Who we are

Ben Cole  Chair of Governors

Colton Primary School holds a special place within the local community I live in and I’m proud to have been appointed as a co-opted governor in December 2016. My professional background is in pharmacy and retail management and I currently manage 20 thriving community pharmacies across the north of England. 

I aim to use my experience as a community pharmacy and an operations manager to strategically improve an already excellent school. I hope that my work within the governing body will ensure that the children in my community benefit from an enriched education and will leave with the skills and experience they need for successful and happy futures. 

 

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of school staff?

No

Able to vote?

Yes

Date of Appointment
Term End Date 
How Appointed
12/12/2016
12/12/2020
Co opted by GB/board
 
Jonathan Brookes-Trust Governor
As a Trust governor my main aim is that the trust delivers real benefits for children and parents.
   I am neither a parent or staff governor so I try and ensure decisions are made that are in the best interests and fairness to everyone. Having received a good education in Leeds myself I want to give something back to Leeds that will help this continue.
 
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
Date of Appointment and How  11/02/2015 Foundation
Date of Appointment
Term End Date
How Appointed 
11/02/2015
11/02/2019
 
   
Caroline Johnson – Headteacher
My name is Caroline Johnson and I am the Head Teacher of Colton Primary School. I have taught for 20 years and I have been the Deputy Head of an ‘Outstanding School’ since 2005. I am an Advanced Skills Teacher and a Specialist Leader in Education; both positions have involved supporting teachers, senior leadership teams and head teachers with many aspects of school improvement.
Colton is a wonderful school where children are encouraged, supported and challenged to achieve their very best. The school works hard with all stakeholders to promote the highest possible outcomes for every pupil. Pastoral support, emotional well-being and resilience are promoted and valued alongside academic achievement.
As an outstanding school, the challenge is to keep moving forward and to be shaping the future of education, rather than following on behind. I want Colton to be leading the way with innovative, inspiring teaching which creates and develops inquisitive children who are fully engaged in their own learning journey.
 
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? Yes
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
Date of Appointment
Term End Date
How Appointed
02/01/2017
01/07/2022
Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher
 
Gary Batley – Co Opted Governor
I have been the site manager of Colton Primary School for a number of years. Before that I was the superintendent at Brownhill Primary School and before that I was in the Army for 24 years.
 
I have been a governor at the school for the last 10 years I have really enjoyed my time as a governor.
I am also the school Visits Co-ordinator.
 
I am Qualified in PAT Testing, Legionella testing, health & Safety and Pasma mobile towers for users.
 
I like football, walking, rugby, IT and swimming.
 
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? Yes
Able to vote? Yes
 
Date of Appointment
Term End Date
How Appointed
09/02/2015
09/02/2019
Appointed by GB/Board
   
Briege Cothay - Staff Governor
I am the staff governor, therefore I communicate with the other governors on behalf of the staff.
I am passionate that all children have a voice in school and that children's talents are nurtured, so they can  achieve anything.
I am very lucky to work in such a wonderful inclusive school with fantastic staff and awesome children.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? N0
Able to vote? Yes
Date of Appointment
Term End Date
How Appointed
01/03/2016
01/03/2020
Elected by school staff
   
John Scouller – Community Governor
I am chairman of Colton Institute Sports and Social club.
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
Date of Appointment
Term End Date
How Appointed
03/04/2017
06/07/2020
Appointed by GB/Board
   
 

Sally Hilton– Parent Governor

As a parent of children at the school it has been a pleasure to watch them enjoy learning and develop new knowledge and skills. What and how they are learning often amazes me. I want every child, parent and guardians to feel positive about their time at Colton.

 

I feel I have a long term vested interest in ensuring Colton Primary is as good as it can be, not only for my kids but for all the children and staff.

 

I have been given the role as Pastoral Governor and this is giving me the opportunity to develop my skills and provide challenge in some key areas for the school.

 

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of school staff?

No

Able to vote?

Yes

Date of Appointment
Term End Date
How Appointed
 
13/03/2017
12/03/2021
Elected by parents
 
 

Name: Laura Skelding

My name is Laura Skelding and I am delighted to be a part of the governing body at Colton Primary. I have been teaching for 7 years with extensive knowledge and experience in the Early Years. I am passionate about education and I strive to improve standards across all areas of school.

Curriculum governor I aim to take an active part in the school’s development planning order to drive standards and support the headteacher in the new chapter of Colton Primary.

I look forward to getting to know the children, staff and parents in the near future.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of school staff?

No

Able to vote?

Yes

Date of Appointment

Term End Date

How Appointed

15th Oct 2018


 

 
Karen Weddle –Associate Governor
I am one of the Deputy Head teachers at Colton with responsibility for foundation stage, inclusion and special educational needs (SEN).
 
I began my teaching career many years ago at Colton as a newly qualified teacher. I left Colton to become an advisory teacher for ICT, working with many of the primary and secondary schools in Leeds. I then worked in a special school and in several inclusive partnerships in mainstream primary schools.
 
I completed my NPQH (National Qualification for Head Teachers) in 2006, just as the deputy head job was advertised at Colton. Having worked in so many schools I realised just how special Colton was and was delighted to be appointed Deputy Head in 2007.
 
I am proud of our achievements at Colton, both academically and pastorally. Having two young children myself, I know just how important it is for children to feel happy and safe at school. I lead the Investors In Pupils charter mark in school, which ensures pupils have a strong voice and are included in making important day to day decisions about how the school runs.
 
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? No
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