Meet The Governors

 

 

Mark Drye (Chair & Trust & EYFS 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 Foundation 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 have 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 an 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. 

     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.

 

Nicola Ware (GDPR Governor)      

Hello! I am Nicola and I am a relatively new parent governor at RSP. I work part time (allegedly!) as a project manager, which is very challenging, but not as rewarding as spending time in school with the children. Outside of work I enjoy music and drama and am a member of a local theatre group, where I am less on stage and more involved in the organisational side of things these days!

I believe a school-based education is super important for children, for academic performance and also for creating a close-knit community where they feel valued and safe. I am looking forward to working with the school as both a parent and a school governor.

 

School Representatives

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