Governors

Mrs Janice Rush

Chair of Governors.

Co-opted Governor (02/12/2015 – 02/12/17)

I am a parent and my son is currently in year 11 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 in Allerton Grange. Apart from the important qualification of being a parent I have over 20 years’ experience of professional work on equality and inclusion in multi-cultural societies. I have worked in academia as a research fellow and also in the voluntary sector with organisations such as the Young Foundation and Oxfam. I have been a trustee of three voluntary organisations, and worked as the manager of an international research project on teacher education.

 

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Mr Mike Roper

Head Teacher (20/04/15 - )

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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 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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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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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 Sarah Mann

Co-opted Governor (10/07/2017 - 16/05/2021)

I have been teaching since 2006 and am currently a Lead Practitioner of English and an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) at a secondary school in North Yorkshire. As a local resident and parent of two young children, I'm keen to get involved in the community as much as possible. I helped set up and am on the committee of Roundhay Junior Parkrun, where I can regularly be found volunteering on a Sunday morning. I look forward to supporting Allerton Grange, combining my expertise gained from working in schools and my commitment to the local area, as it moves from strength to strength.

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Mr John Batchelor

Co-opted Governor (10/07/17 – 09/07/21)

I am originally from Leeds, and a former pupil of Allerton Grange. I have specialised in defending serious crime since 1993 when I was admitted as a solicitor. I was called to the bar in 2016. I now practice as an independent barrister, and I am now a Crown Prosecutor. I have over 23 years’ experience in advising in a wide range of serious criminal and associated matters. I have also been involved in a wide range of regulatory cases. I am a resident of Roundhay, and my wife and I have a young son. I am also a keen sportsman, and member of a local running club and squash club. I am pleased to be a governor at my local high school that I attended myself. I hope to make both staff and students proud to be a member of the AGS learning community and improve the aspiration and outcomes for students from any background.

 

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Ms Linda Chapman

Co-opted Governor (10/07/17 – 09/07/21)

I have a son who is now in the 6th form at Allerton Grange.

I am a former Assistant Head teacher, experienced English teacher, Moderator and Examiner.

I have an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability. I am also the chairperson of a small charity supporting the provision of extra-curricular activities for primary school children in the North East of Leeds.

 

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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 10 and one in year 8.


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

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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.

I have previously served as a governor and chair of governors on the governing body of Hovingham Primary School. I have also served as a non-executive director on the board of East Leeds PCT.

I ran an Asian women’s support group, Ohmeed, on a voluntary basis, as well as having the roll of Treasurer on the management.

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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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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 who has since left 6th form at Allerton Grange, one in year 11 and one in year 7.

I am not a Governor at any other schools, nor am I on the board of any voluntary organisations.

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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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Mr Philip Painter

Associate Governor (01/10/16 - 01/10/20)

I am currently a staff governor at Hovingham Primary School where I have worked as the Head of Family Team for the last two years. Within my role I am the lead designate for child protection and bring extensive knowledge and experience of multi-agency practice acquired from a variety of citywide and cluster based roles in Leeds City Council Children’s Services and educational settings.

 

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Full Governing Body Meetings for 2017/18

COMMITTEE DATE OF MEETING TIME OF MEETING

EXTRAORDINARY FGB

(exam results)

Fri 25/08/17 2.00 pm

FULL GOVERNING BODY

 

Tues 26/09/17

6.00 pm

Pupil Support

Mon 06/11/17 6.00 pm

Strategy and Resources

Tues 21/11/17 6.00 pm
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Weds 29/11/17 6.00 pm
FULL GOVERNING BODY

 

Tues 12/12/17 6.00 pm

Pupil Support

Tues 06/03/18 6.00 pm

Strategy and Resources

Thurs 15/03/18 6.00 pm
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Mon 26/03/18 6.00 pm

FULL GOVERNING BODY

 

Tues 24/04/18 6.00 pm

Strategy and Resources

Tues 22/05/18 6.00 pm

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Weds 20/06/18 6.00 pm
Pupil Support Mon 25/06/18 6.00 pm

FULL GOVERNING BODY

 

Tues 10/07/18 6.00 pm

 

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