lawton School 

Mike is a chartered accountant with 20 years of practice and commercial experience having served on a number of boards and is currently employed as a Group Finance Director for a private group. 

Mike will be working with the NASAT and Local Governing Board to continue to build and support the framework that has been developed over the last few years. 

Mike enjoys playing sports, in particular football and has an interest in Astronomy.

Catherine Lewis

Vice-Chair of the Local Governing Body, Church Lawton School

Catherine started teaching in 1984 and worked in a range of Special Schools in London and the South East, during which time she completed a Master’s Degree in Education with SEN from the Institute of Education in London. 

In 2004, Catherine completed her NPQH and in September 2006 became Headteacher at Heathfield School in Stoke-on-Trent, moving it to Outstanding within three years. She then went on to become the Headteacher at The Russett School in 2009, moving it to Good with elements of Outstanding in 2011 before gaining an Outstanding in 2014. When the Russett Learning Trust was established with Russett School in 2015, Catherine became the Chief Executive Officer of the Russett Learning Trust and Executive Headteacher at The Russett School.

Catherine’s experience is within Education and especially Special Educational Needs and Disability, leading on all aspects of finance, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Pupil progress/outcomes and curriculum.

Catherine is a Governor at the Russett and a Director on the Trust board. She has also previously undertaken the role of Governor at Rosebank School in Barnton. 

She sits on the NGA SEN Advisory Group and has undertaken a wide amount of CPD including Safeguarding, Health and Safety, units on Modern Governor, plus additional Governor training on the Role of the Board with the Institute of Directors in London.

Catherine is an appointed co-opted member of the Local Governing Board. 

Rhoda Bailey

Rhoda has been a Councillor in Cheshire East Council since 2008.  She is an experienced School Governor and is the Local Authority representative for two other local schools – Scholar Green Primary and Rode Heath Primary. 

Rhoda worked in the Magistrates’ Courts Service as a legal adviser until her retirement, with experience in criminal, family and youth courts.  On Cheshire East Council, Rhoda works in Children and Families Overview, and Scrutiny, which includes Special Educational Needs, Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny, the Southern Planning Committee, Licensing and Public Rights of Way Committees, and serves on the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) in Cheshire East Schools. 

Rhoda is an appointed co-opted member of the Local Governing Board.

Ruth Walker

Ruth has over 20 years’ experience of teaching. After graduating from Manchester University, she began her teaching career in Trafford, Manchester and over the years has worked within four very different schools.

She has held a number of roles both academic and pastoral, including geography teacher, Head of Year, Head of Department, Head of House and is currently the SENDCO at Alsager High School, having recently completed the national award for SENDCOs at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a mother of four boys, who tend to take up all of her spare time!

Ruth is an appointed co-opted member of the Local Governing Board.

Lorraine Clegg

Lorraine is a teacher with 30 years of experience. After graduating from Manchester with a Bachelor of Education degree she began her teaching career in Tameside before moving to Cheshire where she has taught in several schools. As well as being a class teacher working across the Primary age ranges she has held a number of additional roles including co-ordinator for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 leader and Head of Early Years as well as Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Headships. Lorraine has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers at Manchester University and has taken on the role of Acting Headteacher in two schools. She has recently achieved The National Award for SENDCo’s at Edge Hill University. 

Lorraine held the role of SENDCo in her previous school in Macclesfield as well as that of teacher in a year 6 class. 

Lorraine is an elected staff governor of the Local Governing Board.

Paul Scales


Paul has 24 years’ experience of teaching in a wide range of schools across the North West and Midlands. With 18 years in a variety of specialist education provisions, Paul is a highly motivated school leader with over 16 years' successful senior leadership experience.

He has a proven track record of raising standards, maximising outcomes for students and driving rapid and sustainable whole school improvement. Since 2000, Paul has been involved as a senior leader in different specialist schools catering for the needs of a wide range of autistic students and worked to maximise opportunities for those students.

Before joining The National Autistic Society Paul worked as a Specialist School consultant working with a range of organisations to ensure all students in the various education settings were able to achieve their very best.

Paul is passionate about the school’s adventure learning curriculum, given his experiences in the outdoors and leading a number of school trips to both UK and European based residential centres.

David Holstead

David works as a general manager for an IT company. He is married with two children, one of whom attends Church Lawton School.

In his spare time David teaches martial arts at Crewe GTI taekwondo club and is a multiple time British champion in taekwondo and kick boxing. He is also a coach ambassador for Fighting for Autism which is a charity that raises autism awareness via martial arts.

David regularly fundraises for The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS) and the National Autistic Society (NAS) by taking part in various challenges such as triathlons and cycling events.

David is an elected parent governor of the Local Governing Board.