Turton and Edgworth Church of England Methodist Primary School


Craig Wheatley

Head Teacher

Hello my name is Craig Wheatley and I am very proud to be the Head Teacher at Turton and Edgworth CEM Primary School. I am married to Bec, who is also a primary school teacher in Bolton, and have two children. I now live in Whittle-le-Woods, in Lancashire, but I grew up in Harwood, Bolton and attended Turton High School.

I have taught in many different kinds of school in different authorities over the North West of England throughout my career and feel passionate about the idea of children (and adults) learning with a growth mindset.

Away from school, I enjoy spending time with my family; getting on the road and visiting new places! I also like to play football and mountain bike.

Jane Morris

Co-Opted Governor

I am married and have children at Edgworth School. I have worked in regeneration projects in inner city communities, working for local authorities and a housing association across the North West. We moved to the village in 2011 after being overseas in Australia.

I am keen that the school maintains and develops its wider community links and has a broader social understanding of other communities.

I became a parent governor in 2012. I am pleased to be able to contribute to the life and direction of the school. After my 4 years of service as a parent governor I became a Co-opted Governor in 2016. I took over the role of Chair in February 2015 to 16 February 2018.

Rev Ian Smart

Foundation Governor

I am married to Karen and I have two children.

Before becoming a Methodist Minister, I worked in IT for 19 years, most recently based in Emeryville in California. During this time my role as a Technical Evangelist allowed me to work in places as far apart as Wall Street, Australia, China, Scandinavia, and occasionally the City of London.

Since leaving the IT world and qualifying as a Methodist Minister I worked in the Cambridge Circuit where my role included working in 10 schools and now I am stationed in the Bolton Circuit with pastoral oversight of Edgworth and two other churches – as well as working in their associated schools.

I am chair of the charity UNCLE which I helped found and we fund and support two orphanages in Kathmandu, five pastors in Nepal, and a church community that serves two refugee communities in the Terai.

Along with my colleague Sue we co-present “The Spirit of Bolton” and “It’s the thought that counts” on Bolton FM, and occasionally the station let me loose to share my love of Heavy Metal music when I present the Monday Night Rock Show. 

The Rev’d Ian Smart BSc(Hons), BA(Hons)

Methodist Minister

Chair UNCLE (UK Registered Charity 1126515)

Presenter Bolton FM

Lucy Lee

Staff Governor

I have lived locally, although not in Edgworth, all my life. Married, with a daughter Lydia, who attended Edgworth Primary School and is now at High School.

I have worked for the local authority since 2003 in the capacity of SureStart Finance Officer and a Contracts & Commissioning Officer within Children’s Services. My main commissioning areas were Early Years and Social Care.

I am a member of the management board for Fortalice, a Bolton charity supporting women and children affected by domestic violence. This is my 5th year working within school.

Given the opportunity, I like to relax by spending time with family and friends.

Barrie Saxby

Parent Governor

Have lived in the local area for the last seven years and both my children attend the school.

During my 15 year career, I have always worked within sales and marketing in a variety of roles, including Nestle and currently with Warburtons.

My wider experience and skills include setting strategic direction, building and leading teams and driving change.

I am delighted to be a parent governor and to utilise my skills and passion to both represent the parents view and to support the staff in making the school the best that it can be.

Andrew Chemney

Parent Governor

I have sales and marketing background, having worked in industry before starting my own Design and Marketing Agency.

I have a lot of experience in branding, marketing and communications and welcome the opportunity to put some of this knowledge to use as a Parent Governor.

Away from work I enjoy keeping fit and playing the drums in local bands. I have lived in the village for 17 years, helping out at school and Scallywags when they need help, including filming events and shows, etc.

Jeff Newman

Co-Opted Governor and Vice-Chair

I am the father of two girls both of whom attended Turton & Edgworth C.E./Methodist Primary School. We have lived in the local area for 20 years. I am a qualified Project Manager , LRQA Auditor and Coach working within the Engineering sector. Part of my role involves engaging with schools and colleges to encourage interest and promoting Apprenticeships within the Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing sectors.

My children and I have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Edgworth and I enjoy being able to continue to support the school through the Governing Body for the greater benefit of the local community.

Julian Clissold

Chair of Governors and Co-Opted Governor

I live in Edgworth. Both my children were pupils at the school and my wife was a former teacher.

I am currently  Chairman of the Board of the English Chess Federation (ECF),  Vice Chair of the English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) and Junior Organiser of the Manchester Chess Federation (MCF).

I am a retired teacher having had experience in Primary and Secondary education and was a senior post holder in the Post 16 sector. I have also had involvement in teacher education over a number of years.

My interests include chess, walking and Liverpool Football Club. I became Chair of Governors on 16th February 2018.

Ed Stephens

Parent Governor

Born and raised in the Bolton area.  I am married to a secondary school teacher and I have 2 children who both attend Turton & Edgworth Church of England Methodist Primary School and are thoroughly enjoying their time there.

I am a serving Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force and during my 14 year’s service I have travelled extensively both within the UK and worldwide as well as being deployed on both Operations and training exercises.  During my RAF career I have amassed experience in project management, personnel management, recruitment, ‘leaning’ and change management as well as Leadership and have put these skills to use in both benign and austere environments.

My reasoning for becoming a governor at the school is one born out of wanting to help shape the environment my children and their peers learn in and to help our school maintain its fantastic stature within the local community and beyond.

Chris Richards

Parent Governor

Being a governor has provided me with an opportunity to give something back to the school, from which our three children have gained such a lot. Our youngest is currently working her way through Juniors, whereas we have seen our elder two, who started at the school in 2001, all the way through the education system. I try to draw on my experiences as a parent – which, at various schools, have been both good and bad – to inform my actions and decisions as a governor. I also draw upon my background as a scientist, which means I look for both questions and answers, problems and solutions. To this end, I am always pleased to hear from other parents – and, indeed, from the children – to gain their frontline views on the school.

Barbara Kenny

Foundation Governor

I have lived in Edgworth for nearly 20 years and am involved in the local community. I am married and my Grandson attends this school.

I am currently ( soon to be retired) Headteacher for a local authority Nursery school and under threes nursery in the centre of Bolton working with families from all over the world  who represent different cultures and languages.  My school has had three outstanding Ofsted judgments. 

My teaching specialism is in Early years and Special Needs, although I have taught across the primary age range during the last 40 years.

I have a teaching certificate , degree in special needs and a qualification in integrated leadership.

I am the co-ordinator for St. James children's church and also on the Parish Church Council. I am a Foundation Governor of this school elected by the Parochial Church Council to support links between the church  and the school.

In my spare time I am a season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers and attend the Bridgwater hall to listen to the Halle orchestra several times a month.

I hope to be able to bring my experience of education and schools to the governing board to support the school in providing the best education for the children of Edgworth.


James Waddington

Local Authority Governor

I have lived the village for just over 5 years now and I love it. Edgworth is such a brilliant place to live and raise a family. I am married to Mrs Waddington and we have two young boys.

I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2003 and then trained to be a Primary School Teacher a year later. I love the job. It is both challenging yet incredibly rewarding and my passion is seeing children reach their potential. I have worked in two schools and I am currently Deputy Headteacher of a Primary School in Blackburn. I hope to bring my knowledge and experience to both challenge and support the school to be the best it can.


Daniella Thompson

Parent Governor

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Revd Laura Hardy

Foundation Governor

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