Meet the Governors
Why volunteer to be a school governor?
School governors make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities and futures.
Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – which includes the governing board.
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
George Tyson (Chair)
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.
Elected by the Parents
I am a church minister based in York and have over 30 years pastoral experience. I have a Masters Degree in applied theology and pastoral care. For the past number of years I have served on the national abirtration board for our church movement and have helped produce a new code of conduct for our ministers. I have had many years experience in dealing with leadership training, pastoral care and conflict management.
As a family we moved to Stamford Bridge about two years ago. Our son attends the infant school and my wife works in education in York. It is my hope that I can use my skills and experience to serve our local community, especially the primary school which plays such an integral role in preparing our children to reach their full potential in life.
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.
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.cordion content
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.
I moved to Stamford Bridge in 2018 after living in the centre of York for 16 years. I first arrived as a student in 2001 and studied for a BA in Politics and following that an MA in Governance - both at the University of York. After graduating and working for a few years in the private sector, I worked for the Local Education Authority in York for 10 years, and since 2019 I have worked in Education for East Riding of Yorkshire Council. My roles in education have centred around school admissions, education policy and strategy, the future provision of school places and services for parents and schools.
I regularly meet governors and trustees of schools in my day job, though this role is my first and only as a governor. As a local resident, but not a parent of children attending the school, I see my role as one centred around independent oversight and challenge, as well as supporting the head teacher and staff team to continue to strive for the best for our children. My knowledge and experience in the education sector I believe can be used to help the school plan for the future of the school within the wider education system and benefit the school as well as the local community and it's residents.
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.
Claire Fielding - Headteacher
It is a pleasure to serve the Stamford Bridge School Community. I have worked as a teacher, member of SLT and School Leader in 3 Local Authorities. I have also been fortunate to have had 10 years working in industry as a senior IT education consultant which included several years involved in the Building Schools for the Future Programme. I am committed to preparing our children for the next stage of their education and as part of their journey to become well-rounded citizens of the future. I believe that children need a balance between academic skills and knowledge alongside personal qualities, social and emotional skills to help them succeed in life beyond school and into the workplace.
Now in my sixth year teaching at Stamford Bridge Primary School, I have an invested interest in the progress of the school and want to use my experience as a teacher to support this. I look forward to collaborating with current governors to ensure we give our children the best possible education.
Sallyanne Pearson - Clerk to Board of WLP Trustees
2019 to 2020 LGB Attendance Record
- Mr I Birkinshaw
- Mr G Tyson (chair)
- One other governor to be co-opted by the chair if required
Performance Review (of the Headteacher)
- Roddy Vann (Chair)
- Chris Leng
- Louise Northrop