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


How the Governing Body is made up

The governing body includes parents, staff from the school and people chosen to act as Trust Governor on the basis of the skills they can contribute to support the overall aims of the school.


Our School Governors

Mrs Sarah Willis (Chair)

Mr George Tyson (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. 

Mr C Leng

 I am proud to be a parent governor and have a young son who is thoroughly enjoying his time at the school. I have 30 years’ experience in Human Resources, the last 11 as Head of HR at York College. Prior to this, I had experience in the legal profession and in welfare rights. I have previous experience of being a school governor, having been a parent governor at my older children’s primary school. I am on the governing body because I want to support the school and the staff, so that they can focus on continuing to provide a high quality education for our children. I also want to see openness and transparency in terms of school governance, so that parents who want it feel that they are more engaged in the future direction and strategy of the school.

Trust Governors


Mr I Birkinshaw

Semi-retired operations director for a large engineering firm, I have gained a significant amount of experience in budgetary and people 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.

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 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 within the School of Education in the role of Subject Director for ITE Partnerships. This is a cross-programme role to support all primary and secondary programmes and colleagues in schools.  I am involved in external work with schools and Multi-Academy Trusts as well as mentor development and training. I am actively involved in supporting research across school and frequently help with teacher recruitment.


Prof Roddy Vann


I'm a physicist at the University of York. My principal research goal is to make electricity from nuclear fusion -- the process that powers the Sun but which we haven't yet successfully harnessed on Earth; I act as the academic director for a cross-institutional doctoral training programme in this area. I also lead the University of York's Natural Sciences programmes, which train undergraduates in interdisciplinary science ranging from Nanoscience to Neuroscience. I'm hoping that some of the experiences I've had in these roles will enable me to support the School as a Governor.
Outside work, I'm the social secretary of Stamford Bridge Cricket Club and serve on the Stamford Bridge Parochial Church Council. In addition to cricket (obviously!), I like rock climbing, but most of all enjoy walking with my family in the Lake District. My wife and I have lived in the village for over 10 years. My daughter is currently at the School.

Mrs Sam Pinkney

I have recently relocated from the centre of York to Stamford Bridge with my husband and two daughters and we both feel Stamford Bridge is the perfect place for us to bring up our children and be part of an engaged community environment.

I work as an Associate Director for Zinc Consult who are a consultant company specialising in the Rail & Civils sector, covering a multitude of areas such as Governance Accountancy, Quantity Surveying, Estimation and Business Transformation . My career history includes Quantity Surveying and Programme Finance Management. I have worked and delivered some of Network Rail, London Underground, Carillion, and Northern Rail’s key projects; my roles have covered a number of senior positions of accountability in this sector. I am very determined and always attempt to inject pace and energy into anything I am involved in or lead.

 Being governor of the school excites me and enables me to collaboratively work with the current established team and help provide a better environment for all of our children to come to school in.  There are challenges but the can-do community feel in the village will help support and grow an already excellent school and strive to make it even better.

 Mr Tom Chamberlain

After growing up in Airedale in the West Riding, I have recently moved to Stamford Bridge after living in the centre of York for 16 years.  I first arrived as a student in 2001 to read for a BA in Politics and following that an MA in Conflict, Governance and Development - both at the University of York.  After graduating and working for a few years in the private sector, I have now worked for the Local Education Authority in York for 10 years, and am currently responsible for some education policy and strategy including the future provision of school places and pupil facing services such as school admissions.
Whilst I regularly meet governors and trustees of schools in my day job, this role is my first as a governor, and I look forward to using my skills and knowledge of the education system to benefit the school and local community.

Mrs Louise Northrop-Clay

Mr Robert Tattersall

Elected by the Staff

Mrs K Foxton (Deputy Headteacher) 

I am the deputy headteacher and staff elected governor at Stamford Bridge Primary School. As a teacher with 15 years of varied experience I feel that I have a lot to offer the school and the children. I am very excited about becoming a governor for several reasons which include: I am able to work alongside others to ensure that we achieve our aims; I can assist in the development of teaching and learning of our children; I have a love of learning and a passion for education which is central to everything I do. 

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

 Sallyanne Pearson- 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


Performance Review (of the Headteacher)

Mrs S Willis   Chair

Mr G Tyson

Mr C Leng

 Any other governor to be co-opted if required