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Parent Governor Vacancy (x2) Paperwork - Spring 2022

We have recieved 3 applications for the role of Parent Governor.  We are very grateful to these parents for showing their support for school by applying for this role.


As we have 2 vacancies every parent of a child in school is able to vote for 2 candidates.


The ballot is to be completed electronically and information about each candidate is on the above document. Each candidate was able to a provide 60 word summary about themselves.


Please only vote once (for 2 candidates) using the form below. The ballot is open until 4pm on Wednesday 9 February.  On Thursday 10 February the votes will be counted and we will announce the result.


Thank you

Governor Roles, Terms of Office and Attendance at Meetings


Current Governors

Governor Attendance at Meetings 2021-22
Attendance at Full Meetings and Committees of the Governing Body for the school year September 2021-22
 YAttended meeting        
 AApologies sent and accepted by meeting      
 XDid not attend         
 ONot a member of the committee       
 Full Meetings Curriculum CommitteeResources CommitteeStandards & Effectiveness 
 AutumnSpring SummerAutumnSpring SummerAutumnSpring SummerAutumnSpring Summer
Mrs M BentleyY  Y  Y  A  
Mrs A HullY  Y  O  O  
Mrs L SlaterY  Y  Y  Y  
Mr J SwindellsY  Y  Y  Y  
Mrs L CrookY  Y  Y  Y  
Mr J MichelbachY  Y  Y  Y  
Mr M BalchinY  Y  Y  Y  

Governing Body Committee Structure

My name is Moira Bentley and I became a governor at Lea Primary School in 2015.

My interest in child development and teaching and learning has led to a long and varied career in primary education, as a teacher, a head teacher and, in later years, supporting schools through my role as an adviser for the local authority.

 I feel that I have the skills and experience to work in partnership with Mrs Slater and her staff, parents , governors and children  to ensure that we provide a happy, safe environment  where all children are valued, can achieve their best and enjoy their learning.

I am John Swindells I have always lived in the Larches area attending Larches primary school and Ashton Secondary school. I have been a governor at Lea since the early 1990’s. I first became a parent governor when my eldest son was in year 4. My three children attended Lea and all got a great grounding at the school, before going on to obtain University Degrees.

I worked all my working life as a Fabricator at BNFL Springfields before taking early retirement. I became a Preston City councillor in 2000. I was Mayor of Preston in 2008 – 09 and I am currently Deputy Leader of Preston City Council.

Hello, my name is Lesley Crook and I joined the governing body in October 2016. It is an absolute privilege to take on this new role. I am committed to using and developing the wide ranging skills and expertise I have built up over a 43 civil service career to the benefit of the school and to work effectively and enthusiastically with the governing body to ensure its continued success.

I am impressed with what I have learned about the school thus far and, in particular, how engaged and confident the children are in their learning, as well as the motivation and commitment of the teaching staff.

Everyone should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential with learning at school being an integral and interactive part of that process. I welcome the opportunity to be involved in that process and to make a real contribution to Lea Community.

My name is Jonathan Michelbach and I am a Parent Governor.  I have two children in school, one in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2.  I work at BAE systems and therefore bring knowledge from industry.  I also support the school PTFA events.  I am new to the role of a governor but I am learning quickly and particularly enjoy the curriculum side of governance and have key interests in Computing and STEM.
My name is Michael Balchin and I am the newest member of the Governing Body. I joined as a Parent Governor, having two children in school.  I was keen to support the work of the school and I am particularly interested in the curriculum development.  I bring experience from industry and currently work at BAE systems.