Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School

Happy, Healthy, Learning for Life and Caring for All


Welcome to our governors area.

Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School is lucky to have a dedicated governing body that works hard to support the school in achieving the highest standards possible. They meet regularly to discuss the school’s strategic direction and make important decisions that are in the best interests of all involved.


Meet the Governors…


Ollie Nash is our Chair of Governors.


I have had an association with Stockton Primary since 2007, both of my sons attended the school, and I was elected to the Board of Governors shortly after my youngest left. I was elected to the role of Chair of Governors in October 2020.

I am passionate about the school and its aim to help all children show Kindness, Respect, Resilience and Aspiration. My aim as Chair is to ensure that staff and children have the support they need to bring out the best in each other.


I have a background in electronics and IT systems, but I’m also a Theatre Technician and semi-professional musician. If I’m not at home you’ll probably find me in a theatre somewhere.




Louise Sandall is our Vice Chair of Governors.

I have had three children who have attended the school and was delighted to be elected as a governor in 2015. I am passionate and care about the school and the education of our children. I believe that my skills across a range of business areas can help support the school to meet its future challenges in ensuring our children are provided with a high standard of education, in a safe, structured and welcoming environment.






Mr Craig Smailes is our health and safety governor.

I have been a School Governor since October 2010 and currently have additional responsibility for health and safety matters.

Originally born in Scarborough I have lived away from the York area all my adult life until moving with my family to Stockton on the Forest in 2008. Working in the construction industry since graduating as a Civil Engineer I am currently employed as a Project Director actively involved in the procurement, delivery and ongoing estate management of new state schools.

I consider that involving parents and the wider community is imperative to the success of the school and the teaching staff deserve all the support that governors and parents can give them.
We are so fortunate to have a team of teachers with vision and commitment and it is therefore incumbent on the governing board to ensure they are able to maximise that professionalism and help everyone to achieve their full potential in a happy and safe environment.


Mrs Joyce Botham is our local authority governor.

I have lived in the village for 26 years, I have two grown up sons and two grandsons. I have been involved in education for over 25 years, 18 years as a teaching head at a small village school. I retired from full time teaching/headship two years ago but I still work part time as an External Assessor for Leeds University. I have a degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Educational research but my biggest claim to fame is that I am a qualified football coach and a Latin/ballroom dancer. I enjoy reading, yoga, walking and cycling.

I used to tell the children in my school to “Reach for the stars and chase their dreams” hopefully in my role as a school governor I can continue this mantra.