Governance

Leeds Parent Governor Election Letter

Ebor Gardens Primary Academy is part of the Wellspring Academy Trust and is a federated governing body with our sister school Victoria Primary Academy, within Leeds.
A single governing body is responsible for both schools with three key roles:

  • in consultation with the Trust, we decide the vision, ethos and strategic direction of our schools;
  • we hold the Executive Principal and her senior staff to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils;
  • we oversee the financial performance of the schools and make sure that money is well spent.

We formed a new Local Governing Body in October 2020 and have a compliment of governors who come from all walks of life within and beyond the local community in Leeds. These governors bring a wide skillset to the LGB which helps support the school from the quality of education to the business and financial aspects of school management. The details of the current members of the LGB are below.

During the 2019/2020 academic year, we operated under Scheme of Delegation 3. This meant Governing Group was in place to ensure rapid change management across the academies. We have since transitioned back to an LGB under Scheme of Delegation 2 (link below). The current Chair of the LGB was the independent member on the Governing Group and was subsequently appointed to Chair the present LGB to ensure that the journey of improvement could be articulated to new governors.

Although we have a Chair and a Vice Chair, we very much work in partnership with each other to support the leadership of both schools to ensure children have the best start to life and access to opportunities and experiences that will grow them into the young people of the future. We meet about 10 times a year, through formal and informal meetings, to consider all aspects of the life and work of the schools. Our Governors have direct involvement with the school’s development plan and are attached to a specific key focus. This allows us to have a good and collective understanding of what is happening in the school to give children that best start to life they deserve.

The Executive Principal, Sam Bailey, supported by the Heads of School and other staff, is responsible for the day to day running of the schools. Sam is accountable to governors for how she does this, and frequently reports to us, seeking feedback and challenge where appropriate to make sure the work of the school is aligned closely with our vision, values and ethos.

Who we are:

 

 

 

Ian Hague-Brown

Chair of LGB

Type of Governor:

 

Trust Appointed

 

Appointed / Term

 

14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024

 

Link Governor Group:

 

o   Leadership and Management

o   Safeguarding and Behaviour

o    Pay Committee

Bio:

Ian has worked with Wellspring Academy Trust as a Chair for several years in Leeds and Grimsby. He is a National Leader of Governance and is also Chair at Springwell Leeds Academy. Ian works in a secondary school in Bradford in which he is a Curriculum Leader in charge of Humanities subjects. He works closely with Sam Bailey on the Ebor/Victoria LGB as part of the Leadership and Management link within his remit as Chair.

Declaration of Interests:

Teacher at Co-op Academy Grange

Chair – Springwell Leeds (Wellspring Academy Trust)

 

 

Sam Bailey

Type of Governor:

 

Ex Officio – Executive Principal

Appointed / Term

 

n/a

Link Governor Group:

 

n/a

Bio:

Sam has led very significant change management programmes in order to secure success and has had a very significant impact in all of her schools. Sam is Executive Principal for Ebor Gardens Primary Academy, Victoria Primary Academy and for the Barnsley Primary Partnership.

Declaration of Interests:

None

 

 

 

Annie Dobbie

Type of Governor:

 

Staff Governor

Appointed / Term

 

14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024

Link Governor Group:

 

n/a

Bio:

Annie has been a teacher at Ebor Gardens Academy for the past two years and has loved being part of the Ebor team. She decided to become a staff governor as she wanted to gain an insight into the wider running of the school and to understand how an effective governing body is structured and run. Annie would like to contribute to the decision making process to help make the children’s learning experiences the best it can be.

Declaration of Interests:

Teacher at Ebor Gardens Academy

 

 

 

 

Chris Jessup

Type of Governor:

 

Ex-Officio – Director of Learning (deputising for the CEO)

Appointed / Term:

 

n/a

Link Governor Group:

 

Quality of Education

Bio:

Chris is the Director of Learning for Wellspring Academy Trust and provides the link between the Trust and the Local Governing Body. Chris updates Governors on Trust matters, as well as receiving feedback for the Trust. In addition, he has a link Governor responsibility for Teaching and Learning which he greatly enjoys. Chris is incredibly excited to be part of the team of Governors at Ebor Gardens and Victoria Primary and to work alongside them in the months and years ahead.

Declaration of Interests:

Senior School Improvement Advisor for Leeds CC. (Family Connection) Appointed Sep 2019, Chair of Governors at Armthorpe Academy in Doncaster, part of the Consiliuim MAT.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Kaye

Type of Governor:

 

Staff Governor

Appointed / Term:

 

14th October 2020 –

14th October 2024

Link Governor Group:

 

Community

Bio:

Rebecca has been a teacher at Victoria Primary since 2014 and has worked in upper key stage 2 during this time.  She has had experience on the Governing Body for Ebor Gardens and Victoria Primary Academy before, and has recently joined the Governing Body again as a Staff Governor. Rebecca’s Curriculum Teams are Science and RE, she also enjoys listening to the students’ opinions as part of the School Council Team.

 

Declaration of Interests:

Teacher at Victoria Primary Academy

 

 

 

Ann-Marie Walker

Type of Governor:

 

Trust Appointed

 

Appointed / Term:

 

14th October 2020 –

14th October 2024

Link Governor Group:

 

o    SEND & Behaviour

o    Business & Finance

Bio:

Ann-Marie has been a headteacher for over 9 years working in pupil referral units, alterative provision and special schools. She is currently Associate Principal of Springwell Academy Leeds, a school supporting learners with social emotional and mental health needs aged 5-16 years old. Ann-Marie is passionate about inclusive education and trauma informed organisations. She is also a mum to a 4-year-old who has just started primary school herself.

Declaration of Interests:

Associate Principal at Springwell Academy Leeds

 

 

 

Adetohun Ojo (Ade)

Type of Governor:

 

Parent Governor

Appointed / Term:

 

14th October 2020 –

14th October 2024

Link Governor Group:

 

n/a

Bio:

Ade is married and has a four year old daughter, expecting another child in January 2021.  She and her family moved to the UK two years ago from their home country of Nigeria.  After studying  Bachelors of Art in Philosophy in 2013, Ade went on to lead volunteering opportunities and taught secondary students in Christian Religious knowledge in Delta State-Nigeria, where she developed people management skills and obtained a passion for learning and development. Ade is currently studying CIPD Level3 Diploma in Human Resources and has joined Keyfort as an Education Support Worker.

Declaration of Interests:

None

 

 

 

Rachel Sharples

Type of Governor:

 

Trust Appointed

 

Appointed / Term:

 

14th October 2020 –

14th October 2024

Link Governor Group:

 

Quality of Education

Bio:

Rachel is a senior leader for school improvement across a multi academy trust based in Leeds. She has a proven track record in the leadership of the Quality of Education and last year saw one school become the sixth most improved nationally. In 2019 Rachel completed her NPQSL and more recently has gained accreditation from Harvard University focusing on the collaborative use of data to drive forward standards in Teaching and Learning. Rachel will be working alongside Chris Jessup in the governance of the Quality of Education at Ebor and Victoria.

Declaration of Interests:

Trusts’ Vice Principal @ Whiterose Academies since 2021, Designated Safeguarding Lead @Whiterose Academies since 2021

 

 

 

Catherine Waskett

Vice-Chair of LGB

Type of Governor:

 

Trust Appointed

Appointed / Term:

 

14th October 2020 –

14th October 2024

Link Governor Group:

 

n/a

Bio:

Catherine joined Wellspring Academy Trust as a governor in December 2015 and has a particular interest in safeguarding in the schools. She is a nurse and health visitor and worked for the NHS in Wakefield and Leeds for over 20 years. She then made a move into higher education and is now a University Lecturer in Nursing. Catherine wanted to become a school governor as working with families and children whilst a health visitor made her even more aware of the importance of good quality education in ensuring positive outcomes in life for both children and families. Becoming a governor has given her the opportunity to support the teams at both Victoria Primary and Ebor Gardens in achieving their aim of engaging and educating children, helping them be the best they can be whilst really enjoying their time at school.

Declaration of Interests:

Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

 

 

 

Isaac Opoku

Type of Governor:

 

Trust Appointed

Appointed / Term:

 

14th October 2020 –

14th October 2024

Link Governor Group:

 

n/a

Bio:

Isaac Kwadwo Opoku is a former teacher and hold Msc in Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management. He has been working with Northern Railway for the past ten years. Isaac is a Faith Leader and a charity trustee. As a former teacher, the best educational development of our children and the youth is his concern and priority and he is pleased to be part of Governors of Ebor Gardens and Victoria Primary and hopes to team up with the Governors along with management to aid the academies a success.

Declaration of Interests:

Church of Christ – Leeds Central (Member) since 2009

 

 

 

Elinor Hewitt

Type of Governor:

 

Parent Governor

Appointed / Term:

 

30th March 2021 –

30th March 2025

Link Governor Group:

 

n/a

Bio:

Elinor is new to the role and is very excited to be working with local schools.

Declaration of Interests:

None

Key Information: 

Key Contacts

Wellspring Academy Trust
Digital Media Centre
County Way
Barnsley
S70 2JW

Interested in Becoming A Governor?

Please contact the Clerk to the LGB in the first instance to see if there are any vacancies, further information about the role and the application process.