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Pocklington Community Junior School

Governors

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. Our Governors bring their own specialist knowledge and experience to help our school thrive.

Details of our Governor Membership including Terms of Office, Business Interests and Link Areas: LGB Membership Detail 2023-2024

Our governing committee is made up of the following individuals:

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Chair of the Local Governing Board – Mrs Sandra Burley – Declared pecuniary interest: married to member appointed Trustee of Wonder Learning Partnership.

Trustee appointed Governor.

Link Area: SEND, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children, Pupil Premium

End of current term of office – 31/12/24

I have been a Governor at Pocklington 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 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 link area is currently Safeguarding. 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 through working locally with Dementia Friendly Market Weighton, volunteering at dementia friendly singing sessions and with Pocklington Rugby in the community. 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.

 

Headteacher

 

Mrs Kelly Foxton – no declared pecuniary interests

 

 

 

 

I am honoured to introduce myself as a school governor at Pocklington Junior School, a role I hold by virtue of my position as Headteacher. With over 19 years of experience working across two local authorities and in five different schools, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role.

Throughout my career, I have developed a deep passion for using the skills I have acquired to support those around me in their journey towards becoming the very best versions of themselves. Pocklington Junior School holds a special place in my heart, and I take immense pride in our dedicated staff and the incredible potential of our children.

As a part of the local governing committee, our primary goal is to ensure that every child at our school receives the support they need to unlock their full potential. Together, we are committed to fostering a nurturing and empowering educational environment that allows our students to thrive.

Thank you for entrusting me with this important responsibility, and I look forward to continuing our work in shaping a bright future for the students of Pocklington Junior School.

 

Vice Chair of Governors – Mrs Paula Goodrick – No declared pecuniary interests.

Trustee appointed Governor.

Link Area: English and RE

End of current term 16/12/25

I am delighted to be a newly appointed member of the Governor team at Pocklington Juniors. I am now retired from over 40 years in the nursing profession. I worked within the community and my patients were from newborns through to the very elderly. The world of teaching and children’s learning is very new to me, other than my own children’s education, and I am really keen to try and embrace this new position and help the school in any way I may be able

 

Mrs Liz Greatorex – No declared pecuniary interests

Trustee appointed Governor.

Link Area: MFL, History, Geography & DT

End of current term 03/03/25

 

I live in Pocklington with my husband Richard and son Stephen. 

 In my role as Trust Governor at Pocklington Junior School I strive to be the best critical friend I can be whilst offering challenge to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  I have been a Governor at PJS for over 8 years and thoroughly enjoy being part of the local community supporting children to grow and develop into confident pupils. I have specific responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium across school – 2 areas I feel very passionately about. 

Outside of my Governor role, I have two very different part-time roles within local schools; Teaching Assistant and Duke of Edinburgh Manager.  Each day is different and full of learning which I draw upon in my Governor role.   

 My skill base is extremely varied, I started my career in a Typing Pool and over the years progressed to Personal Assistance supporting Managing Directors/Owners of companies large and small and in various different industries.  I have trained as Company Facilitator and been a Team Member of a World-wide Project Team implementing new processes and procedures.  I spend 13 years working from home as an Ofsted Registered Childminder before embarking on my two roles mentioned above. 

Miss Alex Millar – member of staff at Pocklington Junior School.

Staff Governor, appointed by staff.

End of current term of office 31/12/24

 

 

I take immense pride in my role as a staff governor, driven by my unwavering passion for working with children. With five years of teaching experience, I bring valuable insights and dedication to nurturing our students’ growth. My international placement in Australia, where I worked at the Maritime Museum, broadened my perspective on education.

In my spare time, I absolutely adore traveling around the world, exploring new destinations, and experiencing diverse cultures. Additionally, my three-week charity work in Borneo, supporting children and their families, exemplifies my commitment to making a positive impact beyond the classroom.

Being a staff governor allows me to combine my love for education and community engagement, making me profoundly proud of the role I play in our school’s development, take immense pride in my role as a staff governor, driven by my unwavering passion for working with children. With five years of teaching experience, I bring valuable insights and dedication to nurturing our students’ growth. My international placement in Australia, where I worked at the Maritime Museum, broadened my perspective on education.

 

Ms Louise Sandall – No declared pecuniary interests

Parent Governor

Link Area: PHSE & Behaviour

End of current term of office 27/11/2027

 

I am a delighted to be appointed Parent Governor, I look forward to contributing to such a highly regarded and reputable school. I currently have one daughter attending the school and two others who have recently transitioned to secondary school. All my children have received fantastic support from every member of the teaching and support staff, and I welcome the opportunity to become involved in the school.
I have been a member of governing bodies within the education sector for 10 years, more latterly 8 years in a locally authority maintained primary school. I am passionate about education and want the best for every child, every child matters – their time at school is crucial if they are to realise their potential and develop key social and life skills.
I have an in-depth HR and business background, I hope to be able to use some of these skills along with my experience of being a governor to help support the school.  My interests are varied and include health and well being, swimming and spending time with my 3 children. I look forward to contributing my time, energy and professional skills to this role, in support of our school’s ongoing standing and success.

 

Miss Georgia Dodsworth – No declared pecuniary interests

Trustee appointed governor

Link Area: Computing, PE, Art & Music

End of current term of office 24/09/26

 

 

I’m thrilled to embark on my journey as a governor at Pocklington Junior School, and I’m eager to share a bit about myself with the school community. With a diverse career background, I believe my unique experiences and skills can contribute to enhancing the educational journey of our students. 

Currently, I am in the process of training to become a Finance Analyst. The analytical skills I’ve honed in this role will undoubtedly prove valuable in making informed decisions that benefit our school community. In the past, I had the privilege of teaching musical theatre to children. Witnessing their joy in learning and newfound confidence in performing was a beautiful experience. I aspire to create a similar impact for the children at Pocklington Junior School, I am confident that these skills will be instrumental in helping foster a nurturing environment that empowers them to shine. 

To further enhance my decision-making abilities, I actively participate in Financial Change meetings. These monthly gatherings provide a platform for innovation within the finance function, a mindset that I believe will translate well into our governance duties. 

Beyond my professional pursuits, I have a genuine passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives. While my job may not directly afford me this opportunity, I’m genuinely heartened to know that my new role as a governor will enable me to do just that. My caring and compassionate nature, coupled with my productive, curious, and driven personality, align perfectly with the commitment required for this role. 

I’m an advocate for an active lifestyle. Whether it’s hitting the gym, dancing, or exploring the great outdoors through hiking, I find solace in nature and physical activity. Additionally, I’m an avid reader of fiction and a perpetual seeker of knowledge. Currently, I’m dedicated to studying for my ACCA exam, giving me a unique understanding of the student experience, which I believe will be invaluable in my role as a governor. 

In closing, I firmly believe that our children are our most valuable investment. I’m excited to work alongside the dedicated team at Pocklington Junior School and the broader community to ensure that our students receive the best possible education and support.

Mr Peter Cutress – no declared pecuniary interests

Parent Governor

Link Area: Maths & Science

End of current term of office 19/12/26

 

I’m really pleased to have been elected as a Parent Governor.  I’m a parent of three children (one currently at the school and two that will be pupils in the future) and have lived in Pocklington for just over six years since moving back to Yorkshire.  The school plays a vital role in securing our children’s future success, and I’m committed to supporting Pocklington Junior School to continue to deliver in this regard.

I have an international business background, predominantly within the automotive industry in employed and consultant/advisory roles.  I’ve spent the last 12 years focused on adult education within the sector and am currently responsible for a diverse team in a global setting.  I hope to be able to use my skills, experience and time to work with the other governors, school management team and teaching staff to support the ongoing success of the school and its students.

 

How our Governing Committee is Structured

All Governors meet half termly. At the governing committee meetings we discuss a range of areas from academic performance to financial and premises managements. Governors are appointed based on the skills and expertise they can bring to the school and as a result of this, governors occasionally take on specific additional responsibilities as and when required.

Getting in Touch

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.

Please note, if you wish to make a formal complaint about the school, you must ensure you follow the procedure outlined in the Wonder Learning Partnership’s Complaints Policy In the first instance, the majority of complaints should be raised directly with the Headteacher. Any complaints which cannot be resolved by the Headteacher can then be escalated to the Governing Body.

Meeting Attendees:

Local Governing Body 2023-24 Meeting Attendees PJS Meeting Attendance 2023-24

Please find an overview of the attendees of our Local Governing Body 2018-2019 meetings here.

Governor Meeting Attendees 2016-21