Manor Wood Primary School


Our Governing Body

(This information is currently being updated)


Manor Wood PS has a Local 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 Trust.  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:


Elected Staff Governor

LA Representative 

Elected Parent Governors

Co-opted Governors


The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected every two years 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:

There is one sub-committee which focuses on Teaching and Learning and feeds back to all governors in the full governing body meetings. 


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, mathematics, safeguarding and inclusion.


Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Safeguarding, 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  Manor Wood governors:


Governor Role


Kim Adams   


Complaint committee

Headteacher Appraisal governor

Health and Safety governor

Colette Kurylo

Vice Chair

Headteacher Appraisal governor


Kate Humphries



Ellen Lowry


Deputy Headteacher (Co-opted)


Claire RanshawAssistant Headteacher & Inclusion Manager  

Andy Patrick 

Teacher (Elected)


Carmel Barton

Children's Centre and OOSC Manager (Co-opted)




Shruti SharmaLA Representative



























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

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards
  • Setting the strategic framework and direction of travel for the school’s future
  • Management of the school’s delegated budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based

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 mathematics, 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 MWPS


Kim Adams (Chair and Ex-Parent)

Term of office: October 2023- Present

Register of Interests: None

Attendance Full

I started as a parent governor at  Manor Wood Primary when my now adult child was in reception! I 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 in Leeds joining up health and social care with community services.  As a senior manager I have a breadth of experience including finance, HR and strategic planning.


Colette Kurylo (Vice Chair)

Term of office: October 2023- Present

Register of Interests: None

Attendance Full

I joined the Governing Body of Manor Wood in October 2023 as a Co-opted member, and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. I work for the 2gether Cluster as the Cluster Leader, and my role involves working with 12 schools (both primary and secondary) offering a wide range of services to children and their families. My career has always involved working with children and families, most recently as part of the Senior Leadership Team of a LA maintained Primary School. I have a vast experience in safeguarding within education and am trained as a Designated Safeguarding Lead. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and travelling to Greece.


Kate Humphries (Headteacher at MWPS) 

Term of office: January 2023 - present

Register of Interests: 

Attendance: Full 



Ellen Lowry (Deputy Headteacher at MWPS) 

Term of office: October 2023 - present

Register of Interests: None

Attendance: Full 

I have been fortunate enough to be a teacher at Manor Wood since 2008 which is testament to what a fantastic place it is to work and to be part of. During that time, I have taught across KS1 and KS2 (most recently in Year 6), and led various subjects including Geography and Computing. I love books and given half a chance can be found curled up with a new novel in my spare time, so I am proud to have led Literacy across school for many years, creating a "reading school" culture and supporting our staff in the effective planning and teaching of reading, writing and phonics. I took up the role of Assistant Headteacher and DSL, continuing to lead Literacy but also mentoring and supporting staff and trainee teachers across school. I am now Deputy Headteacher and my role has expanded to include responsibility for development of the wider curriculum. I love my job and I know the staff here are all just as passionate about making a difference for the children we teach. As a governor and senior leader, I am proud to help shape the future of our school.



Claire Ranshaw (Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Manager at MWPS) 

Term of office: October 2023 - present

Register of Interests: None

Attendance: Full 



Andy Patrick (Teacher at MWPS) 

Term of office: October 2023 - present

Register of Interests: Owner of Foundations Nursery in Batley. 

Attendance: Full 

I am a full time teacher at MWPS, currently I enjoy teaching in Y5 having spent time working across KS1.  Previous to that, I was lucky enough to spend 5 years working in our inspiring EYFS.  I am a huge advocate of promoting creativity and relish using drama to help improve oracy.  As the Computing curriculum lead and self-confessed technology geek, I am passionate about the use of computing to help children learn.  Within my classroom, I try to engender an inviting, collaborative exchange of ideas via a democratic approach between myself and my students.  I am qualified Early Years SLE for Noctua and have delivered training to over 25 schools over the last few years.   I own an outstanding children's nursery in Batley and am a director of a small teaching supply agency.  In those occasional moments when I am not working, my three, independent and very different daughters who also come to MWPS keep me busy! As a sports enthusiast, I follow lots of sport and regularly play tennis each week in the misguided hope that at some point I might start improving!


Darren Lansiquot 

Term of office: October 2023 - present

Register of Interests: None

Attendance: Full 

I have two children that attend Manor Wood Primary School. I have always been hugely impressed with the quality of teaching provided throughout the school. It was a great surprise and honour to be asked to become a Governor at the school, and I look forward to helping it maintain the high standards it has achieved. I work as a Network Engineer for a financial company based in Leeds. Outside of work I enjoy walking and cycling and travelling with my family when time permits.



Shruti R Sharma

Term of office: October 2023 - Present

Register of Interests: None

I have been a LEA Governor at  Manor Wood 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 10 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.


Carmel Barton

Term of office: October 2023 - Present

Register of Interests: None

Attendance : Full

I am a Staff Governor and have Managed  Manor Wood Children’s Centre since February 2017. In addition to managing the 50 place day care and family services I also support the school’s practice around Safeguarding. I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team and am proud of the excellent services families can access here.



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 Manor Wood 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. 

Welcome to our governors' section.