Our Governing Body
All schools in England have a Governing Body which has a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’; to support, to challenge, to ask questions and to oversee the financial performance of the school, ensuring that money is well spent.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
The governing body has recently been reconstituted and consists of:
1 Elected Staff Governor
1 LA Representative
2 Elected Parent Governors
12 Co-opted Governors
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.
The chair of governors is Mrs Kim Adams, who can be contacted via the school office or directly via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Carr Manor Primary School, we have the following committees:
Teaching and Learning
Governors discharge their responsibilities through 4 Governing Body meetings each year. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of informal sub-committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as literacy, maths, safeguarding and inclusion.
Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.
They are instrumental in terms of ensuring that the school has strategies in place to enable children to achieve their full potential and an education which will equip them to achieve future successes.
List of Carr Manor governors:
Child protection governor
Governor representative on the cluster
|Teaching and learning Sub-committee|
Message from Chair of Governors
I briefly introduce to you the work of the Governing Body who aim to ensure that your child(ren) receive an excellent and enjoyable primary school education. We have a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. Responsibilities relate to
Each school year there are five full Governing Body meetings supported by a series of sub-committees dealing with more specific issues such as resources, teaching and learning, pupil support. Individual Governors may also have responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as maths, inclusion, and safeguarding. Our Governing Body is very fortunate in having very active and willing members from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.
Part of our role is to review, monitor and adopt a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including behaviour and performance management
The Governing Body are extremely proud of the achievements of the school particularly the academic results but also in the solid foundation it provides in developing the children and preparing them for their future.
Information regarding the governors of CMPS
Kim Adams (Chair and Ex-Parent)
Term of office: 18.05.15 - 18.05.19
Register of Interests: Manager for Health and Social Care for Leeds LA
I have been a parent governor at Carr Manor Primary since my son was in reception and am now a co-opted governor. I have worked for lots of different charities, developing services for people and bring lots of experience of spotting opportunities and turning these into actions. I currently work for the NHS and Adult Social Care in Leeds joining up health and social care for older people. I’m also studying nutritional therapy and am very interested in what our children eat.
Iain Wolsley (Vice Chair)
I have been a community governor at Carr Manor Primary School since June 2013. After studying science and engineering at university I have been working in the environmental sector, for Yorkshire Water. I am keen to use that knowledge and experience to ensure that decisions made in the school are evidence based.
I am fortunate that my current employer is very supportive and allows me the time to be able to support the school. I have a son in a nearly primary school and this has allowed me to see how two different schools work and see the best practice in both.
Nadeem Siddique (Parent)
I work for Leeds City Council with Community Safety and have a background in youth and community work, and many years of experience in the third sector. My current role involves liaising with a wide range of statutory partners, including delivering training, to help them understand how best to support vulnerable individuals. In my spare time, I play football regularly and I am a passionate Liverpool FC supporter.
I became a parent governor in 2012 and have two daughters at CMPS. I also sit on the Pupil Support sub-committee. Being involved in my children’s education is really important to me to ensure they reach their potential so joining the governing body seemed to be a sensible approach to assist the school and staff, and to ensure all pupils achieve the best possible start to their education.
I am proud to be a Governor and am committed to supporting the school to continue to build on its outstanding track record, providing a caring and safe environment in which children are respected and given an opportunity to thrive and develop as individuals.
I became a parent governor at Carr Manor in July 2015. I have 2 children at CMPS and have always been impressed with the ethos and ambition of the school. As a governor, I now want to help the staff to achieve the goals they have set themselves - and those that are set for them - to ensure the children receive as broad a range of experience and education as possible. I previously worked as a management consultant across numerous industries and disciplines and am currently Director of Asset Management for EcoGen Services Limited, a renewable energy consultancy.
Richard Buono, Term of office - 2019 till 2013
I became a parent governor at CMPS in 2019.
My two children have attended CMPS since nursery. I have always been delighted with the ethos of the school, the dedication of the staff and the positive experiences my children have enjoyed there.
I have been a solicitor for the past 18 years and am currently a Partner at Blacks Solicitors in Leeds, specialising in advising business owners. My role also involves assisting with the management of the firm and the development of the staff in my department. My wife is a primary school teacher (not at CMPS), so I also have a good insight into the challenges teachers face.
I am keen to use my professional and personal experience to support the school and its staff and proud to have been given the opportunity to do so.
Deborah Kenny (Headteacher)
I became Headteacher of CMPS in September 2011 and an automatic member of the governing body. I have been involved in primary education for 35 years, 6 of which were spent as Headteacher in an affluent outer area school and as Executive Headteacher to an urban school in challenging circumstances. From 2006 I was employed as a School Improvement Advisor for Education Leeds, a consultancy role which involved challenging and supporting Headteachers and Governors of schools to raise standards, address issues in terms of leadership and to provide advice on strategic planning. I have recently become a National Leader of Education and CMPS is a National Support School.
I have been a member of the Governing Bodies at five schools and am currently a governor at the Grammar School at Leeds.
I have one son who is now making his own way in London and my husband is also involved in education
Alison Robson (Deputy Headteacher at CMPS)
I have been deputy head at Carr Manor Primary for the past 8 years but have been a teacher here for the last 27. In that time I have had responsibility for a wide range of subjects including, History and Gifted and Talented Provision and Mathematics coordinator for at least 10 years. As part of my deputy role I am involved in the strategic development of the school, I also coordinate volunteers, student teacher placements and support all newly qualified teachers. I work closely with our Headteacher deputising for her when required.
I love teaching at Carr Manor and cherish the wide range of diversity we are lucky enough to enjoy here. As a parent of 2 grown up children I know how important it is that children are happy and enjoy their school life and I work very hard, alongside Mrs Kenny, to ensure Carr Manor provides a vibrant, safe and stimulating place where children and staff work well together.
I have recently been designated as a Specialist Leader of Education for the Noctua Teaching Alliance.
Angelique O'Gara (Teacher at CMPS and member of the Senior Leadership Team)
Term of office: 03.10.18 - 03.10.21
Register of Interests: None
I have been teaching in Leeds for the past 15 years and have spent 9 of those happily at CMPS. In my time here, I have been KS2 phase leader, computing lead and, for the past 6 years, lower KS phase leader and literacy leader. It is a role which I thoroughly enjoy and feel privileged to be part of a fantastic team which always strives to find new opportunities to promote standards whilst taking great satisfaction in helping children to develop their enthusiasm for learning. Leadership has enabled me to develop the strong communication, interpersonal and organisational skills I need to fulfil my roles with success and reinforce the school's ethos, standards and policies. I am a committed and experienced member of the leadership team and I take great satisfaction in supporting with the planning and delivery of our whole school vision. Over the last years I have continued to develop my skills which I utilise in my role as Specialist Leader of Education for the Noctua Teaching School Alliance.
Shruti R Sharma
I have been a LEA Governor at Carr Manor Primary School for a number of years now and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience.
I work for a large global bank as a Senior Credit Risk Analyst and have 8 years of experience working within this sector. It was through a work open day that I was first presented with the idea of becoming a school governor. The idea of using the skills gained from the analytical nature of my job to help a school really appealed to me and I immediately signed up!
Outside of work I am a trained danced and still regularly attend classes, enabling me to interact with people across different age groups and sections of society. I enjoy travelling and reading in my spare time.
Having recently married, I'm hoping to continue to develop as a person and to contribute as much as possible to my role on the governing body.
Dr Jatinder Mehmi
Ms Koulla Mina
I am a Co-Opted Parent Governor and joined the Governing Body in 2014. I also sit on the Teaching and Learning Sub-committee. Both my children attend Carr Manor Primary School, my daughter is in Year 6 and my son is in Year 3 and both thoroughly enjoy their time and learning experience at Carr Manor Primary School. One of the main reasons I became a Governor is to be more actively involved in my children’s education and to help and support the school achieve the best for both pupils and staff.
I am very interested in how the school works “behind the scenes”, what the long-term plans are for CMPS and how such plans are to be implemented.
I am a Family Lawyer and work for LCF Law Solicitors. I have been practising Family law for the last 18 years. I believe my skills and experience gained as a Family Lawyer, including my analytical and mediatory skills, are an asset for the
school and in particular in the role of a governor as a ‘critical friend’.
I became a co-opted parent governor in March 2017 and have two children at CMPS. I worked for Marks & Spencer for 20 years across a range of roles and locations, giving me valuable experience in people, financial and facilities management as well as customer service. I now work locally, for a small business with two friends I have known since school, which continues to create new challenges and opportunities for development.
I am also the treasurer of the Friends of Carr Manor group.
School is such a large part of every child's life and I feel that if I can give my time and experience while my own children are at Carr Manor, I will be able to help and contribute to the ongoing success of the school.
Term of Office: 3 years
Register of Interests: None
I am a parent of two children who are currently attending Carr Manor Primary School. My educational background was in English Literature. However, due to a personal growing interest in children’s mental health and well being I completed a psychology degree and am currently on a three year post graduate journey in counselling psychology. I believe that schools are more than just academic institutions as they also play an important role in promoting children’s social and emotional well being as well as providing opportunities to all children in fulfilling their potential while recognising the emerging diverse needs of each individual child. As a governor I am passionate about inclusion within the school and am very keen in being a critical friend supporting the school in achieving high standards for all.
Term of Office: 3 years
Register of Interests: None
I work for the 2gether Cluster as the Cluster Leader. My background is with children and families, I started my career in 1983 as a nursery nurse, later moving onto Family Centres. In 1994 I worked in Leeds to manage Early Years' Centres and Children's Centres. I have been a trainer for the Early Years' Service and the LSBC, delivering training around Child Protection and Domestic Violence. My current role involves working for 12 schools offering a wide range of services to children and their families.
In my spare time enjoy running and yoga.
I became a governor at CMPS in 2018, and I am committed to supporting the school on its continued journey to outstanding.
Term of Office; 3 years
Register of Interests: CEO of Northern Lights Learning Trust
I am passionate about education and have worked for 37 years, in primary schools, loving every minute. I am currently the Chief Executive of a small, growing Trust and Executive Principal of a Primary School which is a National Support and Teaching School. Every day I am inspired by the children I am privileged to work alongside and am both excited and honoured to become a member of the governing body of Carr Manor Primary School and to making a difference to the lives of the children we serve.
What to do if you are interested in being a Governor:
All governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed.
If you want to be part of Carr Manor Primary School’s Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies from Deborah Kenny, the Headteacher.
Visit Leeds City Council Website for guidance and advice about being a governor and where you can access an application form.