Meet our Governors

Welcome to the Governors’ section. The Governing Body has a very important part to play in how we run our school.

Governance Statement for the Iveson School Governing Body

The governing body has three core strategic functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the preformance management of staff;

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher and senior leadership team.

The governing body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The governing body has familiarised itself with the document and are working with the safeguarding lead in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.


The remit of the governing body is to help monitor the top three school development priorities:

  1. to formulate a clear vision and strategic three year plan for the future of the school involving all stakeholders
  2. to continue to narrow the gap against national standards in order to secure combined age related expectations and demonstrate accelerated progress over time
  3. to embed differentiation, pace and independence in all lessons to ensure best use is made of all learning time.

We have 10 Governors who meet four times per year as a full group, as well as meeting regularly as smaller sub committee groups. We also have a Joint Review Group which reviews the school’s progress towards its post Ofsted objectives and looks in detail at attainment and progress data for the children.

Governors come from all walks of life and we have a range of governors including one of our Leeds City Councillors, business people, staff and parents.

Parent governors are really important as they can represent the views of the community we serve. If you have any concerns about the school then your parent representatives can put these forward on your behalf.

Additional details: Governors Roles & Responsibilities

Details of  Iveson Primary Governors’ Terms

Details of Governor attendance record

Our Governors are:

Linda Walton
Linda WaltonChair of Governors
I have been a governor for over 20 years, starting as a parent governor when my son was at primary school. I’m a Foundation Governor and as Chair have a particular interest in making sure Iveson is a safe and happy place where all pupils can do their best. I’m also a local leader of governance and in my spare time I enjoy walking the dog!
Sue Bentley
Sue BentleyLocal Authority Governor
I’ve been a school governor for over twenty years. I believe that all children should have a good education and that reading is key to that. If a child can read it opens up all sorts of opportunities from the joy of reading books, finding information and learning more about our fascinating world. I’m also a retired local councillor, enjoy gardening and watching sport when I get the time.
Amanda Searle
Amanda SearleGovernor
I am delighted to be on the team at Iveson. I work as a director of communications and I’m also a foster carer. I became aware of Iveson Primary after our foster child attended the school. I was impressed by the staff’s sensitivity and compassion coupled with their clear sense of ambition for each child. I have previously taught in prisons and understand how important primary school education is to developing strong sense of identity, self respect and commitment to community.
Hayley Marshall
Hayley MarshallHeadteacher
I joined Iveson In 2015 having been a Head in Bradford for eight years. I am proud to be the Head of a school with such a hardworking and dedicated team and know that together we will continue to build on the schools success, ensuring all our children fulfil their potential.
Joanne Sykes
Joanne SykesDeputy Headteacher
I have worked as a teacher throughout the Early Years, Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two, this means I have been able to watch the children grow and succeed. Now as a senior member of the team I enjoy having a wider impact across the whole school. Iveson is a fantastic school and as a leader and a governor I will continue to strive for the very best for all our pupils and staff.
Lindsay Collinson
Lindsay CollinsonStaff Governor
David Long
David LongGovernor
I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor last academic year. I work in the Civil Service but have previously been a teacher specialising in Geography and Outdoor Education. I am passionate about holistic education and am excited for the opportunity to work with the school at such an exciting time. I like to keep active and in particular am a keen runner, cyclist and climber, spending as much time as I can outdoors.
Khateja Asif
Khateja AsifGovernor
Oli Kennon
Oli KennonGovernor
Prakash Patel
Prakash PatelGovernor

The constitution of the governing body is:

  • Headteacher
  • 1 Local Authority governor, recommended by the LA and approved by the governing body
  • 2 parent governors, elected through a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontested
  • 3 co-opted governors, nominated and appointed by the governing body
  • 1 staff governor, elected by staff employed at school
  • 2 foundation governors, appointed by the NWLET (North West Leeds Education Trust) of which the school is a member
  • A number of associate members (currently 4), appointed by the governing body because of their specific skills.The governing body operates with the following committees:
  • Resources committee – responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, implementation of the Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards.
  • Joint review group – responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy), monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions. 
  • Headteacher performance review group – responsible, with help from the school’s Improvement Advisor, for setting objectives for the Headteacher, reviewing performance against these objectives on an annual basis and agreeing any annual pay progression.
  • Pay Appeal committee – if required, responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.


You can contact the governors via the school office:

Tel: 0113 2256868 or email: