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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

Amanda Gledhill (HT) Andrea Jenkinson (SENDCo)
Celia Newton Anna Potter
Mrs Jackie Lee
Terms of office
Register of Interests – 26th January 2022

Register of interest 2019

Register of interests

Register of Interests

Miss Amanda Gledhill – Headteacher

I was delighted to begin my appointment as the Headteacher at South Otterington Church of England Primary School in September 2017. 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 Damian Chubb – CEO

Damian Chubb is the Chief Executive Officer for the Dales Academies Trust.

More information is available on the Trust website.

Mrs Andrea Jenkinson – SENDCo

I have been working in Early Years education for thirty six years initially as a nursery nurse in Sunderland and North Tyneside and currently as the EYFS Lead and SENDCo.

I have two children Peter and Illy, Pete is a mechanical fitter working for a bus company in York and my daughter Illy has just returned to university in London where she is training to be a teacher herself. I am super proud of both of them and their achievements.

I am very proud to be part of the South Otterington team as we move the school forward with our aspiring vision.

Mr Terry Cane

Currently apart from my role as chair of governors at South Otterington, I am chair of governors at the Cornerstone group of schools, also part of the Dales Academy Trust. I am also a governor of a school in another trust.

I supported over 30 schools as a National Leader of Governance, including primary, secondary and schools with different Ofsted gradings. The role has included supporting chairs of governors, facilitating governing board self-evaluations and leading effective governance training sessions.

I have undertaken various governor training, mainly for N L G designation , External Reviews of Governance, Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment, School Finance, school admissions and oversubscription.

I have served as a school governor from 2002, as chair of governors since 2006

I am a keen golfer play regularly in club competitions, I enjoy gardening walking and when necessary, D I Y.

Not sure if it’s a hobby, I prepare the parish accounts for the 2 parishes where I attend church.

Mrs Newton

Mrs Potter

Mrs Jackie Lee

Mr Andrew Walker

I am a foundation governor, with specific oversight responsibility for collective worship, religious studies and the school’s budget.

I joined the governing body in December 2021, having moved to South Otterington from a hamlet near Harrogate in early 2021.

Previously, I served as a parent governor on the governing body of All Saints’ CoE Primary School in Kirkby Overblow, which my children attended.

Before retiring in 2020, I was an audit partner in a global firm of chartered accountants, so I have a particular expertise in Finance matters. I am married to Debbie (who volunteers at the school) and we have two grown up children, one of whom graduated from Oxford and is now training to be a primary school teacher at Manchester University, and the other is an apprentice accountant. I spend most of my spare time restoring our house, and a little less time cycling, running and swimming! Debbie and I are regular attendees at St Andrew’s Church in South Otterington.

Mrs Lynn Wild

I was very lucky during my working life to be part of four schools in the Northallerton area and prior to that in private industry in my native North East.  I am hoping the skills I gained over a 50-year career will add value to the Governing Body of South Otterington CE Primary School.  Specifically, I have a good knowledge of school finance, safeguarding, leadership and management and health and safety.  In addition, I have previously served as a School Governor and attended the majority of Governor Meetings in my last role as a School Business Manager at Hambleton & Richmondshire PRS.  Now retired I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and walking in the Lake District with my husband.  I am enthusiastic and eager to use my expertise to support everyone who is part of this thriving school.