Stamford Bridge Primary School

​Fun, friendship and learning for life

School Governors

'Governors play their part in raising standards through rigorous analysis of information.  They are confident in holding the headteacher to account.' OFSTED June 2013

What the Governing body does

Governing bodies have three main roles: to provide strategic direction for the school; to act as a critical friend to the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, and the school team; to ensure accountability.


How the Governing body is made up

The governing body includes parents, staff from the school, people chosen by governors and trustees from the local community and people appointed by the Local Authority (LA).




Our School Governors

Mrs S Willis (Chair)

Mr Ian Birkinshaw (Vice-Chair)


Elected by the Parents

 Mrs Sarah Willis

My two children attend Stamford Bridge Primary School and from the very beginning when my daughter started in reception I was keen to have an active involvement in their school life. Being a parent governor I am fortunate to have the opportunity to know the staff, understand the schools vision and values and be involved in the decisions that make our school great. 

My background in Sales and Alliances management within the IT industry has provided me with 15 years of people management experience, budget planning and strategic relationship building. 

Mrs R Whittaker

I am a parent governor at the school and I have three children.  I’m committed to getting what’s best for the children and helping to make the right decisions for all those involved in the school. I am a primary school teacher by profession specialising in early years and music and do work music teacher within school. I feel that I can use my background in education and as a parent, to be an effective voice as a school governor.   I want to continue to build the strong links between the school, parents and community and maintain the high standards parents expect from the school. 


Co-opted Governors


Mr I Birkinshaw

Semi-retired operations director for a large engineering firm, I have gained a significant amount of experience in budgetary and man management.  In addition, I have been volunteering in the Scout Association for 30 years in leadership and executive roles. I believe that each child should have the opportunity to maximise their own potential and my aim as a governor is to assist the operational teams in achieving this.

 Mr G Tyson

Previously a secondary school teacher and now an education adviser, I have worked in education for over a decade. Following my first child joining Stamford Bridge, I became a co-opted governor and apply my skills, knowledge and experience where they can be of most benefit to the school.


Ms E Spencer


Mrs L White

With a background in health and education I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge across varying organisations. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share my knowledge as a co-opted governor, but more importantly to support the school and community within an ever changing educational landscape to ensure standards remain high.

I have two sons who have both attended Stamford Bridge School and have benefited from an excellent education.

Mrs K Douglas

I am the School Business Manager and have been employed at Stamford Bridge School since September 2006. Most of my career has been spent working within educational environments.

My two daughters loved their primary school days at Stamford Bridge School and left with the confidence and grounding to progress to secondary education and beyond. I am passionate about education and providing the best possible opportunities for all children.  My role in school involves looking ahead and planning for the future, and I hope in my role as governor I can help the school achieve its strategic goals.


Mrs J Carpenter

I have been a governor at school for many years and really enjoying keeping in touch with education, as I was previously a primary teacher in North Yorkshire.  I now work at York St John University leading the primary PGCE programme for students wishing to become primary teachers in one year. I am actively involved in supporting maths across school and frequently help with teacher recruitment.


Elected by the Staff

Mrs E Calverley (Deputy Headteacher)

I was extremely proud to be elected by the school staff onto the governing body in 2013 to represent the views of the staff team, as well as the interests of our wonderful pupils. I have been very proud to work for Stamford Bridge Primary School for the last seven years and am pleased to be able to assist even more with the development of the school by working with the governing body.

My job role is Deputy Headteacher whilst also teaching in class. I represent the school on the teaching and learning committees.


Headteacher governor 

Mrs T Fitzhenry (Headteacher)

As Headteacher I am fortunate to be supported by an outstanding team of governors. I am passionate about the early years of education and am committed to providing children with the best possible start to school life.  I enjoy the challenge of governorship and particularly value opportunities to share the great teaching and learning that takes place daily throughout our school.


 Governor Clerk

Mrs Anne McCoulough - City Of York Council



Committee membership

Appeals Committee

Mr I Birkinshaw

Mrs S Willis (chair)

One other governor to be co-opted by the chair if required


Complaints Committee

Mrs J L Carpenter

Mrs L White

Mrs S Willis


Teaching and Learning Committee

Mrs J Carpenter

Mrs T Fitzhenry

Mrs L White

Mrs E Calverley

Mrs R Whittaker

Mrs S Willis (Chair)

Mr G Tyson


Resources Committee

Mr I Birkinshaw (Chair)

Ms E Spencer

Mrs K  Douglas

Mrs Fitzhenry

Mrs S Willis

Any other governor to be co-opted if required


Performance Review (of the Headteacher)

Mrs S Willis   Chair

Mr G Tyson

Mrs L White

 Any other governor to be co-opted if required