Local Advisory Board Information

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Our local advisory board (LAB) is made up of 9 members which include the Principal, a minimum of two Parent governors and a minimum of two community members.  No more than a third of the board will be staff members.  All members are appointed by the board and parents where applicable and are enrolled for a term of four years.

Should you wish to contact our Chair of the board please do so in writing to the Academy or email at - governor@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk

For details of the Trustees and Directors of the Learning for Life Partnership please visit - Learning for Life Partnership

Chair of the LAB

Diane Ridings  Term of Office - March 2015 - February 2019 (Community Governor)

I retired from teaching in December 2012 but continued to do some part-time work for 12 months in my area of expertise which is Special Educational Needs. I was the SENCO and Assistant Head at a local Secondary School where I worked for 25 years. Having lived and worked in the Crewe Community since 1989 I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to be a Governor at Leighton Academy, where I was appointed in March 2015, and I will support the school in any way I can. My personal interests include walking, cycling, swimming, Coronation Street and the theatre.


Joanna Young  Term of Office - September 2014 ongoing

I have worked at Leighton since 2001; as a teacher, foundation stage coordinator, vice principal and now as principal.  I live in the local community and my passion is providing the best education and prospects for the children in this area. I am so proud of the Leighton community and the behaviour and attitude of our pupils. I am lucky to work with a dedicated team of both staff and governors.

Staff Governors

Samantha Thompson  Term of Office - September 2014 - Ongoing

I have been a teacher at Leighton Academy since 2008 and staff member of the governing body since September 2011. More recently I was appointed as Vice Principal and currently sit on all committees. I have a particular interest in sport and PE at the academy as I lead this subject within school. I am also actively involved with community projects and PTA events organised by the academy.

Marie Speake  Term of Office - November 2015 - October 2019

I have been a teacher at Leighton Academy since 2002 and have worked across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I am currently a Year 2 teacher, as well as being Key Stage 1 leader and the literacy lead. I have two children who both attend the academy and was appointed as a governor in November 2015.

Community Governors

Ian Baxter Term of office - November 2018 - October 2022

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Parent Governors

Susan Hawkes  Term of Office - November 2014 - October 2022

I became a parent governor last academic year, November 2014, and have one child attending Leighton in year 4 plus one who has started in nursery this year. My background is both practical and academic; first as a chef then following my passion for psychology as a mature student and presently within playwork. Within the governing body I sit on the teaching and learning committee, with particular interest in Special Needs and the Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through school Self-Evaluation (RAISEonline).

Nicola Kay  Term of Office - November 2015 - October 2019

I have been a governor since November 2015 and as well as being a member of the governing body I am also an active member of the school PTFA. I live in the local community and have one child in year 6 and another in Reception.  I have worked for a global company in the IT industry for the past 14 years, most recently as a Problem Manager.

James Sweeney  Term of Office - November 2015 - October 2019

I was elected as Parent Governor in the Autumn Term 2015.  I have one child currently attending Leighton Academy.  I would like to contribute towards the further success of the school whilst learning more about children's education.  I am currently employed within the railway industry.

Governors Outgoing

Amanda Manning Term of Office - October 2015 - October 2019

Appointed October 2015.  Resigned October 2018

Helen Morris Term of Office - October 2013 - October 2021

Appointed October 2013.  Resigned March 2018

Simon Morris Term of Office - October 2017 - October 2021

Appointed October 2017.  Resigned March 2018

Stephen Hall Term of Office - October 2013 - October 2021

Appointed October 2013.  Resigned March 2018

Andrea Millar  Term of Office - November 2012 - November 2020

Appointed November 2012.  Resigned March 2018

Diana Davy  (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office - June 2014 - June 2018

Appointed June 2014.  Resigned August 2017

Kitty Bishop (Staff Governor) Term of Office - November 2014 - October 2018

Appointed November 2015.  Resigned November 2015

Linda Horne (LA Governor) Term of Office - October 2011 - October 2015

Appointed October 2011.  Resigned October 2015

Sarah Winterbottom (Member Appointed) Term of Office - June 2013 - May 2017

Appointed June 2013.  Resigned November 2015

Having joined the Learning For Life Partnership 1st March 2018 we now hold 2 local advisory board meetings each term consisting of all 9 members of this board.

Meeting Attendance for Academic Year 2017 - 2018

  Full Board Meetings Committee Meetings
Governor Name



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S Thompson 4 5 2 2
S Hall 3 3 1 1
S Hawkes 5 5 2 2
N Kay 4 5 2 2
A Manning 2 5 0 0
A Millar 1 2 1 2
H Morris 2 2 2 2
D Ridings 5 5 2 2
M Speake 5 5 2 2
J Sweeney 3 5 1 2
J Young 5 5 2 2

Register of Interests

Business Interests

No governors have any business interests with any companies associated with Leighton Academy.

Personal Interests

The following Governors have children/grandchildren at the school - 

Su Hawkes; Nicola Kay; Marie Speake; James Sweeney;

The following Governors have a family member as a member of staff or as a director  - 

Samantha Thompson; James Sweeney

Governors that are members of staff are - 

Samantha Thompson; Marie Speake; Joanna Young;

Governors with no personal interests in the school - 

Amanda Manning; Diane Ridings; 

Governors that have roles in other educational establishments - 

Su Hawkes is a member of staff at Terra Nova School

Joanna Young is a governor at Sir William Stanier Academy



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Contact the School

Leighton Academy

Principal - Mrs Joanna Young
Head of School - Mrs Samantha Thompson
Leighton Academy
Minshull New Road, Crewe

Principal email address -

Head of School email address -

Contacts for Information -
Mrs T German - Business Manager
Ms J Morris - Bursar
Mrs H Holding - Clerical Officer
Mrs D O'Reilly - Admin Assistant

Senco -
Mr N Jones -
Mrs L Schofield -

Pastoral & Welfare Manager -
Mrs Z Dow - dowz@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk

Tel: 01270 814016