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Mr A MaiseyMr A MaiseyMr A Maisey  Chairman Co-opted Governor

As you all are aware, I hope, I am the Chair of Governors for Lealholm School. I am ably supported, advised and educated by the other governors. All our names and our individual roles in the governing process will appear on the notice board shortly.

You might ask, what it is that we do? Basically the governing body fulfils a largely strategic role. This involves:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.    

To do this we have to read many reports and be constantly aware of the current policies and the situation of the school and its pupils. Governors must attend courses to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. This can involve travelling all over North Yorkshire, for which governors can (but do not appear to) claim expenses. We get cups of tea or coffee and bottled water is provided, but biscuits have been cancelled as part of the cost cutting process!  Some courses last for 4-5 hours; some for a shorter time.

We draft and approve the policies which must be adhered to in the running of the school. We agree budgets and make decisions about the issues which affect our school.

In short, we fulfil most of the roles of a board of directors of a company with the Head as a CEO. Ours is a responsible and rewarding function. It is increasingly onerous in a time of constantly reducing budgets for education. The constant changes in policy further increase the burdens on governors. I stand in awe of those who manage to combine full time employment with the job of governor.

Our rewards are to see the achievements of the children and the dedication of those who teach them.

We thank you for all the support that we get from FOLS and the rest of the local community. Without you our job would be impossible.


Mr A ParkerMr A Parker

Mr A Parker - Vice Chairman Parent Governor

I am Andrew and I am a parent governor, I currently have 3 children and a nephew attending the school. My main strengths are Health and Safety and business development. I also am keen on sports, ICT, and art & design. A lot of my time is taken helping run my family business which throws many challenges my way on a day to day basis. I enjoy my time in school, talking to the children and seeing their work and I like to help out wherever possible.







Mrs Ward Headteacher

I have been headteacher at Lealholm School since September 2011.  During this time I have taught in both the KS1 and KS2 classrooms giving me an extensive knowledge of the primary curriculum. My aim is to provide all children with a broad and balanced education and to work with their families to ensure the best possible outcome for their primary experience. I am also involved with Friends of Lealholm School which brings together the whole community.






Miss B Parkes Staff Governor

I graduated from York St John University, after studying a 3 year course in Primary Education, in June 2016. I started teaching in the Junior Classroom in September 2016, and I thoroughly enjoy working in a welcoming and family orientated school. My aim is to ensure that children get the most out of their learning by having a broad and balanced curriculum and are given the opportunities to enrich their learning by going on school visits. I am looking forward to my new role as Staff Governor at the school. 





Mrs Sue Morgan - Co-opted Governor

I gained my first degree in Biochemistry at Manchester University and then went on to study the biochemistry of Cancer cells for a Doctorate.

Married with two children both boys and both now grown up and living away from home I live in Lealholm. My youngest son attended Lealholm school many years ago and we were delighted that he had the opportunity to go to such a small but successful school.
Following my own study I went on to teach  both Biology and Chemistry in a whole range of secondary schools and locally at Whitby Community College where I was deputy head for a number of years until the death of my husband in 2012.
I became Headteacher of Filey school until my retirement in 2015. I am a keen gardener and love being outdoors with my horse, dogs  and sheep. I love reading and a variety of crafts which keep me busy when the weather is beyond gardening.



 Mrs R Hopwood Co-opted GovernorMrs HopwoodMrs Hopwood

My name is Ray Hopwood and I live in Houlsyke with my husband and our two cocker spaniels.  We have two wonderful sons and three fantastic grandchildren.  I was a radiographer by profession and also worked with my husband in his businesses.  Now retired I enjoy spending my time walking our dogs and joining in lots of the activities available in the valley including The Women’s Institute, playing with the Ukuleles group, Bridge and Canasta groups and two of the local pub quizzes each week. I was very pleased to be asked to join the Board of Governors at Lealholm School in 2015 and hope my family, business and professional experience will be of benefit to the school in my roll of governor.




Mrs A Newton Parent Governor


I am a proud mum to three girls and my eldest has just started at Lealholm School. We love having family days out, exploring the coast and countryside around where we live. I enjoy reading and have a passion for performing arts. 
Currently I work for a university where my role is to encourage children of all ages to value their education and to  champion further education.
I aim to support the school as a parent governor in any way that I can.






Mrs R Denniff Parent Governor




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