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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.



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.








Mrs M MatthewsMrs M MatthewsMrs M Matthews Staff Governor

I have been a full time teacher at Lealholm School for over 15 years. Over this time I have taught in both KS1 and KS2 classrooms.  I have recently reduced my teaching commitment to one full day, focusing on Science.









Mr A ParkerMr A Parker

Mr A Parker 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 J KellyMrs J KellyMrs J Kelly Parent Governor


I have been a Parent Governor at Lealholm for 12 years, during which time my 5 sons have been at the school. I run a private catering company alongside farming with my husband.

I sit on the Finance committee, and enjoy being involved in all areas of governance in the school.

As a parent I try to offer my help wherever possible. 





Mrs M ThompsonMrs M Thompson

Mrs M Thompson Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor for just over two years and have two children in school, currently in year 5 and 3. During my term as a governor I have been a member of the finance committee and this year I have taken up the position of Chair of this committee.

I take an active role in the Schools PTA, The Friends of Lealholm School (FOLS) and I am in my third year as Treasurer for FOLS. Both my husband and I are from local farming families and we run a mixed stock family farm in Houlsyke and I also work part time in the NHS as an administrator





 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.




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