Our school Governors play an important part in helping to raise the standards at Bardsey School. They act as a critical friend, involved in the monitoring and evaluating of the school's performance. The Governors are responsible for setting strategic direction and ensuring accountability.

The Governing Body represents a wide range of expertise and is comprised of 14 Governors. This includes the Head Teacher, 2 Foundation Governors(including the Deputy Head Teacher), 4 Co-opted Governors, 1 Local Education Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor and 5 Parent Governors who are elected by parents of the school. In addition, the Governing Body also has 1 Associate Member.

There are 3 Governing Body meetings during each academic year. In addition there are sub-committee meetings for matters concerning Project Management, Staffing, Performance Management, Curriculum and Academic Standards, Finance and Pastoral Support. Governors also complete various training courses with safeguarding being a priority. Wharfe Valley Trust meetings and joint training with Trust schools impacts positively on school development.

All governors can be contacted via the school.

Please click here to view the Governors Attendance Records.

Please click here for the Annual Statement.


Matthew Robinson

LEA Representative

I am the Councillor for the Harewood ward, having first been elected 2010 (re-elected in 2014 and 2018) and I am the Shadow Resources Lead for the Leeds City Council coveting budget and strategy matters. I live in the Harewood ward and have previously been a Governor for Shadwell and Bramham Primary School Federation.


I have worked in the education and charity sector for a number of years particularly focussed on school improvement, leadership development and partnership development. I have worked with a number of Multi Academy Trusts, both locally and nationally, particularly those serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds and have helped grow and develop some of their leadership pipelines.


I joined the Governing Body in September 2020 and I am  looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and parents more, and help support the school working with Leeds City Council.

Samantha Ambler

Parent Governor

I joined the governing body of the school in March 2019 following my son starting in reception at Bardsey in September 2018.  We live locally in East Keswick and have had family in the area for many years – in fact Jacob’s father himself attended Bardsey Primary School.  I have an older daughter who now works as a Senior Research Scientist having completed a Masters degree in Chemistry.  She also went to school locally, in Harewood, and I am thrilled to be part of school life again and involved in the thriving and active community that exists through Bardsey Primary School.

By day I’m a HR Director in a Technology business, having had a career that has taken me to many industry sectors including time working for the Cabinet Office, for Barclays bank and offshore on North Sea rigs.

As well having responsibility for Religious Education and IT, I am involved with the pay appeals committee and I am the governor attached to Year 2.  I am very much looking forward to getting to know them and to helping to continue to help Bardsey Primary School continue to thrive.

My term of office is from 2019 - 2023

Gordon Milne

Co-Opted Governor & Vice Chair

I have lived in Bardsey with my wife Anne and our three children for just over twenty years. Our children have all left home but two still live in Yorkshire. We recently became grandparents for the first time and Lily is amazing! My wife and I have worked in schools for 38 years and retired from our full time posts in 2016. I spent 26 years as a Head Teacher of four schools in Hampshire, Yorkshire (x2) and latterly London.


My wife began as Head of PE and finished her career as Head of Maths. I am now working as a freelance schools advisor. I mentor and appraise head teachers; advise on inspections and best practice in safeguarding, compliance and governance.


I have been a school governor for more than 10 years and am currently working with two schools. Sport is a passion for all our family and we especially enjoy competing in badminton and tennis.

I have been Chairman of Yorkshire Badminton Association for many years and I am a member of the Disciplinary Committee of Badminton England.

My term of office is from 18.03.2019 to 18.03.2023


I am looking forward to working with everyone at the school and playing my part in giving our children the very best school experience they deserve

Camala Marsh

School Business Manager

I am the School Business Manager at Bardsey and I have worked at the school for 9 years. I previously worked at Wigton Moor School for 4 years. All of my previous roles have been of a financial background working in banking and in the brewing industry.

My role is to support the Headteacher and Governors in ensuring the School budget, School Fund and HR procedures are maintained correctly as well as running the school office. I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I attend and clerk the Resources Committee meetings along with School Improvement and Pastoral Support meetings. I am an Associate Member.

I am married with 2 grown up children ages 23 and 26. In my spare time I play tennis in a team and socially at Roundhay Tennis Club  of which I am the social secretary on the committee. My other interests include travelling, keep fit, walking and cooking.

My Term of Office is from 16/03/2019 to 16.03.2023

Jane Ambrose


After moving into the village in 1988, my children joined the school. Through them I became very involved with school life. Firstly with the PTA (eventually as chair) where we all had huge fun raising money for the school whilst enjoying ourselves. Secondly on the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. Once my children left the school, I became a Community Governor and am now a Co-opted Governor.

I am a qualified Radiography Teacher and have worked in London, Oxford, Jersey and Coventry Hospitals. I am a keen golfer and flower arranger and am addicted to Sudoku puzzles.

Year 6 is my special class who I have been following since they joined the school. In addition to my termly Full Governing Body Meetings, I attend six other committees, Performance Management, Pay Appeals, Pastoral Support,  Resources, School Improvement and Strategic Committee (chair). My special responsibilities are for Music and Governor Training. I also attend meetings of the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership.

My Term of Office is from 10.3.18 to 10.3.22.

Jennifer Atkinson

Community Governor

I was appointed as a Community Governor in 2009. I 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 my leisure time, my interests include reading, walking, going to the theatre and holidays.

I am Chair of the Pastoral Support and a  member of the Pay Appeals and Performance Management Committees and my specific responsibilities are for; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). I represent the Governing Body at the Leeds Governors Briefing Meetings which are held 4 times a year. I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in 2009. I am linked to the Year 3 class.

My Term of Office is from 10.03.2019 to 10.03.2022

Julia Norton

Foundation Representative

I re-joined the Governing Body in July 2012, having previously served as a Parent Governor from 1996 to 98. I have always held Bardsey Primary School very dear to my heart, having taught here from 1976 to 1994. Whenever I visit school I am always delighted to meet children of past pupils it happens often! I retired in 2012 after serving 15 years as a Leeds Head Teacher, most recently at a local school - Wigton Moor. I now work part time as an Ofsted Inspector. As a Governor, I want to give something back to the school where I and my children were so happy for many years. After living in Bardsey for 35 years, I have now relocated to York. In my leisure time, my interests include walking, reading, cycling, travel, carrying out voluntary work and seeing my two gorgeous grandsons

I am a Foundation Representative and I am linked to Year 4. I attend meetings for School Improvement, Pay Appeals and am a member of the Strategic Committee. My responsibilities are for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Geography and Race Equality. I am a representative of the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership Ltd.

Pecuniary Interest - Company Director of Julia Norton Education Limited

My Term of Office is from 13.07.15 to 13.07.19

Linsey Morrison

Staff Governer

I taught Reception Class at Bardsey Primary School from 2011 to 2018 and now teach Year 2. I am a Staff Governor and am also the Leader of Learning in the Early Years and Key Stage One. I lead the subjects of Science and Geography with a colleague. I am a member of the Pastoral Support Committee. I am very committed to the school and look forward to being part of how Bardsey Primary School continues to develop.

My Term of Office is from 08.11.18 to 08.11.22

Mark Knight

Staff Governor

I am a School Governor and have been on The Governing Body since January 2014 when I joined the school.  I am the Deputy Headteacher at Bardsey and Headteacher one day in the week (Thursday). I sit on the School Improvement, Resources and Project Management Committees.


At Bardsey I am Literacy and Languages Subject Leader as well as having a large input with PE and PSHE since relinquishing these subjects leader posts. Also I run the girl's football team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bardsey since joining my fifth school having taught in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire for 21 years.

In my spare time I am a keen cricketer (of some 40 years), a qualified referee (of some 25 years) and enjoy playing golf too.

My Term of Office is from 10.03.18 to 10.03.22

Raf Flores-Adrian

Parent Governor

My relationship with Bardsey Primary started when my eldest daughter did not get a place at a local school and Bardsey Primary luckily had availability. We were invited to visit and loved the school and the rest is history. I have a daughter in Year 2 and another daugher that has just started in Reception.

I was elected as Parent Governor in 2015. I am linked to the Reception Class having followed last year's Year 6 cohort through their last two years and I am very much looking forward to following their progress. I am a Mechanical Engineer and during my career, I have worked with many companies all over the world as a Business Development Manager. I also own small businesses, one of them is in childcare due to my interest in child development. I have several more interests, I love travelling and baking and go trekking from time to time. I am fluent in Spanish which I get to use to work. I am always keen to get involved with the school as much as possible, attend governors meetings and do school visits whenever I can.

I am part of the School Improvement Committee and am the Governor responsible for Science.

My Term of Office is from 29.04.2015 to 29.04.2019

Sally Clark


I am the Headteacher of the school and sit on the Governing Body in that capacity. Having previously been the Deputy Headteacher at a school in Rawdon, Leeds for 3 years, I took up this (my first) headship at Bardsey in April 2011. During the last 6 years I have loved working with all stakeholders to help move Bardsey forward and make the school an active, vibrant part of the community.

I am married and have 2 children. Whilst I maintain a long term love of puzzles and crosswords, in more recent years I have rekindled my interest in physical sport and consequently have developed an absolute passion for ballroom dancing and badminton.

I attend all the school Governing Body meetings, both sub and full committees, and I produce a Head Teacher report 3 times a year to the full Governing Body to inform on school development. I also attend regular meetings with colleagues from other local schools that make up the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership, which we formed 3 years ago to ensure greater collaborative working between our schools.

As the Headteacher, my term of office runs for as long as I remain in post at Bardsey.

My term started on 04.04.2011

Tim Jones

Parent Governor

I have been a secondary school teacher in the West Yorkshire area for 16 years.  For the past 4 years I have been Vice Principal at Woodkirk Academy, in Tingley, leading on data, examinations, and school evaluation and improvement.  I work closely with the governors and see the benefits that a strong governing body can bring to a school. 


I have a firm belief that all members of the school community including the children and their parents, the teachers and the governors share the responsibility of ensuring that all aspects of the learning experience are positive.  I am a keen sportsman and regard highly the extra-curricular opportunities that schools can offer.

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in spring 2018 and have joined the Resources Committee. and School Improvement Committee.I have also taken on responsibility as governor link for Year 6 (2019/20) and Safeguarding/CLA. 

My Term of Office is from 07.03.2018 to 06.03.2022

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