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Governor Information

Parent Governors

Chair of Governors

Chris Gent

I joined the Governing Body to help contribute to the excellent work already being done within both schools, and as a parent of two past pupils of East Cowton CE Primary I am keen to help shape the school for the future and overcome the challenges we may face. I was elected Chair of Governors in October 2018 and having had the pleasure of being involved in education and schools for the past 15 years, I hope will put me in a good position to fulfil this role effectively and provide ideas and guidance to the Governing Body. As part of my Health and Safety remit I will endeavour to visit the school regularly to ensure both schools are safe for our children.

Vice Chair

Graeme Thompson

 I was Chair of Governors at East Cowton for two years prior to the federation where my three children have all attended.  I am the lead governor for the finances, achievement and progress and associated policies and looking forward to assisting in the growth and development of the federation in the future.  I can be contacted on


Collette Faulks


Collette is an elected parent governor. She joined the governing body at Kirkby Fleetham prior to Federation and then as Chair saw the schools through Federation and into the Dales Academy. She stood down as Chair in September 2018 and is now link governor for literacy. Collette is committed to ensuring that the schools in both villages flourish to allow our children to enjoy all of the benefits that come from being at the heart of their communities.


Foundation Governors

Stephen Cooke

As the Foundation Governor for East Cowton school and now for the federation I am a strong link between the Church and the school and was appointed by the diocese. I am a regular Church goer, member of the PCC and leader of the Church Youth Group and am keen to help with the spiritual development of the children throughout the school. I currently participate in Collective worship and work with the Collective Worship Group at East Cowton and aim to do similar at Kirkby Fleetham. I am jointly responsible for Leadership and Management and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

Rachel Savage

I was Foundation Governor at Kirkby Fleetham for two years prior to the federation, and am appointed by the diocese. I am currently the Governor responsible for the SEN provision in school. I live in Kirkby Fleetham and my children are former pupils of the school and now attend Saint Francis Xavier School, Richmond. I work as a Teaching Assistant in a small village school very like Kirkby Fleetham. I am the SEN Governor and jointly responsible for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Local Authority Governor

 Gerry Price

I am the governor nominated by North Yorkshire County Council to the board of governors.  I live in Exelby having moved to the area six years ago after retiring from my post as Area Director for Children's Services in Hampshire.  I am the link governor for all aspects of children’s achievement and progress across both schools.  I am also chair of governors at Bedale High School.

Resigned in July 2016.

Staff Governors

Louise Wyatt

 I have been a teacher at Kirkby Fleetham school since January 2010. I first taught in KS2 before switching to KS1 in 2012. In addition to my normal teaching role, I am literacy and special needs coordinator responsible for monitoring and developing these areas throughout the school. I serve on the governing body as staff governor and am able to form a vital link between staff and governors as we all work with the shared goal of helping the children reach their full potential. I am jointly responsible for Outcomes for Pupils.

Marie Mann

I have been a teacher at East Cowton School since September 2014 and teach in the KS2 class. In addition to my normal teaching role, I am Mathematics and Music subject leader and am responsible for monitoring and developing these areas across the federation. I serve on the governing body as staff governor. I am jointly responsible for Outcomes for pupils.

Co-opted governors

Lynn Wild

Prior to the federation I was Co-opted Governor on the Governing Body of Kirkby Fleetham Church of England Primary School.  I have lived in Kirkby Fleetham for over 27 years and both of my sons attended the school.  I believe rural villages are richer for having a school at their heart and look forward to supporting the federation in my new role.  

My expertise lies in school finance and administration.  I am currently the School Business Manager at Hambleton & Richmondshire Pupil Referral Service and previously worked at both the Allertonshire School and Northallerton College.  I am confident that the knowledge and experience gained in both my current and previous roles will be an asset to the school.

I am responsible for Leadership and Management and Safeguarding.

Mike Ingram

I joined the Governing Body following federation whilst my children were at the school. My professional career is as a doctor in medicine (specifically anaesthetics), through which I hope to promote health and wellbeing across the schools. My career in medicine has been as a serving Army Officer, providing some expertise in operational and strategic level management as well as ethical and moral issues. I visit both schools regularly, and support the head teacher and Governing Body in aspiring to excellence.


I am responsible for Leadership and Management and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

Susan Shields

 I have lived in East Cowton for over 20 years and joined East Cowton School in April 2014 as School Administrator.  Prior to that I spent most of my career in IT or as a Senior Policy Officer at the Department for Education, so I know where to find things and have a good grounding in the Freedom of Information Act!  I am responsible for website/marketing and ICT issues, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium.  I want to make sure that the position of both school is strengthened through the federation

I have lived in Kirkby Fleetham for 7 years and all four of my children have attended Kirkby Fleetham primary school. My youngest two are in pre-reception so I have a long term interest in seeing the school flourish and grow.

Clerk to the governing Body

Valerie Brown

 Val can be contacted through either school

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