Meet the Governors
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Chair of Governors
Term of Office: January 2015 - 31st January 2019 (co-opted by GB) Committees: School improvement; HT performance management Other positions of responsibility:Chair of Governors, SEND and safeguarding link governor Business Interest: None I have lived in Riccall for 18 years and have 3 children, the youngest of which attends the school. I previously worked as a primary school teacher for 14 years where I served as a teacher governor. I currently work at the University of York as a catering supervisor. I have served on the Riccall Governing body since 2010 and took over as Chair of Governors in September 2016.
Vice Chair Governor. Co-opted governor, Behaviour and governor induction link governor.
Term of Office: January 2015 - 31st January 2019
Committees: Resource; HT Performance management; Complaints; Staff discipline
Other positions of responsibility; Vice Chair of Governors; Behaviour and governor induction link governor.
Business Interest: None
My name is Lynn Gray and I am a community governor now in my second year with Riccall Primary School. For the last 14 years I have lived in Riccall with my husband, children and more recently Toffee the dog. I have 2 sons and both have attended Riccall Primary school. My children have enjoyed a happy and safe learning environment during their time here and I feel most committed to supporting the school and all the teachers in being able to give other children the same experience. My background is in Human Resources and Organisational Development and more recently I set up my own company offering Coaching and HR services. It was this change in my working life that allowed me more flexibility to become a governor and to offer my professional knowledge and experience in supporting the school. Since becoming a governor I have found out much more about how the school works and thoroughly enjoy being able to participate and contribute my own ideas and thinking. I am also on the Finance and Staffing sub-committee. I love to go to the cinema/ ballet/ theatre, walk my dog and chill out with my friends and family.
Term of Office: October 2016 - 1st October 2020 Committees: School improvement Business Interest: None Hello! I teach in Year 6. I really enjoy helping our oldest pupils at Riccall be good examples to the rest of the school. The subjects that I lead are English (writing, grammar and punctuation), computing and music. I enjoy cycling and when I'm not at school I like to go for long rides in the countryside. I also love playing different musical instruments including my violin and my guitar. I like to meet up with other people to play in bands and orchestras. I play violin for a local ceilidh group and we have lots of fun leading dances at different events!
Term of Office: January 2016 - 12th January 2020
Committees: Resources; Pupil discipline; Staff discipline governor
Other positions of responsibility: Disadvantaged learners link governor
Business Interest: None
My husband and I moved to Riccall from Newcastle in 2007 and we have two daughters at Riccall Primary. I joined as a Governor to play a more active role in helping the school to continue to thrive and provide the best education and support for all the children. I am a solicitor specializing in property law acting mainly for housing associations and local authorities. I hope my experience will be useful, particularly to the Premises, Health & Safety Committee.
Term of Office: September 2015 - 22nd September 2019
Committees: Resources, pupil discipline,staff discipline governor
Other positions of responsibility: PE link governor.
Business Interest: None
Hi, My name is Julie Battye. I am married with two boys and live in Riccall. I am a Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospital. In my spare time I love running and watching my favourite football team......Leeds United.
Clerk to Governors
I joined the school in March 2016 as part of the NYCC Clerking Service and found everyone incredibly welcoming right from the start. I hope to play my part in supporting the school and the governing body as they continually strive for the best outcomes for all. I live locally in Barlow with my husband, four children and a menagerie of various pets. I also enjoy swimming, walking and family holiday road trips.
Term of Office: January 2016 - January 2020
Committees: Resources; Complaints.
Other positions of responsibility: Arts and TA link governor
Business Interest: None
When a vacancy arose on the Board of Governors I decided to put my name forward as I wanted to support the school and staff who are doing a great job educating my children. I work in the charity sector as a fundraiser and bring skills in governance and marketing to the Board. I’ve lived in Riccall for over ten years and my partner Mark and I have two daughters, Laura Rose and Elly Mae. For me, one of the benefits of being a part of Riccall Primary School’s community has been the opportunity to get to know other parents in the village. I enjoy spending time outside, particularly gardening and walking and I am a member of an active book group in the village.
Term of Office: May 2016 – 17th May 2020
Committees: Resources; School improvement; Pupil discipline; Complaints
Other positions of responsibility: Maths link governor.
Business Interest: None
My name is Mike Hind and I am the LA Governor. I have lived in nearby Wistow for 21 years, where my wife and I brought up our two children through the local state education system. My working career has been in sales and marketing, where I currently work as a freelance within the food manufacturing sector. I have always had an interest in education and have, in the past, done some business teaching and now volunteer as a Business Mentor with the Prince’s Trust. Previously, I have been a Parent Governor at Selby High School. I look forward to getting to know Riccall School and making a positive contribution to the work of the Governing Body.
Term of Office: May 2016 - 17th May 2020 Committees:School improvement; Pupil discipline; Complaints Other positions of responsibility: Phonics & spelling; Science link governor Business Interest: None As the grandfather of a boy in year 2 of Riccall Community School, I have a vested interest in helping the school continue to be a successful environment for all involved. We moved to the area 3 years ago from Chester, my own 4 children now having mostly “flown the nest” I am actually a qualified teacher, having taught in London and Cambridge secondary schools before embarking on a 20 year corporate career; in senior national and global roles in major US multinationals including GE. For the last 13 years I have run my own executive coaching business and tutored / mentored on the Manchester Business School MBA programme. A sports enthusiast, I have always been interested and active in the development of young people. Since 2003 I have coached junior football teams. I am also Vice Chair of a local junior football club. For a number of years I did some part time work supervising and teaching skiing to school parties in the Alps and have also done some ad hoc tennis coaching with youngsters at various tennis clubs of which I have been member. Now semi retired, I have more time which will hopefully be useful to the school in its continued development.
Term of Office: September 2016 - 20th September 2020 Committees: HT Performance management; Appeals; School improvement Other positions of responsibility: English link governor Business Interest: None My name is Sofia Gatenby and I am a newly elected parent governor with a particular focus on English, reading and phonics. I have lived in Riccall village for over 10 years with my husband Paul, and have a daughter who attends Riccall Primary School. I am a secondary school teacher of English and have broad experiences and skills in comprehensive education, ranging from Special Educational Needs teaching and management, key stage responsibilities and A Level teaching. I am particularly interested in creative approaches to classroom learning and practice. In my spare time I enjoy reading as much as I can, biking and Tae Bo.
Term of Office: November 2016 - November 2020
Other positions of responsibility: Health &safety; Parents' liaison link governor
Business Interest: None
My husband and I moved to Riccall just over two years ago and we have never looked back. Riccall has a great welcoming atmosphere and we are pleased to now be a part of the active community. We have three brilliant boys; Elliot, Noah and Oliver and one beautiful but crazy English Pointer called Jasper. We spend our spare time shuttling the kids to rugby, swimming and now tennis, as well as a phlethora of birthday parties and seasonal events to keep us all busy. Neil and I met at University in Aberdeen, where I studied Biomedical Science with Molecular Biology and he took English Literature. After University, I had jobs in sales and manufacturing before being employed by our beloved NHS in 2007. Here, I've worked as a Paramedic on and off the frontline while raising the children. In 2014, I completed a Masters from Leicester University in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, which often helps with the day to day running of our household. As a parent, I am passionate about the children's education and want to do my best to help them and the school reach full potential. As a governor I hope to challenge the school and the brilliant staff to be the best that they can be, along with encouraging the children to enjoy learning in such a wonderful environment.
Parent Governor Term of Office December 2016-2020 I am a mother with two daughters currently at Riccall CP School, I work part-time as a freelance music specialist. Although we are quite new to the village, we are no strangers to the area. I studied music and drama at York St. John and then spent a number of years as a peripatetic clarinet and saxophone teacher in private schools around York as well as working as a clarinettist and musical director on the York circuit. In 2003, I moved to France with my partner where, amongst other things (getting married, having children, renovating houses and managing holiday lettings) I set up and ran a successful Anglo French choir and gave private lessons in piano and singing. We returned to the UK after eight years and until last summer, were living in West Yorkshire based in Halifax. I worked both for Calderdale Music Service and freelance as a music specialist in primary schools and also set up and directed the Music Service Children’s Choir and a 70 -strong Community Choir aimed at the over 50’s. I have spent many years working with committees and as part of a team and I am not frightened to get stuck in and make projects happen. I have experience of primary and secondary education in both the state and independent sector and I am passionate about good education. Working with primary children is by far the most rewarding and I feel strongly that children should have access to quality experiences in all areas of the curriculum. Obviously, my focus is the arts. These are the subjects that develop confidence and the creative side of children as well as supporting the learning process but sadly, are much neglected in many primary schools.
Governor Committees: Resources; School improvement
I joined the school in September 2015. I have twin daughters, who keep me very busy and I love playing sport. My favourites are football, boxing and running, which all keep me reasonably fit! I’m also a big Chelsea FC fan so will always be happy on a Monday if they have won at the weekend. Away from sport, I enjoy reading, films and cooking. I think it’s really important that children are active learners and take responsibility for their learning, so I’m always keen to see this as I’m walking around school. I’m always popping in and out of classrooms as I find it really rewarding to see all the exciting things that are going on in our school.