Governing Body

Our Governing Body provides strategic direction to the school and both supports and challenges our senior leaders so that Tarleton Community is an effective school.  Our governors have a wealth of experience and are passionate about their work.  

But who are our fantastic governors?

Stuart Bond (Chair of Governors):

Stuart has been a Governor at Tarleton Community Primary School since 2013 and became our Chair in July 2015.  He lives in the village with his wife and three boys and is a Mechanical Engineer Manager in the electricity supply industry - providing Stuart with many transferable skills to his role on the Governing Body.

Stuart feels that being a governor allows him to give something back to the school and the community.  He has a strong belief in the importance of staff, parents and governors working together.  This ensures that our children have the best opportunities, the best environment to learn and the best support available to allow them to enjoy their education and reach their full potential!


Dawn Forster: (Vice Chair of Governors):

Dawn is a mother to 3 girls, 2 currently at TCP and 1 now at Tarleton Academy and has a professional background in recruitment, training and retail management. Dawn has a huge presence volunteering in the school as she runs TCP’s baby and toddler play group, Baby Steps, as well as helping out in school with various activities, sporting events and school trips and volunteers weekly to help the children with reading and spelling. This helps her to see the daily life in school.  In her role as chair of the Community Development Committee, she is passionate to raise the school’s profile in the community and wants parents to feel that they are included in school life.  


Hayley Astin:

Hayley has been a Governor at TCP for 10 years.  She has two children aged 11 and 14 who both attended the school.  Hayley very much enjoys her role as a Governor and is enthusiastic about education and feels strongly that school should be a positive, happy experience for all.  Hayley is Chair of our Standards and Effectiveness committee and also sits on the Community Development Committee.  Hayley enjoys watching films, sports and travelling.

Mike Adams:

A long serving former teacher, Mike is our Child Protection governor. He has a wealth of experience with which to help nurture the caring ethos within TCP. Mike has  particular interests in the Mathematics, Science and Computing curricula and is keen to maintain the already high standards within these subjects. In his spare time, he can be found acting as a volunteer guide for the National Trust.

Lisa Banister:

Lisa is a former pupil of Tarleton Community Primary and has two children who now attend. She is a former parent governor who has been co-opted onto the governing body.  Lisa has worked for Lancashire County Council for 13 years and now works as school bursar in a Lancashire primary school.  She has a great understanding of the school with an excellent understanding of school budgets.  In her spare time, Lisa runs a local brownie unit and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Neil Gaskell:

Neil has lived in Tarleton for twenty years.  He is a self employed Carpenter/Joiner having served his time in the village. Neil's wife has taught at the school for fifteen years and both of his children attend TCP.  He loves the outdoors and in his spare time enjoys walking, road riding and mountain biking.

Neil Piggin:

Neil is a co-opted governor and the parent of two boys, both of whom are pupils at TCP. His belief in community, volunteering and making a difference is what led him to becoming involved at TCP. A varied career in the public sector and now a senior commissioning manager in the Civil Service, Neil brings a range of experience to the governing body. Outside of work he enjoys sport, literature, travel, good food and good wine!

Helen I'Anson:

Helen is a co-opted governor at TCP. She has a Year 4 child and a reception age child attending the school. She also helped to run the Babysteps for almost 4 years but has recently stopped to pursue a career. You can find Helen volunteering at the school on a regular basis.  Helen is also our Training Link Governor. In her spare time she enjoy sports including running and yoga, and spending time with her family. 

David Pearce:

David is currently a trainee primary teacher who has previously worked here at Tarleton Community Primary school as a teaching assistant. This, combined with the fact his son attends the school, has given David a great insight to the school as both a parent and a staff member. His position as a trainee teacher keeps him informed of the ever changing educational climate. David has previously run his own catering business and has a keen interest in sports.

Donna Roberts:

Donna has 2 daughters one of which still attends TCP. Her involvement with the school has been on-going for the last 8 years as she has been Vice Chair/Secretary of the Friends of TCP.  Donna has gained vast experience working for many years in the NHS, where she has developed a number of skills including performance management, data analysis and service development, enabling her to confidently challenge, make informed decisions but also think broadly when developing solutions to problems as a governor.  Donna firmly believes a school which works with parents and the community enables children to experience an enjoyable education wider than the classroom and challenge them to achieve their full potential.

Robert Johnson:

Robert Johnson has lived in the area all his life and runs a business in the area too. One of his children attended the school and is now in Year 8; he also has a child in Year 3 with another child hoping to start school in 2018. Robert believes that school should be fun as well as a place where children can learn how to become the best they can be! Robert has only recently joined the Governors and is enthusiastically looking forward to supporting the school in its continuous development.

Gail Jones:

Gail works in the school office as the School Business Manager.  She has been part of the team for over 16 years and therefore has a great insight to many aspects of our school.  She very much enjoys seeing the children around the school and is involved with the SEN provision at the school. 

Andrea Walmsley:

Andrea is responsible for managing the Early Years and KS1 as well as being  the school Special Needs Coordinator. She is currently enjoying teaching Year 1. She has been a governor for the last 6 years.  She is  passionate about education and strives to ensure our children receive the best education possible.  She is a well known face around the village having taught at TCP for the last 20 years. She has a love of the outdoors and the natural world and enjoys spending her  free time walking in our beautiful countryside or scuba diving in warmer waters.

Michelle Smith:

Michelle is a staff governor and has spent over 16 years teaching in Tarleton and is a member of our Senior Leadership team.  Michelle is passionate about Maths and is committed to fostering that love for maths in the children she teaches. She has supported other teachers throughout Lancashire through her roles as a Leading Maths Teacher and Maths Consultant.  She also had the privilege of working alongside the Ministry of Education in Lithuania. Michelle is currently our Pupil Premium Champion and is focused on quality provision for all.  Her main interests are walking her dog and  nature.

Chris Upton (Headteacher):

An experienced headteacher, Chris is passionate about education and in ensuring the very best for the children and community of TCP.  He is a father of two primary aged boys, Simon and Connor, and coaches Connor's football team at the weekend.  He enjoys sport and music, something he wants to continue to develop at the school.

Janette Higson (Deputy Headteacher):

Janette has been a dedicated member of team TCP for 13 years and, in her current role as Deputy Headteacher, she enjoys and thrives on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life. Janette is a Mum of two girls, the youngest being in Year 6 at TCP.  In this role she share ideas with the governors, providing a valuable link between the Governing Body and the staff.

In her spare time, Janette enjoys swimming, music and spending quality time with family and friends.

What  do we do?

As a Governing Body, we are expected to have a strong focus on three core responsibilities:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


We are responsible for the conduct of the school and have to ensure that the education provided, and the way in which the children, staff and parents are treated, are in accordance with the law and with the various regulations laid down by the authorities.


We meet termly as a whole governing body but also also sit on various committees.  Our committee structure is:

Standards & Effectiveness 


Resources, Health & Safety 


Community Development


Click on the links below to find out more about our Governing Body.