Coppice Valley Primary School

Learners for Life

Governors

Governance and the Red Kite Learning Trust

The governing body of Coppice Valley is comprised of up to 9 members; the head teacher, a staff governor, 2 parent governors, 2 trust appointed and 3 co-opted members.

We are proud members of the National Governance Association and support their #Visible Governance Campaign.

Parent governors are elected by the parent body (if more parents put themselves forward than there are positions available). 

A co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body or trust and who, in the opinion of the governing body/trust, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

More information about governance can be found on the statutory documents page of the Red Kite Learning Trust website. 

Registers of business and pecuniary interests, financial statements, attendance for the last academic year, the memorandum and articles of association are held centrally by the trust and can also be found on the Red Kite Trust Statutory documentation page.

Red Kite Guide for Governors and Trustees

Red Kite Scheme of Delegation

Paul Clayton, Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Coppice for over 10 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.

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.

You can contact me on p.clayton@coppicevalley.n-yorks.sch.uk

or write to me at 26 Ribblehead Road, Killinghall, Harrogate, HG3 2GW

Paul Clayton, Chair of Governors (Co-opted)
Paul Clayton, Chair of Governors (Co-opted)

Richard Selfridge, Trust appointed governor

As an experienced school governor (I have been a governor at Seacroft Grange Primary School in Leeds since 2015), I bring a wealth of experience to my role at Coppice Valley. A practicing primary school teacher, I work with schools to develop their use of data as well as supporting schools with literacy and inclusion for the Driver Youth Trust. In addition, I write about school data and wider issues in education, and I work with a number of organisations influencing national education policy.

Having been appointed to the governing board in 2020, I aim to provide support and challenge at Coppice Valley. I have joined the school at an exciting and interesting time and I look forward to helping the school on the next phase of its evolution.

Richard Selfridge, Trust Appointed Governor
Richard Selfridge, Trust Appointed Governor

Emma Meadus, Head Teacher 

I'm very proud to be the Headteacher of Coppice Valley. Previously, I was Deputy Headteacher and staff governor, so I have plenty of experience working with the governing body to move our fantastic school forward. 

My role is to give the governing board all the information it needs to do its job well, according to the DfE's Governance Handbook. This includes helping the governing board to access data about the school published by the DfE and Ofsted, and providing relevant information the board needs to know to ensure the school is being run well. This includes information about pupil learning and progress, pupil applications and admissions to the school, attendance and exclusions data, staff absence, recruitment, retention, morale and performance and the quality of teaching.

Emma Meadus, Headteacher
Emma Meadus, Headteacher

Mark Chapman - Parent Governor

Having two daughters at Coppice Valley I have a personal interest in the school’s performance.  As a Parent Governor, I will be supportive and proactive in helping to guide the continuing improvement of Coppice Valley. I think it is important that our children enjoy their learning experiences and rewarded for their hard work regardless of academic ability.  I feel that that developing a positive relationship with school in early years is important for children to do well in secondary school and beyond.

I have worked for the same multi-national company for almost 25 years currently as Senior Project Manager.  Through my professional career in Project Management, I have experience in implementing and reviewing financial and business controls in rapidly changing environments.  I believe these skills will be invaluable to the Governing Body at this current time. Having the ability to ask the right questions and challenge the responses I see are key to the success of a Governor in ensuring the highest possible standards in the school.

I am available most mornings and after school for any parents wishing to ask questions or express their concerns.

Mark Chapman, Parent Governor
Mark Chapman, Parent Governor
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Tracy Coleman, Vice-Chair of Governors

My family of three children have all attended Coppice over the last 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 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 it's 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 available before school most 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, Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted)
Tracy Coleman, Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted)

Dan Cawte, Deputy Headteacher, Staff Governor

As a staff governor I am in a position to bring a staff viewpoint and
perspective to discussion and debate. Being a governor allows me to participate in the governing body’s work as ‘strategic managers’ for the school. My own three children all attend the school as I am passionate about our Coppice ethos and values. 

Dan Cawte, Staff Governor
Dan Cawte, Staff Governor

Liz Payne - Parent Governor

I have two young children; my eldest is in year three at Coppice Valley and my youngest is in Reception. I love that Coppice values learning through experience and encourages our children to be courageous. I am very proud that as a parent governor I can support the headteacher and staff to put this value into action.

Although I studied fine art at university I have spent my working career in planning and have since earned a masters degree in town and country planning. In my role as planning policy officer at Harrogate Borough Council, I help develop strategic policies to cover the whole district. I really enjoy collaborating with a range of people and specialists. My particular interests are in the natural environment; how planning can help increase biodiversity and respond to climate change. 

 

Liz Payne, Parent Governor
Liz Payne, Parent Governor

Governors Terms of Office

Paul Clayton

10/09/2018

4 years

Tracy Coleman

07/02/2018

4 years

Emma Meadus

04/07/2014

ex-officio

Dan Cawte

01/10/2019

4 years

Liz Payne

27/06/2019

4 years

Mark Chapman

27/06/2019

4 years

Richard Selfridge

01/12/2020

4 years

Past Governors, serving within the last year

 

 

Anna Spratt 

01/12/2018 - 02/12/2020

4 years

Dylan Bodington

01/02/2018 - 02/12/2020

4 years

Caroline Hatton

29/09/2016 - 28/04/2021

4 years