Dorothy Phillips - Chair of Governors and Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Foundation Governor elected by Charlesworth Independent Chapel (Top Chapel)


I am a Trustee and Deacon of Top Chapel and have been a Governor at Charlesworth School for 12 years. Since 2012 and until the COVID restrictions, I have been a weekly volunteer at the school assisting with the libraries at both sites.

I was elected Chair of Governors in September 2019 - having been Vice -Chair for three years. By profession I am a qualified Social Worker and before I opted for early retirement, I had been Head of Adult Social Care with a Local Authority for 12 years, managing a multi-million pounds budget.

As part of my role, I was responsible for numerous service and staff development projects, as well as managing staff, handling complaints and dealing with issues of abuse and safeguarding.

I was also the Adult Social Care representative on the Children’s Serious Case Review Panel and the main link person with the Local Health Authorities and Hospice. I

am passionately committed to ensuring that Charlesworth School remains a centre of educational excellence for local children and an integral part of village life.

My grand-daughter is currently in Year 5 at Charlesworth School and my grandson attended the school from Year 1 until he left to go to a local secondary school

Philip Whiston – Headteacher

I have been the headteacher of Charlesworth VC Primary School since my appointment in November 2020. This is my second headship, having being the Head of a primary school in East Cheshire for five years previously. I am passionate about delivering the best for each and every child that is part of our special community here at Charlesworth.

Kathryn Barton – Staff Governor

Information to follow

Joy Wright - Foundation Governor elected by St John's Church, Charlesworth

Teaching and Learning Committee


I have lived in Charlesworth for 7 years since retirement and during that period my grandchildren who were resident here for a short period attended Charlesworth School where they were very happy My husband and I are active members of the St John's Church Family. 

 I am a Social Worker by training and practiced for many years in Hospital, Children's and Families settings. In more recent years I have worked for 'Care for the Family' - a charity working to support families in several different contexts and prior to my retirement I worked as Children and Families Worker at St James and Emmanuel Church, Didsbury. I served as a member of the Council for Scripture Union, England and Wales for 7 years until 2018.

 I feel privileged to be able to serve the staff, children and our local community as a member of the School Governing Body and look forward to working with an already effective and excellent group of committed people.