Our Local Governing Board
Scott Wilkinson - Co Chair - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends July 2020
Responsible for Children with Pupil Premium Funding and member of Resources Committee
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 July 2020
Responsible for Key Stage 2 and Chair of Resources Committee
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 July 2020
Responsible for Early Years Foundation Stage and member of Resources Committee
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
Responsible for Key Stage 1 and reserve member of the Resources Committee
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
Responsible for Early Years Foundation Stage
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.
Mr Andrew Fearn - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends July 2020
Responsible for Health and Safety
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.
Ms Sarah Talbot - Principal
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.
Graham Pollard- Co- Opted Governor- Terms of office ends November 2022
Responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection
I have been a Social Worker for 17 years working with children and disadvantaged families, working alongside various partner agencies in order to find the best outcomes for children and facilitate positive change. As a parent of two children attending East Ardsley Primary Academy, I aim to bring my professional skills and experience in order to offer both high levels of support and challenge, so that all our children can reach their full potential during this important stage of their lives.
Sarah Foster Co-opted Governor- Terms of office ends November 2022
Responsible for Safeguarding Children
I have worked as a registered nurse for over 22 years, specialising in working with children who have special educational needs and children who are in the care of the local authority. I am a parent of 2 children who attend East Ardsley Primary Academy and it was this that prompted me to get involved with the school governing body. I hope to transfer the knowledge and skills I have gained during my professional career to my role as a governor. As a parent and a governor I am keen to support and challenge the staff at EAPA so that we can can provide an excellent quality of education for all pupils that is equitable and inclusive and that safeguarding children is at the centre of everything we do.
Tim Brookes- Co-Opted Governor- Terms of office ends July 2020
Responsible for SEND and Key Stage 2
Tim Brookes has worked in both mainstream and specialist education. He started out as a high school teacher moving up into the senior leadership team, before taking on the role of SENCo at a high school. He then became Deputy Head of a cross phase specialist provision in Wakefield. He has a wealth of experience of working in challenging circumstances with children who struggle to make good academic progress for a wide variety of reasons.
Miss Sue Shires - School Business Manager (Associate Member)- Term of office ends July 2020