Thorpe Primary School

Where we all can shine

0113 5217040

parents@thorpe.leeds.sch.uk

Dolphin Lane, Thorpe, Wakefield,
West Yorkshire, WF3 3DG

Meet our Governors

Mike Britton, Chair of Governors

Mike has been a member of the governing body at Thorpe since early 2014 and became Chair in July 2016. Since joining the governing body, he has attended a variety of training courses designed to equip governors with the skills required and has held various responsibilities on the board. Whilst recognising the importance of academic achievement, Mike also believes its essential that children enjoy their education and that each step prepares them for the next.    

Mike joined the governing board when his eldest daughter began her school career at Thorpe . Both his daughters have been through the school and are now at high school, both are enjoying life and making good progress.   

Outside Mike’s role on the governing body, he runs a company importing agricultural machinery, is interested in all things mechanical and loves being an active part of family life.

 

 

Lyndsay McTernan, Vice Chair

Lyndsay joined the governing body in 2019 with particular responsibility for SEND.

She currently works as a visitor assistant in a museum, but has previously worked as a teaching assistant with experience of SEND over various roles within primary schools.

Lyndsay has two sons. One has just started high school and one is in Key Stage 2. They both enjoy all aspects of school and Thorpe Primary has helped establish their love for learning. 

Aside from work and being a mum, Lyndsay  loves to read and is studying Arts and Humanities with the Open University.

 

 

Faith Mburuma, Vice Chair

Faith joined the governing body at Thorpe as a co-opted member. It is a role she thoroughly enjoys. She first became involved with Thorpe Primary School when her daughter joined the school in 2017. Her daughter has since moved on to Rodillian Academy after several happy years at Thorpe. Faith also has a son, who is currently in KS1.

 

Her background is in adult nursing, working in the NHS and private sector as a critical care nurse. 

As a governor, Faith is keen to support the headteacher and staff in ensuring that all pupils have a great experience of school and that they achieve their full potential through the very best education whilst being nurtured in a positive, safe, warm and friendly school environment. 

Jo Gardner, Staff Governor

Jo was elected as a staff governor in September 2019.  

Jo first came to Thorpe as a parent volunteer in 2016 after a long career in the private sector and quickly realised that she had found her vocation, becoming a permanent teaching assistant soon afterwards. She received her Higher Level Teaching Assistant accreditation in July 2020.

She is a member of the Thorpe Primary School Pupil Support Committee with a particular responsibility for Early Reading and Phonics.

Jo has a daughter who has just started attending Rodillian after six happy years at Thorpe and outside of school enjoys all things creative and ornithological.

 

 

 Chris Newby, Safeguarding Governor

Chris is an experienced Governor, and was appointed to the Governing Body of Thorpe Primary School in October 2022. He is the link Governor for Safeguarding.

 As well as being a Governor at Thorpe Primary School, Chris is also the Chair of Governors at a secondary school in Kirklees, within a Multi-Acadmy Trust, and is also the link Governor for SEND and Safeguarding.He was appointed a member of another Primary School’s Interim Executive Board, after it had been placed in Special Measures. At its last Monitoring visit, the Ofsted inspector noted that ‘Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.’ Following academisation, Chris was appointed Chair of the Local Governing Body. He also has experience as a Parent Governor at a maintained Primary School. 

Chris is a Consultant Engineer, working with conformity assessment in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, bio-pharma, chemical, power generation and hazardous goods transport industries. He also acts as technical lead.

His wife has substantial experience in the education sector. She is a qualified teacher, and has worked as a Principal at an Alternative Provision and as Vulnerable Children’s Lead for a Local Authority. She is currently the Project Director at an Area Inclusion Partnership. 

Chris believes that all children deserve the highest quality education in a safe and nurturing environment, and is delighted to be a member of Thorpe Primary School’s community.

Matthew Griffin

Matthew has been a Governor at our school for over 6 years and during this time he has overseen many significant and positive changes. He makes regular visits to the school and works closely with the Senior Leadership team to ensure the school continues to make improvements on its journey to outstanding. Matthew has particular focus on teaching standards, maths and pupil progress.

Matthew has four children who have all successfully passed through the school.

Beyond his role of Governor, Matthew has a keen interest in sport, films, and playing dad's taxi, as well as supporting the local authority with raising governance across other schools. 

 

 

Tracey Rodgers

Tracey joined the governing body at Thorpe as a co-opted member in 2022. She first became involved with Thorpe Primary School when her daughter joined the school in 2019. Tracey has two children at Thorpe, a daughter in KS2 and a son in KS1. As a governor, Tracey is looking forward to supporting the staff and children to ensure that Thorpe is a happy, safe and aspirational school to be part of. She is looking forward to working closely with the early years team at Thorpe as the link governor for EYFS.

Beyond her role as a governor, Tracey has been a primary school teacher for 13 years and is currently an early years phase leader at another Leeds school. She recently completed her National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. Outside of her working life, Tracey loves being a mum and enjoys spending lots of time with her family.

 

 

Jais Patel

Jais joined the Thorpe Primary Governing body in 2022 as a Co-opted governor. He currently has one daughter in Early years and one daughter in KS1, with another waiting in the wings to join in the next couple of years. 
 
Jais hopes his commercial background in the food industry will benefit the school from both a business and health and safety perspective. His aim is to help make the school not only a fantastic place for students to learn, but also a fantastic workplace for all the teachers and support staff.
Outside of work and school, his main interest is sport; he still plays football and tennis, but is much better at sitting on the sofa and watching on as a fan. 

 

 

Peppa Thewlis

Peppa joined the Thorpe Governing body in December 2023. She's loved the ethos of Thorpe Primary since viewing the school back in 2019 when choosing where to apply for her first daughter's place. She now has 2 girls at Thorpe one KS1 and KS2.
 
Peppa's background is within Financial Services. With over 25 years, her experience covers many different roles including: banking, HR, Recruitment and Project Management. She'll be using these skills wherever they're needed within the governing body to help the school meet its goals.
 
Outside of work and Mum life, Peppa is an avid reader and loves paper crafting, mostly making cards, as a hobby.

 

 

 Nicola Harrison, Local Authority Governor

Nicola joined the governing body in September 2022.

In her working life Nicola worked for over thirty years as a teacher of English in comprehensive schools in the region. She hopes that this experience will enable her to make a positive contribution to Thorpe Primary.

In recent years she has volunteered at the National Coal Mining Museum for England near Wakefield. As part of this she regularly produces pieces for the museum’s online Voices in the Coalshed items.

At other times she enjoys reading and craft activities such as patchwork and knitting.