The Leys Primary and Nursery School

Ripon Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 4QZ, 01438 314148, admin@leys.herts.sch.uk

Meet our Governors

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Marina Stone- Chair of Governing Body

Category of Governor: Co-Opted
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Term of Office: 03.12.19 - 03.12.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
Chair of Governors, School Improvement Committee, Safeguarding, SEND
Register of Interest: None

I am a mother of eight, four of whom attend The Leys. I chaired the PTA for two years and played a part in establishing it in the 18 months prior to this. I currently volunteer on the maternity ward at the local hospital and have been doing this for the past ten years. I also hold a governor position at another primary school in the town. In my spare time I enjoy exploring all manner of places with my young family, caves and mines area big favourite! I also enjoy learning and can always be found training or completing courses of some variety or learning languages. I believe the education children receive at primary level sets the foundations for the rest of their lives and that all children have the right to an outstanding education.

Barry Hack - Co-Opted Vice-Chair of Governing Body

Category of Governor: Co-Opted
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Term of Office: 03.12.19 - 03.12.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of School Improvement Committee, Information and Communication Technology
Register of Interest: None

I have been a School Governor at The Leys for over 6 years now. My family lives in Ripon Road, my wife is a Teaching Assistant at the school and all three of my daughters were pupils there, from nursery to Year 6 and I am very proud of their schooling and results.I have a strong belief that Early Years and Primary School arewhere the children develop their learning ethos for the rest of their lives. If we can help to give them a good start in life then that will usually continue through to adulthood and beyond. I work locally in the advanced electronics industry which gives me a passion for ICT, science and mathematics in particular. I regularly travel overseas for work and coupled with my interest in robots, provide some interesting shows and presentations for the children.

Phil Bibby - Local Authority

Category of Governor: Local Authority
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Term of Office: 26.02.17 - 25.02.21
Current membership and responsibilities:
Chair of Resources Committee, Pupil Premium, Maths
Register of Interest: Governor at Shephalbury Park School

I retired as a Bank Manager 14 years ago and, since then, have been working for the community, particularly St Nicholas, where I have lived for the past 22 years, having lived in Stevenage for 26 years.  I am the County Councillor for St Nicholas and a Borough Councillor for Woodfield. I have been delighted to have been a Governor for The Leys for 11 years, getting involved at a senior level with key aspects of school improvement and development.

Davinder Khangura - Ex-Officio

Category of Governor: Staff
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Term of Office: 25.05.19 - 19.05.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
Headteacher                          

Register of Interest: Staff

I have been teaching for over 15 years at various schools within and out of the county. I am passionate about improving the life chances and aspirations of children as they leave primary school and continue their journeys elsewhere. I have previously been an Assistant Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher and now the Headteacher at The Leys Primary School. With the governors, we share many aims and values. Our number one priority is ensuring that all our pupils are safe and they have high aspirations at school, and this is held in the highest regard during Governing Body meetings. The Governing Body (and staff as a whole) want what is best for our children, and we all pull in the same direction to try and achieve this. Outside of school, my time is filled by my two active young sons!

Nicholas Blanch - Staff Governor

Category of Governor: Staff
Appointing Body: Staff
Term of Office: 17.07.19 - 16.07.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
Website, School Improvement Committee
Register of Interest: Staff

I started working at The Leys in May 2015 as a supply teacher, and became a permanent member of staff in September of the same year. I have a Masters’ Degree in Ancient History as well as my Teaching Qualification, both of which I earned in Wales. I enjoy working with children (obviously!) and in my spare time I am a Scout Leader, which occasionally creeps into my work in school. While this is my first time as governor of a school, I have sat on the governing bodies of other similar organisations such as the Parochial Church Council for a church.

Laura Fitall - Parent Governor

Category of Governor: Parent
Appointing Body: Parents / Carers
Term of Office: 03.12.09 - 02.12.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
Early Years, Looked After Children, Parent Partnership, French
Register of Interest: None

I have been a parent at The Leys for nearly 8 years now and I will continue to be for another 7 years. I am passionate about my relationship with other parents and teachers alike. I am a Childminder with SEN training, a Psychology student at Herts University and a carer for my son. I co-lead a youth club for children with additional needs here in the community and I care deeply about the well-being and education of young people .

Joy Jackson - Associate Member

Category of Governor: Co-opted
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Term of Office: 06.03.15 - 05.03.19
Current membership and responsibilities:
Resources Committee
Register of Interest: None

My name is Joy Jackson and I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I moved to Stevenage for my secondary education at Barnwell School. My first voluntary work experience was at the age of 15 while I was still at school. I started helping in my daughter’s classroom in 1982 when the school was called ‘Wellfield Wood’ before the name changed to ‘The Leys’. I then became a Governor at the school in 1991, 24 years ago !I am a very active member of the local community where I attend local meetings of interest and I have sat in the “Stranger’s Gallery” at full council meetings at Stevenage Borough Council each month. I perform many other voluntary roles today too including Honoury Treasurer of Age Concern Stevenage’ and Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator in my area. I also managed a local community centre for 17 years. I was awarded the ‘Pride In Stevenage’ award in 2013 for caring.It is a pleasure to serve The Leys in whatever way I can to make sure it remains a happy and safe environment for our future generations.

Pam Ruprai- Parent Governor

Category of Governor: Parent
Appointing Body: Parent / Carers
Term of Office: 03.12.19 - 02.12.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
English & CLA
Register of Interest: None

I am an experienced teacher of Primary Education and have been a Governor for almost a year. My fifteen years of teaching in four Hertfordshire primary schools have been deeply satisfying, both professionally and personally. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and the opportunities it brings to shape children’s outlook on how they view the world and their place in it. I hope my experience will enable me to support the families and staff of The Leys to achieve the best possible outcomes for all children who attend.  

Deb Oakley - Co-Opted Governor

Category of Governor: Co-Opted
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Term of Office: 03.12.19 - 03.12.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
School Improvement Committee, DT, Music
Register of Interest: Staff

Hi I'm Deb Oakley. I am a co-opted governor, I have two children, one is in year 9 and other is in year 6 at the leys. I work as a Mealtime Supervisor and I'm also a bank member of staff for Teaching work.
MSA at lunchtime and also on the bank staff as a TA. I love what I do at the school, staff and the children are great . In my spare time I like to spend time with family, we are also a family volunteer at the children's trust which helps children with brain injuries.

Perry Ward - Co-opted Governor

Category of Governor: Co-opted
Appointing Body: Parents / Carers
Term of Office: 14.07.20 - 14.07.24
Current membership and responsibilities:
Resources committee, Health and Safety, PE, Sports Funding
Register of Interest: None

Since our daughter joined The Leys in 2012 I have taken enormous pride in the Leys Primary and Nursery school. Our son is in Year 3 and my interest in the performance and development of the school is stronger than ever. I have an inquisitive eye for detail which helps me to question and understand documents and data, and I hope to help drive improvements and efficiencies here at the Leys by drawing on corporate work experience, including working with detailed business cases and analysis; performance management; influencing and persuading chief executives; and leading teams on complex projects.

Hayley Sherwood - Co-opted Governor

Category of Governor: Co-opted
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Term of Office: 17.07.19 - 16.07.23
Current membership and responsibilities:
School Improvement Committee, PSHE, Mental Health
Register of Interest: 1decision (Supplier of resources for the subject of PSHE/Safeguarding)

As a former pupil of the Leys, I am dedicated to supporting the school in any areas where my expert knowledge can be utilised. For the last decade, I have worked within education in various ways from managing alternative provisions for dis-engaged students to creating a full suite of resources to support the subject of PSHE within primary schools across the UK. I am passionate about safeguarding children at every opportunity and look forward to supporting the Leys further.

Past Governors in the last 12 months

Caroline Moore - Parent/carer
Term of Office:  06.10.15 - 05.10.19

Robin Laing - Parent/carer
Term of Office:  03.12.19 - 27.01.20

Colin Vaughn Gray - Associate Member
Term of Office:  03.12.19 - 31.01.20

The Leys Primary & Nursery School

Ripon Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 4QZ.
01438 314148
admin@leys.herts.sch.uk

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Headteacher:  Mrs D Khangura
Chair of Governors:  Mrs Marina Stone