Working together we can achieve our best


At Wild Bank Primary School we have a Local Governing Board (LGB) who work closely with the Head Teacher along with other Senior Leaders at the Academy.

Wild Bank Primary School is a proud part of Victorious Academies Trust. You can find out more about our Trust on their website click here.

The Trust has delegated the role of making many key decisions that affect the education and wellbeing of our pupils to the LGB.

The Governors are involved in:

  • Setting the Academy’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure money is well spent.

The LGB is vital to the successful running of the Academy. Governors from our local community bring a wide range of skills and experience to the LGB. Parent Governors are elected by the parents of pupils at our Academy and have an important role in LGB decision making.

You can find more details about our Governor’s, Term of Office, Register of Interests and Attendance on our Trust website click here.

You can contact the Chair of Governors, Ian Cochrane through the Academy office on 0161 303 7404 or

If you would like to help the Academy and share your expertise by becoming a Governor, please contact the Head Teacher via the Academy office who can tell you more about what the role involves.


Our Local Governing Board Members


Jenny Callaghan - Head Teacher

As Head Teacher, Jenny is part of the Local Governing Board. She became the Head Teacher in 2017 and was Deputy Head Teacher at Wild Bank for seven years prior. As well as working as part of the Governing Board in relation to the strategic development of our school, she reports to governors about the school’s progress and achievements. Jenny feels it is a pleasure to be a part of the Wild Bank community, working alongside a talented and dedicated team who are all striving to support our children on their journey through school and becoming the best they can be.


Ian Cochrane - Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

Ian joined the Wild Bank Governing Board in 2017. He has lived in Stalybridge for over 30 years and has been a governor at a neighbouring school in Stalybridge since 2004 and Chair of Governors at that school since 2007. He was employed at Tameside Council for over 40 years (until he took early retirement in November 2015) and spent a lot of his time supporting local community groups whilst a Town Manager and Neighbourhood Services Manager. He is still very active in providing support and advice to several local groups including his role as Organising Secretary for Stalybridge Carnival and President of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club. He is also an active community volunteer with Barty’s Foodbank.


Yvonne Goodwin - Community Governor


Richard Green - Parent Governor

Richard joined Wild Bank’s Governing body in 2022. New to the governor role, he looks forward to supporting the school and pushing for the school to go from strength to strength, drawing from previous experience volunteering within scouting and working within healthcare. Richard currently has one child at Wild Bank as well as four older children.


Rachael Jackson - Staff Governor

Rachael has been our staff governor for five years and acts as a liaison between the governors and the school staff. She currently teaches in Year 6; however, she has worked across KS1 and KS2 since starting working at Wild Bank eight years ago. As well as working as part of the Local Governing Board, she is a member of Friends of Wild Bank and feels that providing our pupils and families with enrichment activities is an integral part of her role.


Pete Lever - Vice Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

Pete is a local resident, having moved to Stalybridge in 2015 before joining the Governing Board in 2019. Pete is an experienced HR professional and has conducted investigations into complaints, disciplinary matters, and grievances within the public sector. Pete has previously worked for Ofsted in the Complaints, Investigation and Enforcement team for Early Years and for the Youth Justice Board to implement change in Secure Training Centres, Secure Children’s Home, and Young Offenders Institutes.


Laura Siddall - Parent Governor

Born, educated and living in Stalybridge, Laura passionately believes equality of opportunity starts with education, a high-quality education in a great Stalybridge school will make a fundamental difference to all our children's lives, career prospects and social mobility. Laura is married and has three children, two of Laura’s children are a part of the Wild Bank Family. Laura has been a teacher and department lead, in an Oldham school for 14 years. Laura is keen to work in partnership with other governors and leaders, families and communities at Wild Bank School to ensure the school provides a happy, positive and inspirational learning and professional environment for our young people and staff to thrive, achieve and succeed in.


Bryoni Stanley - Parent Governor

Bryoni started her role as a parent governor in 2022. She is thrilled to help the staffing team and the Governing Board to make the school be the best it can be, not only for her own two children who attend the school but everyone else who attends. Bryoni is keen to be a part of our supporting our school's future.

Nicky Wise - Community Governor

As Chief Operations Officer for Victorious Academies Trust, Nicky works with Wild Bank on the Local Governing Board. She is an experienced Project Manager, having worked on the original set up of our Trust, the development of Inspire and Discovery Academies and the conversion and integration of all schools in our Trust. Her work covers all aspects of the operation of schools and at Wild Bank she has particularly supported with the work over the past twelve months on the school environment. Nicky is an experienced governor having Chaired both the Local Governing Boards at Inspire and Discovery Academies and she is delighted to be able to continue to support Wild Bank with the school's continued development.