Our Governing Body

The Governing  Body has a very important role in the way that our school is run.  We are very lucky to have a team of Governors who come from various walks of life and who bring with them a range of skills which, along with both staff and parents  enables us to work together to give the children the very best broad and balanced curriculum that we can.

We are responsible for working with the Headteacher, Staff and Local Authority to ensure that each child receives the best possible education which allows them to achieve their full potential. The headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school while the Governors have a strategic role- often called a ‘Critical Friend.’ This doesn’t mean that we criticise the Headteacher ,rather that our role  is to ask questions, challenge and support her and to set the school’s aims and policies as well as to oversee the Financial Budget to make sure that money is well- spent. The Governing Body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory Safeguarding procedures.

In accordance with the Government’s requirements the Governing Board has three core functions for our school, as set out in the 2014 Department for Education’s Handbook:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement.
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates.
  • Management of the school’s delegated budget.

In keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education we decided to re-constitute the Governing Body in 2013. This has enabled us to change the number and types of governors and to appoint new governors based on the skills they have which could enhance our Governing Body.

Meet Our Governors

The Governing Body consists of:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 LA Representative
  • 2 Foundation Representatives
  • 2 Parent Representatives ( elected by parents)
  • 5 Co-opted Representatives
  • 1 Staff Representative (elected by staff)

There are 12 Governors in total. The quorum is 6 Governors.

The standard term of office for a governor is 4 years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the year.

The Chair of Governors – Dr Phil Chambers can be contacted through the school office or directly via email at

The Vice Chair of Governors – Mr Rob Dyal can be contacted through the school office or directly via email at

Our Governing Body

Name Date of Appointment Register of Interests
Co-opted Representatives
Mr Rob Dyal 31/03/16 None
Mr John Sherbourne 31/03/14 None
Mr Paul Smith  30/09/17  None
Mrs Anna Ladd  30/09/17  None
 Dr Najeeb Rahman 25/03/2019  None
Foundation Representatives
Mrs Ann Weir 29/09/14 None
Rev. Jude Smith 30/09/17 None
Head Teacher
Mrs Helen Stott ex-officio None
LA representative
Dr Phil Chambers 20/10/10 None
Parent Representatives
Dr. Phillip Chambers 17/11/07 None
Mr Alex Holt 01/09/15 None
Staff Governor Representative
Ms Jo Linsley 29/09/13 None
Associate Members
Mr. Paul Smith 30/09/17


Governance of the school is divided into – Full Governing Body meetings which take place 4 times a year and subcommittee meetings where much of our work takes place  meet three times a year and have specific remits.

Teaching and Learning
This committee monitors all work around attainment and progress. It ensures that the curriculum is broad and balanced. Subject leaders come to talk to Governors about their subject throughout the year.

This committee ensures that school spending is within budget and all money is spent wisely. There are additional meetings throughout the  year with the Finance Officer. Staffing and Buildings as well as Health and Safety come within this committee’s remit.

Children’s Welfare
This committee monitors and looks at all aspects of Pastoral work – behaviour, attendance, health and safety, safeguarding and spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision. Policies such as Child Protection, Inclusion and  Health policies are also dealt with in this committee.

Resources  ( Staffing, Finance, Buildings)
Chair -Alex Holt
Helen Stott
Phil Chambers
Paul Smith
In attendance- Denise Glazer (School Business Manager), Adam Smees (School Superintendant)

Teaching and Learning
Chair– Rev Jude Smith
Helen Stott
Jo Linsley
Rob Dyal
Najeeb Rahman

Children’s Welfare
Chair– Anna Ladd
John Sherbourne
Ann Weir
Jo Linsley

In addition there is a Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committee which meet several times per year. This committee is responsible for setting objectives for the Headteacher (with assistance form a School Improvement Advisor). They review her performance annually and agree an annual pay rise.

Chair -Phil Chambers
Rob Dyal
Rev Jude Smith

Pay and Performance Committee
This will be reviewed by the Resources Committee.

Pay Appeals Committee
This committee is responsible for making sure that a fair process following the correct procedure has been followed.

Rob Dyal, Anna Ladd and Rev Jude Smith

Link Governors

RE and SIAMS Ann Weir, Jude Smith
SEND John Sherbourne
Training Committee Chairs
Pupil Premium Rob Dyal
Complaints John Sherbourne
School Council John Sherbourne
Safeguarding Anna Ladd
Health and Safety Rob Dyal
Child Protection Anna Ladd
SIA visits Rev Jude Smith


Full Governing Body Meetings Attendance

28/09/15 7/12/15 18/04/16 20/06/16 10/10/16
H. Stott Y Y Y Y Y
M. Hodge A A Y Y Y
G. Brownlee Y Y Y Y Y
J. Sherbourne Y Y Y Y Y
J. Linsley Y A Y Y Y
D. Young Y Y Y Y Y
R. Dyal N/A N/A Y Y Y
A. Weir Y A Y Y A
A.  Holt Y Y Y Y Y
P.  Chambers Y Y Y Y Y

Where a Governor has sent apologies for a FGB meeting- a valid reason has been received and accepted by the G.B.


Privacy notice for governors


Pen Portraits of our Governors

Mrs Margaret Hodge

(Year 1 classes link)
Margaret Hodge wanted to be a governor because she thinks that it is important to create an environment where children feel both safe and valued and are given the opportunity to develop confidence so that they achieve their full potential.

She has served as a governor in several schools and spent many happy years teaching Primary age children.

Margaret has lived in Alwoodley for about thirty years and her children attended local schools.  In her spare time she enjoys the theatre, films, gardening and holidays – when she is not looking after her four grandchildren!





Dr. Phillip Chambers

(Year 3 classes link)

Philip has been a research scientist at the University of Leeds for a very long time and a school parent governor for a slightly shorter time. He firmly believes that education and learning are essential if people are to achieve their potential and live happy and successful lives.

Philip is originally from Belfast but has lived in Leeds for the last 30 years. He currently has one child at Allerton C of E Primary School and one child who attended the school and is now at Allerton High School.

Anna Ladd

(Year 5 classes link)

Anna Ladd is a Health Service Manager with 15 years of NHS experience. She currently works with NHS England across Yorkshire and the Humber. Anna is a first time governor, having joined the governing body as a co-opted member in 2017, with a special interest in Child Welfare.

Anna has lived in Leeds since coming to university in the city 18 years ago. She has two children, both of whom attend Allerton C of E Primary School.

Mr Rob Dyal

(Nursery classes link)

Rob Dyal is a Human Resources Manager with over 20 years experience in the private sector. Rob is a first time governor, having joined the Governing Body as a co-opted member in 2016.
Rob has lived in Leeds for 17 years. He has two children that attend Allerton C of E Primary School.

Mr Alex Holt

(Year 2 classes link)

Ms Jo Linsley

Miss Linsley Deputy Head

Miss Linsley
Deputy Head


Mr. John Sherbourne

(Year 6 classes link)

John Sherbourne is a former staff photographer with The Daily Mail. Now in retirement, John is Chair of Trustees at The Leeds & Moortown Furniture Store, a Management Board member with The Duke of York’s Community Initiative and an active member of Moortown Baptist Church. John and his wife Gwynneth have two grown up children, three grandchildren and have lived locally for over forty years.


Mrs Helen Stott

Mrs Stott
Head Teacher

Mrs Ann Weir

(Reception classes link)

Ann Weir is a retired High School teacher. She taught Child Development, Textiles and was Head of Deptartment for PSHE for 15 years. She has worked with 0-18 year olds at St.George’s Church, Leeds, latterly as Children’s and Families’ Pastor. Since retirement, Ann continues to support, through mentoring and supervision, several adults mainly working within a church/Christian context across the city.

Ann has lived in Alwoodley for almost 50 years and is the mother of four and grandma to nine.

Rev. Jude Smith

(Year 4 classes link)

Jude Smith is an Anglican priest, and serves as the Team Rector of the Moor Allerton and Shadwell Team.  She is a qualified secondary history teacher and has worked in school, youth and community work for a number of years.