Pen Portraits

Your Governors

Find out a little more about each of our governors who help lead the school by reading their pen portraits below:

John Kelly (Chair of Governors) 

My name is John Austin Kelly and I feel privileged to have been elected as chair of governors, a responsibility I take very seriously.  This is driven by my long association with educational provision in the area and by the fact that both my now, grown –up daughters, attended Ainderby School as children.

I have been fortunate that my passion for wanting the best learning and educational experiences for young people has meant that my professional life has included being a teacher for forty years, firstly in York, then as Vice Principal of Northallerton School and Sixth Form College and finally as the Head at Risedale Sport and Community College in Catterick for eight years before retiring.  This together with the joy my family continues to give me, has kept me pretty well occupied. Walking, reading and gardening have filled the gaps!

As it is a statutory requirement to declare any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff it is necessary to declare that my daughter is a member of staff at the school.

Richard Turner

I 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.

Louise Watts 

I am a Staff Governor and one of the more recent recruits to the Governing Body. I have been teaching at Ainderby since September 2014 and, prior to that, have taught in a variety of other settings. My children (now both adults themselves) attended a small, rural school similar to Ainderby and I was an active member of the PTA and a regular volunteer during the time they attended. I am also an active member of a church in Teesside where I live, so particularly value the Christian ethos of our Church school.

I love working at Ainderby and especially value the family feel of our school which I have experienced first-hand through the generosity and care of our school community when I seriously injured my leg 3 years ago.

In my role as subject leader for Maths, I have worked closely with governors to monitor and report on teaching and learning and therefore appreciate the importance of the strong and supportive accountability relationship between school and the Governing Body.

Fiona Fawcett

I am first and foremost a mum to two young boys who are both part of the Ainderby Steeple School community, currently in year 1 and pre-school. I recently joined as a Parent Governor because as a family we will be involved with the school for many years and subsequently, I am invested in the success of the school. I am also secretary for FASS.

I have enjoyed my creative business since 2015 where I design, create and manufacture a range of sustainable British made paper goods and homewares, supplying a large number of retailers worldwide. I have developed a very varied skill set with my strengths in illustration/graphic design, marketing strategy and book keeping.

I volunteer for The Princes Trust, where I work closely with young people to encourage and support them in bringing their business ideas to life. I am passionate about encouraging young people to celebrate their achievements.

Children are only young once, their experiences carry them through their adult life. I am committed to helping ensure that they feel fully supported and listened to, whilst making lovely memories of primary school that they will take with them into the future.

Rebecca Peacock

I am a Parent Governor. I have a son in year 5 and a daughter that left last year to start her secondary school adventure.
I joined the Pre-School Committee and enjoyed helping with the running of it until the school took over in 2017. I am currently a member of Fass helping raise money for the school. I have worked at Northallerton college for the last 6 years, working as an
advanced teaching assistant and currently studying to be a higher level teaching assistant. I love my Job working with SEND students specializing in Autism and social and emotional needs. I look forward to being part of the school governance, watching Ainderby
Steeple school grow and students thrive.

Shawn Costello

I am a retired Nurse and Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Public Health with over forty year’s experience. As member of St Helen’s Church at Ainderby Steeple I have the role of Safeguarding Lead and have been actively involved in Children’s and Young People’s ministry for twenty years. I also represent St Helen’s Church as a member of the Parochial Church Council of the Benefice of the Lower Swale. I am a Co-opted Governor with the Link Governor shared responsibilities for Science and Religious Education and Collective Worship. I am passionate about, through learning and teaching, encouraging children to value and respect God’s wonderful world and universe and have the values of compassion and Christian love. I also believe that a culture of respect and care for others is essential for fostering children’s aspirations so that they can enjoy fulfilled lives and develop a commitment to life-long learning.

Julie Hutton

Prior to becoming a Governor, I have predominantly worked in the public sector leading stakeholder management, establishing successful relationships with politicians and other leaders in business and local authorities. In addition I have been involved in the performance management of teams and the performance of the whole organisation. My background includes corporate governance, managing finances at programme and operational level with budgets up to £240M. Policy development and Equality and Diversity, plus the development of teams have all played a part in my previous experience and current role at Hambleton District Council as a Business & Economy Officer. This role allows me to support businesses to develop and grow. I am also Deputy Chair at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Member) supporting the Chair, Board and officers to take forward the work of the Authority.

Joan Walker

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese and have been a governor since 2001. When I first became a governor I was still teaching at Mowbray School, Bedale and, although now retired, I still have a strong interest in achieving the best outcomes for children with special educational needs. I attend St Radegund’s Church, Scruton regularly and I’m on the Local Church Council and also the Parochial Church Council for the Benefice of the Lower Swale.

I am a volunteer for the Wensleydale Railway and have been involved in the blue plaque award winning restoration of Scruton Station and also the Marsh Trust Award winning heritage education programme at the Station.

I have 4 grandchildren who are all of school age. They help keep me up to date! Our families are very important to all of us. It’s vital that children’s time in school provides them with the tools they need to achieve and lead happy fulfilled lives.