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Governors

Alwoodley Primary School Governing Body

All Governors meet 3 times a year to discuss

  1. Resources – finance, staffing, health and safety and buildings
  2. Pupil Voice
  3. Teaching and Learning

 

They meet an additional 3 times a year for a meeting which covers all aspects of school life.

They visit school and talk to children so they know the school well.

The Chair of Governors is Will Ricketts.

He can be contacted at william.ricketts@btinternet.com

Vice Chairs are Ajit Singh and Rebecca Clarke

The constitution of the Governing Body is as follows:

  1. Headteacher
  2. 2 elected parent governors
  3. 1 LA (Local Authority) governor
  4. 1 elected staff governor
  5. 7 co-opted governors

 

Name

Category of Governor

Term of Office

Specific Responsibilities

Register of business / personal interests

Tarsem Wyatt

Headteacher

01/09/2016

Headteacher

Nothing declared

Harvinder Sehmbey

Parent Governor

28/01/2014 - 27/01/2018

Governor CPD (Training)

Nothing declared

Nina Spence

Parent Governor

07/11/2016 - 06/11/2020

Equalities

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nothing declared

Khuram Khan

LA Governor

09/03/2012 - 09/03/2020

Headteacher Performance Management

PE and Sport Premium

Nothing declared

Jean Walker

Staff Governor

14/02/2015 - 14/02/2019

Attendance

Nothing declared

Will Ricketts

Co-opted Governor

10/05/2016 – 09/05/2020

Chair

Health and Safety

Headteacher Performance Management

Financial Data

Complaints

Nothing declared

Ajit Singh

Co-opted Governor

10/05/2016 – 09/05/2020

Vice Chair

Financial Data

Nothing declared

Rebecca Clarke

Co-opted Governor

10/05/2016 – 09/05/2020

Vice Chair

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 

Nothing declared

Claire Brenan

Co-opted Governor

12/05/2015 - 12/05/2019

Safeguarding

Children Looked After

Pupil Premium

Headteacher Performance Management

Nothing declared

Adrian Coltman

Co-opted Governor

12/05/2015 - 12/05/2019

Deputy Headteacher

Health and Safety

Buildings

Nothing declared

Jan Linsley

Co-opted Governor

16/05/2017 -

16/05/2021

Pupil Premium

Director Jan Linsley Education Consultant

 

Teaching School Manager at John Jamieson School, Leeds

 

Member of Teesdale Education Trust, Barbard Castle

 

Chair of Governors at Richmond Methodist School, North Yorkshire

 

Governor at Hales Primary School YCAT

Joanne Hopton

Co-opted Governor

16/10/2017 - 

16/10/2022

Performance Data

Nothing declared

Vicky Laxton

Associate Governor

11/05/2015 – 11/05/2019

 

Nothing declared

Julia Thompson

Associate Governor

11/05/2015 - 11/05/2019

 

Nothing declared

 

Governor Attendance at Meetings 2016 – 2017

     Y in attendance

     N not in attendance and no apologies received / accepted

     A apologies received and accepted

     X not in post

     FGB Full Governing Body

 

 

Committees

11/10/2017

FGB

18/10/2016

Committees

17/01/2017

FGB

23/01/2017

Committees

09/05/2017

FGB

16/05/2017

Claire Brenan

Y

Y

A

A

Y

A

Rebecca Clarke

A

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Adrian Coltman

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Khuram Khan

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jan Linsley

X

X

X

X

X

X

Will Ricketts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Harvinder Sehmbey

A

A

Y

Y

A

Y

Ajit Singh

Y

A

A

Y

Y

Y

Nina Spence

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jean Walker

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Tarsem Wyatt

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

The 3 core functions of our Governing Body are:

 

1. Setting the school vision. (Agreed to remain simple as "We want everyone to be in a happy, healthy and safe learning environment.")

 

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the school's educational performance. (Governors look at data twice a year, visit school to see children learning, discuss and challenge. This is evidenced in minutes of our meetings.)

 

3. Ensuring money is well spent. (Two governors meet three times a year with our school finance team to a gain deeper understanding of our budget and provide challenge.)

 

Please ask if you would like to know more about the role of governors or are interested in being one.

 

Here is some information about some of our governors: 

 

 

Will Ricketts

 

 

Hello and welcome to the Governors section of the website.

 

I am delighted and proud to be Chair of the Governing Body for Alwoodley Primary School and I thoroughly enjoy supporting the school in this important role. 

 

My partner Nicola and I have two fantastic and energetic daughters, Megan and Holly, both of whom attend the school and love it. We also have a very friendly Labrador dog called Archie. 

 

My career involves working with (and often leading) diverse teams, suppliers and varying stakeholders, where communication is key, to deliver large transformational ICT programmes on behalf of customers.

 

I love to spend my spare time with my children – both are very keen dancers, gymnasts, swimmers, jokers and mischief-makers! I love to walk our dog in the wonderful open spaces around us – this is a fantastic place to live.

 

I originally joined the Governing Body in 2012 as a Parent Governor and would encourage anyone with an interest in advancing this outstanding school even further to get in touch.

 

 

Mr Ajit Singh

Ajit has been a governor for a few years now and has two young children in year 1 and year 3. Ajit runs a south Asian arts venue based company in the heart of Bradford in Forster Square and he is keen to promote the arts and the power it has to change lives and make a difference. Ajit’s background is in business and management and hold a BA (Hons) in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration. In his spare time Ajit enjoys socialising, walking and attending arts and cultural events.

 

                                                         

 

Rebecca Clarke

Hi my name is Rebecca Clarke and I am very proud of being a parent governor at Alwoodley Primary School.

I have been a governor for a number of years and have thoroughly enjoyed my role.  Although my husband and I are from Manchester, we have lived in Leeds since graduating from the University of Leeds (many moons ago) and have lived in Alwoodley for 10 years.  I have two children Max, who has now left Alwoodley and is now in year 9 at Allerton High and also Madeleine who is in year 6 at Alwoodley Primary.  We also have two rabbits, Mopsy and Flopsy.

Max really enjoyed his time at Alwoodley Primary and still talks about many of the exciting times and opportunities he experienced at Alwoodley.  Maddie also loves school.  She really enjoys all the drama activities that she takes part in at Alwoodley Primary as well as the amazing DT projects.  School trips are also a big favourite!

Although I worked as a UK Marketing Manager for a big European company for many years, I now work as a teaching assistant at another local primary school.  I love both my roles as a teaching assistant and as a parent governor because I want to help children to achieve the very best that they can and love their time at school – just as I did!  I hope that as a governor at Alwoodley I can contribute to the success and happiness of the children and our school.

My hobbies include listening to music of all types (I play the piano and clarinet), reading and travel.   My favourite band is The Stone Roses.  I went to see them in concert in the summer and it was awesome! We love to go to the seaside and are very lucky because my family live on Anglesey.   I also run and have completed a number of 10K runs.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                           

                                                                                                 Nina Spence

 

Hello, my name is Nina Spence and I have been a Governor at school since January 2014. Although I work in education, I became interested in becoming a Governor from wanting to "give something back" as a parent.

 

My two sons, Charlie (who has just moved up to Allerton High from Year 6) and Sam in Year 5. Both have enjoyed their time at Alwoodley Primary, in particular the varied and fun activities, trips, topics and residentials.

 

Originally qualifying as a Secondary English Teacher, I worked in a number of different schools before moving to Primary education. In school I work as a Teaching Assistant in Year 1 and Year 5 and teach across KS1 and KS2 as required. I love the variety that this offers and that I have the opportunity to work with so many different children.

 

I have lived in Leeds for most of my life and love its rich diversity. I am proud to be from Yorkshire; we are lucky to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep and, at the weekends and during the holidays, enjoy exploring and camping with my family. I have recently started the ‘Couch to 5K’ running challenge, so if you see me running around Alwoodley, give me a wave!

 

 

My name is Harvinder Sehmbey. Ihave been a Parent Governor from January 2014. I am enjoying this role as it helps me to understand the school, gives me an insight into the teaching and how I can contribute to the running of the school.

I have a son who attends Alwoodley Primary School and is currently in Year 1. He also attends the breakfast and after school club at ‘Little People’s which is next to the school. He enjoys school, and always has good things to say about the school, and the staff.

I am a Solicitor and have lived in Leeds and the Alwoodley area for over 10 years. I specialise in employment law, and I am currently working in Harrogate which I enjoy. I advise employers on all sorts of HR and employment related issues.

Most of my family live in Leeds, although I originally was born and brought up in Derby and still have family there and visit them when I can.

My hobbies include reading, going to the cinema, and clothes shopping! Although most of my reading and cinema trips are to do with what my son wants me to read to him, and watch at the cinema.

My last family holiday was in summer 2014 where we went to Portugal. It was nice and hot, and there were lots of things to do.

I like to try new things and probably the most daring thing I have tried is paragliding as I am afraid of heights! However, I loved it but also found it scary.

 

                                                    Claire Brennan

I'm Claire, and have been a governor at Alwoodley for almost four years. It's a fantastic school, with a wonderful ethos of putting the students at the heart of all it does, and it's a pleasure being a very small part of it.

Professionally, I'm a communications manager in the financial services industry; I previously worked in public relations for the NHS, after originally training and working as a journalist for a number of years.

I love reading, writing, socialising and eating out; most of these activities now revolve around my two year old daughter Harriet, who mercifully appears to have inherited my love of such pastimes.

I studied at the University of Leeds many moons ago, and returned to the city with my husband John eight years ago. We've just moved house, so I suspect various renovation jobs and the arrival of Harriet's baby brother or sister in a few months will keep me pretty busy too!


 

 

 

 

Khuram Khan

 

Hi, my name is Khuram Khan, I've been a governor at school for the past few years.

I'm originally from Kenya, I came over to England in 2002 to finish my studies at Lincoln University.

I now live in Leeds and work for a company in the Financial Services sector as a Management Information Analyst.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing cricket and hockey and going to watch live comedy. I also have a keen interest in Wildlife, Photography and Arsenal FC!  

 

                                                                  

                                Jan Linsley

 

Currently, Jan Linsley works as an independent education consultant to support National Teaching Schools and Initial Teacher Training and is the external assessor for a SCITT. She has supported a number of Erasmus+ projects with edEUcation over the past 2 years.

 

Jan Linsley is a community governor and since 2014 has been a co-opted Governor of a primary school in North Yorkshire. She is currently the Chair of the Governing Body, having been chair of the finance and resources committee in the past. Jan has a keen interest in ensuring all children get the best education they can, and that they enjoy doing so!

 

In 2014-2015, Jan was the secondary lead for a SCITT in the North East.

Between 2004 and 2014, Jan Linsley was a Regional Adviser for the DfE and its partner agencies. She has extensive experience in supporting leadership teams in schools in Ofsted category, developed high-quality support materials and a range of strategic approaches to working with schools below the floor target. She has also provided Quality Assurance for Local Authority School Improvement Services across Yorkshire and the Humber region. Jan has also supported Initial Teacher Training providers and Teaching Schools in Yorkshire and the North East to recruit the best quality candidates to become our next generation of outstanding teachers.

                          

 

 

 

Joanne Hopton

 

My name is Joanne Hopton. I have been a Governor since October 2017. I am a qualified primary school teacher and currently work in teacher education. Being a Governor will provide me with the opportunity to work closely with school to pass on knowledge and experience gained from my role and share practice from other settings, helping the children of Alwoodley to be the best that they can be.

 

 

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