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Governor / Academy Council Profiles
Mark Foster - Chair of Governors
I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2015 and became Chair in 2019. I have a daughter in Year 5 and a son in Year 2 and decided to stand for election as a Parent Governor as I wanted to play a more active part in my children’s education and the wider local community. I have over 15 years experience in the Education sector currently leading a West Yorkshire Teaching School. focussing on School Improvement and Initial Teacher Training, I know I am able to provide a wealth of experience through my Senior Leadership roles that are transferable to my role as a Governor.
I am always blown away by the immense talent we have at Ss Peter and Paul, both staff and students alike, and love coming into school as often as I can to catch up with all the superb activities that take place.
Marie Buxton - Foundation Governor/Vice Chair
My name is Marie Buxton and I have worked in education for over 20 years; initially as a secondary school teacher and more recently as a lecturer in teacher education. I have been part of the Ss. Peter and Paul school community since 2005 when my oldest child started the school. I have 3 children; 2 at St. Mary’s and my youngest who is in Year 6. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2012 and then became a Foundation Governor. During this time I have been impressed by the dedication shown by all the staff and feel proud to be associated with the high quality Catholic education provided by the school.
Rachel Hitchenor - Parent Governor
I was delighted to be elected as parent governor in June 2017, as I have a long association with the school and St Mary's Menston having been a former pupil at both schools. My husband and I have a daughter who is currently in Year 4 at the school.
I am a Registered Nurse and Health Visitor having worked for the NHS for over 28 years. I have studied to Masters Level where I gained a specialist interest in Early Years Development to ensure all children reach their full potential in life, whilst being able to use my expertise in Child Protection/Safeguarding issues to keep all children safe. I am thrilled to be able to draw on my professional knowledge and personal connection with the school to make sure all children who attend Ss Peter and Paul school have the best opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment.
John Megson - Foundation Governor
My three children now attend our outstanding school and thrive in the environment the teachers and staff have created for them. I was motivated to join the governing body at the back end of 2015 to support the existing positive work of the team by sharing my experience as a business analyst. In my
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Fr John Carlisle - Foundation Governor
I became Parish Priest at St Peter & St Paul's Church in September 2016, and also started as a Governor at the school.
I have had experience of serving on Governing bodies since 1996, as well as having been a teacher of secondary Religious Education before ordination as a Priest. I have also served as a secondary school Chaplain in Harrogate, and for the last 3 years at St Mary’s Menston, our Catholic High School. Our life together as a Parish and School is happy and healthy and we pray that we will continue to grow together and always remember our task of Mission. I hope my association and partnership with the school and parish continues for many years.
Andy Croft - Foundation Governor
As a former pupil of the school and a construction professional for the last 20 years, I have a great deal to offer as a Foundation Governor at the school since March 2013. I am hoping to draw on my professional experiences to help the school and the Governing body. I am married to Louise and have two children who both attend the school, the eldest has now moved on to St Mary's. I enjoy sport and played local football to County Amateur standard and now enjoy cycling. Over the last five years I have witnessed how the school provides a safe, first class learning and caring environment for our children.
I volunteered to become a foundation governor to get involved, help the school retain its distinctiveness and assist the academy council in ensuring the children of our community get the best possible start to their school lives.
Helen Dowden - Foundation Governor
I was really pleased to join the governing body as a Foundation Governor in 2015. I have 2 daughters in their 20's who attended Ss Peter and Paul school and went on to St Mary's. I am able to use skills that I gained when I was a manager in the NHS for 10 years. I have now returned to clinical practice as a Pediatric Physiotherapist and I continue to work in partnership with schools to deliver specialist services for children with additional needs. I am the SEN (special Educational Needs) governor.
As a parent of children who benefited from the opportunities offered by Ss Perter and Paul, I am delighted to actively be involved in the running of the school as it continues to maintain its strong ethos of supporting children to learn and develop in a safe and caring environment.