Who we are

Our Governing body is made up of the following people who represent all the stakeholders of Westwood community primary school.

Community Governor - Current Chairperson 2023/24 - Mrs Gill Jones

I am so very proud to be a school governor at Westwood community primary school and also to be chairperson for this academic year. Having been a parent governor at Westwood school for over 12 years when my children attended, I am now appointed as a community governor.

I am passionate about working with staff, pupils, stakeholders and the wider community to keep Westwood as "the school of choice" in Buckley.  I am active with school life, visiting school and supporting the development and changes. In my Chair of Governor role, I work closely with Mrs Sarah Jones and school staff, to support and monitor school development.

My children once attended Westwood and are now both adults, however during their time at Westwood they were given the very best start in their education. I work in the child protection charity sector and live close to school, you will certainly see me around Buckley either running or dog walking!

And you are always very welcome to contact me, through the school office.

Clerk to the Governors - Sue Guest

I have been Clerk to Governors since 2002 and feel proud to be giving something back to the school that gave me a good sound education to help me achieve my potential and in  doing so contributing to the successful running of an outstanding school.

Today I work as an IT Business Partner (Schools) for the local authority, a job I enjoy because we help to give our children the best possible learning experience  that we can.  On a personal note, I enjoy sport, watching mainly but participating in some, family history (I even have the name Westwood in my family tree) and generally getting out and about.

Community Governor - Mrs Lisa Maghak - Vice-Chairperson

I am currently a Community Governor at Westwood after 3 terms serving as a Parent Governor.

I have worked within the banking sector for 24 years and I have 4 children, all of whom have attended Westwood over the years. I joined the Governing Body in 2007 as a Parent Governor. Over the past 15 years I have had the opportunity to attend lots of training courses to support my role in Governors, which has really helped me understand how the education system works.

Even though my children are all over the age of 18 and are no longer in school education I am still passionate about the continued success of Westwood and enjoy being able to contribute in promoting the Westwood Family and ensure we are maintaining our excellent standards of teaching, including supporting the teachers and staff and getting to know the children. 

At Westwood we are on a journey to become an outstanding school  and I am proud to have been involved in our vision of making Westwood the local school of choice


Parent Governor - Adie Drury
I am mam to Nia who is in Year 5. I am currently a university student studying for a degree in Health and Social Care and have recently qualified as an Independent Advocate. My children moved to Westwood in September 2018 and we were all made to feel part of the Westwood family even before they started. It is the school's inclusive and welcoming ethos that makes all the difference, the children are not just pupils, they are all extended family and it shines through in everything the school does! I have previously volunteered in the school as a classroom assistant and in doing so have seen first hand how amazing Westwood staff are and I believe I will make a good parent governor as I share these core values. I also care passionately about both the Westwood School family and our local community and am excited to help in any way I can to enable Westwood to achieve its goals.


Local Authority Governor - Mr Peter Watkin


Educated at the 'The Board School' and Mold Alan Grammar, 2 Daughters who started their education at WestLea School. Grandchildren were educated at Westwood Primary School, so three generations educated in the building now known as Westwood Primary School.  I have been a Local Authority Governor for a few years, assisting with financial matters. I am now retired having been employed by HM Revenue and Customs - in land revenue and then in private practice as a personal taxation manager.

I have been associated with Buckley Theatre club for over 30 years acting in plays and especially the pantomime where I have acted as Dame for over 10 years. 

I enjoy being a Governor with Westwood and look forward to supporting Westwood School in any way I can.  


Headteacher - Mrs Sarah Jane Jones


My name is Mrs Sarah Jones and I am the headteacher at Westwood.  Since qualifying as a Primary School Teacher in 2008, I have worked in Hawarden and most recently Buckley.  I have worked in Buckley for the past thirteen years and I believe that I have a strong connection to the Buckley community.  I love the Buckley area and it holds a special place in my heart.  I am excited to now be a part of the Westwood family, where our school is at the heart of the community, with Buckley at its’ heart.  I live in Old Colwyn with my husband, my daughter and my dog Otis.  I love the beach and walking in the mountains, as I live very close to the Snowdonia National Park.  I am excited to be continuing my journey as Headteacher of Westwood Community Primary School.

Teacher Governor – Mrs Lynne Brown - Deputy Head

LB capture image.JPG

As Deputy Headteacher I was delighted to be elected as school governor, representing the voice of staff, supporting the governing body and working closely with Mrs. Jones the headteacher, as we continue to move Westwood Community Primary School forward.

Teaching at Westwood for many years, and currently in Upper Key Stage 2, I appreciate the enthusiasm of our pupils, the community spirit and the support our Westwood families offer. I love the school and the community we are established in and enjoy working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders to provide an excellent education and supportive environment for all of our children.

As a mum of four grown-up children and grandmother to Alys and Raya, I have always had an interest in developing a love of learning and providing children with opportunities and experiences.  As teachers, I believe we are privileged to play a role in the education of so many children. I like to think that one day the world may be a better place because we have played an important part in the lives of the children we teach, helping them not only to learn but to appreciate and engage with their community, and the environment.

Parent Governor - Mrs Rebecca Williams (Becky)
I am a parent governor, elected in 2022 and also Vice Chair of the Westwood P.T.F.A.  As a parent governor I am ready to learn and help the school to continue to strive.
I have 1 child currently at Westwood; living in Buckley my family and I enjoy playing an active part in the community. Being part of Westwood C.P. encourages us to take part in the range of community activities that are available. I am passionate about making sure all children thrive in our school environment and enjoy watching the teaching and learning journeys throughout the school. I enjoy working alongside the Headteacher Mrs Jones, staff and governors to continue to make Westwood C.P. 'Buckley's school of choice'. 
I will be on hand during school drop offs and pick ups most days, please feel free to say hello or ask if I can support of help in any way.

Local Authority Governor - Cllr Carolyn Preece

Carolyn Preece  ID (1).PNG

Buckley born and bred, married with a son and daughter and two grandchildren, County Councillor, Vice-chair of the Education scrutiny committee for FCC. Worked for 27 years for Coleg Cambria until Sept 22 for 27. Managing Quality for the college prior, managing Work-based learning, Peer Estyn inspector for 19 years, Senior Project manager for EU projects. Founding member of Mold Food & Drink Festival and Wrexham Food Festival. Tourism Ambassador for North East Wales. Managing Buckley Plastic Reduction Forum, Buckley Business Forum, Buckley Artisan Food Drink and Craft. Westwood C.P. is on a journey to achieve excellence and I am happy to support the school to become the local school of choice.


Parent Governor - Mrs Hannah Johnson


I am a new parent governor at Westwood and currently have two children attending the school.
Very supportive of the school, I like to encourage students to attend the extra curricular activities, support one another and to learn everything they can. I previously worked in pharmacy, however since recently having another child I decided to pursue an alternative career and I am  now a student again! 
You may have seen me on the school run where I often stop to chat with parents, please feel free to stop me to say hello if you haven't done so already. I’m here to answer any questions or help with any concerns you may have.

Local Authority Governor - Cllr Ian Howes

I was born and raised in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire. I served in the Army for over 9 years, then moved to Toyota for 22years. I moved to Deeside in early 2000, and then took early retirement in 2015. I have previously been a Parent Governor at a Primary School in Burton-Upon-Trent. I am now a Town Councillor for the Buckley Bistre West ward and a member of the Rhydymwyn Valley History Society. My interest in Westwood is in special educational needs. I enjoy local history, computing and playing computer Games.

Community Governor - Mrs Jennie Downes 

Jennie Downes.png

I have worked in the educational profession for over 25 years as a teacher, Deputy Headteacher, a Headteacher, a Governor and an Education Officer/Advisor. Having attended this school as a child I am privileged to be of service to the children of Westwood today, through the work of the Governing Body


Local Authority Governor - Leanne Abbott 


I feel really blessed to start my Governor journey within such a wonderful school. I have lived in Buckley for 27 years and have always enjoyed what a fabulous community it has. I have worked in education for nearly twenty years, 16 of those years have been at a local school in Buckley. I currently work with vulnerable children within Flintshire and thoroughly enjoy working with the children and their families.

I am a mum to a wonderful son and a crazy dog called Edie. I am excited to join Mrs. Sarah Jones and the other fabulous Governors at Westwood Community Primary School.


Teacher Governor - Mr Lewis Powell

I currently teach in Key Stage 2 at Westwood Community Primary School. I am now in my seventh year of teaching at Westwood and have recently been appointed a Teacher Governor. I am looking forward to representing the staff at our fantastic school and supporting our governing body to continue to develop Westwood in the coming years.

Westwood School played a pivotal role during the completion of my PGCE teacher training qualification, something which I will be forever grateful for;  being a Teacher Governor will allow me to continue to give something back to our amazing school and local community.


Parent Governor - Ms Rowena Clapshaw

Newly elected in September 2023


Parent Governor - Mr Derek Maher 

Newly elected in September 2023  


Staff Governor - Vacant


Tabernacle Street,
Flintshire CH7 2JT
Mrs Sarah Jones, Headteacher