Meet the 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 The 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
Mr 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
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 Cnris 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.
Mr Ian 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.
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
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 Claire Fielding (Acting Executive Headteacher at Stamford Bridge and Melbourne Primary School)
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 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.
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 being 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.
Sallyanne Pearson- City Of York Council
2018 to 2019 LGB Attendance Record
- Mr I Birkinshaw
- Mr G Tyson (chair)
- One other governor to be co-opted by the chair if required
- Mrs J L Carpenter
- Mrs S Willis
Performance Review (of the Headteacher)
- Mr G Tyson (Chair)
- Mrs S Willis
- Mr C Leng
- Any other governor to be co-opted if required