Who we are

Ben Cole Co-Opted (Chair of Governors)

Colton Primary School holds a special place within the local community and I'm proud to have been appointed as a governor in December 2016. My professional background is in pharmacy and retail and I currently manage 20 thriving community pharmacies across Yorkshire.

I aim to use my experience as a community pharmacist and an area manager to strategically improve an already outstanding school. I hope that my work within the governing body will ensure that our students benefit from an enriched education and leave with the skills and experience they need for successful futures.

 

 

Committee member?

Premises, health & Safety

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of school staff?

No

Able to vote?

Yes Co-opted

 
Stephanie Selwood – Parent Governor (Chair of Governors)
As a parent and governor, I’m eager to ensure the school provides all our children, despite age, ability and background with access to the highest levels of teaching, to help them achieve their full potential.

I also look to offer a parental perspective to decisions affecting the school. Encouraging the school to involve parents and pupils in the decision making process.  

I’m a qualified Advocate for young people and manage multiple services for a children’s rights charity. I hope that my professional experience will enable me to support the school to empower pupils in a nurturing inclusive environment. I have a particular interest in promoting consultation, participation and involvement with pupils, teachers and stakeholders.
Committee member? Yes – PAC
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 01/05/2015 Parent
 
Anthony Cross – Parent Governor (Vice Chair)
I am a parent and I’d like to see the school continue to provide a happy, safe and friendly environment for all the children to develop.
 
As a governor I would like to see the school performing its best and delivering the highest quality of teaching within a tolerant and compassionate atmosphere.
 
I have experience and training in grounds maintenance and health and safety at work. I am interested in promoting the value of wildlife and open spaces as a teaching resource.
 
 
Committee member? Premises Health and safety
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 19/10/2015 Parent
 
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.
 
Committee member? Yes-Finance ,Head teachers Performance Management
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
   
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.
 
Committee member?  
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? Yes
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
 
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.
 
Committee member? Yes – Health and Safety
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 and How 09/02/2015 Co-Opted
   
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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Committee member? PAC
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 and How  01/01/2016 Staff
   
John Scouller – Community Governor
I am chairman of Colton Institute Sports and Social club.
Committee member? Yes – Premises health and safety
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
 

Katie Walker – Co-Opted Governor

My name is Kate Walker. I have worked at Colton Primary School for 5 years and have been a governor since September. This school year I have been working as a teaching assistant in Year 4 but prior to this I have worked in other year groups. At school I do running, Lexia and computer clubs.

In my spare time I am an avid reader. I also enjoy swimmimg and long walks with my dogs in the countryside or by the sea.

Committee member?

Yes – Health and Safety

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of school staff?

No

Able to vote?

Yes

 
 

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.

 

Committee member?

 

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of school staff?

No

Able to vote?

Yes

 
Penny Plumpton -Co-opted Governor
 

Hello! I am honoured to have been asked to join your Governing Body as I worked alongside Caroline Johnston for 14 years and greatly respect her ability, drive and determination; I know she will do her very best to ensure that Colton Primary School remains at the forefront of primary education.

 

As Vice Principal I gained experience for the whole of the primary sector but as a class teacher my experience was within Key Stage 1 and EYFS. My passion is for children being happy at school and therefore enjoying their learning. I was instrumental in getting a member a staff trained as a ‘Forest School’ practitioner - one of the best decisions I feel I have ever made as children love to learn in a practical way and outside! I have also been very involved in ‘Teacher Training’ and believe in supporting the next generation of teachers to ensure that the next generation of children benefit from the best practitioners possible.

 

Committee member? Yes
Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes














 
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.
 
Committee member? No
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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