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Name:              Deborah Hall

Occupation:         Retired Headteacher

Time on Local Governing Body:     2016-present

Skills & interests:
I became a Local Authority Governor (now a co-opted governor) at Airy Hill in November 2016 after moving to Whitby following my retirement as headteacher of a school in North London. Having carried out my second teaching practice at Airy Hill it was a great pleasure to be invited to sit on the board of governors here.

I am passionate about learning and believe that all children should receive a broad, balanced, challenging education that enthuses and excites them whatever their age, gender or ability. To enable this, we need to provide a safe nurturing and secure environment for them to achieve their best.

I love all types of sport and enjoyed playing, coaching and umpiring a variety when I was younger. I now enjoy watching all types of sport, reading and doing all the things I never had time to when I was working!

Roles on LGB in 2019-20:
SI Working Party
Safeguarding / Child Protection
Anti-Bullying / Cyber-Bullying
Pay Panel
HT Performance Management

Name:                   Jo Downie

Occupation:        Retired teacher, mother, grandmother, wife

Time on Local Governing Body:                  1 month

Skills & interests:
I have 40 years experience teaching. I have knowledge and experience in EYFS and SEN.
My passion is to give children the childhood they deserve. I want to create a school where all children and staff are valued, where they feel safe to grow, where learning and teaching is creative and fun and where everyone is able to celebrate their achievements and not be a target, a box to be ticked or a number.

Roles on LGB in 2019-20:
Parent Liaison – assemblies, etc.
SEND/AGT Link Governor
Pupil Premium Link Governor
PSHE Link Governor

Name:                   Hilary Mason

Occupation:        Learning Development Assessor, Tyro Training (Scarborough)

Time on Local Governing Body:                  8 months

Skills & interests:
I have been a teacher in Secondary Education for over 20 years and when my children were born I had a little break from teaching and set up my own childrenswear company ‘Kidsrock Clothing’ for kids with attitude! After a five-year break from teaching I decided to return and became a Sixth form teacher teaching A-level Economics & Business. We have lived all over the UK but were keen to return to our native Yorkshire and, in particular, the beautiful town of Whitby and we do not intend to move again! In my spare time I love to walk my dogs on the beach.

Roles on LGB in 2019-20:
KS2 Ling Governor

Name:   Jo Witney

Occupation: Artist / Signwriter

Time on Local Governing Body: 6 years

Skills & interests:

Both my children attended Airy Hill Primary School and are now in Y8 and Y11 at Caedmon College.

I am a good judge of character; I have taken an active role in the recruitment of staff.

Pupil voice – be involved with school

Council – good communication with pupils and staff

Creative – involved with mosaic (whole school project), lantern parades etc.

Information Booklet for Parents

Interested in SEN and Pupil Premium outcomes

Roles on LGB in 2019-20:

SEN link governor

School Council link governor

Name: Andrew Hatchwell

My working life began in electrical engineering working on mini-computer systems. I left engineering and went to College then University. Following my studies, I eventually retrained as a social worker specialising in child protection. After leaving social work I moved into further education first as a lecturer then as a manager. I have been responsible for a wide variety of areas including health and social care, sport, tourism and finally construction and engineering.

I have three children all of whom were at Airy Hill. My eldest is eighteen and has just gone to Manchester metropolitan University to do a Foundation Course in Art. Our middle child is sixteen and attends Scarborough Sixth Form College. The youngest is twelve years old and attends Caedmon College Whitby. Airy Hill provided a great foundation for their future learning.

I became a Parent Governor as I wanted to support the school in the best way I could. I am now the Chair of Governors and a member of the School Improvement Committee.

Name: Emily Burns         

Occupation: Teacher in year 5 (afternoons)         

Time on Local Governing Body:

Since September 2017. 

Skills & interests:

As a mother of three children I am a skilled negotiator, diplomat and problem solver – all transferable to my roles as both teacher and governor.

As a teacher I am the subject leader for history, geography, art and DT and enjoy combining subjects to deliver rich and interesting topics. I love watching the children learn and develop new skills and knowledge and their enthusiasm is infectious. I lead the School Council who, this year are pledging to make our school single use plastic free by the time our reception cohort reach year 6, an admirable undertaking.

As a governor I like to know what is happening at the business end of our school and bring the added extras of a parent and educators' perspective. I am passionate about our schools’ vision and ethos and that it is included in our decision making.

Outside of school house renovation is taking up much of our family time – but the children and I often escape the mess to visit museums and galleries, have long walks and explore outside. We can’t resist a good café or book shop or a trip to the theatre.

Roles on LGB in 2019-20:

I am the link governor for EYFS and KS1. This requires regular visits to our nurseries, reception and year 1 classes, where I am always made very welcome, given plenty of playdoh cakes and biscuits and proudly shown lots of lovely work and learning.