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Weaverthorpe School Governing Body September 2019


There are 10 Governor Positions on the Weaverthorpe School Governing Body. The Full Governing Body meets 6 times per year.


















Local Authority

















Current Governors




Appointed By






FGB Attendance 19/20


Bowden Foundation Diocese 01/10/2014 01/10/2022   Personal Development of Pupils   5 of 5
Nick Carnes Parent School 01/10/2019 30/09/2023 Vice Chair Curriculum, Finance   3 of 5
Katie Church Staff School 17/09/2019 16/09/2023       3 of 5
Femi Shellard Co-opted Governing Body 31/08/2019 30/08/2023 Chair Safeguarding, H&S and Premises   5 of 5
Tracy Wallace Parent School 18/09/2018 17/09/2022   SEND   4 of 5
Janette Wilkinson Headteacher N/A 01/09/2023   Headteacher SEND   5 of 5
Carolyn Childs Local Authority 29/05/2020 28/05/2021         1 of 1
Anne Conroy Local Authority 29/05/2020 28/05/2021         1 of 1
Howard Widdall Local Authority 29/05/2020 28/05/2021         1 of 1
Vacant   Co-opted Governing Body            
Vacant   Co-opted Governing Body            
Vacant   Foundation Diocese            
Laura Waites         Clerk      
Recent Resignations:                  
Jenny Driver Co-opted Resigned 20/05/2019 30/06/2020       1 of 5
Trish Lake Foundation Resigned 30/09/2014 30/06/2020       5 of 5



Governors who have stepped down in last 12 months




Who are the School Governors?

What role do they have in school?

The school governors are an elected group of individuals from the community. Their role is to work together to guide and develop the school alongside the headteacher and staff. They put forward ideas and monitor what happens in school.


Community Governors chosen by the Governing Body




Headteacher Governor

Miss Janette Wilkinson 

At Weaverthorpe CE (VC) Primary School we see ourselves as a learning community where everyone works together on behalf of the children in order to maintain a happy and caring ethos in which all the children can achieve high standards of successful learning. I enjoy every day at Weaverthorpe and as the Head teacher I am very proud of the staff, children and families that make up our School community. Away from school I enjoy a family life, being part of my own village community and absorbing myself in various hobbies. 


Foundation Governors chosen by the church                            

Rev Andy Bowden 

I am a foundation governor at the school. I am the vicar St. Andrew’s Church, Weaverthorpe and four other churches up the valley. This is only a part-time role and so I also run a consultancy with my wife, Jo for the rest of week.



LA Governors chosen by the local authority

Carolyn Childs

I am very delighted to be a Weaverthorpe governor and look forward to working hard, helping to give our children the very best education possible.

During my career I have taught in secondary, primary and special schools, and with pre-school children with complex needs.   As an education advisor in a London Borough I developed provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities across all schools.  In my next LA post I led on primary school curriculum development, planning and management.  When I became a primary school headteacher, I set up a nursery, developed close partnerships with parents and carers, raised standards, radically increased the school roll and had a lot of fun!.

My subsequent independent consultancy work included supporting local authorities and schools to establish effective leadership and governance and excellence in teaching and learning.   I have taught on under-graduate and post-graduate university courses. I worked for several years as an Ofsted inspector and as a nationally accredited School Improvement Partner.  I have a life-long interest in special needs, health, well-being and physical education, was engaged in the establishment of the National ‘Healthy Schools’ initiative and have written on PE, special needs and on children’s food and nutrition. I have recently retired but I remain a lecturer and international examiner in Sherborne Developmental Movement and have recently joined the Education Committee of the charity Antibiotics Research UK.

I have two married children and two grandchildren.  In my spare time I love painting and drawing, cooking and eating and all the benefits of village life.


Howard Widdall

Following my retirement from the position of Sales & Marketing Director at a Yorkshire based medical company I have been looking for opportunities to use my knowledge and experience, gained at Board level, to “put something back”. Becoming a School Governor is one way in which I feel I can do this as I believe that the challenges faced by schools, to effectively deploy scarce resources to deliver excellent results, are analogous in many respects to those faced by businesses and, as a member of the Governing Body, I look forward to helping Weaverthorpe Primary School achieve its Vision, fulfil its Mission and deliver on its Values.


Anne Conroy

I joined the governing board in 2020  As well as being a governor, I love to get involved with all aspects of school life.

I am a retired project manager, and so have time to enjoy my various interests. As well as my commitment to school, I also enjoy walking, gardening, researching my family history and a variety of crafts.


Staff Governors chosen by staff

Miss Katie Church


I have worked at Weaverthorpe Primary School for three years and I am the teaching assistant within Willow Unit and also one of the lunchtime supervisors. I love working with the children and helping others in anyway that I can. 


I am originally from Leeds and have three children, I spend my spare time being with my family and  I am very creative. I enjoy Painting, Drawing and Reading. 


I am looking forward to continuing my roles within school and as Staff Governor. 



Co-opted Governors 


Mr Femi Shellard - Chair of Governors


I have been a Governor of Weaverthorpe School since January 2008 when my elder son joined the nursery class. I become Chair in September 2010, just before my younger son entered nursery. I am keen to support the school in any way I can so that all our children get the best possible start in life with a great education, in a safe, caring and happy environment, that nurtures their talents and enables them to reach their full potential.


Parent Governors elected by all parents

Mrs Tracey Wallace 

I was born in Bradford West Yorkshire .
We moved to North Yorkshire five years ago and I am mum to Keira who attends
Weaverthorpe CE Primary School.
I am a fully qualified hairdresser and was self employed for over twenty years.
Currently not hairdressing or in employment due to been a full time mum, housewife and commitment to the renovation of our property.
I would say I am a reliable trust worthy person and also more of a practical hands on person rather than an academic one.
My hobbies are gardening ,walking and DIY.


Mr Nick Carnes 

I was brought up in the Scarborough area and lived in various locations in the UK and Australia.  I moved to the village over 10 years ago where I settled with my wife and have a child at the school.  I have an established Franchising Support business and Boutique Headhunting Company in Harrogate.  Outside of that I enjoy skiing and the odd 10k run in my spare time,  plus embracing the challenge of supporting the school in my governor role. 

Parents are encouraged to contact the Governing Body by letter if they would like to discuss any aspects of schooling. Letters should be addressed to the Chair of Governors at the address above. All members of the Governing Body can be contacted by phone at the school.