The Governing Body of Manston St James Academy is made up of individuals who are representative of different sections of the academy and the local community. Some are elected by parents and staff while the rest are appointed by the LEAF Academy Trust Board of Directors, and their term of office lasts for 4 years, after which they will need to be re-appointed if they wish to continue being a Governor. Mary Tailby – Chair of Governors Mary used to be a primary school teacher. She became a Governor at Manston St James in 2008, and has served as Chairperson since 2010. In 2012 she worked with all stakeholders to ensure smooth transition from VA maintained school to academy status. Mary is a founding member of LEAF Academy Trust and has therefore served on the LEAF Board of Directors since that time. Mary works voluntarily for a charity that supports disadvantaged families in Leeds, aiming to help people break the poverty cycle, advance their educational skills, promote healthy lifestyle choices and emotional well-being and improve the quality of their family life. Married with two teenagers she works as part of the pastoral team at her church, Hope City Leeds. Julie Lewis - Vice Chair of Governors Julie is currently the Access Officer for children with special education needs at Leeds City Council. She is Vice Chair of Governors and has been involved with Manston St James for approximately 10 years. Married with a teenage son who attended Manston St James and who is currently in 6th form at Abbey Grange. Mark Edwards - Principal Mark is an experienced teacher with 30 year’s experience teaching in Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools both in The United Kingdom and in Papua New Guinea. He has been a Headteacher / Principal for the last 12 years working in three schools. Originally from Bristol, Mark trained at Rolle College Teacher Training College, Devon gaining a BEd degree in Primary Education and Theology from Exeter University. Since then throughout his career, Mark has gained NPQH in 2003 and an MA Ed in Education Management in 2005. He is a director of a local charity that provides drug education for local schools having originally set up the project in conjunction with Sarah Ferguson’s charity Children In Crisis and delivered projects in UK and Ukraine. Recently Mark has worked as temporary Executive Principal for another Trust supporting and providing advice on school improvement. He works closely with the Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance delivering training on the initial teacher training course as well as the Aspiring leaders course. In addition he has supported the Local Authority in delivering CPD training. He is a school inspector for the National Society. Mark is married with three grown up children and lives in Harrogate. Alice Swinburn – Parent Governor After studying Chemistry at university Alice moved into the Information Technology sector and has more than 20 years of experience in various roles. Working as an IT Project Manager for over ten years Alice has delivered IT projects in a wide range of industry sectors including education and health. She particularly enjoys the challenge of translating between technical and business experts to try and make the most out of the opportunities presented by new technology. Originally from Bedford Alice has lived in Leeds for 20 years, has 2 children at the academy and also plays an active role the events run by the school PTFA Rev. Carolyn James Carolyn has been Priest in Charge of the Parish Church of St James the Great, the church directly adjacent to Manston St James Primary Academy, since 2012 and has been a member of the Governing Board from that time. Having herself initially left school with the dream of becoming a teacher, Carolyn found herself being ‘nudged’ to explore the possibility of ordination. After graduating, being selected for ordination training, and attending Theological College in Lincoln, Carolyn was ordained deacon in Ripon Cathedral in 1991 and subsequently ordained Priest (one of the first women priests in the Church of England) in 1994. Carolyn’s parish experience has been varied – serving a curacy in Middleton, South Leeds and then in Wetherby, followed by 7 years as Vicar of Kirkstall (1997-2005).Carolyn then left the Diocese for seven years to be Chaplain to the students and staff of Bishop Grosseteste University College, in Lincoln – a Higher Education College. In each of her ministerial posts Carolyn has always enjoyed and developed strong links with schools founded upon her belief that all should be given opportunities which allow them to explore, to achieve, and to grow in body, mind and spirit. In her spare time Carolyn enjoys reading, time with friends and walking on the cliff tops or the seashore at Whitby! Heather Woodhead Heather has worked as a maths teacher for 36 years. Her last 7 years before retirement in 2014 were spent as head of the Mathematics/ICT faculty at Abbey Grange C of E Academy, although since then she has been back at Abbey Grange on a part time temporary basis, and done some private tutoring. Heather graduated with a first class honours degree from London University in 1977 and has also been Brownie leader since that time, firstly at St Marys, Whitkirk and more recently at St James the Great, Manston. She has also held other Guiding roles such as County Brownie holiday advisor. She is a practising Christian who sings in the church choir and music group at St James the Great and is a strong believer in volunteering and creating community links. Retirement from full time teaching has meant she is able to concentrate on her hobbies; singing and travelling with choirs, (most recently to Belgium and New York) singing in folk clubs, reading and gardening (although she still finds time to do Mathematics). Helen Wright Helen taught music in a Leeds Primary School for 12 years until she left to start her family. She became a Governor at Manston St James in 2010. She runs the school choir and also plays the piano for all the schools musical events. Helen has attended Manston St James church all her life and is fully involved in the church life. She sings in the church choir, plays the piano for various services, helps lead the children’s events and has served on the Parochial Church Council. Married with 2 children, in her spare time Helen conducts an adult choir based in Tadcaster. Sam Wyman - Staff Governor Sam is a Year 4 Class Teacher and the Year 3/4 Phase Leader. He has taught at Manston St James since qualifying as a teacher in 2010 and joined the Governing Board in 2014. He has recently qualified as a Master Teacher in Computing and is passionate about ensuring the children are provided with an exciting, challenging curriculum. Sam previously worked as a scientific officer in the civil service, having studied Biology at university. He is married with a young daughter. Julia Robinson - Staff Governor (Non-Teaching) Coming Soon... Neil Morrisroe Coming Soon... Martyn Broadest - Parent Governor Martyn is a Parent Governor, with one of his children currently in Year 2 at Manston St James. He joined the Governing Body in early 2014. Martyn has worked in housing for over 20 years, and currently holds the position of an executive Director at a Leeds-based charitable housing association, with key responsibilities for property development, maintenance and asset management. His work means that he is well practiced at strategic planning, financial and risk management.
Manston St James Primary Academy Sandbed Lane Cross Gates Leeds LS15 8JH Telephone: 0113 2739180 Email: info@manstonstjames.co.uk Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House Abbey Grange C of E Academy Butcher Hill Leeds LS16 5EA Telephone: 0113 275 7877 Email: enquiries@abbeytrust.org
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