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Our governors

Welcome to the Governing Body section of our school website.  I hope you find it interesting and that you’ll take a little time to learn more about us and the job we do.

Margaret Hamlet
Chair of Governors

Contact our governors

To get in touch with any of our governors, please email victoria.wright@elawnswood.co.uk and mark your message 'for the attention of [name of the governor you wish to contact]'

The Role of the Governing Body

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 make it clear that the Headteacher is responsible for the educational performance of the school and for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, including the performance management of staff.

The Governing Body’s role is to hold the Headteacher to account for exercising her professional judgement in these matters and for the performance of all of her other duties. Having advised the Governing Body, the Headteacher must comply with any reasonable direction given by it.

The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher and her senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school
  • Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money

How our governors are appointed:

Parent governors are elected by the parents of students in school.

LA governor is nominated by the Local Authority.

Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body.

Staff governor is elected by the staff of the school.

Associate members are appointed by the Governing Body.

The Headteacher holds an ex-officio position.

School governors and their roles >> Governors meetings 2018-19 >>

Margaret Hamlet

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors

I joined Lawnswood School’s Governing Body in December 2010.  During my time as a governor, I have been a member of a number of committees and involved in senior leadership appointments.

Before becoming a governor, I was Headteacher in a multicultural secondary school.  Since leaving that position, I have worked as an educational consultant, working in schools across the country in a support and challenge role. This work also involved me in the recruitment and selection of headteachers and senior leadership.

For a number of years I delivered national training programmes to prospective headteachers and middle leaders across Yorkshire and Humberside.  

In addition to my work in schools, I have also been an Interim Deputy Director of Children’s Services as well as working as a Project Manager within education. This involved me working closely with the Department for Education, Local Authorities and Councillors.

I am a local leader of Governance, Chair of Governors at a large primary school and an associate governor at an additional primary school.

I decided to become a governor because I wanted to remain actively involved in education. I am very committed to improving the life chances of young people and feel that my background and experiences within education have given me the skills and expertise to support schools.

Mr Arthur Keys

Coopted governor

SEND link governor

I became a governor in the Autumn 2015 after graduating from University of Leeds with a BSc Mathematics degree. Whilst I am still building my professional acumen and experience, I feel that, as a recent product of the education system, I can bring a fresh perspective to the Governing Body. I am currently working for HMRC as a tax professional and as I develop my financial skill set, I hope to utilise these skills to benefit the Governing Body.

I have recently taken on the role of link governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), about which I feel extremely passionate.  In the past, I have provided both maths tutoring for a student with cerebral palsy and been a personal assistant for a man with Asperger syndrome. I hope to celebrate the great work that already goes on at the school whilst also striving to improve the outcomes for students at Lawnswood.

Mrs Lara Napier

Coopted governor

I became a governor because I believe passionately in state education and I wanted to do whatever I could to help to develop the schools my children attended. I first became a governor over ten years ago when my son started at nursery school and I have followed my son and daughter through nursery, primary and secondary school as a parent governor. This has given me invaluable insight into every stage of a child’s education.

I am also a secondary English teacher and over the last twenty years have worked at a variety of secondary schools in London, Corby, Peterborough, Scarborough and now Leeds. During this time I have taught children from age 11 to 18 from all different abilities and social backgrounds.

I was the first person from my family to go to university and so I want to do all I can to ensure all the children at Lawnswood get the education they need to enable them to live happy and fulfilled lives.

Mr Alex Barrie

Coopted governor

Health and safety link governor

In January 2013, I became a parent governor at Lawnswood School, seeking the opportunity to contribute to the continuing development of my local secondary school. At the end of 2016, I became a coopted governor. My eldest son is currently in Year 11 and I have a younger son at a local primary school.

I am a Chartered Engineer and also possess professional qualifications in management. I have worked across many aspects of the IT and telecommunications industries for thirty years. These skills and experiences are directly applicable to my role as a governor, and I am an active member of the governing body, with specific interests around finance. I currently have specific governance responsibilities for health and safety, and have also personally contributed to various career events held within the school.

I also bring past experience of school governance from a primary school setting.

Mr Jeremy Willis

Co-opted Governor

Just like every parent, carer and member of staff connected with Lawnswood School, I really want all the children to get the best possible education; to be happy and confident in their environment; and for the school to continue improving, which is why I put myself forward to the Governing Body.

I have been a governor at a local primary school for several years, becoming Chair in 2015, and have been on regular governor training, including achieving my certificate from the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

As a governor, I’m not afraid to ask the ‘silly question’ and I definitely don’t know it all, but I do try to bring ideas and commitment!

Having been a musician and writer of music as well as running my own music based companies for the last 30 years, I have considerable experience in business, marketing, management, negotiation and, above all, working with a huge variety of different people.

I have lived in this community all my working life and really value being in a position to contribute to its continual improvement and development.

There are a lot of challenges facing education and I want to do my best to support the school and community to get the best possible outcomes for all students.

Mr Martin Groom

Parent Governor

I became a parent governor following election in Spring 2018. I am interested in promoting resilience and psychological wellbeing at Lawnswood and in further strengthening lines of communication between home and school.  I am particularly interested in considering how information technology may be used at Lawnswood to set, communicate and monitor homework tasks. I am a state registered Occupational Therapist with experience of working for CAMHS and currently work as an accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Therapist for the NHS. I have experience of research, teaching and delivering training in resilience.  I sit on the Leeds Mind Mate Professionals panel providing advice to promote good mental health for children and young people in Leeds. I live locally. My son started at Lawnswood in 2017. My hobbies include mountain biking, running and playing the piano.

Mrs Maggie Beech

Staff Governor

I entered the teaching profession relatively late in my working career and joined Lawnswood School to teach maths in 2010.  Nowadays, I work throughout school covering absent teachers, which gives me great opportunities to work in different departments with a variety of colleagues and to see how students react and behave in different subject areas.  Before teaching, I worked in scientific research at University of London, University of Washington and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.

Our school has a wonderful community, where all members of staff work together to provide a safe, nurturing environment and to give every student an equal chance to achieve their potential. 

I feel passionate about comprehensive education and have a strong commitment to Lawnswood School.   I am keen to help our school maintain its high standards; meet future challenges; and continue to serve its diverse community of students.

Mrs Jo Bell

Staff governor - Headteacher

As Headteacher, I am automatically a member of the governing body.  However, my experience of governance started many years ago when I first went into teaching.I was one of the staff governors of both secondary schools in which I worked in Birmingham.I found it extremely useful professional development and it certainly helped me in my role as a senior leader when I left Birmingham to work in London.My connection with Lawnswood School’s governing body began when I joined the school as Deputy Headteacher in September 2012, as I asked to become an associate member to further my knowledge and understanding of governance.Once appointed to Headteacher in November 2014, I became a fully-fledged member.

My role on the governing body is slightly different to my fellow governors as, whilst I join in the strategic vision setting and have a voting right, I am also responsible for carrying out the day to day running of the school and am accountable to the governing body.

Mr Matt Garman

Coopted governor

I became a member of Lawnswood School governing body in 2012, as a parent governor and now as a coopted governor.  I currently have two children studying at Lawnswood School in Years 9 and 11..

My professional background and experience comes from working with children and young people in a variety of settings, within Leeds City Council.

I wanted to join the governing body to make a positive contribution to Lawnswood School and I look forward to being able to contribute to the school’s continued success.

Mrs Cathy Cammegh

Parent governor

I was elected as a governor after a ballot of parents and carers in January 2017.

Having been one of the few from my school to get to university, I understand the challenge of achieving potential and the huge impact that teachers can have on student outcomes. I also understand the importance of parental engagement with education.

Professionally, I have been practising as a corporate/commercial solicitor in private practice and in industry for over 20 years. In addition to legal expertise, my work has given me experience and skills in many relevant areas, including negotiation, business management, public relations and marketing.

I have two children currently at Lawnswood School and twins who will move up to Lawnswood in September.  I've lived in and around Headingley since I moved to Leeds as a student nearly 30 years ago and am keen to contribute positively to our school and our local community.

Ms Marnie Threapleton

Coopted governor

I feel passionately that each of us is good at something and that we all have a responsibility to support others wherever we can, to help identify and nurture those things at which we can excel. 

My current work includes business development strategy, operations strategy and consultancy in areas of business performance.  I am also an experienced scuba-diving instructor and find the connections I make (with children I teach and their parents) to be hugely rewarding.

I have found that my own experience of extracurricular activities at school, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, have proved invaluable throughout my life and have given me the confidence to find adventure, growth and great experiences. 

I became a governor in order to offer my experience and to help to inspire children to understand that anything is possible; I aim to help the school to support students in realising their potential.

Mrs Kathy Page

Coopted Governor

I have recently retired from working as the Health & Saftey Officer for Lawnswood School.  Prior to my 7 years in the school, I worked within Leeds City Council for 10 years and, prior to that, in banking and financial services.I feel hugely supportive of the school and its students and am pleased to be able to offer a positive contribution and the benefit of my transferable skills to being a governor.

Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

See our recent Ofsted feedback here >>