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The Governing Board of Boroughbridge Primary School and Nursery

Jan Seymour is the Chair of Governors. To contact the Chair either via email: cofg@boroughbridge-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk or leave a message / letter at the School Office.

The clerk to Governors can be contacted by email clerk@boroughbridge-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk or by leaving a message/letter in a sealed envelope at the school office. 

Our Governors

Full Names

Governor

Appointed by

Date Appointed

Term of Office

Declaration of Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Stephen Brown

Parent Governor

Parent Body

05/10/2021

05/10/2021-05/10/2025

Member of Boroughbridge Lions

Timothy Collin

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

 22/09/2021

22/09/2021-22/09/2025

-

Toby Estaugh

Co-opted

Governing Body

 06/2020

06/2020-06/2024

Principal, Vale of York Academy

Stuart Martin

Co-opted

Governing Body

17/11/2021

17/11/2021-17/11/2025

None

Thomas Preston (Jules)

Co-Opted

Governing Body

14/07/2021

14/07/2021-14/07/2025

Trustee – Boroughbridge Community Care

Governor – Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Rowe

Staff Governor

Staff Body

27/01/2022

27/01/2022 (Ongoing)

 

Emma Ryan

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Acting Headteacher

 

28/02/2022

28/02/2022 (Ongoing)

NASUWT

Janet Seymour

Chair of Governor

Local Authority Governor

 Local Authority

06/2020

06/2020-06/2024

None

Gemma Williams

Parent Governor

Parent Body

Oct 2019

11/2019-11/2023

None

 

 Previous Governors

Full Names

Governor

Appointed by

Date Appointed

Term of Office

Date Stepped Down

Declaration of Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Toby Estaugh

Co-opted

Governing Body

 06/2020

06/2020-06/2024

15/06/2022

Principal, Vale of York Academy

Governors are the biggest group of voluntary workers in the UK. The role of this Governing Board is to ensure that children who attend our school receive a great all round education in an environment which is suitable for this purpose. All members of the school community work hard to ensure all children reach their full potential, are equipped for the next step in their education journey and become good citizen

The Governing Board has three core functions as set out in the Department for Education (DfE) Governance Handbook:

  1. ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Board has nine Governor Members: 

  • two Parent Governors
  • the Headteacher/Acting Headteacher
  • one other Staff Governor
  • one Local Authority Governor
  • four Co-opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are chosen by the Governing Board for their particular knowledge or skill(s).

The Members Profile and the Structure Document in this section below gives more information regarding the Governing Board members; their remit and how The Governing Board is organised.

This Governing Board does not have any committees; Governors have specific roles / links to enable them to monitor the effectiveness of the School Improvement Plan, its finances, the education provision for the children and on other factors relevant to the school. All Governors are invited to attend all the meetings. The Governors Annual Statement will give you an outline / summary of our work during the previous academic year.

Boroughbridge Primary School and Nursery has been graded 'Good' by Ofsted and we are working to gain an 'Outstanding’ rating. We are quite rightly very proud of our great School and Nursery.

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from pupils, parents/carers, staff or just even a chat!

 

School Governor Role Description

Governing Board Structure

Governor Register of Interests

Governor Attendance of Meetings

 

Present members of the Governing Board

Showing type of governor, terms of office, and areas of responsibility and links.

 

Jan Seymour BSc, PGCE. NPQH 

Local Authority Governor 

Term of Office: June 2020 – June 2024 

Chair of Governors Responsibilities and Links: Safeguarding, SENd, Head Teacher Appraisal Lead, Pay Performance Appeal Panel

I moved to Boroughbridge when I retired from education and I am keen to be involved in the local community. I am married with two grown-up children who encouraged me to move north to be nearer to them. During my career of many years, I was a teacher moving on to headteacher. I am passionate about high quality education for all and I am keen to support staff and Governors to ensure all children achieve their potential. I bring a depth of knowledge about education, including the quality of teaching, curriculum, safeguarding, SEND, finance and governance while always putting the child at the heart of everything I do. I believe in partnership with parents and working with the local community. 

 

Emma Ryan BA (Hons) Design Technology with Management Studies, PGCE, NaSENCO

Acting Headteacher and SENCO 

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Acting headteacher 

Since qualifying as a teacher in 2004 I have taught in schools in York and North Yorkshire across the primary age range, having taught at Boroughbridge Primary School and Nursery since 2016. I have a particular interest in SEND and Maths and have been involved in Maths teacher research groups supporting other teachers across North Yorkshire. I am passionate about making a difference by enhancing teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people and ensuring that all staff, governors and students work together to achieve and become a central part of the community. Being a teacher and now a school leader has always been a privilege; I am passionate about securing the best outcomes for children. I am a firm believer that education is transformative and that we absolutely make a difference to children’s lives and future opportunities.  

 

Sarah Rowe Bsc (Hons) and PGCE

Staff Governor

Although early in my career as a teacher, I have always been passionate about working with children and helping them grow in confidence and reach their full potential. I first began my career as an Early Years Professional in a nursery, before branching out into schools as a 1-1 teaching assistant for SEN and then general class teaching assistant. I soon realised how much I loved teaching a whole class and therefore undertook my PGCE in Primary Teaching and have never looked back, becoming not only a class teacher but also the RE and English subject lead. As staff governor, I believe in supporting and liaising with staff to enable outstanding teaching and outcomes at Boroughbridge Primary School.  

 

Toby Eastaugh BA (Hons), MA, NPQH 

Co-opted Governor 

Term of Office: June 2020 – June 2024 

Responsibilities and Links: Human Resources, Staffing, Pay Performance, Academisation, Head Teacher Appraisal

Although based in Harrogate I am familiar with Boroughbridge and its locality. I am married with two teenage girls; it seems like no time at all since they entered their Reception classes. I entered the teaching profession in 1988 and have been a headteacher since 2005. I am Principal of Vale of York Academy, part of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust based in the City of York. This is my first governance role. At this stage in my career, I want to offer something back to schools and the role of governor at Boroughbridge has provided me with this opportunity. Through my work as a headteacher, I bring a knowledge of the current challenges faced in terms of curriculum, standards, finance and workforce development, as well as experience of working in local authority and academy trust settings. As a governor, my wish is to support the school in the best way I can so that it can provide a high quality experience for children, parents and staff. 

 

Gemma Williams B.Sc (Hons)

Registered Mental Health Nurse

B.Sc Psychosocial Interventions, foundation level Systemic Family Therapy and ILM level 4.  

Parent Governor 

Term of Office:  November 2019 – November 2023 

Responsibilities and Links: Pupil and Staff Well-being. English inc Phonics, Early Years Foundation Stage, Medical

My two daughters are at the early stages of their school career, I want their experience of school to be that which is person centred, progressive and positive. I am a qualified Mental Health Nurse, currently working part time as a Clinical Research Nurse. I value the need to question and consider ways to improve quality and cost efficiencies in the public sector. I have 20 years experience as a nurse including 5 as a clinical lead for a specialist mental health team. A role which required budgeting, personnel recruitment and supervision, vision and strategy development alongside clinical practice.  

From my experience as a CAMHS in schools practitioner, I understand the needs of parents to be in the knowledge that their children's holistic welfare, not just academic performance, is being well supported.  I believe that children that feel safe and supported are able to focus on striving towards their potential. I value activities that support the development of team working, emotional resilience and effective communication. Aside of work and family life I make time for my personal interests of Netball and Yoga. 

 

(Thomas) Jules Preston, MBE

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:  14/7/21- 14/7/25

Responsibilities and Links: Vice Chair, Safeguarding Deputy, Finance, Head Teacher Appraisal

Over the last 20 years I was been primarily involved with the NHS as a non-executive, the last 13 of which have been as Chairman of Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust and of Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust before retiring in May 2019. rior to the NHS I had 35 years in the civil service having first gone into accountancy. Starting as a clerical officer I gained senior positions within the Department of Employment and became Chief Executive of Sunderland City Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) & Business Link/Business & Innovation Centre. Until 2006 I was also an assessor, both in the UK and internationally, of organisations that were working to achieve Investor in People status.I received the MBE in 1999 for services to training, particularly for those with learning difficulties which reflected my 15 years as Chairman of a Special Needs School plus a focus I applied whilst at the TEC. I now fill my time in with dog walking, gardening, fishing and volunteering, including being a Trustee of Boroughbridge Community Care.Most of my life has been involved in the development of people to reach their potential. The most important and formative years are at primary school age. Hence my wish to be a Governor.

 

Tim Collin B.Sc (Hons) Land Management, University of Reading, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Co-opted Governor  

Term of Office:  22/9/21 – 22/9/25

Responsibilities and Links: Computing curriculum, ICT and website

My family have lived in Roecliffe for three generations and I have a strong knowledge and affinity for Boroughbridge and the local area. My mother was a co-founder of Boroughbridge Community Care and a governor of Roecliffe Primary school and my father a parish councillor for 30 years. I am member of the Boroughbridge British Legion and Roecliffe Parish Church Council. After a three-year spell in the army as a commissioned office I have spent 33 years working for US technologies companies in a variety of commercial and business leadership roles including working and living in the US and extensive international travel. This includes seven years working for one of the leading e-learning software companies, Blackboard Inc which gave me a valuable insight into the world of education.I am married to Carolyn and we have two grown up children, a daughter who is a newly qualified secondary school teacher in Acton, West London, and a son who on a Graduate Engineer Program for Sony Electronics. I am a keen sportsman including cycling, running (ran the Boroughbridge Half Marathon on 1985!) and a member of Boroughbridge Tennis Club.  I am now keen to contribute and put some time, and hopefully some perspectives from experience, back into the Boroughbridge community.  

 

Stephen Brown

Parent Governor 

Term of Office:  5/10/21 – 5/10//25

Responsibilities and Links: Curriculum, Communications, Community

I was born and raised in York and have enjoyed an extensive career in the NHS, where I worked with several NHS organisations in helping them understand their governance needs, service issues and how to improve services for patients, carers and families. I have recently taken a step back from a full-time role to enable our family to enjoy a better quality of life as well as relocating to be part of the Boroughbridge community in 2021. As a parent to 4 children, 2 of whom who are at the school and 2 older boys, one currently at University and one who has just graduated, I believe that I have a wide range of insights and experience that I hope will enable me to work with the school and wider partners in supporting children and preparing them for their educational journey and building their wider life skills. 

 

Stuart Martin BSc Microbiology and Biotechnology, PhD

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:  17/11/21 – 17/11/25

Responsibilities and Links: STEM, Mathematics, Buildings, inc Health and Safety

Having moved to the area last year, and seeing what a vital part of the town the school represents, I would welcome the opportunity to serve as a parent governor and support both the school and the wonderful community it serves.As a parent I want to support the school to ensure it remains a fun, happy, safe space where our children can learn and grow together. As a Scientist I have a particular interest in supporting the school policies on, and teaching of, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and working with the school to ensure the highest standards are maintained. I would particularly like to work with the school to ensure STEM subjects are encouraged with the female students as I know from my daily working life that women remain fundamentally under-represented in STEM fields and engagement with these subjects is vital from day 1 of schooling.

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