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Mrs Denise Willis -Local authority governor

Having worked in education, as a teacher and senior leader throughout my career, I was delighted to be asked to join the governing body of North Stainley CE Primary School in September 2016.  I hope that my experience of working with children from EYFS to 16+ will be useful and I look forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff over the coming years. 




Vacant - Co-opted



Mrs Sally Taylor – Staff Governor/School Administrator


Having seen through the development of my own child how education is such an integral part of our makeup and the direction we take in life, I was keen to be involved and find out more about how the school decide and action what is best for the children.


In the very short time I have been involved with the school as a parent, I have already seen the benefits that the dedicated team at North Stainley School have had and I am excited to be able to help that continue.  I have no connection to education whatsoever and have spent my entire working career in the private sector, so I hope that in becoming a Governor, I may be able to add value from a different view point and have a positive influence where it counts.




 Mrs Glenys Bailey- Co-opted Governor

I have lived in North Stainley for the Last 12 Years, moving here from Lancashire in 2014. My involvement in Education has centred around my own children's and grandchildren's schooling and teaching in a local school in Kitwe Zambia, this was both a rewarding and humbling experience.  The children who attended this school, came from the poorest of families, often living in shacks in Townships. Their desire to learn and improve their lives and the lives of their families and pride in the fact that they were having an education was very humbling.

Since returning from Zambia my own career has focused on Adult Mental Heath and Social Care, working both in Lancashire and North Yorkshire for both the Health Service, as a Mental Heath Nurse and for the Local Authority, as a Social Worker.

Hobby wise I enjoy being retured, the Theatre, reading and being with my family, plus of course planning then going on holiday.


Mr  Nat Potts-Co-Opted Governor

I have greatly enjoyed serving North Stainley C of E Primary School as a Parent Governor and more recently Chair of Finance, since we moved to North Stainley two years ago.

During this time my daughter has attended the school which our whole family has found to be both dynamic and caring with a highly committed team of staff and fellow Governors.

I have always believed that primary schools have such an important role in developing children's skills and creativity, nurturing confidence and providing a solid platform that will in turn prepare them for secondary school and further. It has been a privilege to see the school deliver at every level.

Mrs Alexandra Houghton- Parent Governor

I joined as a parent governor for North Stainley School in September 2014.  I am a primary school teacher for another village school near Ripon and I am really enjoying learning more about North Stainley School.  I have been very impressed with the standards in the school and the drive from staff to move the school forward.  I am particularly keen to support the school in developing the Christian ethos and assisting with the Church Schools inspection.

 Vacant - Parent


Reverend Nick Morgan- Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in 2015 having moved into North Stainley as the Assistant Curate of the Masham Group of Churches. I aim to be a familiar face around school, not only in leading Collective Worship from time to time, but also by regularly popping into classrooms to support learning, as directed by the Headteacher. My role as Curate regularly takes me into four other primary schools to lead collective worship.  Before ordination I was a primary school teacher specialising in 3 to 7 year olds and have previously been a Parent Governor at the small village school elsewhere in North Yorkshire which my daughters attended.

North Yorkshire's village schools are wonderful places to learn and develop skills for life, and Church of England schools have the added benefit of a strong, positive, loving, affirming, and at time challenging Christian ethos which underpins the school community. I am delighted to be joining this community and playing a part in making the children's experience of school a wonderful and enjoyable one, and their learning the best it can be.

Vacant - Foundation