Our Governing Body

Our governing body is a highly skilled, experienced group of people – including parents and representatives from the local community – with a wide range of expertise from education to communications, to human resources, to business.

Clapgate Primary School’s Governing Body consists of thirteen Governors and the Headteacher. The Governing Body are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a high quality education. It provides strategic management and is involved in setting the school’s aims and policies. 

Core functions of the governing body:

·     Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

·     Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

·     Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Natasha Singleton – Headteacher

Subcommittees–  Teaching and Learning/ Pupil Support and Resources 

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Beth Mokrini- Co-opted Governor 

Subcommittees–  Teaching and Learning/ Pupil Support and Resources

Linked Governor Responsibilities – Assessment/ SRE (Sex and Relationships Education)

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Coming from a family of teachers, I’ve always been passionate about Education. I spent a year teaching as part of my undergraduate degree, and then studied Teaching English as Foreign Language, before stumbling across a brilliant company called Arbor Education, where I’ve worked since 2017. 
 
I manage partnerships at Arbor, working with companies and Local Authorities across the UK to help schools make better use of technology, save staff time and improve student outcomes.
 
I’m excited to offer my time, skills and experience to support Clapgate Primary School to build on its impressive progress over the last few years. 
 
In my spare time, I play the piano (badly), sing (enthusiastically) and I’m studying for an MBA. 

Lynne Spirrett – Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

Subcommittees–  Resources (Chair of Committee)

Linked Governor Responsibilities – Attendance 

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Dave Bache – Co-opted Governor  

Subcommittees–  Teaching and Learning/ Pupil Support 

Linked Governor Responsibilities – Literacy / Equalities 

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I am really pleased to be invited to join Clapgate as a Governor. I have a background that includes working as a community artist, teaching in secondary and primary schools in  Yorkshire and supporting schools through being a consultant and adviser. I have recently been working with families in Leeds to enable  their children to thrive and do well. 

I am passionate about supporting all children to be the best they can be through supporting all the professionals who work with them to be the best they can be. 

 

Neil Whitaker- Parent Governor

Subcommittees–  Teaching and Learning/ Pupil Support

Linked Governor Responsibilities – SEN

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Dr Jones Adu-Gyamfi- Parent Governor

Subcommittees–  Teaching and Learning/ Pupil Support

Linked Governor Responsibilities – Child Protection/ Safeguarding/ Looked After Children

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Paul Truswell- Local Authority Governor 

Subcommittees– Resources

Linked Governor Responsibilities -Sports Premium/ Outdoor Learning 

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As someone from a council estate background, I have always recognised the personal debt I owe to attending an excellent local primary school with high quality staff. I have served as a School Governor at various times over the last 35 years and, based on my own experience, have always striven to support schools in providing young people with the best possible foundation to their education and lives. 

I believe I have played a part in helping Clapgate to move from being a school with many serious weaknesses and low expectations of pupils when I first joined the Governing Body to being the highly respected and popular school that it is today.

As a City Councillor, I have extensive experience of working with local people and the community, steering projects, understanding finance and other performance information, holding officers to account and chairing meetings.

In previous employment roles, I have senior experience of managing professional teams and budgets.

As a parent, both of my sons have been through the local education system. That experience once again demonstrated the huge difference a primary school can make to young people, especially those struggling with their learning.

Sarah Finnegan- Co-opted Governor 

Subcommittees–  Resources

Linked Governor Responsibilities – Pupil Premium / EYFS

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Firstly, I would like to bring my knowledge and experience from working in education and the charity sector, particularly working in disadvantaged areas with low income students. Through my current role with IntoUniversity, I manage a local learning centre in South Leeds where we deliver an education outreach programme to young people and schools in the local community. This programme includes providing academic and pastoral support and informing students of their future options – targeting those living in postcodes that are statistically less likely to progress onto higher education. As a Centre Leader, I have a good understanding of working with young people, the education system, safeguarding, health and safety and project management which I would like bring to the role of a governor. My strengths include organisation, project management and working within a team. I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead within our learning centre, manage the budget, finances, delivery scheduling, staffing and line manage a team of 6 staff. During remote working, I have established a programme of telephone and online pastoral and academic support for our young people to keep them engaged in their learning.

I am particularly motivated by ensuring that all young people have equal access to a high quality education and are aware of their future opportunities upon leaving compulsory education. I would be interested in a governance role in which I can share my professional experience of tackling educational inequality to ensure that schools are held accountable for the educational achievements and experiences of disadvantaged students. I believe this will be particularly important in upcoming academic years given the unequal impact of school closures due to COVID-19. As a young professional aged 25 from a ‘working class’ background, I hope to bring a different voice and range of experiences to a governing body.

Neil Platts- Co-opted Governor 

Subcommittees–  Resources

Linked Governor ResponsibilitiesHealth and Safety/ Building and Maintenance / HR (TA Development) 

 

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I am a senior manager with Leeds City Council and have numerous years’ experience in health & safety, HR, staff management, staff appraisal / performance. I have worked for Leeds City Council for 39 years in various roles. I have previously been a parent governor for approx. 3 years at a different primary school. 

I have 2 daughters, 1 in year 6 of primary school, the other in 6th form college, (Notre Dame), studying A levels.  

I am new to Clapgate primary school governing body, with my 1st meeting, resources, taking place on 13 February 2020. 

Peter Olver – Partnership Governor 

Subcommittees– Resources 

Linked Governor Responsibilities -Finance 

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I work for Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation as Head of Governance and Finance and would very much welcome the opportunity to bring whatever financial and other skills I have, to help Clapgate School where I can. 

I have experience in working in the education and charity sectors and of voluntary work and would love to be able to contribute to the Clapgate Family, in striving to provide the best provision possible for its pupils. 

Martin Brennan – Partnership Governor 

Subcommittees- Curriculum /The Arts

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I am delighted to be on the governing board for Clapgate Primary. I currently manage the Community Centre next door to the school where we engage local residents in a wide range of activities that spark their passions whilst facilitating their interests and skills. We aim to be a mainstay within this proud South Leeds community meeting unmet needs, and playing a pivotal role in community engagement through what we can offer. The link with Clapgate is flourishing into a thriving partnership with benefits for the wider community. I have always had a passion for equality and realising potential within our young people and I’m delighted that Clapgate is leading the way in this respect.

I have lived in South Leeds for many years. I have a passion for music and song writing and I am part of a local folk music duo. 

Sadie Procter – Co-opted Governor 

Subcommittees- Teaching and Learning/ Pupil Support

Linked Governor Responsibilities -Governor Training and Support

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I have been teaching at Clapgate for the past six years. I have loved every minute of been part of the Clapgate team and I am immensely proud of our achievements as a school. I have a passion to encourage a love for learning in young children and I strive to unlock each child’s full learning potential, whilst helping them to blossom into well rounded individuals. I decided to become a staff governor 4 years ago as I wanted to gain an insight into the wider running of the school and to understand how an effective governing body is structured and run. 

Lydia Jessop – Staff Governor

Subcommittees- Teaching and Learning/ Pupil support

Linked Governor Responsibilities -Website Audits

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I understand that the role of school governor is crucial to the strategic development of Clapgate and I am excited to have a real impact on all pupils, enabling them to achieve their full potential.   

As a KS2 teacher and previous leader of RE, geography and science, I have appreciated the chance to enable pupils to make rapid progress in line with the National Curriculum. I am currently leading the whole school in the implementation of The Write Stuff to support our writing teaching.  

 I am passionate about leading change for improvement in a diverse system and have relished the roles I have been fortunate enough to experience thus far. I honestly believe that every child, regardless of their socio-economic background or any other challenges they may face outside of school, should have every chance to succeed through high-quality teaching and exciting experiences that inspire them to challenge themselves so they achieve their full potential. It is this that motivates me and consequently means I will always be reflecting on how I can be a better teacher and leader.