Becoming a governor is a rewarding way of making an important contribution to education and the school would not be the success it is without their commitment, experience and help.
North Yorkshire LA Governors
Mr. Carl Lis (Chairperson) - term of office expires 31.8.17
Mrs. Katie Harrison (Vice-Chairperson) - term of office expires 1.10.17
Mrs. Katie Harrison
Mr. Matt Young - term of office expires 1.10.17
Mrs Alice Ellwood
Ms Shelley Brook
Mrs. Rachel Clements - term of office expires 31.8.19
Mrs Jen Thistlethwaite - term of office expires 7.8.19
Mrs Rachael Shults - term of office expires 7.8.19
Mrs. Dawn Barry/Mrs. Joanna Colledge
Clerk to the Governors
Ms Amanda Dermott
What do Governors actually do?
Safeguarding and SEND Governor - Mrs Katie Harrison (Supporting Co-Head Teachers and Teachers as well as pupils, across all aspects of Safeguarding, Inclusion, Well Being, Anti Bullying and provision for pupils with Special Education Needs)
Designated person for handling FOI & DP requests - Mr Carl Lis
Health and Safety Governor - Mr Matt Young
EVC Governor - Mrs Jen Thistlethwaite
Pupil Premium Champion - Mr Carl Lis
Early Years Governor - Ms Shelley Brook
Each Governor is linked to a class, and is lucky enough to follow their progress through our school. As a link governor they might spend time observing sessions in class, interacting with pupils and teachers to get an understanding of how they enjoy their learning. Governors ask questions e.g. What engages them and inspires them the most? What do they do if they require any help? Have a problem? Seeing "How this works in practise" as well as feeding back effectively and constructively to the Co-Head Teachers and Teachers where apropriate. Governors come in to school for termly monitoring visits which are followed up by a discussion, often over lunch, with the Headteachers.
Governors are also placed on one of two committees - School Improvement and Resources. These smaller committees meet termly and feed back to full meetings
We asked our Governors a few questions to help gain a better understanding of "why" they are a Governor.
Q: What areas of the School are you most interested in and focussed on?
A: As a member of the Resources Committee I am focussed on ensuring that the School is run on a sound financial footing. This is becoming every more important in the current climate of austerity and cutbacks. It would be fair to say that every primary school in the country is having to tighten its belts as a result of a reduction in funds, but I am enjoying the challenge of seeing that Ingleton Primary School stays in the black and uses its income in the most efficient manner possible.
A: My main areas of interest are the curriculum and the results! Every child should be given the chance to to meet their full potential. They should all be making excellent progress, regardless of their starting point, and that includes less able students getting support and more able students being stretched. Every child is an individual and has the same right to progress. Alongside this, as inapropriate as it can seem at times, students are judged by results and the school needs to ensure we send students off with the best result possible, whilst also ensuring that they have a well rounded knowledge and experience of things beyond the basic graded curriculum. I think this is a balance the school has been making well for many years and I hope to help maintain that through working with the team on the School Improvement Committee.
Q: What are you most proud of about Ingleton Community Primary School?
A: The overall atmosphere of friendliness and camaraderie amongst the pupils, especially the fact that there are few, if no, friendship boundaries between different year groups. When I was at school (many years ago) there was very little interaction/friendship between children in different years, but it is to Ingleton Primary Schools great credit that it is always possible to see children of differing ages playing together. I think this is extremely important for the social development of the children and prepares them well, for life at secondary school and beyond.
A: I am especially proud of the sense of community and behaviour at Ingleton Primary, which is evident in school and when you see students outside of school. Students support and look after each other with lovely manners and they are never afraid to stand up for what they think is right!
Q: What experience/skills to you feel you bring to the Governing Team?
A: I am a full time teacher at a local secondary and sixth form school and the good current knowledge of the education system really helps during discussions around the curriculum and matters which are specific to school environments; it allows me to ask pertinent questions to ensure we are providing the best environment for our students.
A: In my twenties, I spent 2 years working in primary schools in Japan, this experience has enabled me to gain a clear understanding of the similarities and differences between every aspect of primary schools in the UK and Schols in a different culture. This gives me the ability to see the respective advantages and disadvantages in both systems. Also, I have been self employed for more than a decade, and having to personally ensure that every aspect of my business is run properly gives me the ability to understand the financial challenges facing Ingleton Primary School.
Q: Why did you want to be a Governor?
A: My main reason for wanting to become a Governor in the first place was that I very much wanted to get a better understanding of how my son's school operates and educates the children. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the staff at the school, being involved in school matters and gaining a far deeper insight into how the school works on a day to day basis. This has only made me more appreciative of the fact that my son attends the school where the atmosphere is so happy and supportive. My hope is that he looks back on his years at primary school with affection and fondness, and I'm sure that will be the case.