Find out a little more about each of our governors who help lead the school by reading their pen portraits below:
Haydn Rees Jones
I am a Parent Governor appointed in September 2013 and I became Chair of Governors in September 2014. I have experience in working in governance roles for a number of safeguarding organisation including North Yorkshire Police, the Independent Safeguarding Authority (now the Disclosure and Barring Service) and the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board. I am also an experienced Adult Education Teacher. I am the link governor for Child Protection, Science, Art, Design and Technology, Personal Health, Social & Citizenship Education and Computing.
I have been a Governor at Ainderby Steeple School since 2001. When I first became a Governor I was still teaching at Mowbray School in Bedale. I am now retired but still have a strong interest in children with special educational needs. I have been a member of St Radegund’s Church Council and regularly attend St Radegund’s Church. Along with the Rev Clive Todd, I am a Foundation Governor. I am a link governor for Child Protection, Numeracy, Special Educational Needs, Personal, Social & Citizenship Education, Religious Education and Collective Worship.
I am the Local Authority governor and was appointed in September 2013. I have shared responsibility together with other members of the governing body for Health and Safety, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography & History and Numeracy. Prior to moving to Northallerton I lived at Snape and served for 10 years on the Governing body of Snape CP School.
I have been a Teacher Governor at Ainderby Steeple School for 4 years. My term recently came to an end but I have decided to continue in the role as I feel it is important to provide continuity to the position. I have been a teacher for 16 years and specialise in science and early years. I have also been the SENCo at school so have experience in ensuring that the most appropriate provision is made available for children with special educational needs.
I became a Governor when I was appointed as Rector of the Benefice of the Lower Swale three years ago. I am an ex-officio Foundation Governor. I currently act in the areas of Religious Education which incorporates regular delivery of Collective Worship. I also cover Music, PE and Literacy. Before coming to Ainderby Steeple I was the Director of Ordinands in Canterbury Diocese with no school connection, however I have been an active member of Church of England Schools throughout the 25 years I have been ordained serving on a variety of Governing Bodies acting as Chair or Vice-Chair.
I've been a Governor at school for almost 5 years. I'm currently a Co-opted Governor after previously being a Parent Governor. I'm the parent of a current Year 5 child and my son left Ainderby Steeple School in 2014. I work as a Speech and Language Therapist in the Primary Department at Mowbray school. I am a link governor for SEN, Science, Literacy, and Early Years.
I have been a Partner in the Personal Injury Department at Stewarts Law LLP for the past 10 years. I specialise in brain and spinal cord injury claims, and supervise a team of lawyers handling catastrophic injury claims on behalf of injured people. I am also a keen guitarist. I am a link governor for Music, Geography, History and Computing.
I am a retired Police Officer having served for 30 years in a variety of roles in North Yorkshire. I was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2015 and have a daughter at the school currently in Year 2. I now work part time as a handyman and the remainder of the week as Founding Director of Ratanak UK - a registered charity working to help victims of exploitation in Cambodia. I am married to Karen and have 2 older children who have fled the nest. In my 'spare time' I enjoy DIY, reading and the great outdoors. I am link governor for Health and safety, Art/DT, PE and Modern Foreign Languages.