Local Academy Board (Governors)

Welcome to Wimboldsley Primary School - Local Academy Board

The Local Academy Board at Wimboldsley School have the responsibility for education of the children in our schools. The Local Academy Board, whose membership includes the school's head teachers, provides strategic leadership to the school and takes key decisions in areas such as finance, staffing structure and appointments and premises as well as monitoring educational performance. 

Our members are drawn from parents, staff and the local community so that we bring a wide range of experiences and views to our debates. Although we are all volunteers we take our duties very seriously and consequently have a genuine impact upon the school and the education provided to Wimboldsley's children. We welcome enquiries from all sections of the community about membership. We always embrace people who are committed to the ethos of the school and who are willing to work with us to improve the quality of the leadership that we provide. Enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn and contribute are the most important qualities. We can be contacted through the school.

Positive feedback is always welcome (so we can repeat successful things more often) but we also want to learn about things we can improve.

We can readily be contacted through the school office admin@wimboldsley.cheshire.sch.uk

If you are interested in becoming a representative of our Local Academy Board, please visit: Concordia Multi Academy Trust: Join a Local Academy Board (concordiamat.co.uk)

Meet our Local Academy Board Members

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Jody Darlington - Parent

Chair of the Local Academy Board

I am a hard working individual and have been a dedicated volunteer and PTA member at Wimboldsley since my eldest child first started in 2016; she has now left and gone to secondary school. My youngest daughter Caydee is currently in Year 5 at Wimboldsley and feels like the school is a home from here with the lovely atmosphere.

I have proudly held the PTA Chair role for the past 5 years now. I am passionately committed to contributing to the school in any way possible. I have a firm understanding how crucial the quality of leadership and the importance of inclusion are in the ethos of the school, and its aspiration of achieving excellence. I am a fully trained Teaching Assistant and am currently working towards the HLTA qualification. I have worked in a pre-school and a primary school many years ago which I loved, mainly working alongside children with SEN, this has fuelled my passion for volunteering for the last 20 years in local schools.

Recently I also was voted in as a Secondary school governor locally. I also hold a governor role on the Cheshire West and Chester Scrutiny Committee for Educational Matters. I hope all of this demonstrates my passion for all children’s care and education throughout their young lives. 

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James Bancroft - Parent

I’m married to Lisa and our son attends the school and loves it. Our daughter left a few years ago and absolutely thrived at Wimboldsley. We are very lucky that our children have been able to attend such a lovely school. After 22 years in education, including seven years as a headteacher, I have made a career change. I now work in local government, managing admissions and school places across an authority. I have experience as a governor in other schools. I feel lucky to have the chance to share my experience and educational understanding as a LAB member at Wimboldsley.

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Fiona Chesters - Staff

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Wimboldsley for over 16 years. I also hold the role of Welfare Assistant and have been trained in Mental Health First aid as well as a number of other welfare based qualifications. In addition I produce the weekly newsletter and any press releases and design and production of promotional/display material.  I am a staff governor and on both the Outcomes of pupils and Personal Development committees.


Sam Jones - Headteacher

I am Headteacher at Wimboldsley Primary School. Having started my teaching journey as a newly qualified teacher at William Stockton Primary School over 12 years ago I have subsequently worked within and across the previous Wimboldsley and William Stockton Federation for many years. Over time and with growing knowledge and experience, my role progressed to Assistant Head at William Stockton and in 2019 I made the transition to Wimboldsley as Deputy Head, Head of School and eventually and with much delight, Headteacher. My intention is to continue to build on the prior successes of the school, working closely and in collaboration with the senior leadership team, staff and local academy board (LAB) to provide a curriculum and environment that provides the opportunity for all pupils to achieve excellence.

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Wimboldsley Primary School

Nantwich Road,
CW10 0LN

Contact Us

School Office

admin@wimboldsley.cheshire.sch.uk 01606 832321

Headteacher | Samantha Jones


SENCO | Mrs V Whiston


Chair of Govenors