Wishing you all the best for 2022 from the pupils and staff at Deighton Gates.
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Deighton Gates Primary School Governors

Kate Carroll - Local Authority Governor -  Chair


Having grown up in the local area I was very pleased to move back to Wetherby in 2016.  I am delighted to have been appointed a community governor and am very much looking forward to working with such a fabulous school. I am a barrister working in family law with a specialism in child protection. I hope that this experience will stand me in good stead to assist in whatever way I can, and approach any challenges from a child focussed perspective. Outside of work I enjoy ballet and can be found dancing, assisting and choreographing for the dance school I attend. I also love spending time with my family including my baby daughter, who is a long way off school yet!


Simon Cavell - Foundation Governor -  Vice 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'!



Ann Richardson - Foundation Governor - Vice Chair


I was honoured to be appointed a Foundation Governor in October 2018. Both of our, now grown up, children attended Deighton Gates and our grandchild is currently a pupil. When our children were pupils I was a member of the PTA and remember attending many fundraising events at school. I am a retired paediatric Speech and Language Therapist and I hope to be able to use some of the knowledge and skills I gained while working, in my role as a Governor. I am passionate about communication, in all its forms, and am keen to promote the importance of being good communicators in school. I enjoy walking our dog, caravanning, photography, baking, knitting and reading. I am a member of Wetherby and District U3A and a Trustee of a local village hall.



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.


Laura Carter - Co-opted Governor


I am delighted to have been appointed as a Governor for Deighton Gates. Having worked as a primary school teacher in Birmingham and Bradford, I am really looking forward to this opportunity to get involved with a local school from a different perspective. In my role as governor, I hope to bring my experience from teaching as well as my keen interest in education to support the school and its leadership in providing a high-quality education for its pupils. I wholeheartedly believe in inclusive education and ensuring all children are able to reach their full potential. I work for a professional services firm, based in Leeds, within the Social Mobility and School Engagement team. Although originally from the Midlands, I moved up to Yorkshire in 2015 and have never looked back! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, usually walking our energetic Labrador, reading and visiting new places.


Beth Coburn - Co-opted Governor


I am delighted to be appointed as a Co-opted Governor for Deighton Gates. I have two daughters and one of them has just started in Reception. School is such an important part in all our lives and I believe every child should be educated in an environment that is fun, diverse and safe. I am keen to support the school in achieving this.  I have lived in a variety of cities in the UK over the past 20 years as part of my career in Retail Management, and moving to Wetherby in 2016 with my family was a great decision. Throughout my career I have had a passion for people development and management. I am now keen to see how I can use these skills within the role of Co-opted Governor. In my spare time I enjoy family days out, exploring new places and going away on holiday.


Lynsey Smith - Parent Governor


I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside the leadership team and governors at Deighton Gates. My children and I moved to Wetherby a year ago and I have been so impressed by the sense of community and support within the school, I really am delighted to have the opportunity to hopefully contribute to this in the future! My daughter attends year 5, and I have an older son at Wetherby High School. I am from Newcastle and moved to Leeds around 13 years ago, working in Accounts, before becoming a self employed Registered Childminder whilst my children were small. I since have worked in accounts and payroll, before embarking on a Degree in Payroll Management last year. In my (limited!) spare time I enjoy running, arial arts and live music!


James Stalker - Parent Governor


I was proud to be appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2020, soon after my eldest boy started in Reception. I feel that it is so important for a child’s early experience of school to be a positive one, providing them with the best possible start towards enabling them to reach their full potential. I am passionate in the belief that a child’s learning should be fun, and conducted in an environment in which they feel a strong sense of safety and belonging.

I work for a large engineering company, leading their Environment, Health & Safety function. I have a strong operational background, with a focus on delivery and problem solving. Like many others, I have spent the last year predominantly ensuring that our workplaces and people are as safe as possible from a COVID perspective, whilst maintaining business continuity. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, which also includes boy/girl twins who will hopefully start at Deighton Gates in September 2022, as well as an occasional ride out on my motorbike. With such a young family, my previous love of scuba diving in foreign waters is temporarily on hold.

I am pleased to have this opportunity to support the school, it’s children and it’s staff in such a meaningful way.


Caoimhe Crudden - Co-opted Governor


I am a Spanish and French teacher and Associate Assistant Headteacher at Allerton High School, Alwoodley. I work closely with early-career teachers and I am particularly passionate about championing evidence-informed classroom practice and high quality staff development. I am currently studying for an MA in Educational Leadership, and I also provide school-to-school support within the region through my designation as an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education). In essence, I live and breathe all things teaching and learning!

I am honoured to become a Co-opted Governor at Deighton Gates Primary. Having recently moved to Wetherby, I see this as a fantastic opportunity to support and learn about the local community, and I hope that I can bring some additional expertise and experience of the wider educational sector to the governing body.

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