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Senior Leadership Team

We place an emphasis on the word 'team'. The team work hard to lead the school on our journey towards perfection. You'll meet all of us at various different events. You won't always see the same person at the front of each event but we'll all be involved in some way!


Principal: Mr James Bancroft

Vice Principal: Mrs Steph Watson

Key Stage Two Lead: Mrs Angela Culshaw

SENCO: Miss Anna Willington

Early Years Manager: Miss Sara White

Key Stage One Lead: Miss Laura Baugh


Here is a profile on each one of us!

Principal: James Bancroft

I am proud to be the Principal of Wistaston Church Lane Academy. I have been in the role since March 2017. Church Lane is a special place to learn and work and I love my job as I am able to ensure the best standards for the children and the staff.

I qualified from Chester University in 2001 and was appointed as an NQT at Wistaston Junior School. In 2004 I was asked to become part of the Cheshire Leading Maths Teacher Programme. I was delighted to become Acting Deputy of the school in 2006. In 2007 I became one of two Deputies at the newly opened Wistaston Church Lane Primary School before becoming the sole Deputy in 2009. In 2010 I completed the National College Leadership Pathways course, and in 2014 I completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship. I became a member of the Cheshire East Association of Primary Senior Leaders (DeCAPH) in 2011 and became Chair in 2013. The difficult events of 2016 led to me becoming Acting Headteacher for ten months before being appointed as substantive Principal in 2017.

I am very motivated, energetic and passionate about offering the best education for our learners. I am married to Lisa and have two children, Lily and George, and we love spending time together.

I am also a governor at the William Stockton and Wimboldsley Community Primary School Federation.

Vice Principal: Steph Watson

After qualifying as a teacher in 2006 at MMU Crewe, I began my teaching career at Offley Primary School in Sandbach. I spent 8 years developing my skills as a KS2 teacher (most of which was spent in Year 6) and as Key Stage 2 leader. Other responsibilities included leading Behaviour and Assessment across the school, as well as being responsible for the teaching of the Math’s curriculum. It was whilst working at Offley, that I was given the opportunity to participate in the Maths Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST) and gained this accreditation in 2014.

From Offley I moved to Shavington Primary School in 2014. During this time, I was fortunate again to continue my Key Stage Leadership role as well as being Maths Lead. I continued teaching in Key Stage 2 and taught as a Year 6 and then a Year 3 teacher. During my time at Shavington, I completed a National Primary Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and also became a part of a team of staff who were responsible for the planning and implementation of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) across the Learning for Life Partnership.


I am now very excited to continue my career at Wistaston Church Lane Academy!

Key Stage Two Manager: Angela Culshaw

I have been a KS2 teacher since 1999. After training at Manchester Metropolitan University in Crewe, I began working at Wistaston Church Lane. I have had experience of each year group in KS2 and held numerous roles of responsibility over the years, including SENCO and maths subject lead. I am also currently lead for PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).

Both of my two children have attended Wistaston Church Lane and have enjoyed all the opportunities it offers.

SENCO: Anna Willington

Teaching became my passion after having children of my own and watching their journey through education and their experiences at Wistaston Church Lane Academy. I was lucky enough to gain a position here at Church Lane in 2016, and I am currently the SENCo and one of the Year 6 teachers. Prior to my role at WCLA, I also worked at another school in the Learning For Life Partnership. I enjoy expanding my knowledge of children and education through my own postgraduate studies. I have gained two postgraduate certificates in Education and Research Skills, a Diploma, two Masters Degrees (one of which is in Education) and I have also completed the National Award for SENCo. I have a keen passion for continued learning, as I like to keep up to date with current changes and ideas in education, in order to enhance our school practice.

Early Years Manager - Sara White

I have been teaching since 2011, during which time I have taught across all the primary phases. I graduated from the University of Chester with a Bachelor of Education degree, and initially began my teaching career in South Yorkshire.  Over the past 7 years I have held many positions of responsibility including Year 1 lead teacher, English Subject Lead, PE and RE lead. During this time I successfully helped to lead my school through an outstanding SIAMs inspection and was very humbled to receive a nomination for “teacher of the year” at the ‘Create Development’ PE awards in 2016.

I have been working in Wistaston since September 2016, following a career and house relocation for both me and my partner Tom. I am now proud to be the Early Years Manager at Wistaston Church Lane.  I love working with the youngest children in our school. It is such an exciting time beginning your school career, and I feel privileged to be part of the team that gets to kick start it all!

Key Stage One Manager - Laura Baugh

I qualified as a teacher from the University of Chester and began my teaching career at Wistaston Church Lane Academy in September 2015. I began my career by teaching in Year Three for two years before moving to teach in Year Two in September 2017. I began my role as Maths Subject Lead that year, which has given me the opportunity to ensure that children at Church Lane are offered the best Maths education. I love being a class teacher as I am lucky enough to watch the children flourish, not only academically, but also emotionally and socially. I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and I have found a passion for teaching in KS1. Therefore, I am proud to be Key Stage One Manager.