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Your Governors 

Find out a little more about each of our governors who help lead the school by reading their pen portraits below:

Haydn Rees Jones

I am a Parent Governor appointed in September 2013 and I became Chair of Governors in September 2014.  I have experience in working in governance roles for a number of safeguarding organisation including North Yorkshire Police, the Independent Safeguarding Authority (now the Disclosure and Barring Service) and the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board.  I am also an experienced Adult Education Teacher.  I am the link governor for Child Protection, Science, Art, Design and Technology, Personal Health, Social & Citizenship Education and Computing.

Joan Walker

I have been a Governor at Ainderby Steeple School since 2001. When I first became a Governor I was still teaching at Mowbray School in Bedale. I am now retired but still have a strong interest in children with special educational needs. I have been a member of St Radegund’s Church Council and regularly attend St Radegund’s Church. I am a Foundation Governor. I am a link governor for Child Protection, Numeracy, Special Educational Needs, Personal, Social & Citizenship Education, Religious Education and Collective Worship.

Richard Turner

I am the Local Authority governor and was appointed in September 2013. I have shared responsibility together with other members of the governing body for Health and Safety, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography & History and Numeracy. Prior to moving to Northallerton I lived at Snape and served for 10 years on the Governing body of Snape CP School.

Ally Montgomery

I have been a Teacher Governor at Ainderby Steeple School for 7 years.  My term recently came to an end but I have decided to continue in the role as I feel it is important to provide continuity to the position.   I have been a teacher for 18 years and specialise in science and early years.  I have also been the SENCo at school so have experience in ensuring that the most appropriate provision is made available for children with special educational needs.

Steve Norman

I am a retired Police Officer having served for 30 years in a variety of roles in North Yorkshire. I was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2015 and have a daughter at the school currently in Year 4. I now work part time as a handyman and the remainder of the week as Founding Director of Ratanak UK - a registered charity working to help victims of exploitation in Cambodia. I am married to Karen and have 2 older children who have fled the nest. In my 'spare time' I enjoy DIY, reading and the great outdoors. I am link governor for Health and Safety, Art/DT, PE and Modern Foreign Languages.

Helen Brown

Prior to becoming a parent I spent 20 years nursing in various disciplines: Practice nursing, District/ Community nursing, Health visiting and Occupational health. Within my Occupational Health Advisor role I gained experience in aspects of Health and Safety, sickness absence management and health screening. When our eldest daughter started at Pre-School in 2012, I joined the Pre-School Committee as Secretary and remained in this role until the school took over the running of Pre-School in 2017.

Childhood lasts a lifetime and as a Parent Governor I am committed to helping ensure that children’s experiences and memories from Ainderby Steeple Primary are happy and positive ones to carry throughout their lifetimes.

Rebecca Peacock

Shawn Costello

I am a retired Nurse and Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Public Health with over forty year’s experience. As member of St Helen’s Church at Ainderby Steeple I have the role of Safeguarding Lead and have been actively involved in Children’s and Young People’s ministry for twenty years. I also represent St Helen’s Church as a member of the Parochial Church Council of the Benefice of the Lower Swale. I am a Co-opted Governor with the Link Governor shared responsibilities for Science and Religious Education and Collective Worship. I am passionate about, through learning and teaching, encouraging children to value and respect God’s wonderful world and universe and have the values of compassion and Christian love. I also believe that a culture of respect and care for others is essential for fostering children’s aspirations so that they can enjoy fulfilled lives and develop a commitment to life-long learning.


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