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Jonathan Spruce

Chair to the Governors

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: 16/4/2018

Term of Office: April 2018 to September 2022

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Attendance 2018/19: 100%

Attendance 2017/18: 100% 

Attendance 2016/17: N/A 

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

I was nominated as Chair of Governors in 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 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.

Richard Cook

Headteacher Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: January 2019

Term of Office: January 2019 to December  2022

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Attendance 2018/19: 100%

Attendance 2017/18: N/A 

Attendance 2016/17: N/A 

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

 

Bridget Tayan - Governor

Bridget Tayan

Governor (co opted)

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: March 2018

Term of Office: March 2018 to January 2022

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Attendance 2018/19: 100%

Attendance 2017/18: N/A

Attendance 2016/17: N/A 

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

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Louise Downend

Governor (parent)

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: June 2016

Term of Office: June 2016 to June 2020

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Attendance 2018/19: 90%

Attendance 2017/18: 100%

Attendance 2016/17: 100%

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

My name is Louise Downend, I'm a parent governor here at Woodfield Community Primary School. I have a husband and three boys, my eldest boy is in Curlews class, my middle boy is in Swallows class and my youngest is 2 years old and will hopefully follow in his brothers foot steps and attend Woodfield too when the time comes. 

Before I had children (which feels another lifetime ago) I was the Reservations Manager in a large local hotel. I handed in my notice when my second child was born and I've been a happy stay home mum ever since. In my spare time (Not that I have much of that) I enjoy catching up with friends, cooking, sewing and gardening. 

I became a Parent Governor in 2016. 

As soon as my son started in reception, it was obvious to me that this was a very special school. I particularly had a soft spot for the early years side of the school. I really warmed to the "open door" approach from all the teachers. I felt very included in my child's learning and it was obvious that they, not only work hard they all really care for each individual child and their success. 

When the school advertised for a parent governor I jumped at the chance to volunteer and help wherever I could. 

My children love this school, and I know they are happy. This is down to the teachers and the school community. 

Victoria Lack

Vicky Lack

Governor (parent)

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: April 2019

Term of Office: April 2019 to April 2023

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Attendance 2018/19: 100%

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

Mrs Claire Tunney

Claire Tunney

Staff Governor

Appointed by the Staff

Date Appointed: May 2019

Term of Office: May 2019 - May 2023

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Attendance 2018/19: 100%

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: I am also the administrator at Woodfield Community Primary School.

I have loved the school since we first looked at it with my son looking for his pre-school. It had such a welcoming community-like atmosphere and space no other school could rival. It felt like a village school in a busy town - perfect for us! 

I first applied to be a parent governor when my son was in Year 1 and was appointed in May 2019. In August, I was later successful in my application to join the school as the Administrator and became a staff governor shortly after. It had been an amazing opportunity to witness the evolution of the school as a parent, a governor and a member of staff. Exciting times ahead!

My daughter will be joining the pre-school this academic year and she is already so excited by what she sees going on, even carrying one of her big brother's book bags to school every day! 

Paul Haslam

Governor (co opted)

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: February 2019

Term of Office: Febraury 2019 to February 2023

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Attendance 2018/19: 100%

Attendance 2017/18: N/A

Attendance 2016/17: N/A 

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

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.