Governors

 Structure of the Governing Body

Committees:

TPC = Tracking, Performance and Curriculum | FHSP = Finance, Health & Safety and Premises | HTP = Head Teacher’s Performance

Name Category Appointed by
Date appointed
Term of office
Attendance record
Committee/key area monitor of the school development plan
Other positions of responsibility
Relevant business interests
Relationship to school (including spouses & relatives)
James Robinson

Chair of Governors
Parent Governor

Governing Body Sep 2018
Mar 2019
 4 years Good – Rapid Improvement Group
(all Governors welcome)
N/A N/A N/A
Dr. Neil Audsley Vice Chair
Co-Opted Governor
Governing Body Sep 2018
Mar 2019
 4 years Good – Rapid Improvement Group
(all Governors welcome)
– Safeguarding/
SEND
N/A N/A N/A
Sian Mitchell

Head Teacher

N/A

 

N/A N/A Good All Head Teacher N/A N/A
David Griffin  Co-Opted Governor Governing Body Feb 2020  4 years Good – Curriculum development N/A N/A N/A
Positions pending…  
Jane Price  Staff Governor Governing Body May 2021 4 years Good All N/A N/A N/A
Louise Tolhurst Parent Governor Election process followed. Governor appointed. Sep 2018  4 years Good -EYFS N/A N/A N/A
Dr. Sandra Whitson Local Authority Local Authority/ Governing Body Jan 2021  4 years Good -English N/A N/A N/A
Laura Waites Clerk Local Authority N/A N/A Good N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

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Governors who left post in the academic year 2019/2020

Name Category Date appointed
Term of office
Date stepped down
Appointed by
Daniella Cross
Parent Governor
Dec 2018
4 years
Nov 2019
Governing body
Louise Peers Staff Governor Sep 2018 4 years Aug 2020 Election process followed. Governor appointed.

Governors who left post in the academic year 2020/2021

Name Category Date appointed
Term of office
Date stepped down
Appointed by
David Sharpe Co-opted Governor
Sep 2017
4 years
March 2021
Governing body
Susie Kemp Co-opted Governor
Feb 2019 4 years
March 2021 Governing body

 

The Governing Body at Leavening School is as follows:

Chair of Governors – James Robinson

“I have been a Parent Governor since 2015 and became Chair of Governors in September 2018. I have 5 children, 4 of them currently at Leavening School and when my youngest is old enough, she will also attend. At work, I am a barrister based in York and Newcastle.”

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.”

Head Teacher – Sian Mitchell

“I have been the Head Teacher at Leavening Community Primary since 2012 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with each and every single pupil at the school. I have embraced each challenge with passion and continue to do so. I have 2 young children, who keep me busy when I am not at school.”

Co-Opted Governor – David Griffin

David is a retired police officer who comes from a family of teachers. He has served on governing bodies in the NHS and is a parish councillor in Thixendale. He joined the Leavening governing board in 2020 to contribute to the local community and provide some external insight for the work of the board.

 

Staff Governor – Jane Price

Biog details to follow….

 

Parent Governor – Louise Tolhurst

“I am Mum to Oliver who currently attends Leavening School. I was previously employed by East Midlands Electricity and then the NHS when I moved to Yorkshire. I’m married to Steve (who attended Leavening School himself) and is a beef/arable farmer, so I now help out on the farm. I’m usually the one in the playground in wellies and a fluorescent coat!”

Local Authority Governor – Dr. Sandra Whitson

Sandra was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in 2021.

“During a teaching career ranging from kindergarten through secondary, university and adult education in the UK, Europe and the USA I was a Head Teacher, an LEA Education Officer and then self-employed Education Management Consultant which included being an Assessor and Adviser for Investors in People (IIP) and Lead Assessor with Yorkshire & Humber for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

I have also had experience of governance in the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors. June 2016 I was successfully designated as a National Leader of Governance (NLG).

Now retired I have been pleased to continue my involvement with the educational scene as Member of an Academy Trust, Trustee of an Academy Trust, Independent Member of Education Appeal and Exclusion Panels and am delighted to be appointed LA Governor to Leavening Community Primary School.”