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Minutes of the governing body meeting are available on request from the clerk –

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 The Governing Body

 Name Caterory  Appointment details Term
Amanda Gledhill Headteacher


Appointment by virtue of being Headteacher  Ex Officio
Beth Parker Staff


Elected by staff 25.03.15 – 24.03.19
Ian Juden LA


Appointed by NYCC 30.08.17- 31.08.21
David Henderson Parent


Elected by Parents 10.10.13 – 11.10.17
Celia Newton Parent


Elected by Parents
Liz Edwards Parent


Elected by Parents 07.12.15 – 08.12.19
Reverend Robert Williamson Foundation


Appointment by virtue of being vicar of the parish Ex Officio
Leon Midson Foundation Appointed by the Diocese 20.11.15 – 21.11.19
Fraser Mcleay Co Opted


Invited by the core governors  10.10.16 – 11.10.20
Caroline Potter Co Opted


Invited by the core governors 20.10.14 – 21.10.18
Associate Appointed by the governors
In Attendance
Dianne Mousley NYCC clerk


Miss Amanda Gledhill – Headteacher

I was so delighted to be appointed the new  Headteacher at South Otterington Church of England Primary School last September. Every day I am very thankful to work in our fabulous school, where everyone is so committed to ensuring that our children have an engaging curriculum and fantastic opportunities every day.

Mr Damien Chubb – CEO

Mr Ian Juden – Chair of Governors

I have been a governor since 2004. When I started only one of my children was at the school (in Reception). Now they have both passed through and are doing A levels and GCSE’s.  I wanted to be a governor, and remain as a governor to ensure that other children were able to get the very best possible start to their education. I have achieved this through regular visits to the school (at least once per week); meeting regularly with my link subject leader and being actively involved in the recruitment of the Headteacher and most of the teaching staff. Ensuring that the successful, caring and creative environment I so admired is continued and developed for current and future children to enjoy learning in.

Mrs Liz Edwards – Vice Chair and Lead governor for School Improvement

I am a committed parent governor with two children at South Otterington in Years 2 and 4.  Being a governor has been an interesting and stimulating experience and I have been able to gain a privileged insight into primary school education as well as making a valued contribution to the continued development of our school.  Our school is an exciting, thriving and creative environment where the staff are always striving for the best for our children.  The commitment of the staff and fellow governors has been a highlight of my governor experience and I always look forward to spending time in the school with children and staff.

As the school improvement lead I have been involved in recent recruitment activities, a role I particularly enjoy and which is one way I can help to ensure the school continues to develop in line with our aims and mission.  I have also been working closely with Mrs Parker as literacy link governor and class governor..

Leon Midson – Foundation Governor

I’ve been a Governor at South Otterington church school since 2013. As a Foundation Governor (representing York Diocese) I have a particular role in encouraging and supporting the development of the school’s Christian ethos. It is a pleasure and a privilege to visit the school, which I do regularly. There is always a lovely atmosphere and it is great to see the children developing as they progress through the school. We are very fortunate that we have such an outstanding school. As a Governor my aim is to do all I can to help the school maintain its high standards, continue to develop and provide a great start in life to current and future pupils. I also particularly enjoy supporting the School Council.

Father Robert Williamson – Foundation Governor

Mrs Parker

I thoroughly enjoy my role as Assistant Headteacher at South Otterington C of E Primary School. I am also English subject leader and responsible for assessment in Key Stage 2. My drive to raise standards in English comes from my passion for the subject. I have experience of teaching in both Key Stages and at present, teach a super class of mixed Year 5/6 children.

As well as the work I do in school to support the Headteacher and the team of teachers and teaching assistants, I also enjoy coaching trainee teachers and do this frequently in my role as a School Based Mentor for High Force SCITT. I find it extremely rewarding to watch the students develop over the year. In addition to this, I was recently appointed as an SLE (Specialist Leader in Education). This role allows me to work with other schools, providing support and training on behalf of the Swaledale Alliance.

Mrs Caroline Potter

I was delighted in January 2014 to be invited to become a Community Governor at South Otterington CE Primary School. I have recently retired, but my professional background is in primary education. I was a class teacher at Applegath Primary School, headteacher at Knayton CE Primary School and headteacher at Leeming RAF Community Primary School. I have worked for the LA as a Consultant Headteacher and as an Education Development Adviser. Now that I have a little more free time, I look forward to learning some new skills – as a governor.

Mrs Matten