Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School is lucky to have a dedicated governing body that works hard to support the school in achieving the highest standards possible. They meet regularly to discuss the school’s strategic direction and make important decisions that are in the best interests of all involved.
Joyce Botham is our Chair of Governors and our SEND Governor.
I have lived in the village for 26 years, I have two grown up sons and two grandsons. I have been involved in education for over 25 years, 18 years as a teaching head at a small village school. I retired from full time teaching/headship two years ago but I still work part time as an External Assessor for Leeds University. I have a degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Educational research but my biggest claim to fame is that I am a qualified football coach and a Latin/ballroom dancer. I enjoy reading, yoga, walking and cycling.
I used to tell the children in my school to “Reach for the stars and chase their dreams” hopefully in my role as a school governor I can continue this mantra.
Claire is our Vice Chair of Governors and the governor responsible for Health and Safety.
I have lived in Stockton on the Forest for 10 years and my son spent many happy years at the primary school before moving up to secondary. I am a Chartered Management Accountant and work in Finance, Planning and Analytics. I enjoy supporting the school and bringing financial insight to the Governing body to help ensure we get the most out of every penny spent whilst keeping the school on the right track financially.
I am proud to be a part of the committed Governing body at Stockton on the Forest Primary to help the school improve on the fantastic work it has already achieved and support its continued drive to providing an excellent education for every child.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2020, I have a daughter who started at the school in 2018 and a younger daughter due to start in 2024. I was a Secondary School teacher for 18 years with specialisms in Drama and Media Studies and I now co own a local business with my partner, running a cafe and holiday let.
I am passionate about education and ensuring children unlock their own potential through learning. Every child matters and has every right to succeed in their own unique way. I believe that with my skills and experience, I can support the school, staff and students to continue to be part of a local school driven by care, commitment and community.
I have been a parent at the school for the last 6 years and have really enjoyed getting involved helping in class and on school trips. I'm also an active member of the Parent Partnership to help raise money for the school.
I was delighted to be elected a parent governor in 2020 where I feel I can be a good link between the parents and school. I'm passionate about children's education and firmly believe that having happy staff and children are paramount to the success of a school.
I graduated York St John university in 2008 as a Primary Teacher specialising in Early Years. I have worked in schools in Hull and York and I'm currently taking a career break to bake cakes!
Lucy is the school safeguarding governor.
I am a qualified Primary School Teacher, most recently having worked at a Primary School in Leeds. I have been qualified for over 15 years and I have worked in many schools in and around York. I have also worked as a teacher in Australia. I feel the experience I have had in the various sized schools and the differing social-demographic areas gives me a great insight into primary education.
I will support the school in the development and implementation of the school improvement plan as I am committed to making sure there are high aspirations for all the children and achieving the best possible outcomes for all the pupils.
I have always wanted to be part of a school in my local area and being a governor will give me the opportunity to 'give back' to the community where I live. In the little free time I have I love walking our family dog, going to the Theatre and attending York Races.