Pocklington Community Junior School


School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.

Details of our Governors and the date of their appointment can be found here.

Our full Governor committee and link roles can be found here.

Our governing body is made up of the following individuals:


Chair of the Local Governing Board – Mrs Julia Thomson – No declared pecuniary interests

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

Responsibility: Resources, Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: School development plan, East Riding School Improvement Programme (ERSIP), Wold Learning Partnership Trustee & School Council

End of current term of office – 31/12/20

I have a retail background, firstly as a Buyer in a large department store group then as a Director for Training and HR at Shiseido, a worldwide Japan based cosmetic business. I have also been a School Governor in Surrey for 15 years, 10 as Chair of Resources. Moving north, back to my roots, I joined PCJS as a Governor in October 2014 and became Chair in July 2015. I am a fellow of the NSPCC and have done extensive fundraising on behalf of Save the Children and Cancer Research. I am a keen dog walker, cook, reader and a member of MENSA.



Vice Chair of the Local Governing Board – Mrs Sandra Burley – No declared pecuniary interests

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

Responsibility: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), Pupil Premium & Numeracy

Link Area: SEN, Looked After Children, Pupil Premium and Numeracy

End of current term of office – 31/12/20

I have been a Governor at Pocklington Community Junior School since July 2014. I was Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee from January 2015 until July 2018 and hold the position of Vice Chair of the Local Governing Board.  Our overall role is to monitor the school development plan and the impact made on the children’s progress and attainment alongside the other Governors and to provide constructive criticism for continued improvement.  My specific areas of responsibility are Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Pupil Premium and Numeracy.

I was a lecturer at the University of Hull from 1990 until my retirement in Autumn 2014. I was a registered nurse until July 2018 and now focus my attention on raising the awareness of Dementia in East Yorkshire as a trustee of Dementia Friendly East Riding charity. I am passionate about standards and education in general, hence the reason I thoroughly enjoy being a governor and am very proud to be associated with the Junior School.


H FouracreMrs Hannah Fouracre – No declared pecuniary interests.

Responsibility: Resources member, Vice Chair of Resources

Link Area: Art & Culture, Data

End of current term of office – 31/12/20




Mrs Angela Guest – No declared pecuniary interests. Member of staff at Pocklington Community Junior School.

Staff governor, appointed by staff.

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Safeguarding Deputy, Educational Visits, More Able & Gifted.

End of current term of office – 31/12/20

My previous working role was in the Customer Service department for ERYC where I developed essential skills to deal with various scenarios with a number of different people. As the senior Midday Supervisor for Pocklington Community Junior School those skills sometimes come in handy! My job is to make sure the children have a happy and safe lunchtime, which I have been doing since November 2013. I was appointed Staff Governor in September 2015 and have a daughter at the school, currently in year 4.



Mrs Liz Greatorex

Pecuniary interest declared: Childminder for the Headteacher’s child.

Parent governor, appointed by parents.

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Literacy, Governor Training

End of current term of office – 31/12/20

I have worked in the Secretarial/PA sector for various companies both large and small and trained as a Company Facilitator and team member working in a world-wide project team implementing new processes and procedure. I am currently a childminder where the children’s welfare is of paramount importance and I strive to give the children the best chances and experiences to help them achieve their potential; this is a crucial part of being a Governor too. Other commitments include being on the Advisory Board for Pocklington and Market Weighton Children’s Centres and Chairperson of the local Childminding Group.

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Mrs Caroline Hewitt – No declared pecuniary interests

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Behaviour & Safety, Sport Premium (PE) and Assessment

End of current term of office – 31/12/20


I initially trained as a primary school teacher, responsible for Foundation, PE & SEN. I have trained teaching assistants, Early Years Qualifications and provided autism training. I am passionate about encouraging children to be the best that they can be and make a difference in the world around them. I believe in raising awareness and breaking down barriers to help live in an inclusive community. I have also been involved in national projects with NSLC training teaching assistants how to teach science in school. I am an advocate for independent learners who are engaged to achieve their goals.



Mr Alex Reppold – Headteacher.

Pecuniary interest declared:

Married to the headteacher of Malton Community Primary School.

Liz Greatorex is my child’s childminder.


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Vice Chair of Teaching and Learning – Mr Mathew Rowley – No declared pecuniary interests

Local Authority governor, appointed by the Local Authority.

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Safeguarding Lead

End of current term of office – 31/12/20

I am a commercial solicitor at Harrowells Limited in Pocklington and York. Previously I have worked as a Police Officer and a Teaching Assistant at the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate, Kent. I worked with deaf children and others with special educational needs, including autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I have twin boys aged 5 who live and attend school near Driffield.


How our governing body is structured

Governors are organised into two committees; Resources and Teaching and Learning. These two committees meet separately and come together for Full Governor’s meetings. This allows governors to understand a smaller area of the school in greater depth and develops expertise. The membership of the committees is as follows;

Teaching and Learning

Chair of Teaching and Learning – Mrs Sandra Burley

Mrs Julia Thomson

Mr Matthew Rowley

Mrs Liz Greatorex

Mrs Angela Guest

Mrs Caroline Hewitt

Mr Alex Reppold


Chair of Resources – Mr Stephen Burley

Mrs Julia Thomson

Mrs Sandra Burley

Mr Alex Reppold

Mrs Hannah Fouracre

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor. If you are interested in finding out more about what our governors do, please get in touch with the school office.

If you wish to get in touch with the governors to compliment the work of the school or pass on a concern or criticism, please pass this through the school office. If the message is confidential, please ensure it is in an envelope marked as such and include your contact details so that the governors can address you directly without needing to ask the school to provide contact details.


Meeting Attendees:

Pay Progression Committee Meeting – 19th October 2017 – Mrs J Thomson, Mr A Reppold, Mr S Burley, Mrs S Burley

Teaching and Learning Committee – 5th October 2017 – Mrs S Burley, Mr A Reppold, Mrs C Hetherington-Stott, Mrs C Hewitt, Mr M Rowley, Mrs J Thomson

School Leaders presenting: Mrs S Carlisle, Mrs A Cave