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Alwoodley Primary School

Learning Together, Growing Stronger.

Governors

Alwoodley Primary School Governing Body

 

All Governors meet 3 times a year to discuss

  Resources – finance, staffing, health and safety and buildings

  Pupil Voice

  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

Mr Will Ricketts.

He can be contacted at will.ricketts@alwoodley.net

   The Vice Chair is

      Mrs 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

 

Claire Withers

 

Parent Governor

24/05/2022 – 23/05/2026

 

Nothing declared
Sophie LevingParent Governor24/05/2022 – 23/05/2026 Nothing declared

Ian Lenihan

LA Governor

16/06/2020 – 15/06/2024

Equalities

 

Nothing declared

Jess Hill

Staff Governor

04/03/2019 - 4/03/2023

Deputy Headteacher

Health and

Safety

Buildings

Partner (Matthew Newby) is director of City of Leeds Basketball Club whom we occasionally use in school.

Child in Y6

Will Ricketts

Co-opted Governor

16/06/2020 – 15/06/2024

Chair

Finance / Resources

Health and Safety

Headteacher Performance Management

Nothing declared

Rebecca Clarke

Co-opted Governor

16/06/2020 – 15/06/2024

Vice Chair

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 

Nothing declared

Claire Brenan

Co-opted Governor

13/05/2019 - 12/05/2023

Safeguarding

Attendance

Headteacher Performance Management

Nothing declared

Joanne Hopton

Co-opted Governor

15/10/2021 - 

14/10/2025

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nothing declared

Samana SaxtonCo-opted Governor

15/06 /2021 - 

14/06/2025

Pupil Premium

Thinking Skills Drive Team

Senior Educational and Child Psychologist for Kirklees Council

Parent of Year 3 and Year 1 pupil

Harvinder SehmbeyCo-opted Governor

27/01 /2022 - 

26/01/2026

ComplaintsNothing Declared
Chris SmithCo-opted Governor

15/06 /2021 - 

14/06/2025

Finance / Resources

Nothing Declared 

 

Governor Attendance at Meetings 

  

Y  in attendance

not in attendance and no apologies received / accepted

apologies received and accepted

not in post

FGB  Full Governing Body

COM Committee Meetings

EX   Extra-Ordinary Meeting

NA   Not Appropriate for Staff Governors

 

Governor Attendance 2021 – 2022

 

FGB

12/10

2021

 

COM

16/11

2021

 

 

FGB

25/01

2022

 

COM

15/03

2022

 

COM 24/05

2022

 

   FGB

21/06

2022 

 

 

Claire Brenan

AAAYAY 

 

Rebecca Clarke

 YYAYAY 

 

Jess

Hill 

  YYYYYY 

 

Jo

Hopton

  YAYYYA 

 

Ian Lenihan

  YYYAYY 

 

Sophie LevingXXXXYY  
 Louise   Jennnigs YAYXXX  

Will Ricketts

  YYYYYY 

 

Samana

Saxton

 YYAYAY  

Harvinder Sehmbey

  YYYAAY  

Chris

Smith

AYYYYY 

 

Claire Withers

XXXXYA  

Tarsem

Wyatt

 YYYYYY  

 

Governor Attendance 2020 – 2021

 

 

FGB

13/10

2020

 

COM

17/11

2020

 

 

FGB

26/01

2021

 

COM

16/03

2021

 

COM 25/05

2021

 

   FGB

15/06

2021 

 

 

Claire Brenan

      YYYYYY 

 

Rebecca Clarke

      YAYYAY 

 

 Paul   

 Dean

      YAYAAA  

Jess

Hill 

     YYYYYY 

 

Jo

Hopton

     YYYYAY 

 

Ian Lenihan

     YYYAYY 

 

 Louise   JennnigsYYYYYY  

Jan Linsley

     YAYYAY 

 

Will Ricketts

     YYYYYY 

 

Harvinder Sehmbey

     YYYYYY 

 

Ajit Singh

     AXXXXX 

 

Tarsem

Wyatt

     YYYYYY  

Chris

Smith

XXXYYY  

Samana

Saxton

XXXYYY  

 

 

 

             YEAR GROUPS ADOPTED BY GOVERNORS 2021 - 2022

 

Teacher

 

Governor

Miss Lucy Gillatt

N

Jo Hopton

Miss Vicky Laxton

Mrs Nicky Nundy

R

Claire Brenan

Mrs Julia Thompson

Mrs Nicky Nundy

Mrs Dominique Glover

Y1

 

Chris Smith

Mr Stuart Loudon

Miss Trina McLaughlan

Y2

Ian Lenihan

Mr James Moorhouse

Mrs Claire Williamson

Y3

Will Ricketts

Mrs Sarah Wray

Miss Nicola Rick

Mrs Rachel Fox

Mr Adrian Coltman

Y4

Rebecca Clarke

Louise Jennings

Miss Zoe Clarke

Mrs Lambert

Miss Jess Hill

Y5

 

Samana Saxton

Miss Emma Stevenson

Miss Caroline Pattenden

Y6

Harvinder Sehmbey

 

 

 

The 3 core functions of our Governing Body are

 

1.  Setting the school vision. (agreed to remain simple as) 

"Learning Together, Growing Stronger."

 

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.)

 

Financial Information

Here is a link to a website which provides financial information about Alwoodley Primary School - the schools financial benchmarking service:

 

https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/school/detail?urn=107912

 

Please ask if you would like to know more about the role

of governors or are interested in being one.

 

Here is an introduction

from some of our Governors

 

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. 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. I have two daughters, my youngest really enjoys attending the school whilst my eldest has now left and moved to high school. In my spare time I love to run, swim, keep fit and spend time with my children. I have worked in management positions in the telecoms and technology industries for almost twenty years.

 

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

 

I have been a governor for a number of years and have thoroughly enjoyed my role. I am currently Vice-Chair of Governors and also the link governor for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).

 

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 15 years.  I have two children Max, who is taking a year out before university and also Madeleine, who is in year 11 at Allerton High School. 

 

Both Max and Madeleine attended Alwoodley Primary School and loved it! It is a very special primary school.  The teaching, learning experiences and opportunities that the staff continue to provide year after year are second to none.  I am still a governor at Alwoodley Primary long after my children have left as I feel so proud to be part of such an amazing school community.

 

Although I worked as a UK Marketing Manager for a big European company for many years, I now work as a HLTA at another local primary school predominately teaching French.  I love both my roles as a HLTA and as a 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.  We love to travel and 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.

 

 

 

My name is Harvinder Sehmbey. I have been a Governor since January 2014. I love supporting the school and spending time with the children. I hope that as a Governor at Alwoodley I can contribute to the success and happiness of the children at our school.

 

I enjoy this role as it helps me to understand the school, and gives me an insight into the teaching and how I can contribute to the running of the school. 

 

I have two children who attend Alwoodley Primary School and the After School Club. They both love attending the school.

 

I am a Solicitor and have lived in Leeds and the Alwoodley area since 2004. Most of my family live in Leeds, although I originally was born and brought up in Derby.  

 

My hobbies include reading, experiencing new places and different types of food, cooking, travelling, going to the cinema, and clothes shopping!

 

I love visiting new places, and experiencing new things. The last daring thing I tried was paragliding, because I am afraid of heights. However, I loved this experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

I’m Ian and I joined the governing body of Alwoodley Primary towards the end of 2019. Alwoodley is a wonderful school and I’m so happy to be able to contribute to and be part of the school community. My two children love attending the school and I have been so impressed with how all staff really get to know them so well.

I moved to Leeds from Ireland in the early 2000’s and after completing a masters degree in film music, I embarked on a teaching career that has seen me work in many different types of schools in West Yorkshire. I currently teach music in a local school where I am also the lead for teaching and learning.

I am particularly interested in academic motivation, mindset and resilience. I also have an interest in SEN and LGBT issues.

Outside of education, I love hiking, reading, playing the piano and any outdoor adventures with the kids (except camping!)

Hi, I’m Chris, and I’m very pleased to be joining the board of governors at Alwoodley Primary School.

I have lived in the Leeds area all my life. As a child I lived in Otley, and went to secondary school in Leeds. I went to University in Manchester, where I studied English, returning to live in Leeds when my studies were complete.

I have spent most of my working life in the retail and wholesale clothing industry. I was a director of a Leeds based menswear retailer and wholesaler for many years. Most recently I was the Managing Director of a school uniform supplier. I also worked for three years in my family’s furniture retail business based in Otley. I have two grown up children who live and work in London.

I’m a keen sports fan and player. I enjoy watching most sports and I play tennis, cricket and golf as often as I can. I also like hill walking. I have a static caravan in the Lake District, and a touring caravan. My other big love is music. I play guitar, bass and keyboards and I’m in a 60s band and a rock and roll band. I have lots of guitars, a banjo and a double bass called Twiggy.

 

I am delighted to be part of the governing body at Alwoodley Primary School.  I currently work as a Senior Educational and Child Psychologist.  Supporting all pupils to access a positive inclusive school experience is a long standing professional interest of mine. I am also a strong advocate for effective mental health support in schools and the vital role teachers and school staff can play in developing resilience in their pupils. I have a specialism in supporting children in the care system, which is of huge importance to me.  

I am proud mum to two children who attend Alwoodley Primary School. Outside of work my interests are fairly simple and involve having fun with my family! My husband and I are keen travellers and some of my favourite places I have been lucky enough to visit are Macchu Picchu in Peru, Petra in Jordan and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I like to set myself personal challenges which in the past have included doing skydives and Total Warrior.  I am a big fan of the arts, particularly theatre, and when time allows I like to bury my head in a good book. 

I really value the role Governors play in supporting schools and am really keen to work alongside school staff to build on the schools strengths.

 

 

My name is Claire and I am  a part time working mum currently employed by Platform Housing Group managing the quality assurance of Projects. Prior to this I worked for First Direct bank for over 20 years where I managed customer service standards.

I am delighted to be part of the schools board of governors, being able to help shape and support the future of education for all our children. I have 2 gorgeous, funny, strong willed little girls who attend Alwoodley Primary school and so have first hand experience of how the school works in practise.

Out of work I enjoy spending time with my family, going out and about exploring new places and also taking time out for me where I can very easily get lost in a good tv series.

I believe all our children deserve the best we can give them and I am passionate about helping the school achieve this.

 

Hi, I'm Sophie and I am really pleased to be joining the governing body at Alwoodley Primary School. I am a mother of three young children and my daughter has just begun her journey at Alwoodley and is having a wonderful time. I am a primary school teacher but as I'm not currently teaching I'm looking forward to being involved in education in a different way now as a Parent Governor and assisting with Alwoodley’s future progression and continued outstanding achievements.