Hello and welcome, we are the Governing body here at Fieldhead Carr Primary school.
Thanks for choosing our lovely school!
We are so proud of the environment we have created for children to learn, develop and grow as individuals.
Our team ensure that children get to learn in a way that brings out the best in each and every one of them, to question and always want to know more.
As governors we support the school team in reviewing the effectiveness of provision and provide challenge to make sure that all children get the best possible school experience.
We are here to help, for contact with the Governors please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the office team will send it through to me.
Vice Chair of Governors – Jessica Lennox and Jane Peacock
Children and Learning Committee
Steven Hilton-Pass (parent governor)
Joe Murphy (Staff Governor)
Nichola Carroll (Vice Chair of C&L, Co-opted governor)
Jane Peacock (Vice chair of Governors)
Emma Wraighte (Headteacher)
Robyn Hillerby (LA Governor, MAT Leave until Summer 2024)
Amy Dickinson (Parent Governor)
Beth Harrison (Co-opted Governor)
Georgia Lumb – Associate Member
Barbara Walker (Governor Support Service Clerk)
Business and Resources Committee
Lynda Provins (Chair and Co-opted Governor)
Debbie Hillerby (Associate Member)
Jess Lennox (Vice chair of Governors)
Emma Wraighte (Headteacher)
Oliver Gill (Co-opted Governor)
Barbara Walker (Governor Support Service Clerk)
Salah Ahmed – Co-opted Governor
What is a school Governor?
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘governing body‘. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as school expansion and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.
What does the role involve?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
• Set the aims and objectives for the school
• Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
• Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
• Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
• Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.
How do I become a school governor?
There are different categories of governors and you do not need to have a child at school to apply. Please complete the on-line application form in the documents section on this page
Chair of Governors & Co-opted Governor
I have over 26 years' experience of working in the NHS, part of which was as a Head of Corporate Governance and Legal Services/Company Secretary. During this time, I attended Board and Council of Governor meetings to ensure the governance and regulatory elements were correct. I also worked on various elements of the acquisition/merger of a Hospital Trust by a Foundation Trust getting involved with the Cooperation and Competition Panel responses and working on the development of strategies with corporate and clinical departments. I also worked on the setting up of a private company aligned to the Foundation Trust. I am interested in effective governance and streamlining processes which simplify areas, but also retain the level of corporate detail required. I have now retired and like to spend time with family especially my granddaughter who attends Fieldhead Carr. I am also taking the time to explore crafts
Chair of C&L and Parent Governor
I am a Parent Governor of Fieldhead Carr, a school which is close to my heart, as my two children currently attend and I too attended the school, as a middle school, between 1988-1991.
I have a particular interest in therapeutic parenting and teaching, as my children have additional needs and attachment difficulties, which require a certain approach and the school have been fantastic in sharing ideas and really bringing out the best in the children, using a therapeutic teaching model. Continuing to work with the school on this subject, is something I am very much looking forward to.
Aside from being a parent, I am also a senior manager at Tesco, responsible for overseeing the home shopping operation. This has it's challenges but has given me a wealth of experience in managing people, driving business forward and being involved in community projects, which have previously directly benefited the school and their campaigns.
I am local to Whinmoor and have lived in the area for many years. In my (very little!) spare time, I enjoy socialising with friends and family, swimming and being a life long Coronation Street fan!
I have three children who have all attended Fieldhead Carr and I joined the governing body whilst on maternity leave with my third child over six years ago, after seeing a notice in the school newsletter. I have a thirst for knowledge and so I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about school development, keen to provide a voice for parents and to use my own personal and professional experience to support the school. Professionally I have many years of management experience at a strategic level and I work full time in a local business. I'm currently vice chair of the Children and Learning Committee and the named governor with responsibility for overseeing Pupil Premium, an area I am particularly passionate about having grown up in an economically disadvantaged family myself. In my 'spare time' I'm a chauffeur for my three children who have hectic extra-curricular schedules so I can usually be found parked in a sports centre car park with a latte, reading or listening to an audio-book.
I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor and currently sit on the teaching and learning committee. My background is in social care, and I currently specialise in working within Child Protection and with families in need of support from services. I have additional experience working with Children Looked After and those who have been placed for Adoption. Some of my favourite things to do in my spare time are going on long walks in the countryside (up and down big hills!), spending time with family and friends and trying new foods… that’s when I am not at home cuddling my two cats, Milo and Basil! I live in East Leeds and am pleased to have the opportunity in my role as a governor to support but also learn from a wonderful community of children, families, members of staff and volunteers at Fieldhead Carr.
Cllr Jess Lennox
Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
I was elected to represent Cross Gates and Whinmoor Ward in 2018. FHC gives so many families in our community a happy, inclusive and positive learning experience where every child’s needs are met, and so I was delighted to join the governing body the following year. At the council I sit on the Children and Families Scrutiny Board, meaning that I spend a lot of time working on and thinking about children’s learning and wellbeing. I live at home with my husband and our 12 year old and 5 year old, and outside of school we spend a lot of time walking, cycling and making Lego!
Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
I have programmed computers and analysed data all my working live. The last job I had before retiring was analysing children’s data for Leeds city council. I enjoy lots of different crafts, gardening and Tai Chi. I believe that reading is the most important thing children can learn, so as well as being a governor at school I come in to school weekly to listen to children read.
I am a parent governor at Fieldhead Carr and I have two children at the school, both who are in reception and have additional needs. I have a love of learning and am ambitious in my expectations of both my own children and the children in our school community, which is why I am delighted to have the wonderful opportunity to be part of a dynamic and successful school and be able to provide my support in enabling every child to reach their full potential. I work within the life sciences industry for a company that is a global leader in drug development, delivering clinical trials that are both reliable and rigorous with the goal of developing life-saving treatments and vaccines. In my role as a senior supervisor, I’m responsible for overseeing a team of project coordinators and have experience of resource management, people management and process improvement. It is a great privilege to be able to serve as a parent governor and I am keen to do what I can to help this wonderful school continue to thrive.
On moving to East Leeds in early 2022, I was keen to get involved in and contribute to the local community and so applied to be a governor at Fieldhead Carr. I currently work for a London local authority, with a focus on developing and expanding special educational needs provision across the education estate. All of my career to date has been spent in the education field, including as lead Schools Commissioner for Southeast Surrey and acting as a programme manager across a significant number of school capital schemes, such as Kent and Southampton’s Building Schools for the Future and Academies programmes. This has given me extensive experience of working with school leadership teams and governing bodies, with a view to developing and delivering school organisational changes and capital schemes that meet educational aspirations, in a manner that ensures value for money. In my spare time, I enjoy playing chess, reading, and running (specifically in that order)!
As a Leeds native, I have always been an active member of the community in Whinmoor and the surrounding area. I have two children who currently attend Fieldhead Carr. I have a background in youth work with a particular focus on influencing young people’s attitudes and guiding them on their path to adulthood. I remain active in the community by supporting the growth of my wife’s childminding service. Outside of parenthood, I have built a career over more than 15 years at a leading UK insurer. My journey started as a first line call handler and I have progressed through multiple roles which have involved me leading diverse groups of individuals and mentoring younger and less experienced employees. I also spent three years working in the audit and risk department. My role today involves me managing a wide range of stakeholders. I am accountable for the performance of a key technology solution and supercharging its future development. I’m super excited about ensuring that each child has an equal opportunity to succeed and grow during their educational journey. I am also enthusiastic about using the business skills I have developed in a governance setting. In my spare time, I enjoy watching football and Formula One as well as spending time with my loved ones.
I trained at Roehampton University (London) and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education. I began my teaching career in the London Borough of Merton, in an inner-city primary school. In 2019, I moved back to North Yorkshire to begin the next chapter in my career as an Assistant Headteacher. I work in a local primary school that serves an area of significant disadvantage in East Leeds. My specialisms and interests include the Early Years and Phonics/early reading. I am delighted to be a Co-opted Governor at Fieldhead Carr Primary School and look forward to using my relevant knowledge and skills to contribute towards the work of the governing board.