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Chair of Governors: Jane Tupper
I am delighted to be involved with Naburn Primary School and to be part of such a lively, committed and dynamic group. I studied civil engineering at university though most of my working life has been spent in post-16 education. I taught mathematics for many years and until very recently worked in a Further Education College in a management capacity. I have two grown up daughters (one of whom has become a teacher herself) and in my spare time I enjoy art, reading and baking.
Member of Teaching & Learning Committee
Link Governor: Mathematics & Numeracy
I have lived in Naburn since 2001 and have 3 grown up children, the youngest of whom went to school at Naburn Primary. Until recently I worked as a Specialist Early Years Assessment Teacher for the City of York Council and have spent my career teaching children with special educational needs. In my spare time I enjoy singing, playing the guitar and kayaking. I am a member of Naburn Parish Council and am very honoured to serve as a Local Authority Governor for our wonderful village school.
(Vice Chair) member of Teaching & Learning Committee, Headteachers Performance Management
Link Governor: Special Educational Needs, Phonics
I am honoured to be a Governor at our fantastic school – it is a vibrant and welcoming environment for our children to grow and develop. I have two children at Naburn Primary School. Until very recently I spent many years working in higher education, in particular working in admissions, widening participation and professional development – I now run our family business. Whenever I get the opportunity I love to spend time with my family and friends.
Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee, member of Finance & Resources Committee, member of Pay Committee
Reverend Richard Kirkman
I am married to Gillian who works at Escrick Church of England Primary School. We have five children who are all grown up. I have been a foundation governor representing the Church for sixteen years. I am a link governor for Art, RE and am on the Performance Management Committee.
Chair of Pay Committee, Headteachers Performance Management
Link Governor: Performance Management, Behaviour, Welfare & Safeguarding, Collective Worship & RE, SIAMS
I have recently moved to Naburn after many years working as a Finance Director for a range of charitable and care organisations looking after elderly people, providing children’s services and working with homeless people. I was a parent governor many years ago when my three children were at primary school in Bristol. I am delighted to join the governors and use my financial skills to support the ongoing development of the school. In my spare time I enjoy any outdoor activities, but especially if they involve boats.
Chair of Finance & Resources Committee
Link Governor: Years 5 & 6
I have lived in Stillingfleet and Naburn for the last twenty years and have been involved with the school over much of this time with all three of my children attending the school. As a qualified HR professional, I spent several years providing HR support and advice to the Primary and Secondary schools in York. More recently I have qualified as a Counsellor and worked with young people in a local school and for a Charity. I am delighted to join as a Foundation Governor and use some of these skills to help the school going forward. I love all outdoor sports, particularly horse riding, tennis and walking the dogs.
Member of Finance and Resources Committee
Link Governor:RE and Collective Worship
I have worked in education for many years. I was an education researcher for 5 years including working for the National College. I worked in the strategy unit of the DFE for 2 years and then in the Cabinet Office. I led the Innovation Unit (formerly of DFE) for 5 years and with them secured a £1m grant for EEF for a trial of innovative teaching practice. I currently deliver an innovation programme for the Government focused on children’s safeguarding and social care. I was involved in establishing a National MAT comprising innovative schools that will be part of an international network of schools involved in R&D.
I am an experienced school governor, having spent 10 years as Vice Chair and Chair of Finance at a large inner city primary school, nursery school and sure start childcare nursery and children’s centre with high levels of free school meals. This school went from below the floor target to above the national average KS2 with an outstanding Foundation Stage. I moved to Naburn in 2013 and my children attend Naburn School.
Member of Finance and Resources Committee
I have one child at Naburn CE Primary School and two teenagers at secondary school. I came to York to read for my degree and doctorate in Chemistry in the 1990s and stayed to work in a multi-national corporation’s research and development department. Shortly after my second child was born, I decided to change my career and began a teacher training course. However, in the end, I decided to take a career break to devote more time to raising my family.
I have always had a close interest in education, having supported my own children through SATs and GCSEs – in maths and science in particular – and worked as a voluntary classroom assistant at Lord Deramore’s Primary School for several years. I now volunteer at Naburn one morning a week, which I enjoy immensely. I play the piano and cello and belonged to the University of York Orchestra many years ago. I enjoy helping my youngest child as she learns to play the piano and violin as well as teaching her music theory.
Link Governor: EYFS
Having seen 2 of my 3 children go through Naburn Primary with great success, and with one in the early years of his journey, I am delighted to join the governors of such a wonderful school.
I moved to Naburn in 2005 having moved to Yorkshire from Edinburgh, after being asked by my father to join the family business in 2000. I have had a very varied career including being a Youth Worker during my Gap Year, as well as enjoying being an Event Manager, before becoming a bit more serious and starting a role in Accounts and Administration.
Whilst in the family business I covered numerous managerial positions in Accounts and Administration, before setting up the HR department and running all aspects of Health and Safety.
I am currently studying bookkeeping and hope to be able to use this to work from home, allowing me to continue to enjoy working as an MSA in school as well as give me time with my family.
Link Governor: Behaviour, Welfare & Safeguarding