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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

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.


Mr Julien Martell



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                            

Mrs Trish Lake 

I moved into the village 5 year ago, I volunteered at Citizen Advice for 4 years.  I enjoy travelling the world and have been to Australia & Singapore which are 2 of my favourite places. I have 2 lovely poodles that keep me on my toes.  I really enjoy coming into school and helping out where I can volunteering or in my governor role.


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



Staff Governors chosen by staff

Miss Ellie Barker



Parent Governors elected by all parents

Mrs Lucy Bannister 

I am a parent governor with three children at  Weaverthorpe School.  I am also a Company Director of a local farming business.   



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.