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

You can contact the Chair of governors at:

 The Governing Body

Ian Juden (Chair) Liz Edwards(Vice Chair)
Amanda Gledhill (HT) Leon Midson
Andrea Jenkinson (AHT) Caroline Potter
Father Robert Fraser Mcleay
Katie Matten Celia Newton
Alan Weston

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

I was lucky to be asked to join the governing body as an associate member in September 2017 at a time when the school was experiencing massive change converting to the Dales Academy and welcoming our fantastic Head, Miss Gledhill.

I work full time managing a family business local to the school and my daughter is currently in year 5. She has been a very happy pupil since the start of her school life. We have always experienced the school to be a welcoming, inclusive environment where the children are encouraged to be independent, caring individuals. This is incredibly important to me and my family, as I feel that to learn, children need to feel safe and happy. As a governor, I want to ensure that the children are always at the forefront of decisions and parents are kept fully in loop with school life. I aim to support the school, spending time within classes to gain the most accurate insight into daily activities and perhaps learning something myself!

Mr Weston

Mrs Newton

Mr McLeay

Fraser is Professor and Chair in Marketing and Head of the Marketing, International Enterprise and Strategy Division (MIES) at Sheffield University Management School. He has also held senior roles as Associate Pro Vice Chancellor of Strategic Planning and Engagement, Associate Dean of Business and Engagement and Head of Corporate Development for the Faculty of Business and Law at the Faculty of Business and Law at Northumbria University.

Fraser also has over ten years of practitioner experience, holding senior management and leadership positions globally. While working in industry, Fraser has assisted over 250 businesses in more than 60 countries to implement successful start-up, commercialisation, business expansion, marketing, branding, strategic planning and new product/service introduction strategies in industry sectors that vary from education to renewable energy, engineering, agri-food and graphene. His clients range from SMEs to MNEs and have included Nestlé, Royal Numico, Parker, Gripple,Thomas Swan, Bank of Montana, Sage, UKTI, Nexus and Greggs, plus organisations such as the World Bank, USDA, and EU. Fraser has also held academic positions at Lincoln University (New Zealand); Newcastle University (UK); Northumbria University (UK), Macquarie University (Australia) the University of Montana (US), and Peter the Great St Petersburg University (Russia).

Mrs Potter