Meet The Governors
Mark Drye (Chair & Trust & EYF Governor)
I am a parent of two children who came through the school but have now moved on to Benton Park. How time flies! To give things their proper title I am a Fondundation Governor at the school which means I am nominated to the Governing body by St. Peter’s Church. I am the engineering director for the regional electricity distribution utility and I always hasten to add here that’s not the company that sends you a bill! My wife Margaret, (who works at RSP on the admin team) our children Victoria and Nathan and I live within walking distance of the school having moved to Rawdon when we got married in 1993. When we’re not busy doing other things Nathan and I are enthusiastic fans of the Leeds Rhinos rugby team.
Ben McGregor (Child Protection Governor and Looked After Children)
As a former pupil, and a local resident, St. Peters has had important part of my own education and that of my children, as I am a parent of two children who attend RSP. Since I became a governor, it has been a real pleasure to see up close the hard work all staff put into to school life. I currently work at Bingley Grammar School as Director of Faculty for Physical Education. Recently I have been lucky enough to work in a school in Nairobi, Kenya coaching leadership skills through rugby. Most of my free time is spent with my family, however my hobbies revolve around sport. Although my playing days are over I still enjoy running and playing golf also I am massive Bradford City fan.
Selina Cleasby (Extended Services Governor)
Born in Ikley a very long time ago, youngest daughter of a local Councillor who has lived in the area for over 40 years. I attended Rawdon St Peters as a pupil then going to Benton Park Grammar School to complete my schooling, before embarking on a career in Financial Services. This was not my original career choice as I wanted to be an artist.
Professionally I work full time for a large Financial Services Group as an Account Manager and am also a mum to Amelia who is currently a pupil at Rawdon St Peters and to James who attends Horsforth School. The latter being my best and most enjoyable role in life.
My family are very important to me so most of my free time is spent with them together with our two dogs and pet rabbit. I am also lucky enough to be able to go horse riding with Amelia as horses have been in my blood since a very early age. The arts and cookery are probably my other main interests.
Coming from a very active and outspoken political family helping and supporting others was always important and very much drilled into me by my parents so when the opportunity to be a Governor came up I jumped at the chance, especially when it was at my old but wonderful primary school. I hope that I bring a love for the school together with a need to make it the best and an overwhelming aim to make sure all our pupils are given the foundations to build on allowing them to achieve everything that they can.
Jim Baxter ( Parental Links Governor)
My aim as a school governor is to support the headteacher and the school to provide the best possible education and learning environment for all children, including my own, at Rawdon St Peter’s.
I work for the University of Leeds as a Senior Staff Development Officer leading staff and research student development in the areas of research and innovation, largely for academics and PhD students. This includes managing a team of professional and administrative staff. I came to this role from a lectureship in Mechanical Engineering where my research and teaching interests were in engineering design. Before coming to the University of Leeds I gained experience as a practising engineer. I have a BEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and I am a Chartered Engineer.
Before becoming a parent governor at Rawdon St Peters CE Primary School I was a community governor at Rawdon Littlemoor Primary School between 2004 and 2009. During this time I was Chair of Governors for 2 years.
I enjoy having fun with my family and friends, mountain biking and a little DIY.
Jenny Wilson (Vice Chair & Training Governor, Pupil Voice, PTA Liason)
I am a self-employed fitness instructor working predominantly in the older adult sector for the charities Opal and Avsed. Married to Scott, we have two children, Pippa in Year 8 at Benton Park and Cara in Year 5 Willow Class.
I enjoyed many happy years working with the PTA and getting involved with lots of different events – fairs, bun sales, treasure hunts and parties. Now I am working with the Governing Body and doing different things to support the school. I particularly like visiting Elm and Ash Classes where I am the Governor Representative.
Rev Mark Smith (Chair of Church Links)
I am the vicar of Rawdon St Peter's Church and also Minister among the deaf community in West Yorkshire and the Dales. I have ministered in a number of parishes and also worked in wider roles offering training, consultation, education support to churches across Yorkshire and the North East and nationally. I have been a governor previously at Derby School for Deaf Children.
I am married to Anna, have four adult children and four grandchildren. I have a variety of outside interests, including cooking, gardening and playing the guitar, however I also have a passion for paragliding, conjuring and fire eating!
I am happy to be a governor at RSP. I hope to play my part building bridges between school, community and church, making sure our children get a broad and rigorous education across a wide syllabus, that nurtures them in a positive environment that respects Christian values.
Robert Mirfield (Pupil Premium Governor)
My degree was in Modern Languages but my working career was spent in Personnel and Training, a large percentage being targeted on helping unemployed young people and adults get back into work, particularly through Job Guarantee.
I have lived in Horsforth for more than 30 years and have been a member of the Rotary Club of Aireborough since 1990. I was also Chair of Governors at Benton Park School where our children were educated.
I have been a volunteer reader in Oak Class for the past few years too!
Peter Marsh ( SEND Governor)
Having spent my entire career in the teaching profession, including 14 years in Headship I am currently a semi-retired independent Education Consultant and wear many hats including that of being an Associate School Improvement Advisor with the Leeds’ Authority. My hope is that these experiences can in some small part support the hard work and dedication of what is already recognised as a successful school. My wife and I have lived in Rawdon and attended St Peter’s Church for over 30 years. Our only son also lives in Rawdon. I enjoy keeping relatively fit and still enjoy the odd round of golf. Sadly for my non-sport loving other half, I enjoy watching any sport that involves a ball (and of any shape!) Also a long suffering supporter of both Birmingham City and the Bradford Bulls.
Mrs Caroline Sibson Headteacher, joined RSP in 1997
Mrs Janette Breton Teacher, joined RSP in 1995
Mrs Debbie Howlett (Sports Funding Governor) HLTA joined RSP in 2005