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Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Alexandra Houghton- Joint Chair of Governors

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.




Mr Nat Potts - Joint Chair of Governors

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 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.


 Vacant - Parent Governor


 Mrs Glenys Bailey- Co-opted Governor

I have lived in North Stainley for the Last 14 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.


Vacant - Co-Opted Governor


Vacant - Parent Governor



Mrs Jane Mansell - Foundation Governor


 Although originally a “Southerner”, I lived in the Ripon area for 171/2 years whilst our children were growing up. We then returned south for 15 years but were delighted to move to North Stainley in August 2017 when we retired.
I have been involved with education as a parent/grandparent and also in my professional work as a Speech and Language Therapist. I was also a Foundation Governor of a church secondary school for a number of years.
Since moving to the village I have enjoyed becoming part of the community and getting involved with various activities in North Stainley and Ripon, including St Mary’s Church and Ripon Cathedral.
As a recently appointed Foundation Governor, I am delighted to see the already existing strong links between the school and the local church. I am looking forward to helping these links to develop further and encouraging the Christian ethos which underpins all aspects of school life.