Deighton Gates Primary School Governors
Simon Cavell - Parent Governor - Chair
Having moved to Wetherby in 2010, I was delighted to be appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2011. We have two children at Deighton Gates.
During the day, I manage a financial services team in Leeds. At the weekend, I enjoy time with the family, bike rides, and the occasional trip to 'The Muse'!
Rob Hart - Parent Governor – Vice Chair
I was delighted to be appointed a parent governor in November 2014.
I currently have two children at Deighton Gates and was keen to support the school as it plays such an important part in their lives and strives to ensure the primary school experience is as enjoyable, challenging and rewarding as possible for all involved. I currently work as a Supply Chain Manager for a Global Decorative Paint Manufacturer whose UK operations are based in Birstall, Yorkshire. Away from the office I enjoy the great outdoors, camping, walking and socialising with family and friends. I'm Chairman of the Kirk Deighton Cricket Club Junior Committee and actively involved with the Wetherby Neighbourhood Planning Group.
Jean Chapman - Community Governor
I am a Community Governor at Deighton Gates School and have been a governor since 2008. I am also the secretary of Wetherby Flower Club and secretary of Wetherby Civic Society. My other interests are reading and attending Train FX Gym, where, as well as keeping fit (or trying to) using the equipment, I do some boxing.
I also enjoy visits to Historic Houses and Gardens.
Mr. L. Dancer Staff Governor
After starting my teaching career in Derbyshire, I was delighted to take up a senior leadership post at Deighton Gates in September 2014. Since then, I have contributed to the leadership of the school and was very happy to be appointed as a Staff Governor in 2016 - working on the Teaching and Learning Committee. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Deighton Gates and I am committed to, and passionate about, providing our pupils with the highest quality of education. As a class teacher, I have a particular love of Literacy and Computing. I also lead the school choir who perform regularly, both at school, and within the local community.
Miss H. Duffy Co-opted Governor
This is my sixth year with Deighton Gates Primary School and most people will recognise me as a class teacher and the Deputy Head - roles I feel very privileged to hold. I also sit on the Governing Body as a Co-opted governor, working on both the Teaching and Learning and Resources Committees. Through my role of Deputy Head, and as a cross phase teacher, I have gained a wide working knowledge of the school which enables me to provide pertinent information and contribute to the work and decisions made by the Governing Body direct from the chalkface! I thoroughly enjoy my roles here at Deighton Gates and being part of a team that constantly strives to ensure that our children get the best start in life, develop a love of learning and go on to be successful individuals.
Charlie King – Local Authority Governor
I am a retired Metallurgist/Chartered Engineer. My two children were educated at Deighton Gates during the late 70s/early 80s, during which time I was Chair of the PTA. I now have grand children at the school. I have an interest in education for life and became a Governor in 2006 and Chair of Governors in 2007. Whilst academic progress and attainment are of course, very important, I believe in an all-round primary education for our pupils, which can provide a foundation for greater progress in subsequent secondary and further education. The broad breadth of education provided in our school is important to me. However, my special interest is in the teaching of maths and science and ensuring that the principles taught in these subjects are firmly related to the pupils' life at home and outside school. In these times of fundamental and rapid changes to education funding and management, it is my constant aim to ensure that Deighton Gates School is best placed in terms of funding and quality teaching for the benefit of the pupils.
Andrew Thornhill - Parent Governor
I was very proud to be appointed parent governor in November 2014. I currently have two children at Deighton Gates Primary School, both in KS2. I am a Senior Manager for a medical device company which affords me the opportunity to travel the globe embracing new and interesting cultures with people from all walks of life. I consider myself to be an active member of the local community. An avid cricketer who enjoys sharing my passion for the sport with juniors. In the last four years I have been actively involved in successfully re-establishing junior cricket at KDCC where we now have both U9 and U11 squads. I am also the Chairman of the Wetherby Junior Cricket League. This coming year I will again be helping as an assistant coach for the U11 Wetherby tiger’s team. I hope that my academic background and business acumen will allow me to make a valuable contribution to the continued successful running of the school and ensure that it continues to build on its strengths, making certain that it is able to go on providing a challenging, exciting and supportive learning environment for each and every child that comes through its doors.
Bill Todd - Community Governor
I first moved to Wetherby in 1971, living then in Aire Road. My children both attended Deighton Gates and I became Chair of the PTA at that time. I moved to other parts of the country with my job but when I retired my wife and I decided to move back to Wetherby where we had been happiest. I now live a two minute walk from the school. I offered to assist at the school in any capacity and was given the task (not a heavy one) of sitting with some of the children who read out loud to me. I have really enjoyed this experience and was delighted to be asked to serve as governor. Among my other interests; I edit the parish magazine for Kirk Deighton, Spofforth, and Follifoot churches, am a member of the Kirk Deighton church bell ringing band, and a regular attender at the gym.
Suzanne Erwin - Co-opted Governor
I feel privileged to have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Deighton Gates for the past 13 years supporting children across all year groups and gaining a wide variety of experience along the way. In addition, I am responsible for the SENCO administration, ensuring our pupils can access additional support or professional involvement (e.g. Speech and Language) to enable every child to reach their potential in an inclusive setting, something I am passionate about.I began my working life with Lloyds Bank before having my two daughters. Having moved to Yorkshire from the Midlands they attended Deighton Gates where I began volunteering which led me to retrain as a teaching assistant, a career change I have never regretted. During my involvement with the school I am also proud to have held the position of Chair of the PTA.I am now honoured to have been asked to join the Governing Body, where I will take a particular interest in the SEND area, sharing my knowledge and experience to ensure all our pupils carry on receiving a high quality, engaging and inclusive education and leave Deighton Gates with a zest for learning.