Our school Governors play an important part in helping to raise the school's standards. They are responsible for setting the strategic direction and ensuring accountability. They act as a critical friend and are involved in monitoring and evaluating the school's performance.
The Governing Body comprises 15 Governors. This includes 4 Community Governors, 3 Local Education Authority Governors and 3 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher) and 5 Parent Governors who are elected by parents of the school. They meet for full Governing Body meetings 3 times a year. In addition there are sub-committee meetings for matters concerning Premises, Staffing, Curriculum & Academic Standards, Finance, Race Equality and Marketing & Communications.
All governors can be contacted via the school.
..was elected as a staff representative to the Governing Body. She has taught in both Key Stages at the school since 1992, holding various roles. She is currently KS2 coordinator, Literacy and NQT/ITT coordinator. Debbie worked for many years as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting other teachers in the Authority, and is currently Deputy Head Teacher at the school. Debbie has two teenage children and enjoys various sports, art and cooking.
..is a Parent Governor. She has two children in lower school.She trained as a Secondary Drama Teacher and was also Head of Year 11. She is a Beaver Scout Leader in East Keswick and enjoys being an active member of the local community. Her interests include the theatre, walking, reading and having fun with her family.
..is a qualified radiography teacher. Her three children attended the school and she was chair of the Parents Association at that time and an elected Parent Governor. She has been a committed member of the Governing Body for 20 years. She is on the local committee of the NSPCC and runs the Leeds branch of a medical charity. Her hobbies are golf , flower arranging and Sudoku puzzles.
..was appointed as a Community Governor in 2009. She has worked in the NHS as a nurse since 1965, latterly as a District Nurse in the Seacroft area of Leeds for 29 years before retiring in 2010. In her leaisure time, Jenny's interests include reading, walking, theatre and holidays.
..was elected as a Parent Governor and is now an LEA Governor. He has three young children, two of whom attend the school. He is a registered Architect and is a partner in a Yorkshire Architectural practice with a national reputation for the design of swimming pools. His interests include sailing and hockey.
..was elected as a Parent Governor and has two boys at the school. Since graduating from Leeds University in International History and Politics he has worked for British Rail, GE and NG Bailey in a variety of business improvement roles. His spare time is largely spent coaching junior football at Collingham, cricket at Bardsey and hockey for Leeds.
..has recently joined the governing body as a teacher representative. She currently teaches in Year 2. Although she is new to the governing body, she is neither new to Bardsey nor to the position of governor. She has been teaching at Bardsey for at least 16 years and has taught across the whole age range during that time. She is currently curriculum leader for Maths and RE. Julia was also a governor at her own children's primary school for 20 years. She has 2 children in their early twenties and enjoys reading, music and the theatre during her leisure time.
.. Julia Norton re-joined the Governing body in July 2012, having previously served as a parent governor in 1996 - 98. She has always held Bardsey Primary School very dear to her heart, having taught here from 1976 to 1994. On a recent visit to the school she was delighted to meet children of past pupils. Julia recently semi retired after serving 15 years as a Leeds headteacher, most recently at a local school - Wigton Moor. She is now working part time as an education consultant. As a governor, Julia wants to give something back to the school where she and her children were so happy for many years. She lives in Bardsey and in her spare time loves to walk, read, cycle and travel.
..is a retired solicitor, a director of Opera North, Governor of the English Speaking Union and a former leader of Leeds City Council. He is an LEA Governor and chairs the Resources sub-committee.
..was elected as a Parent Governor and has two children at school. A former serving member of the armed forces, he is now a solicitor working for HLW Keeble Hawson in Leeds. He also enjoys a range of sports, including golf and tennis, as well as being a season ticket holder at Sheffield Wednesday FC and Leeds Rhinos RLFC.
..is Head Teacher of the school and sits on the Governing Body in this capacity. She took up her position in April 2011, having previously worked in a range of leadership roles in schools in Leeds, most recently as Deputy Head Teacher at a school in Rawdon.
Steve is currently the Assistant Headteacher: Raising Achievement at Tadcaster Grammar School. Previously he worked as the Head of Maths at a large secondary school in Cambridge as well as serving as a Local Authority Maths advisor and lecturer on the KS2/3 teacher training course at Cambridge University. He lives in East Keswick and has two pre-school age children which together seem to have eaten up most of his 'free' time.
..has just been elected as a parent Governor. He is a surveyor by profession and currently is a board member Trustee of a national charity. As a former pupil of the school he certainly knows the school inside and out. He has one child in school and believes in being an active participant in the local community.
..was a parent governor and is now an LEA governor. He is a chartered HR practitioner and is currently working in the learning and development field with a particular interest in organisational culture and management performance. In his spare time, he enjoys learning more about science and nature but especially being outdoors and likes nothing better than walking or getting muddy on his bicycle.
..was elected as a Parent Governor and has two children at the school as well as an older child who is a former pupil at Bardsey. Tom runs his own business, is a coach at Wetherby RFC, and is a strong believer in a rounded school experience for children which prepares them to enjoy life, and for their future schooling.