West Street Community Primary School and Nursery


Welcome to our Governors section

West Street Governors are from a wide cross section of society, including staff, parents and members of the local community, bringing with them valuable skills and experience for the benefit of the school. Mrs Sandra Simpson is our Chair of Governors and there are 9 other Governors kindly volunteering their time and energy. The Governing Body helps provide strategic management while supporting the work of the Headteacher and the staff.

We have 3 types of formal meeting’s :-

  1. Full Governing Body
  2. Resources Committee (Building, Finance, Staffing, Resources)
  3. Standards and Effectiveness Committee (Teaching, Curriculum, Standards, Pupil Welfare)

Each Governor is assigned to be part of at least one of the committees and each Governor is responsible for at least one area within school.

We are always welcome to “drop in” at any time but out of respect we liaise with the Head if we are following a specific agenda or want to meet with members of staff. We hold informal termly meetings for Parents.


Governors 2024-2025


Miss Sarah Watson Headteacher


Mrs Sandra Simpson (Chair) Co opted

I have been a Governor at West Street since 2008, initially as a Parent Governor and now as the Chair. My 3 children were pupils at the school and I was impressed with not only the teaching, but the level of care and support they enjoyed from the staff.

Together with living in the area, it is a great feeling to know that you are supporting and involved in the education process for the children of Colne who attend West Street.

I have a fulltime managerial job in the retail trade, and any free time I have I prioritise spending it with my family and especially my two young granddaughters. Holidays are my escape!


Mr Ian Graham Local Authority

I have been a Governor at West Street Community Primary School for a number of years now, having served as Chair of Governors for several years. I am extremely proud to be part of the West Street team taking forward this amazing school which is an outstanding school dealing with our children’s education and diversity so professionally.


Mrs Kelly Graham Co opted

I have worked as a TA in KS2 for 9 years and became a Governor in 2016. I am proud to be a Governor and feel well placed to help drive the school forward. 

I recognise the social difficulties of many of our children, but see day to day how ALL children are supported in their learning. I have 3 children and recently welcomed my first grandchild. Somehow, I found time to study and was recently awarded a degree in Teaching and Learning.  


Mrs Caroline Hardagon Parent


Mrs Joyce Jenkinson  Co opted


Miss Pauline Street Co opted

I have enjoyed the role of Coopted Governor at West Street Primary for several years now. As Pastor of New Life Christian Centre, I am interested in the local community and governing at West Street gives me great insight into the needs of local people. Prior to being a Pastor, I was a youth and children’s worker so observing how children at West Street are encouraged to be the best they can be is important to me.

West Street is a fantastic school and my hope is that as a Governor, even if only in a small way, I can assist the fantastic work being done there.


Ms Jacq Bird Co opted


Mrs Carole Shorrock Co opted

I became a Governor in 2018 to help make a contribution to the school and community. I have a background in Education and, having retired, wanted to positively bring my experience to share with the staff and other Governors.  I am proud to support the continued development of the school and see firsthand how hard the staff work to fulfil each child’s potential, sometimes in challenging circumstances. My personal interests are going to the Gym, walking the great Rossendale hills, theatre trips, and I am an avid reader spending far too much time with my head in a book!


Mr Sam Smith Staff Representative

I am proud to be the staff Governor at West Street. I have taught at West Street for over 10 years and been a Governor since 2022, which has allowed me to have a wider view on how our amazing school works. It is my firm belief that happy and engaged children learn best and as a Governor, I work with the rest of the Governors, staff, parents and most importantly, our pupils to ensure that they believe in themselves and make maximum progress. I am passionate about ensuring that children access a wide and varied curriculum and are able to take part in experiences which widen their knowledge and understanding of the world.

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West Street Community Primary School and Nursery
West Street, Colne, Lancashire BB8 0HW
Headteacher | Miss Sarah Watson | 01282 865840 | [email protected]
Bursar | Mrs Carol Franks | 01282 865840 | [email protected]
SENCO | Mrs Alysia Gupta | 01282 865840 | [email protected]
Pastoral Lead | Mrs Andrea Peake | 01282 865840 | [email protected]
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