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Coppice Valley Primary School

Respect, Pride, Choice

Who are our Governors?

It's really important to all of us on the governing body that we're a visible part of the school community - always accessible to the children, to parents and to staff.

Part of that is telling you a bit more about ourselves in these short governor profiles. It's also a chance to make clear that there isn't a typical governor - we're a varied bunch!

Hello, I'm Mike. I'm Co-Chair of Governors at Coppice Valley school.

I'm a civil servant and I work for the Department of Health and Social Care. We work with other departments, and organisations like NHS England, on projects that are trying new ways of doing things in health and care. It's mainly an office job, and I split my time between sites in Leeds and London. I manage a team of people across both. There's lots of meetings, reports and a quite a few spreadsheets - standard office life!

In real life I'm a Dad and a Step-Dad (boys 8 and 12) - one through Coppice already and one still here. I love anything on two wheels (engine or not!), pretty much anything on/in water, and anything outside. I go camping as often as the family will let me! Our Coppice focus on outdoor experiences is hugely important to me.

My job as a governor is to rally everyone around a really clear idea of what we want and where we're aiming to get to. And then to go looking for evidence of that plan being put into action. For me, success is when staff feel motivated; that they are working for a common purpose, are valued, and feel supported to achieve their own professional goals. That creates a fantastic environment for our children where they can grow in our school - secure, happy and stretched to be the best they can be.

Drop me a note at the address below for a chat about anything.


Mike Carey, Co-Chair of Governors
Mike Carey, Co-Chair of Governors

Tracy Coleman,  governor

My family of three children have been involved with Coppice Valley for nine years, with my eldest son moving on to higher education.  I have had the opportunity to experience every year, every aspect, and all that Coppice Valley has to offer on the journey of parenting through to secondary school.  Therefore, I have a good relationship with the staff, and a sound knowledge of the services Coppice Valley have to offer.   

 The ethos of Coppice Valley is something I am extremely passionate about, what the school stands for, who we are, why we are here and to help the school realise its very best potential within the remits of a governor.  I have a strong belief in delivering those messages from words into reality, so would appreciate any engagement from other parents, I am fully experienced in the pressures of modern parenting so please feel free to get in touch! 

 I am usually about in the mornings  and welcome any questions or approaches from parents, it’s key that we get the engagement from parents and all members of the Coppice Valley Family, so that we might understand how we can potentially deliver on your expectations moving forwards. 

Tracy Coleman, co-opted governor
Tracy Coleman, co-opted governor

Emma Meadus, staff governor

I'm Deputy Headteacher and responsible for teaching and learning across the whole school. I spend a lot of my time in classrooms, working with our teachers and teaching assistants to develop new and improved ways to help our children learn. I also provide training and professional development for our staff. I'm an avid reader of educational research and use it to make sure Coppice Valley is at the cutting edge of high quality teaching and learning practice.

Recently I've been working on enhancing our curriculum, making sure it is exciting, engaging and provides everything our children need. Part of my role is to work with the governing body, to include them in our teaching and learning projects, so everyone understands what it is we are doing and why. 

Paul Clayton, Co-Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Coppice for over 9 years starting as a parent governor before being elected to vice chair and finally being elected to Chair of Governors 5 years ago.

My daughter is still a pupil, my son left for St Aidan’s 2 years ago and both have benefit greatly from ethos and family values that both the Staff and Governing Body live and breathe everyday. It's been a pleasure to watch Coppice Valley during its journey to be the school it is today. I feel extremely proud to have witnessed this happen as well as being part of this  amazing school and family.

As a parent you will see me regularly dropping my daughter off or alternatively picking her up from after school club and you may also see me at Sainsburys in Harrogate where I’m the Store Operations Manager.

As with all governors we welcome contact from parents, so if you have any questions about the what we do and how we support the school please ask. We would be more than happy to help.


Paul Clayton, Co-Chair of Governors
Paul Clayton, Co-Chair of Governors

Caroline Hatton, governor

John Drake, Headteacher

Dawn Taylor, staff governor