Our Local Governing Board
Scott Wilkinson - Co Chair - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends July 2020
I am a secondary science teacher with over 20 year’s classroom experience. I have been a teacher at Woodkirk Academy since 2006 and have held a number of positions of responsibility within the Science department. I am particularly interested in strengthening ties between the MAT schools and improving transition arrangements between the primary schools and the secondary school. As a parent and a teacher my aim is to challenge and support the staff at East Ardsley to ensure that standards at the school continue to improve and that every child gets the education that they deserve.
Ms Nicola Hargreaves - Co Chair -Parent Representative - Term of office ends March 2020
Responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding
I am a Chartered Accountant with 20 years' experience in business and practice. My aim as a governor is to apply my commercial thinking and experience of business partnering to ensure delivery of targets and drive continuous improvement across all areas of the school. I believe that the first years of a child's education are crucial, not only their later academic potential, but also to their development of socal and other life skills. Just like every other parent at East Ardsley Primary I want the best for my children and I think parent governors have a special role in supporting the school leadership team and providing an independent and sometimes challenging view.
Cllr Karen Renshaw - LEA Governor - Term of office ends September 2020
Responsible for Children Looked After and Pupil Premium & Responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding
I have been a Governor at East Ardsley since the time when the school was a split site Primary School. My own daughter attended here during her Primary Years which gave me more of an insight as to how the school operated and what its strengths and weaknesses were at the time. This has supported me in ensuring a broader empathetic understanding was used when making decisions focusing from a child’s perspective. I work as a Nursery Nurse and have a hands on experience of how to achieve the highest potential for every child, focusing on the best achievements for all, with continuous progression. I am familiar with the EYFS stages of development and have had training relating to Child Abuse, Pediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene as well as restorative practice which is a familiar method used in a range of Leeds Schools.
I sit on Children’s Services Scrutiny Board of Leeds City Council. Although the school is now part of a Multi-Academy Trust I still have to consider the services available within the Authority and ensure that the standards of East Ardsley Academy are improving to allow the school to become an outstanding school for the benefit of all. This incorporates the quality of staff and consistency for all pupils as “Every Child Matters.”
Mr Trevor Sherbourne - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends July 2020
I am a lifelong resident of East Ardsley and believe in getting involved in all element of village life. I volunteer for many community events and feel that the school is the heart of the community so it’s important to me to offer my support in growing the success of the school for future generations.
Mrs Susan Volante - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends July 2020
I joined the Governing Body due to my breadth of skills and inclusive policies which are based on the National Guidance. As a local childminder I am involved with children of all Primary School ages and the expectations in relation to their achievements. My experiences cover a wide range of abilities and taking into account my “ Every Child Matters” which allows me to cover areas of the curriculum and build links between local families, childminders and the school and ensuring inclusive policies are applied to give the best start and achievements to all. I stretch the skills of the children I care for to ensure they make the best attempts to reach their full potential. I follow the EYFS Guidance, attending Courses at weekends to ensure I keep up to date with Policies or build on my skills. This knowledge I can share or bring to the Governing Body to enhance the work of the school. Being aware of transitions when starting school allows me to make it smoother for children within the local community. I have been childminding in this local area for over 21 years. I love helping the children I look after learn, develop and build their self confidence. In addition to my passion as a childminder I facilitate a baby and toddler group which I have done for the past 10 years at St Gabriel’s Community centre, 2 mornings a week. This enables parents, guardians and carers from the local area to bring their children to engage and have fun with others of a similar age range and also meet other parents.
Responsible for Early years foundation stage (EYFS)- Term of office ends July 2020
Mr Andrew Fearn - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends 2020
I am a Chartered Electrical Engineer with 20 years’ experience within the electrical supply industry. I work in a highly driven industry where timescales are key to the delivery of our work, it is this attention to detail and project management that I can offer the Governing Body. I am a Father of two children who both attend East Ardsley Primary Academy and I wanted to ensure that I played a key role in their primary education, offering my skills and expertise to the Governing Body is my way to achieve this.
Keira Martin- Co-opted Governor- Term of office ends 2020
Responsible for Heath and Safety
Dance Artist, Artistic Director, Chorographer and a Contemporary Irish Aerial dancer and performer based in Leeds. For the past 20 years Keira has been a freelance performer director, mentor and facilitated within her industry nationally and internationally. Born and bred in Barnsley, Yorkshire, she trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduating in 1999 with a BPA honors degree and furthered her training at SNDO in Amsterdam. Having gone on to have a successful career working and travelling around the globe, including; Bermuda, Costa Rica, Brazil and Ireland, to name a few. Her work a has been presented at venues such as South Bank Center London Royal Opera House and this year at Edinburgh festival.Her most recent successes are being selected for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative 2017/2018 and The Bench – female leaders choreographer program. Keira is passionate about young people and has extensive experience world wide teaching and facilitating dance from Key Stage 1 up to Post Graduate education. She is on the board of Directors of Dance United Yorkshire. Her son as a pupil at the school in year 4, she is very happy to join the board and hopes she can be a voice which truly represents the parents and have some positive input.
Ms Sarah Talbot - Principal - ex-officio
Responsible for attendance.
I started my teaching career as a teacher in a junior school in Huddersfield before moving to a primary school in Birstall and then onto headship of a primary school in Wakefield. I joined East Ardsley Primary Academy as Principal in September 2015.
Throughout this time I have taken on all manner of leadership roles; including SENCo and Literacy Co-ordinator, and taught every age group from 5 to 11 year olds. I believe I have an in-depth knowledge of how children learn and have been privileged to work with a huge range of inspirational teachers and children who have helped to shape my philosophy of education.
I focus on developing an inclusive ethos that ensures every child is considered and their needs met to enable them to flourish both socially and emotionally, and academically.
Mrs Samantha Hirst - Staff Governor - Term of office ends July 2020
Responsible for Sports funding- Term of office ends July 2020
I have always been passionate about teaching and learning. As a class teacher, I had high expectations of all of my children and worked tirelessly to ensure that the children in my care attained and progressed well and had high aspirations for themselves. As both a parent of two boys and as a teacher, I am an advocate of educating the whole child. I believe it is our duty to ensure that children attain highly, make good progress but also leave school being good citizens, kind, caring, and emotionally healthy human beings.
I began my career at East Ardsley as an NQT, and have since been Maths Leader, ICT Leader, Y5/6 Leaver, KS2 Leader, Assistant Head and am now Deputy Principal and SENCO. I have always felt privileged to work at East Ardsley Primary academy; it has fantastic pupils, caring parents and a hard working team of professionals.
As governors, our aim in working together is to give strategic leadership, maintain accountability, and drive educational and financial performance, for all stakeholders of our school.
Mrs Jayne Courtney - Staff Governor - Term of office ends July 2020
Responsible for Gifted and Talented
I have been a teacher for 16 years and started my career as a newly qualified teacher at East Ardsley Primary Academy in 2001. I have worked in all year groups across school but predominantly spent much of my time teaching in Key Stage 2. Throughout my career, I have held many roles in school including being a Phase Leader for Upper Key Stage 2, a Literacy Leader, mentor to students and NQTs and I am now the Vice Principal with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. I always strive to keep the children at the heart of everything I do and, as a Governor, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that we are working together to deliver a high quality, rounded education to the children in our care which will prepare them well for the challenges of secondary school.
Miss Sue Shires - School Business Manager (Associate Member)