Words from Our Governors 

Wendy Sharp 

Chair of Governors 

I have spent my entire working life in education. I love school life and have been privileged to teach, manage and lead in many schools in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and until a few years ago serving as Headteacher in two Derbyshire Schools.

Born and raised in a loving, working class family, my parents encouraged me to work hard, aim high and to seek a life that was less hindered by poverty than theirs had been.

I firmly believe that education helps all children and adults to lead more fulfilling lives and increases their chances of earning a good living.

Though retired I cherish the opportunity to work with all the staff at Leys Junior School to ensure that each and every child has every reasonable opportunity to succeed in life.

With four grandchildren, aged 1, 3, 3 and 7 years of age, my interest is more than academic and I, along with other committed Governors, pledge to seek the best for the entire school community.

Wendy Sharp

 

Gill O'Hagan

Vice Chair

I first became a Community Governor at Copthorne Community Infant School when my 2 daughters attended the school. I live locally and have valued being involved with the school. I have continued to support the school through its journey for the past 25 years. 

We have recently entered a new exciting phase of Federating with Leys Junior School. Our two schools operate individually but now have one Governing Body to ensure a consistent overview.

Until retirement I was a secondary teacher and my life long passion has been to try and offer the best educational paths for all children and adults. As a Governor I am committed to seeking new opportunities for our children and using my knowledge and experience to help move the Unity Federation forward.  

Gill O'Hagan

 

Nicola Bettison

Staff Governor 

I have been a Parent Governor at Leys Junior School for around seven years.

Having three children I wanted to be involved with the school they attend and hopefully challenge and help the school move forward.

I live and work part-time locally in Early Years and I am also a fully trained and experienced Outdoor Learning Practitioner. My experience with children ranges from Early Years to Secondary Education, with children of all abilities including S.E.N, so this as well as outdoor learning is a great interest to me.

                                                                                                                         Nicola Bettison

 

Stayce Bayliss

Staff Governor

I have been a dedicated member of the Copthorne team for the past 3 years now.My role has developed from class teacher to being part of the Senior Leadership Team. Being a member of the Governing Body has added a new dimension to my role as Senior Leader and created further opportunities for me to make a difference.I am part of the Teaching and Learning Committee where I am able to contribute the viewpoints of staff and help to analyse data.I enjoy and thrive on challenge that comes with every aspect of school life.  I believe every child should be encouraged to reach their potential.

                                                                                                                           Stayce Bayliss

 

Jo Baranek 

Parent Governor (Safeguarding Governor)

 I became a Parent Governor at Leys Primary School in November 2016, after my step daughter started Leys in September 2016. 

I work as an Early Years Adviser for a large Childcare Charity and my work includes spearheading a national Maths Champions programme and acting a lead safeguarding designated officer supporting nurseries all over the UK with any concerns or queries they may have. In my role I also deliver a wide range of training to nursery owners, practitioners and childminders including at specialist childcare expos. 

I wanted to become a Governor to use my interests and training to support the school my step-daughter attends. As a Governor I bring a wealth of knowledge of education on different levels, including having trained as a primary school teacher myself, specialising in maths and science. My aim is to be the voice of the children and ensure they are all able to meet their full potential through the excellent education and support the school offers. 

                                                                                                                                Jo Baranek

 

James Scholes

Parent Governor

  

I have been a parent governor since my eldest daughter started at Copthorne Infant School.
 
My work involves developing ways to understand large amounts of information, which enables me to come up with effective solutions to complex problems, and bring a data-driven perspective in my role as governor.
As the father of three children, I try to encourage them in everything they do, and I relish the opportunity to support the staff as they work to give all the children the best possible education.
                                                                                                                           James Scholes

 

Simon Jaggs

Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Leys Junior School since September 2018; I also sit on the Resource Management Committee.

My interest in Leys Junior School began to grow from the small initial support I provided from my own business. In 2017 I had helped with the supply of visual wall graphics to make the library area visually more stimulating for the children. The use that the school has had from this, together with the look on the children’s faces was enough for me to realise that perhaps there may be opportunities here for me to be able to make a difference.

I have had my own Sign, Graphics and Manufacturing business for over 10 years; we are a profitable business with a turnover of over £4M and an EBITDA of 800. With my knowledge of corporate finance, profit and loss accounts and my monthly management accounts meetings held with my own accountants, I feel I have sufficient financial detail to provide support to the Resource Management Committee.

Originally qualified as a Graphic Designer with B.A.(Hons) Degree from Nottingham University, I see myself providing further support to the Art classes in school where I hope to be able to offer a very positive contribution to the children’s education. 

Simon Jaggs