Mathew Atkinson

Role
Executive Head Teacher
Mathew Atkinson - Executive Headteacher

Date Appointed: March 2020

Term of Office: Ongoing

Attendance 2019/2020: 4/4

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests: Priestley Academy Trust, Accounting Officer and Director of Learning and Achievement from September 2018

Jo Marwood

Role
Acting Headteacher
Miss Jo Marwood

Date Appointed: March 2020

Term of Office: Ongoing

Attendance 2019/2020: 5/5

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests: None

Paul Haslam

Role
Co-Opted Governor – Chair
Paul Haslam - Governor

Date Appointed: 6/2/2019

Term of Office: 6/2/2023

Attendance 2019/2020 10/10

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests:

  • Paul Haslam Associates Ltd, Executive Coaching/Consultancy, Director, from May 2003
  • NYCC/ HBC – Councillor,  from May 2017/ May 2018 respectively

I live locally with my wife, Kath. We are now Grandparents. I believe that we should provide children with the best education available.  As a local councillor on both North Yorkshire County Council (Bilton and Nidd Gorge) and Harrogate Borough Council (Old Bilton), I hope to bring to bear some of that experience to help support the school in its future development.

After a long career in Retail, holding various senior positions including Chief Executive, I now run a management consultancy / coaching business and am an associate lecturer at University of York and Manchester Business School. 

Jan Tringham

Role
Co-Opted Governor

Date Appointed: 20/1/2020

Term of Office: 20/1/2024

Attendance 2019/2020 7/7

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Area of Interest: SEND

Register of Business Interests:

  • Diocese of Leeds, Education Team, School Senior Leadership Advisor from Nov 2017
  • Primaryhead LTD, Education Advice and Consultancy, Independent Consultant/Headteacher, from Sept 2012.

I have always worked in Education, having been a teacher and then a headteacher for a number of years in Cumbria, Essex and Suffolk. Now I am working as a school adviser. When my four children were still at home I served on the governing board of our local secondary school. Having returned to live in my home county, in Harrogate, I was keen to get involved in and give something back to the community, hence becoming a school governor at Woodfield. 

Jonathan Spruce

Role
Additional Governor
Jonathan Spruce - Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: 29/09/2018

Term of Office: 29/09/2022

Attendance 2019/2020: 9/10

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests:

  • Co-Opted Governor at Willow Tree Community Primary School

The Chair of Governors from September 2018 following the resignation of the previous Chair having been co-opted onto the Governing Body as part of the support provided by Willow Tree Primary School. I passed the baton to Bridget Tayan and Paul Haslam in September 2019, but wanted to remain on the GB whilst we move the school forward.

I am committed to helping the School rebuild and grow and wish to see all of the children reach their potential.

I am the part-owner of a small transport consultancy business that started in Harrogate, and work across the North of England, often testing the train services to the limit. Running a small business is a very hands-on role and I try to bring my financial and business planning skills to help the smooth running of the School.

Sarah Watson

Role
Parent Governor

Date Appointed: /05/2021

Term of Office: /05/2025

Attendance: 

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: TBC

Register of Business Interests: TBC

I'm Sarah a parent at Woodfield Community Primary School of daughter currently in year four. I am also a former pupil though many, many years ago. 

I work as a residential support worker with people who have physical disabilities, learning difficulties and on the autism spectrum. I have worked in this field for 25 years. Plus previously in volunteering roles. 

Since becoming a Woodfield parent I have been heavily involved in PAWS arranging summer and Christmas fairs, setting up the school lottery, arranging the cake sales and pre loved uniform pop-up shops. Pre the current restrictions I've also enjoyed coming into school to provide support on school outings and hearing the children read and reading to the children. 

I'm passionate about our school and truly believe in the Community that's in our title, both the community within our school and engagement with the local community outside. I'm so proud of the progress we've made and excited to be involved in the journey to come. 

Stacey Watson

Role
Parent Governor

Date Appointed: /05/2021

Term of Office: /05/2025

Attendance: 

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: TBC

Register of Business Interests: TBC

Retired Governors

The governors below have now retired.

Saskia Boardman

Role
Resigned: Additional Governor
Saskia Boardman - Governor

Date Appointed: 09/06/2020

Term of Office: Resigned 26/07/2021

Attendance 2019/2020: 2/2

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests: None

I grew up in Harrogate and I am keen to contribute to the local community. I am therefore delighted to be appointed a Governor of Woodfield Primary School.

I am currently working as a Policy Advisor at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Before that, I completed a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Leeds. In my role as Governor I would like to help children develop a love for STEM subjects, and an appreciation and understanding of our natural environment and their place in it.

Martin Deacon

Role
Resigned: Local Authority Governor

Date Appointed: 09/06/2020

Term of Office: Resigned 26/07/2021

Attendance 2019/2020 2/2

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests:

  • MALA Consulting Ltd, Consulting services, Director and shareholder, from 1/4/2017

I served as a police officer for 26 years with both North and West Yorkshire Police,  having been a superintendent in various roles including a Leeds Policing Division.  I have also held roles including responsibilities for the force change programme delivering large budget reductions. This includes experience of leading and implementing large organisational reviews and  change programmes involving significant financial restructuring.

I was also seconded until 2016 to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) responsible for leading inspections of police forces and supporting the improvement in policing.

I now work as a Business Change Consultant focussed on the blue light emergency services.   I also continue to be involved in the inspection of both the police, and more recently the fire and rescue services, particularly focussing on organisational efficiency and resourcing.

In joining the governing body as a local authority governor, I intend to support the wider governing body and leadership team at Woodfield in making improvements and raising educational standards for children in advance of the school moving towards academy status. 

Richard Walker

Role
Resigned: Additional Governor

Appointed By: Governing Body

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Term of Office: Insert dates here

Responsibilities: n/a

Attendance 2021/22: n/a

Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives:

Richard Cook

Role
Resigned: Former Headteacher

Appointed By: Governing Body

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Term of Office: Insert dates here

Responsibilities: n/a

Attendance 2018/19: n/a

Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives:

Jonny Davies

Role
Resigned: Former interim Head teacher

Appointed By: Governing Body

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Term of Office: Insert dates here

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Attendance 2020/21: Insert attendance here

Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Matthew Boyle

Role
Resigned: Staff Governor
Mr Matthew Boyle

Date Appointed: 19/5/2020

Term of Office: 31/08/2021 

Attendance 2019/2020 3/3

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests: None

Vicky Lack

Role
Resigned: Parent Governor
Victoria Lack - Governor

Date Appointed: 9/4/2019

Term of Office: Resigned 30 July 2021

Attendance 2019/2020: 10/10

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Register of Business Interests: None

I am a Nurse Practitioner working in a local GP Practice. I am also a lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of York.

I have three children, all of whom have attended Woodfield School, with the eldest starting there in 2011. The youngest is currently in year 4.  I have had a long association therefore with the school and I want to try to give something in return for what the staff at Woodfield have given to my children over the last 8 years. I hope my skills in health and education add to the strength of the school governors. 

Claire Tunney

Role
Resigned Former Parent Governor

Appointed By: Governing Body

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Attendance 2020/21: Insert attendance here

Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Bridget Tayan

Role
Resigned: Co-Opted Governor – Joint Chair
Bridget Tayan - Governor

Date Appointed: 23/3/2018

Term of Office: Resigned 26/07/2021

Attendance 2019/2020: 10/10

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

Area of Interest: Safeguarding

Register of Business Interests: None

I am a Primary School teacher working at a school  in Bradford.  However, I have been closely connected to Woodfield School for over twenty years and live close to the school.  Both my children went to Woodfield and I was previously a governor for about ten years.  I stood down from the governing body when I was offered part time work at the school as a One to One Writing Tutor, a position I held for two years.  Last Spring I was co-opted back onto the governing body and I am currently the Vice Chair.  I am retiring at the end of this academic year and hope to be able to give Woodfield more of my time in my retirement.