Mrs Janice Rush

Chair of Governors.

Co-opted Governor (10/07/13 – 10/07/17)

I am a parent and my son is currently in year 10 at Allerton Grange, having joined the school in year 7. I have been a governor in the Primary Sector since October 2006 and have held the post National Leader of Governance. I work for IBM and I currently manage a global team reporting on and evaluating the effectiveness of education  delivered internally. I also tutor on courses covering Professional Development Skills to our graduate intake. Previously, I have worked in a variety of roles including IT Support, Computer Programming, Project Management and Financial Analysis & Management. I also have a PGCE and have taught in the Adult Education sector.

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Dr Archana Choksi

Parent Governor (05/06/15 – 04/06/19) Vice-chair

I have a son in year 10 and a daughter in year 7.

I am a Research Associate for The Young Foundation and have previously worked for Oxfam, Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network and Manchester Drugs & Race Unit.

I am a trustee on Leeds Refugee Forum, Dosti (Asian women’s mental health service) and Shared Learning In Action.

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Mr Tony Byng

Parent Governor (05/06/15 – 04/06/19)

I have two children at the school, one in year 9 and one in year 7.

I am currently the Programme Director for the MA Corporate Communications, Marketing & Public Relations at Leeds University Business School.

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Mr John Willott
Mr Richard Morris

Local Authority Governor (01/09/14 – 01/09/18)

Allerton Grange is very important to me. I started my teaching career here in 1971, moving on after nine very happy years. My two sons attended Allerton Grange before going on to University. I owe Allerton Grange a great deal and have been proud to serve as a governor for many years, with several years spent as Chair of Governors. The progress made by our school in the last few years has been particularly exciting.

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Mr Craig Skirrow

Staff Governor (19/09/16 – 18/07/20)

Having worked at Allerton Grange for almost 10 years as both support and teaching staff, I feel I have the necessary experience and understanding of the schools many strengths as well as its weaknesses. I have seen many changes throughout my career at Allerton Grange and strongly believe that the school is rapidly moving in the right direction. I relish the opportunity to have an input into its continued improvement.

I am a keen sportsman and play a variety of sports in my free time. I wholeheartedly believe in the positive effects that sport can have, not only on the individual, but the school community as a whole. It is for this reason that I decided to stand as staff governor. As well as helping to decide on new policies, I would like to bring in new ideas which could contribute to phase two of the school development plan.

I feel that I have the necessary experience and qualities of a staff governor and wish to make a larger contribution to the success of the school.

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Mr Mike Roper

Head Teacher (20/04/15 - )

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Ms Helen Haigh

Associate Governor (10/07/13 – 10/07/17)

My two sons attended Allerton Grange before going on to University.

I am currently a governor at Talbot Primary School.

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Ms Barbara Trayer

Co-opted Governor (11/07/16 – 10/07/18)

As an experienced former Deputy Headteacher/Acting Headteacher coupled with my experiences as an independent Education Consultant, I provide quality, reliable, supportive as well as challenging additional capacity to the Governing Body. I bring rigour, organisation, commitment, flexibility and excellent communication skills in the areas of school improvement.

With the ongoing changes in education and the OFSTED framework, I strongly believe that the areas that are high risk to the school are: Standards, Leadership and Management at all levels, self-evaluation and the quality of Teaching and Learning, thus ensuring that the school provides value for money and a quality education service to the students, staff and the wider community.

I ensure that I am up to date with the latest trends, legislation and initiatives in education. My practice and feedback from centres with whom I have worked closely is that I am honest, transparent, patient and resourceful. I believe in sharing good practice both within and across organisations. A key part of my work is to monitor, review and evaluate, not only the colleagues with whom I work, but my own contribution to avoid complacency. This is important in ensuring that the Headteachers, Principals, Governing Bodies and other key staff receive consistent information and guidance to keep the organizations moving forward, thus impacting positively on student outcomes.

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Ms Linda Chapman

Parent Governor (01/09/13 – 31/08/17)

My son attended the school until July 2016

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Mrs Catriona Wilkinson

Parent Governor (07/07/15 – 06/07/19)

I am an elected parent Governor linked to special education needs at Allerton Grange. I am currently in my second term, having started as a Governor in the summer of 2011.

I work part-time for Leeds City Council Children’s Services and I am a volunteer parent representative for Bliss, a charity for families of babies born premature or sick. I am married with three children, one in the 6th form at Allerton Grange, one in year 10 and one in year 6 at Talbot Primary school.

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Mr Asghar Ali

Co-opted Governor (15/07/14 – 15/07/18)

I am the treasurer of Leeds Islamic Centre and the manager of Al ~ Khidmat Centre. I am also on the board of Lantern Learning Trust, of which several local primary schools are members.

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Ms Sarah Mann
Ms Kaneez Khan

Parent Governor (05/06/15 – 04/06/19)

I am a trustee on the board of a small community organisation called CATCH. I am a Family Support Worker for a cluster in west Leeds. I have also just started working as a helpline worker for the forced marriage organisation called Karma Nirvana.

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Mr Marshall Litke

Co-opted Governor (07/09/14 – 07/09/18)

I was first appointed to Allerton Grange Governing Body in 1986 as a parent Governor when my two daughters attended the school and spent 12 years as Chair. Since then, I have been a co-opted governor. I have previous experience as the FE Governor of City of Leeds and Primrose Hill Joint Governing Board, where I spent 10 years (5 years as Vice Chair and 1 year as Chair). I originally worked as a teacher for 6 years at the school before moving into FE and then finally to Leeds University in the Department of Education.

I am currently linked with the SLT member who is responsible for Pupil Premium students. I have been a member of Strategy & Resources Committee and Teaching, Learning and Support Committee as I am retired from work and able to attend the school during school day.

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  • Governor induction pack January 2016 View here
  • Governors list January 2017 View here
  • Governor biographies View here
  • Governor attendance to meetings and declarations of interest 2016/17 View here
  • Annual Statement of the Governing Body 2015/16 View here
  • Allerton Grange Behaviour Principles View here


Full Governing Body Meetings for 2016/17

EXTRAORDINARY FGB Fri 26/08/16 2.45 pm

Wed 19/10/16

6.00 pm

Finance Committee

Wed 30/11/16 6.00 pm



Finance Committee

Wed 08/02/17 6.00 pm


FULL GOVERNING BODY Tues 14/03/17 6.00 pm

Finance Committee (Budget Approval)

Tues 16/05/17 6.00 pm


FULL GOVERNING BODY Mon 10/07/17 6.00 pm


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