Meet the Governors
Mrs K Carruthers (Headteacher)
I have been the Headteacher and a member of the Governing Body at Upton Westlea Primary School since September 2015. I take an active role in all the sub committees and am accountable to all the others members of the Governing Body.
I believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop his/her potential in a happy and safe environment which equips them for all future needs and instils a want for life-long learning through imaginative, creative, enjoyable and practical opportunities. High quality learning and teaching experiences are the right of every child. All children are entitled to a broad, balanced, stimulating and enriched curriculum with a mixture of teaching and learning styles. All of which as Headteacher and a member of the Governing Body I endeavour to provide at Upton Westlea.
On a personal note I am married to Jimmy who is a builder (very useful around the house!!) and I have two wonderful children, Joe and Abi.
Miss Laura Dalton (Staff Governor)
My name is Laura Dalton and I have been the year 1 class teacher at Upton Westlea since 2015. I am the Art, Design and Technology and Music subject leads and from 2017-2019 I have been working on achieving the Artsmark Award for our school. I lead the school choir and my passion is anything creative, colourful and potentially a little bit messy!
I am originally a Bolton lass, moving to Chester for university and once completed my teaching degree, I remained in Chester. Outside of school, I am engaged to Gareth and live in Saltney with our fur-baby (cat) Charlie. We love to watch motor racing either at the tracks or on TV and I also enjoy being girly with my friends.
I became the staff governor in July 2019 and am very much looking forward to seeing what I can do!
Mrs Lisa McCluskey (Co-opted Governor)
My name is Lisa McCluskey and I have been a governor at Upton Westlea for over 10 years. I am married to Iain McCluskey who is an associate governor and we have 4 children.
I am a Teaching Assistant at Upton Westlea in year 1 and I absolutely love my job! I find it so rewarding when I teach a child something new.
I enjoy being on the governing body as I want to help make a difference to the children’s learning as well as giving them new experiences. I feel being a governor helps me in my day to day job as it gives me a deeper understanding into school life.
Mrs Sarah Cocks (Parent Governor / Chairperson)
I have been a parent governor at Upton Westlea since 2008 and have two children. I took on this role because I wanted to support the staff and school in order to provide the best education possible for the children. I believe that all children should have equal opportunity to learn and develop and that the main role of the governing body is to ensure this is achieved.
I also work in the education sector and have been a lecturer in Animal Management at Coleg Cambria for almost 15 years. I am passionate about wildlife and have been lucky enough to take some of my students to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.
I have lots of pets including cats, rabbits, snakes, hermit crabs and a hedgehog. I am also a keen horse rider and have my own horse, Ruby, as well as looking after a pony ridden by my daughter. In my spare time I work as a volunteer for Chester Kitty Cat Rescue; this usually means that I have a house full of foster kittens.
Mrs Nicola Buckley (Co-opted Governor)
I am delighted to be involved in the governance of Upton Westlea Primary School, working alongside the other governors and the school staff. I hope to contribute to the improvements made by the school so far, and assist wherever possible, in the drive to ensure that the children reach their potential.
My background involves 8 years of development and delivery experience in environmental education and community involvement, most recently at Chester Zoo where I manage the team of visitor engagement volunteers within the Discovery and Learning department.
I was born in Chester but I now live in Middlewich with my husband and two year old daughter. We love the outdoors climbing, walking and of course visiting the zoo.
I joined the governing body of Upton Westlea in March 2016 so I am very new to the role but I am totally committed to providing the best possible education for each and every child at the school.
Jill Houlbrook (LA Governor)
Hello, I am Jill Houlbrook. I’m a Parish and Borough Councillor for Upton, but more importantly I’m passionate about our community and our environment. I retired from the Governing body of Westlea a couple of years ago but I’m delighted to have been asked to return. I’m a member of Friends of Countess Country Park, of Friends of the Earth, Amnesty International and of Chester Zoo, among other organisations. I share my home with two cats and two chickens. My cats came to me from by Chester Kitty Cat Rescue, (of course) and when I’m not doing other things I enjoy baking and walking.
Vicky Field (Associate Governor)
I am absolutely delighted to be a governor at Upton Westlea Primary School, working together with the other governors and the school staff. I plan to play an active role in the school’s continued success and towards its strategic priorities.
My background is 32 years in further education as Assistant Principal with a key focus on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment ( especially maths and English), outcomes for learners and personal development, behaviour and welfare.
After taking voluntary redundancy I was lucky enough to be able to have a complete career change and bought Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove. At the shop I am passionate about quality, sustainability, employability and playing a key part in the community.I am truly honoured to take on this role.
Mrs Emily Rowlands (Governor)
Ms Carolina Font Palma (Governor)
Capt Richard Cullen (Governor)