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Wheatley Lane Methodist VA Primary School

"With God's help, we do all we can to be the best we can be".

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A message from the Chair of Governors


On behalf of the governing body at Wheatley Lane Methodist Voluntary Aided School, I welcome you to our school. 

We are very fortunate to have a school filled with wonderful children, who are nurtured and educated by our talented and dedicated staff in a happy and safe environment, within the supportive and loving community of Fence. Our close ties with the Burnley and Pendle Methodist circuit help to define our school’s ethos and together with our pastoral team we are able to offer support to our school community. These are a few of the many reasons why Wheatley Lane Methodist Primary School was the first choice for my sons. 

The role of the governing body is to ensure that the school never becomes complacent and instead is the best it can be. We do this by setting a vision and strategy, challenging and substantiating what we are being told, visiting the school and engaging with staff and children. From time to time we will send out questionnaires to the school community and your response to those is crucial. Our children have only one chance to receive a great primary education and it is our duty to ensure it is the very best the school can provide.  

Continual improvement is what we as a school strive for and this is where you play an important role. We welcome your feedback and will handle any concerns in a sensitive and confidential manner. I am available to speak to any parent on any matter relating to the school once you have discussed it with our head teacher.  Consequently, please put a brief outline of what you want to discuss in an envelope, with your contact details and leave it for me at the office.

With blessings,


Chair of Governors


Our Governors

  Term of office expiration
Mrs Tracy HallowsHeadteacherEx officio
Mr Andrew SticklandChair of Governors / Foundation22/5/2028
Mrs Ann SnellVice-chair / Foundation22/5/2028
Mrs Kat Eves-KeenanFoundation22/5/2028
Mr David LambertFoundation22/5/2028
Mrs Wendy FryerFoundation22/5/2028
Mrs Sandra WheelerCommunity22/5/2028
Mrs Rachel BradleyParent22/5/2028
Mr Scott HornbyParent22/5/2028
Mrs Sarah BrownStaff22/5/2028


Mrs Sara Butterfield attends as an observer in her role as Deputy Headteacher.


Our school is part of Epworth Education Trust. Please click below for information on the Members and Trustee's remit and structure.


Governance with Epworth Education Trust

Attendance at LAB meetings

Tracy HallowsY    
Andrew SticklandY    
Ann SnellY    
Kat Eves-KeenanY    
David LambertN    
Wendy FryerY    
Rachel BradleyY    
Scott HornbyN    
Sandra WheelerY    
Sarah BrownY    
Sara ButterfieldY    


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