School Governors

What do School Governors do?

The head teacher is the manager of the school. The governors are unpaid volunteers from different backgrounds such as business, industry, education, farming and the church. Governors include representatives from the church, parents, teaching staff, the local community and the Local Authority.

Our job is to help and support the Head Teacher in her decision-making and strategic planning for the school. She can discuss things with us and ask for our views.  This is done through small committees and through full governors’ meetings that take place once a term. When the school is inspected, the performance of the governors is included in the inspection.

The Governors assist the Head Teacher in achieving targets; reviewing and updating school policies; making long-term plans; planning how the school budget will be spent; drafting reports about the school’s progress; appointing new staff; ensuring the health and safety of the children; the maintenance of the school buildings and grounds; and dealing with any complaints.

The Governors have links with classes and subjects. We visit the school, and observe and join in activities as much as possible. We attend training courses. We are strongly united in our pride in the school and our desire to support it. This is why we give of our time so willingly.

Meet our School Governors

Clerk to Governors - Antonia Praud

Governor Profiles:

Jennifer ClementsJennifer Clements - Chair and Co-opted Governor
Special Responsibilities:
SEND and Inclusion, Pupil Premium, Behaviour & Anti-Bullying 
Committees: School Improvement

I joined Kirby Hill School as a class teacher in 1986, teaching all primary school ages during my career in education. Before I had my children, I was Deputy Head of a large Infants school in Tadcaster.

During my time at Kirby Hill I had three periods as Acting Headteacher and helped with the transition into the new school building.

I also became SENCO at the school, a sector of education which is of particular interest to me.

I retired from Kirby Hill in 2009, but then became employed on a part-time basis by York St John University. I am now an External Mentor and Link Tutor, helping and judging students competency when they are on teaching practice, in many schools throughout North Yorkshire, and as far afield as Cambridge.

I also interview for potential PGCE, undergraduate and School Direct students each year for York St John.

I have also been involved with students’ specialist modules in their final year, where they study Children with Special Educational Needs.

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David BarleyDavid Barley Co-opted Governor 
Special Responsibilities: Mathematics and Health and Safety
Committees: Pupil Discipline & General Complaints
Pecuniary: None

I was delighted when I was asked to be a Community Governor at Kirby Hill Church of England Primary School. I attended Kirby Hill Primary School myself starting in 1945 and progressed to Ripon Grammar School and Leeds University where I gained an Hons Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I then spent seven years on Teeside working in heavy engineering design and manufacture. In 1968 a career change was made and I returned to the family business at Langthorpe, producing eggs. Here I stayed until retirement.

I have been an active choral singer for 30 years. I enjoy social golf, supporting Boroughbridge Football Club, and am a member Boroughbridge and District Historical Society.


Ken Lawson- Co-opted Governor
Special Responsibilities: PE, Sports Funding and Teaching & Learning
Committees: Pupil Discipline & Appeals
Pecuniary: None

I have always had an interest in education, a long association with Kirby Hill School, and look forward to contributing to the board of Governors.

Many years ago I went to Glasgow University and taught Geography at Bellahouston Academy before joining the Army where I served for 31 years.  While in the Army I worked mainly in the education and training fields, interspersed with operational duties. While in Tidworth I was a Governor at one Secondary and four Primary schools and served as Clerk to the Governors. Later as part of my training quality control/assurance responsibilities I led the Army's Training and Education Inspectorates and joined the Adult Learning Inspectorate (pre OFSTED). During this time I was awarded an OBE.

I left the Army in 2003 and joined the Civil Service as the Director of Training, retiring in 2013. I am now Chairman of the Kirby Hill and District Parish Council. I am married to Linda and we have a son Joshua who attended Kirby Hill School throughout his primary school years before moving on to Springwater School in Starbeck.


Jennie WiddowsJeni Widdows - Foundation Governor
Special Responsibilities: R.E., SMSC, PSHE (inc British Values) & Collective Worship
Commitees:  School Improvement & General Complaints
Pecuniary: None

I completed my education at Art College in Dress and Design followed by a short time working in London in the dress trade. In 1975 I started a totally new career as a Residential Child Care Officer in a Residential Assessment Centre for children up to the age of 18 years and later gained my Social Work Qualification. I chose to stay in the residential sector and held the post of Deputy Manager at Holly Bank Children’s Residential Home in Knaresborough. Then as  Manager at Leadhall Lane, Respite Centre for Children with Disabilities in Harrogate.

Outside of work I have run Brownie and Guide units and was a Guider trainer for many years. As a puppy walker for Guide Dogs we enjoyed 11 puppies through their first year of life, and I am still currently a speaker for Guide Dogs.

Since retiring, I have developed my involvement at Kirby Hill Church as Children's Lead and more recently as Lay Worship Leader.  I continue my interest in art and design and am actively involved in Textile and Embroidery groups.


Nic LyddonNic Lyddon - Staff Governor
Special Responsibilities: 
Pecuniary: None

I grew up in the Midlands and moved to North Yorkshire in 2003.  I trained as a nurse and then became a teaching assistant in Solihull then moved to Kirby Hill.  I have worked at the school for 10 years and am currently training to be a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, working towards a qualification from Leeds Trinity University.

My children are now at university and high school and I continue to enjoy working in a primary school where the daily challenges vary and I can support groups and individuals in their learning.  I enjoy leading a Read Write Inc group and turn my hand to anything that is required to enable each day to run smoothly, from working in the classroom to the playground, and the dinner hall to after school club.

I became staff governor in January 2017 and look forward to being a member of the governing board for future years.

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Laura AngusLaura Angus - Parent Governor & Vice Chair
Special Responsibilities: EYFS & School Budget
Committees: Finances, General Complaints & Staff Grievances
Pecuniary: None

I currently work as a Strategic Lead Pharmacist, for NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, the commissioning side of the NHS, I am responsible for managing a budget of ~£50 million providing me with good financial planning, project management and contracting experience to ensure the costs of prescribing of medication remain within this budget, whilst at the same time maintaining the highest quality and safety with regards to prescribing.

During my career I have worked in a wide range of roles as a Pharmacist including working in GP Practices as a practice pharmacist; community pharmacy; hospital pharmacy; and in academia as a teacher practitioner at the University of Bradford and as a regional professional training manager.

I have a passion for improving outcomes and achieving positive change using audit, education and development tools.  I am a big advocate for lean thinking and continuous improvement.

I am mum to two boys, William, 7 and Louis, 4, both attend Kirby Hill School.

I am keen to be involved in the future development of Kirby Hill School and committed to improving education for all pupils. 


Christine MillettChristine Millett - Local Authority Governor
Special Responsibilities: Teaching and Learning & Safeguarding
Committees: Pupil Discipline & Appeals
Pecuniary: None

I currently work as an educational consultant operating across all phases of primary education.

I lead inspections for Ofsted and have reported on over 200 primary schools and early years settings across the country. I also carry out independent reviews of educational practice in the UK and UAE as well as the auditing of safeguarding requirements, pupil premium reviews, the mentoring of PGCE students for York St John University and the external moderation of academic quality and standards on NCTL funded primary and secondary programmes for Leeds Trinity University.

My long and varied teaching career covered all aspects of secondary, middle and primary education including middle management, senior leadership roles and ultimately headship.

I am totally committed to school improvement and firmly believe that all children should have access to the best education possible.


David Orr - Parent Governor 

Special Responsibilities: Science & School Budget
Committees: Finances & Staff Grievances
Pecuniary: None

Having led a nomadic life as an Army officer for the past 20 years I am delighted that my family and I have had the opportunity to settle in Kirby Hill. My eldest daughter has attended Kirby Hill Primary since 2015 and my younger daughters started Pre-School in 2018. 

I recently left the Army after a thoroughly enjoyable tour as Head of Operations in the MoD’s Joint Forces Cyber Group where I was responsible for weaving all aspects of cyber warfare into wider military planning. I have maintained my interest in cyber security in my first civilian job and I now manage NCC Group’s global Security Operations Centre in Leeds. I have responsibility for leading a team of cyber specialists in delivering security as a managed service to customers across all sectors. Needless to say I have a passion for technology and I look forward to championing Information Technology as part of a wider science curriculum whilst serving as governor.

Away from work I enjoy attempting to keep fit by cycling and running. This summer I cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Forces charities. My wife Katy and I are lapsed skiers, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are looking forward to teaching our girls to navigate the slopes in the years ahead.


Pip LeakePip Leake - Parent Governor 
Special Responsibilities: Community links (inc. school website)
Committees: Staff Grievances
Pecuniary: None

I am a resident of Kirby Hill and currently have two children at the school.

I attended University in Newcastle where I completed my degree and also Part One of a Diploma in Careers Guidance which was offered as part of the degree course. Following this I lived in Spain for a year before commencing a career in insurance and after undertaking industry qualifications, became an Associate of the Chartered insurance Institute (CII). I currently manage a team of Insurance Brokers dealing with a variety of Corporate and Commercial clients across a wide range of businesses and sectors including Education and Care. The role also involves dealing with Risk Management, Training and Compliance issues.


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