The Governing Body of Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School

Full details of Governing Body of Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School

  • Sarah Gordon - Headteacher
  • Laurabeth Kilkenny - Deputy Headteacher
  • Andrew Emms (Chair of Governors)
  • Rebecca Cook (vice Chair of Governors)
  • Barry Owen  (Safeguarding Governor)
  • Jane Shingles 
  • Chris Lewis
  • Emma Dixon-Child

Committees

 Pupils and Standards Committee

  • Sarah Gordon - Headteacher
  • Laurabeth Kilkenny - Deputy Headteacher
  • Andrew Emms (Chair)
  • Rebecca Cook 

Finance and Resources Committee

  • Sarah Gordon - Headteacher
  • Laurabeth Kilkenny - Deputy Headteacher
  • Andrew Emms 
  • Barry Owen  
  • Jane Shingles (Chair)
  • Chris Lewis
  • Emma Dixon-Child

 

 

Andrew Emms (Chair of Governors)

Type of governor: Co-opted Governor

What interests you in school governance?
I have been a governor at the school since December 2012 and I am currently the chair of the Standards and Pupils Committee as well as being a member of the Headteacher’s Performance Management committee.

I’m currently employed by Wakefield Council as the Learner Performance Manager where I’m responsible for the collection and analysis of pupil results; this has given me an excellent understanding of school performance data so that we, as a Governing body, can challenge (an important part of our role) the school’s performance.

I became a governor at the school as I live locally and wanted to use my skills that I have developed over my career to help the local community and, in particular, the young people of Altofts and Normanton.

The skills you bring:
In my spare time I’m the squadron commander of an Air Training Corps squadron which I run two nights a week (and many other activities on weekends) for 12 – 20 year olds near Doncaster (where I grew up). Through my work with the cadets I have gained a whole host of qualifications; some of the more relevant ones are:

  • Basic Expedition Leaders Award
  • Archer Leaders Award
  • Risk Assessor Training
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • St Johns Activity First Aid
  • Basic Food Hygiene.

Rebecca Cook (Vice Chair of Governors)

Hi, I’m Becky; I am a Mum of 3 children, all ‘Lee Briggers’!  I am currently the vice chair of the Governing Body here at Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery school.  I feel proud and privileged to be part of your governing body and work hard to support your school.

The skills you bring:
I bring experience and understanding of school governance and as a headteacher of a local school and a former advisory teacher for Wakefield LA, I have a deep knowledge and understanding of child development and education.  I have a particular interest and expertise in the support and inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

I love walking, reading, camping and being around my friends but most of all having fun with my hubby and kids!

Barry Owen

Type of governor: Co-opted Governor

What interests you in school governance?
I want to see all children get a good school education as this is crucial if one is to have good choices available for one’s future. A school is part of the life blood of a community and I enjoy being able to contribute to the school in promoting and maintaining excellent standards of teaching, supporting the staff and getting to know the children.

The skills you bring:
Before offering for the Ministry I was an Electrical Engineer in the construction industry, the last 25 years of which was as Managing Director of my own Electrical Commissioning Company working on industrial and commercial projects, which I passed on and fully withdraw from and I am glad to say continues to operate as an independent company today.  I have a variety of knowledge, training and skills that can be applied as a governor.

Personal statement:
I am a Methodist Minister with pastoral charge of Altofts, Normanton, Stanley and Streethouse Methodist Churches.  I am married to Jacqueline, who is also a Minister in South Leeds.  We have three grown up children, two daughters and one son, and three fantastic grandchildren, who continue to grow up very fast.

Jane Shingles

Type of governor: Parent governor and curriculum governor.

What interests you in school governance?
I have three children and they have all enjoyed attending Lee Brigg School. A school plays a major role in the community and provides children with much more than just an academic education. It is also a valuable link between families and a hub in the community support network. A safe, enjoyable and successful beginning to a child’s education gives a child a huge advantage in their journey through education and I am proud to be part of this and to be able to contribute to the children’s success.

The skills you bring:
I became a parent governor in 2013 whilst my youngest daughter was attending the school nursery. As a parent governor, I try to give the point of view of Lee Brigg School parents to the governors. I have always worked in science in both a clinical and an educational setting, firstly at the University of Leeds, where I studied for a PhD and taught undergraduate students in a laboratory environment and later with Leeds Teaching Hospitals in cancer diagnostics and research. This has given me experience in health and safety in an educational setting and a wide science/biology background. I have a keen interest in how science is taught in schools and how to keep children interested in science subjects.

Chris Lewis

Type of governor: Co-opted Governor

What interests you in school governance?
I want to see all children being given the best possible start in life, and the early years education provided by Lee Brigg Infant School is key to achieving this. By being part of the governing body, I want to help the school to maximise outcomes for children, and provide the best 'value-for-money' education possible.

The skills you bring:
I'm a Lead developer at AHC Ltd in Wakefield. We produce innovative solutions for clients in the financial sector, including websites, online tools and other communications that help people to understand complex financial products like pensions and sharesave schemes. My experience in the IT sector meant that I have lead the redevelopment of the school website, making it easier for parents to find the information they need and ensuring that the website contains the necessary regulatory information. My employment also demonstrates my ability to work with others towards common goals.

Emma Dixon-Child

Type of governor: Parent Governor

What interests you in school governance?
I firmly believe effective primary education contributes positively to a child’s foundation for life. I hope to utilise my skills, experience and enthusiasm to ensure Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School pupils continue to thrive in an environment and community where their childhood is valued and learning is fun.

I welcome the opportunity as Parent Governor to contribute, promote, uphold (and where appropriate challenge to improve) the provision available to the pupils of Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School, their parents and their carers by assisting in enabling open communication between those whom play fundamental role in a child realising their full potential.

Whilst I have not previously stood as a school governor, or worked within an educational based setting throughout my career to date, I do not consider this as a disadvantage - I’ll be able to provide an independent viewpoint, and a pragmatic approach to the role of Parent Governor.

I feel extremely fortunate that our son attends Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School, and take pride in supporting our school and at every given occasion.

The skills you bring
I returned to a compliance based role in the construction industry in April 2017, following the birth of our daughter. This role has afforded me experience in communicating with individuals across many echelons. I've been fortunate to work with publications based in London and have articles published relating to the work undertaken within the department I am responsible for. Previous to this position, I was employed within the Financial Services sector by several global based Plc companies.

I'm a results focused and versatile professional offering experience and skills in administration, account management and personnel management, with additional expertise in Project Management, HR and Payroll. I'm highly effective and utilise excellent communication and relationship building skills to contribute to teams and service.

I'm ardent in my desire for continuous development, both professionally and personally, and will apply myself to the role of Parent Governor with sincerity and commitment.

Register of Interests

This register sets out the relevant business interests of our governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register includes details of any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

Code of conduct

The following Code of Conduct has been signed by all members of the Lee Brigg Governing body.