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'A Good school', 'warm and encouraging' with 'strong relationships between pupils of all ages'. Lessons are 'precisely matched to pupils' learning needs'.Ofsted 2015


Early years provision for children aged 3 upwards.


Small class sizes.


10 minutes from Malton.


Multi use games area and mountain bikes.

 We are now a Forest School




The Structure of the Governing Body.


Full Governing Body Minutes December 2017

Full Governing Body Minutes September 2017

Full Governing Body Minutes July 2017

Full Governing Body Minutes 24th May 2017



The Governing Body at Leavening School as of September 2017 is as follows:

Headteacher -   Mrs Sian Mitchell 

I have been headteacher at Leavening since September 2012. This was my first headship and I was adamant that I wanted to start this vocation in a small school where I had a flexible teaching role so I could lead by example and instil a culture of 'teaching with passion' throughout the school! Every day brings a new challenge that I embrace and I feel very fortunate to be headteacher of such a thriving school. My spare time is spent running around after my toddler who was born in 2015.

Mrs Rachel Ray is headteacher from September 17 - June 18

Joint Vice Chair of Governors - Dr Neil Audsley

I was Chair of Governors for 12 years and a member of the Governing Body for even longer. My two teenage sons attended Leavening School.



Staff Governor -Miss Jenny Evely

I've been at Leavening School since 2015, teaching the children in Acorns. I moved from a much larger school in Leeds where I taught in both the EYFS and KS1 classes. I think Leavening is a really special place that thrives on its own uniqueness and I hope that by becoming part of the Governing Body I can help it to become an even more fantastic place for our pupils. 


Co opted Governor - Mr Peter Whittell

A retired national newspaper journalist, living in Birdsall.  Two of his grandchildren were educated at Leavening school. A founder member of Leavening Community Sport, the body set up by governors to create the school MUGA.

Co opted Governor - Mrs Lindsay Harrison

I have been a governor for two and a half years.  At present, I sit on the finance committee.  I currently work in adult education teaching English to GCSE. 30 years ago my own children enjoyed the benefits of a small village school education.  That school was threatened with closure but the parents fought to keep it open and I am keen to see Leavening school continue to thrive.

 Parent Governor - Mrs Anna Rose-Adams

I am Anna Rose-Adams, a mother of three children at the school. I am the link governor for both Early Years and Special Educational needs. I joined the governing body in June 2016.

Joint Vice Chair of Governors - Mrs Rebecca England

I'm a Mum of 4 children and have been a Parent Governor for 2 years and I'm also Maths Link Governor. I'm a qualified Primary School Teacher.


Chair of Governors - Mr  Alan Ockenden

With two children at Leavening school I joined the Governing Body in Feb 2016 as a parent governor, I currently sit on the Finance and Health & Safety sub committees as well as being the Safeguarding link governor. 

My family and I moved to North Yorkshire in late 2014, one of the main influencing factors for choosing Leavening was this school. I am therefore very keen to see this school continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment so pupils can flourish and reach their full potential.

I have spent most of my working life within the forestry/arboricultural industry with the majority with the Forestry Commission in operational roles, as a result I have a clear understanding of Health & Safety issues especially as I manage the day to day Health & Safety for a geographically dispersed team of 14 people.


Parent Governor - Mr James Robinson

I have been a parent governor for 2 years and have 3 children at the school.
I live in Norton. At work I am a barrister based in York


LA Governor - Mrs Carolyn Childs


In 2013 I moved to Leavening from Kent. I love living in the village and am delighted to have been invited to join the governing board of Leavening Primary School.


My career is in education.  I taught in mainstream and in special schools, and as a pre-school home-visiting teacher for children with significant needs. 


I held local authority adviser posts for Special Educational Needs, for Excellence in Primary Schools and also for Curriculum Development.  I was a primary school headteacher.    


Latterly I have worked as an independent education consultant.  I have supported private clients and schools, as well as many local authorities, schools and centres around the country, engaged in a wide variety of development work. I have worked closely with many school governors, headteachers and senior leaders, as well as with school support staff and parents. I am a nationally accredited School Improvement Adviser and an Ofsted Inspector for Schools. 


I have two children, who are both married, and two grandchildren; all of whom indefatigably keep me on my toes and ensure my education continues!