Spring Bank Primary School


What is the role of the Governing Body?

Behaviour Principles – a written statement from the Governing Body

The governing body have responsibility for raising school standards through their three core strategic functions of:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

c. overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money well spent.

It works in close and balanced partnership with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day to day management issues. There are 14 governors including the Head teacher, 1 staff governor, two parent governors, a LA governor  and nine co-opted governors.

Download our annual report 2015-2016 from here:

Governance Statement 2015-16

Who are the School Governors?

There are different types of governors listed on the governing body.

The Headteacher always has the choice to be a member of the governing body. Our Parent Governors are elected by parents and carers of pupils registered at school. Our LEA governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority. Our Staff governor is a paid member of staff who has been elected by the staff.

Governors at our School.  


 Chair of Governors                          

Janet Matthews                                                          

Appointed: 27/11/14                                               









I have lived in the local area for nearly 40 years. I have two grown up children. I retired three years ago after a career auditing in the public sector which involved reviewing governance, internal control, financial management, accounting, performance management and value for money.

I am now just as busy as when I was at work including being on the board of several organisations in Leeds but still having time for reading, walking and going on holidays.

Vice Chair of Governors

Deborah Park

Appointed 24/9/15




Michael Brawley



Staff Governor

Jo Ward

Appointed: 24/11/16


I have worked as a teacher at Spring Bank Primary School for 23 years. I lead Literacy and Assessment across the school and also am a Key Stage Leader.

Parent Governors

Paresh Rathod

Appointed: 24/11/16


I am a Parent Governor with a career background in the IT profession, working as a Business Analyst and Project Manager. I am able to manage Projects and Teams, chair meetings, analyse information, design solutions and facilitate and formulate strategy.

Lizzie Simpson

Appointed: 19/5/16


LEA Governor

Al Garthwaite

Appointed: 26/11/15

Co-opted Governors (Governors who have been appointed as they have particular skills and expertise to bring to the Governing Body.)

Marcella Manfredonia

Appointed: 27/11/14


Amy Houldsworth

Appointed: 27/11/14

I have worked as a primary school teacher for 22 years, the last 15 years in Headingley. I lead the curriculum at Spring Bank Primary School and support Assessment. I am also a trained SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) to support other schools and am about to complete an MA in Education in September 2017.

Robin Phelan

Appointed: 27/11/14


I have lived in the local area for over 25 years & have worked in the Finance industry for over 20 years. I Currently work for a major bank in the Governance & Control business area.

My role covers Incident Management including customer remediation, Business Continuity Management & Bank Risk Policies I am the Bank’s Go Green site Leader and work in Partnership with BEAT ( Bradford Environmental Action Trust ) supporting environmental projects they run with local business & schools in the West Yorkshire area. I am also a member on the Leeds Citizen Panel .

Mike Bird

Appointed: 27/11/14

Having worked for many years in the community, at Oxfam, Headingley Library and, more recently as Manager of HEART I have gained not just skills around people management and community integration but feel I also have an understanding of the area and the diversity of its people.

Amongst other things I am pleased that HEART is a ‘Mindful’ and ‘Disability Confident’ employer as well as a ‘Safe Place’. Hopefully this understanding of the needs of all our community has a bearing on my role as a governor at Spring Bank and helps me recognise the needs and abilities of all pupils at the school and what the leadership team do within the school to ensure no-one is left behind.

Neal Edwards

Appointed: 22/1/15

I have almost 15 years experience working in Financial Services with a background in Banking, Insurance and Learning & Development. I currently work as a consultant with a range of companies providing guidance about how to achieve their strategic goals through learning and development interventions.

Rosie Hanley

Appointed: 12/3/15


I am a trained primary school teacher. I taught in a small village school and then at GSAL Juniors, but I decided to leave teaching when my first son was born. I enjoy discussing all the teaching and learning aspects of Spring Bank Primary. I am now a full-time mum to two boys. I love reading, watching films and spending time with my family.

Malheia Saleem

Appointed 17/3/17

I work as an Actuarial Advisor for an insurance company in York. I have a culturally and linguistically diverse background as I have lived in four countries including France, Spain, Pakistan and the UK. I am happy that I can use my skills to make a positive contribution to Spring Bank Primary School as a governor.

All of our Governors have signed a declaration of governors interests form summarised below

Name Business Interest Other establishments governed Relationships with staff/members of the Governing Body Date
Janet Matthews None None None 24.9.15
Deborah Park None Thorpe Primary School, Leeds None 24.9.15
Jo Ward None None None 24.9.15
Alison Garthwaite None None None 21.1.15
Paresh Rathod None None None 26.11.15
Robin Phelan None None None 24.9.15
Neal Edwards None None None 24.9.15
Malheia Saleem None None None 23.3.17
Marcella Manfredonia None None None 24.9.15
Amy Houldsworth None None None 24.9.15
Rosie Hanley None None None 24.9.15
Mike Bird None None None 24.9.15
Michael Brawley None None None 24.9.15
Lizzie Simpson  None  None  None  19.5.16

The full governing body meets five times a year.  There are three main committees;

Teaching and Learning – Deborah Park( Chair) Jo Ward, Janet Matthews, Amy Houldsworth, Mike Bird, Rosie Hanley, Michael Brawley, Lizzie Simpson

Resources Committee – Robin Phelan ( Chair ), Jo Ward, Janet Matthews, Neal Edwards, Malheia Saleem, Michael Brawley

Pupil Support Committee – Paresh Rathod (chair), Marcella Manfredonia, Michael Brawley, Al Garthwaite

Headteacher’s Performance Management/Pay Committee – Janet Matthews, Robin Phelan, Al Garthwaite

Pay Appeal Committee – Paresh Rathod,Neal Edwards

Please click on the link below to check our governor’s attendance at meetings.

Attendance at Meetings

Some of our governors have special responsibilities.

Child protection/ LAC  governor: Deborah Park

SEN governor: Paresh Rathod

Training and Link governor: To be announced

Extended Services/Attendance: Marcella Manfredonia

Complaints Governor: Janet Matthews

Health and Safety Governor: Robin Phelan

Pupil Premium Governor: Neal Edwards

EYFS Governor: Amy Houldsworth

Sports Premium Governor: Lizzie Simpson

Equalities Governor: Jo Ward

Governor to accompany school advisor on visits: Mike Bird

We have a rolling program of reviewing all the school policies. Some policies are available on this website and all policies can be viewed by contacting the Headteacher, Mr Brawley at the school or via  email at  m.brawley@springbankprimary.org


Each class has a nominated governor ‘buddy’ who might join them on school trips and/or attend class assemblies.

Reception – Al Garthwaite

Year 1 –   Rosie Henley

Year 2 –   Mike Bird

Year 3 –  Robin Phelan

Year 4 –   Lizzie Simpson

Year 5 –  Paresh Rathod

Year 6 –   Janet Matthews


How can I become a School Governor?

If you  think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies:

  • You can contact the school to ask if they need a new governor
  • You can contact SGOSS – Governors for Schools, which recruits Governors nationally
  • You can contact Leeds City Council.

If you wish to contact the governors, you can speak to them directly or leave a message for any of them at the school office on

0113 204 3120.

Future Meetings of the full Governing Body are Thursday 22nd September, 2016 Thursday 24th November 2016, January 19th 2017, 17th March 2017, 18th May 2017 and a Government Development Meeting on Thursday 13th July 2017.