Governors List and Information as at 10th October 2017

The Governing Body of the School has one Local Education Authority governor, four Co-opted governors, two elected Parents, one member of Staff and the Headteacher.  They meet twice a term and are responsible for the efficient running and upkeep of the school, through the Headteacher. The current Chairperson is Mr Nigel Cross.  The Governing Body has three core functions;

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Chair - Mr Nigel Cross four year tenure as a Co-opted Governor commenced in March 2015 following the Reconstitution of the Governing Body.  Mr Cross was voted in as the Vice-Chair in May 2016 for a 3 year tenure, but moved up to Chair on 8th February 2017.  Mr Cross was re-voted in as the Chair for an 18 month tenure on 10th October 2017.  He is the Equality Governor, ECO Governor, Chairs the Curriculum & School Improvements Committee, clerks the Premises/Health & Safety Committee, clerks the Finance & Personnel Committee, Chairs the Headteacher Performance Management Panel, is a member of the Pupil Discipline Committee and Chairs the Staff Discipline Appeals Committee.  Mr Cross currently works within training development, has a background in both engineering and the HR and Welfare arena and ensures the school continues to embrace equality and diversity.  There are no registered business or financial interests with the school. 

Vice-Chair - Mr David Hicks' four year tenure as a Co-opted Governor commenced in July 2015.  Mr Hicks was voted in as the Vice-Chair in October 2017 for a 2 year tenure.  He is the Physical Education Governor, sits on the Curriculum & School Improvements Committee, Finance & Personnel Committee, Headteacher Performance Management Panel, Pupil Discipline Committee and Complaints Committee.  Mr Hicks holds an MA in Educational Management & Leadership as well as BEd (Hons) in PE and Mathematics and is a former Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of York St. John.  After many years spent in the Training, HR and Audit and Evaluation arenas, he currently leads the site infrastructure department of a large government location.  His broad portfolio of skills and experience are utilised across the curriculum and school learning environments.  There are no registered business or financial interests with the school. 

Mrs Helen Kirby is the North Yorkshire County Council’s Local Authority Governor, with her four year tenure commencing in September 2017.  Mrs Kirby sits on the Pupil Discipline and Staff Discipline Appeals Committees.  Now retired, Mrs Kirby was a secondary school teacher who is now a lead exams invigilator at a secondary school.  Mrs Kirby is now serving in her fourth consecutive 4-year term as the LA Governor and has previously been Vice-Chair of Governors.  As a previous member of the Parish Council, Mrs Kirby maintains the strong link between the school and local Parish community.  There are no registered business or financial interests with the school.  Although now a grandmother, all three of Mrs Kirby’s children attended Linton-on-Ouse Primary School.

Mrs Laila Goodridge commenced her four year tenure as a Parent Governor in October 2017 following a Parent Governor Election carried out in July 2017.  Mrs Goodridge sits on the Curriculum & School Improvements Committee, Finance & Personnel Committee, Staff Discipline, Complaints Committee and is the Numeracy Governor.  Mrs Goodridge has a declared business interest in Great Ouseburn Nursery and has two children at the school.

Mrs Raana Khan joined the governing Body as a Parent Governor following her successful election in November 2016.  Following statutory safeguarding checks, Mrs Khan's tenure commenced in February 2017 and will be for four years.  Mrs Khan is a mother of two children who attend the school.  There are no declarations of business or financial interests with the school.

Mrs Siobhan McCreadie accepted the invitation to fill a Co-opted Governor vacancy and commenced her tenure in April 2017.  Mrs McCreadie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Social Work and has worked for six years in the Children's Health and Disability Team with York City Council and has been in her current position in the Referral and Assessment Team for three years; this involves immediate response safeguarding work.  This role focuses on the child, in terms of what is required to meet their developmental milestones, including their education, ensuring their safety and well-being, as well as ensuring that their voice is heard.  She has experienced a four week Ofsted inspection, which involved spending time 1:1 with inspectors.   Mrs McCreadie is a mother of two children who attend the school.  There are no declarations of business or financial interests with the school.

Mrs Karen Renton was elected by her teaching peers to the role of Staff Governor in August 2014 for a four year term. She is the Child Protection Governor and sits on the Curriculum and Improvements, Premises/Health & Safety and Finance & Personnel Committees.  There are no registered business or financial interests with the school. 

Mrs Davinia Pearson is the Headteacher of Linton-on-Ouse Primary School and is a school Governor by virtue of her office.  Mrs Pearson sits on the Curriculum & School Improvements, Premises/Health & Safety and Finance & Personnel Committees.  There are no registered business or financial interests with the school. 

 

Governors Who Have Recently Left

Mrs Jo Fish commenced her four year tenure as a Parent Governor in October 2012.  Mrs Fish was the Numeracy Governor and the Foundation Stage Governor, sat on the Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel and Staff Discipline Committee, the Curriculum Committee and Chaired the Complaints Committee.  As a secondary school maths teacher and Youth Worker, Mrs Fish has a wealth of knowledge regarding the curriculum and data analysis.  There are no registered business or financial interests with the school.  Mrs Fish has two children at the school.  Mrs Fish attended her final Governing Body meeting on 29th November 2016 alongside her newly elected replacement, Mrs Raana Khan.

Mr Andy Pollard’s four year term of office as a Parent Governor commenced in May 2014 having been voted in following a Parental Ballot. He was voted in as Vice Chair during the Reconstitution meeting in March 2015 for a two year tenure. Mr Pollard sat on the Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel and the Complaints Committee and Chaired the Curriculum Committee, Pupil Discipline Committee and Staff Discipline Appeals Committee. Mr Pollard worked as a Air Traffic Controller. There were no registered business interests with the school. Mr Pollard had one child at the school.  Mr Pollard's tenure ended in May 2016 as he moved away from the area due to work commitments.  He was replaced by Mr Tucker.

Mr Lee Cottrell’s tenure as a Co-opted Governor commenced in March 2015 following the Reconstitution of the Governing Body.  Previously he had served as a Parent Governor.  He was the Physical Education Governor, sat on the Finance & Personnel Committee,  Staff Discipline Appeals Committee, Pupil Discipline Committee, Complaints Committee and Chaired the Premises/Health & Safety Committee.  Mr Cottrell has the NBOSH Health and Safety qualification and utilised those skills  to make sure the school was fully compliant with all aspects of pupil, staff and visitor health and safety.   There were no registered business or financial interests with the school.  Mr Cottrell has one child at the school.  Mr Cottrell's tenure ended in September 2016 following his resignation due to work commitments. 

Mrs Hazel Southern’s four year term of office as a Co-opted Governor commenced in March 2015 when the Governing Body Reconstituted.  She was voted in as Chair also in March 2015 for a three year tenure, but stepped down from the role in February 2017 for personal reasons.  As well as being the Literacy Governor, Mrs Southern sat on the Premises/Health & Safety Committee and was the Chair of both Finance & Personnel Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel.  As a CCAB Accountant and employed as a Business Manager, she brought a wealth of financial experience and leadership ability to the Governing Body.  There were no registered business or financial interests with the school.  Mrs Southern had two grandchildren at the school.  To the devastating loss to her family, friends and the school, Mrs Southern passed away in May 2017.

Mrs Morag McLoughlin retired as Headteacher of Linton-on-Ouse Primary School on 31st August 2017 after 27 years at school (13 years as Headteacher).

Mr Barry Tucker commenced his four year tenure as a Parent Governor in May 2016.  He sat on the Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel, the Complaints Committee and the Curriculum Committee, Pupil Discipline Committee and Staff Discipline Appeals Committee.  Mr Tucker works as a Air Traffic Controller.  Whist Mr Tucker has no registered business or financial interests with the school, his wife was employed as a General Teaching Assistant at the school.  Mr Tucker also had two children at the school.  Due to moving away from the area, Mr Tucker's tenure ended in October 2017 and he was succeed Mrs Goodridge.

Attendance of governors at all Full Governing Body meetings and Sub-Committee meetings has been very good during the past academic year.  Any absences are made known prior to any meeting and are Minuted. 

Attendance Stats for the 16/17 academic year can be found here.

Attendance Stats for the 15/16 academic year can be found here.