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Welcome to the Governors' page. The aim of the page is to inform parents of the structure and remit of William Levick's Governing Body and how the Governing Body functions for the benefit of the School.

The School Governing Body includes representatives from parents, staff, members of the local community and Derbyshire County Council Education Authority. The Governing Body plays a largely strategic role together with the Senior Leadership Team of the School and is keen to see educational standards continually improving in the School, in line with government standards and targets. In addition the Governors scrutinise the work of the School, particularly the standards of achievement, to ensure the School is effectively educating the pupils in line with Governor approved School policies and preparing them for their futures.

Governance of the School is conducted with a Full Governing Body, including all Governor representatives. The Full Governing Body is supported by two Sub-Committees, which include 'Resources' and 'Curriculum & Standards'. The Full Governing Body and Committees oversee the effective leadership and management of the School.

Curriculum & Standards Committee (C&S)

The purpose of the C&S Committee is to ensure effective School leadership and management, within the agreed policies of teaching, learning and assessement across the School, ensuring that the School's aims and objectives are met, in line with government standards and targets and that attainment is of a high standard for all the pupils at William Levick Primary School.

The C&S Committee meets termly prior to the Full Governing Body meetings and have Governor representatives with the appropriate skills and experience to contribute in this area.

Resources Committee

The purpose of the Resources Committee is to ensure effective leadership and management of School financial resources, within the government's Financial Standing Orders for Schools, ensuring that funds are prioritised, within budget parameters and ensuring best value for money to meet the overall aims and objectives of the School, ensuring high levels of attainment for all pupils within a safe learning environment.

The Resources Committee meets termly prior to the Full Governing Body meetings and have Governor representatives with the appropriate skills and experience to contribute in this area. The Committee is also responsible for policies such as Child Protection and Safeguarding, E-Safety and Teachers Pay – for a full list of all Governor approved School polices, please go to the policies page.

To contact the Governors, please email: chairofgovernors1@williamlevick.derbyshire.sch.uk, or you can write to us at the school address.

Becoming a Governor

The Governing Body at William Levick Primary School is always keen to hear from anybody who wishes to become a Governor at the school together with their skills and experience they would bring to the role.

Welcome to the Governors

Mr John Higginbottom - LEA Governor / Chair of Governors

My name is John Higginbottom and I have been a Governor at the school since 2011, where I have 2 children at the school.

Over the past 20 years I have held senior leadership posts in both the private and public sectors and bring a wealth of experience and skills to the Governing Body, in the area of Business Strategy, Resource Management and Leadership.

I have a good understanding of how schools function and are governed, as I have been supporting and working with schools across Sheffield, in the above areas for over 10 years.

Mrs Maria Clark - Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee & Vice Chair - Co-opted

My name is Maria Clark and I am a parent governor. I have 2 children in the school. My son is in year 3 and my daughter is in Year 1. I also have a baby daughter who I hope will join the school in a few years time. I have been a governor at the school since 2014.

I have worked in the legal profession for the last 15 years, largely in the private sector although I have also spent some time with a professional body/trade union and a third sector organisation.

I am also a committed volunteer for various local and national charities working with children and elderly people.

Mrs Helen Pickup - Chair of Resources Committee - Parent Governor

My name is Helen Pickup and I am a parent governor. I have 2 children at William Levick.

For the past 16 years I have worked for HSBC in IT and have worked in various roles within the bank from Programming to Project Manager. My current role is working as part of a small team providing governance of a Multi-million $ budget for upgrading the bank's IT systems.

Mr Robin Hughes - Co-Opted Governor

I have a background in education having taught in secondary schools in Barnsley and Sheffield. Previously I studied at Sheffield College of Education and Sheffield University, gaining a Masters degree in Education.

My main interests are in sport, playing tennis, gold and football and scouting for Sheffield Wednesday FC. I also enjoy painting, exhibiting annually in the two main Sheffield Open Art Exhibitions.

I currently have one granddaughter at William Levick Primary School and another who will hopefully attend the school when older.

Mr Mark Gilman - Co-Opted Governor

My name is Mark Gilman and I have recently joined as a co-opted Governor.

I have worked for Sainsbury's for 15 years and I am currently Store Manager in our Dronfield Store. Previously to working in Dronfield I have held many positions within Sainsbury's, including HR Manager and Operational Profitability Manager based in our support centre in London. I have previously been a Governor and a Mentor/Life Coach for a school nearer home, in Huddersfield.

Mrs Emma Youdan - Staff Governor

My name is Emma Youdan and I am a staff governor. I have worked at William Levick for a number years as a Teaching Assistant and Higher Level Teaching Assistant providing cover for classes across all Key Stages.

All three of my children have attended the school, but have now moved on to Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.

Mr Matthew Winson - Headteacher

My name is Matthew Winson and I am the Headteacher of William Levick Primary School having started my role in September 2015. I have been a Governor now for a number of years in four different schools. I therefore bring a wide range of qualities to the role of Governor, as well as a wide range of experiences in how different Governing Bodies work effectively.

Mrs Katie Wileman - Associate Governor

My name is Katie Wileman and I am an associate governor. I joined the team at William Levick in 2014 teaching the Foundation Stage. More recently I have taken up the post of Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 leader and SENDCo. Before working at William Levick I taught in Calderdale and Sheffield. This is my first governor role and I very much enjoy being part of the strategic planning team for the school.

Mr Simon Turner - Co-Opted Governor

Bio to follow.

Mr Beej Kaczmarczyk - Co-Opted Governor

Bio to follow.

Mr John HigginbottomLA Governor,
Chair of Governors,
Resources Committee,
Maths, School Council & Anti-bullying Link Governor
Mrs Maria ClarkCo-Opted - Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee and Vice Chair of Full Governors,
SEND Governor,
Resources Committee,
Safeguarding Link Governor
Mrs Helen PickupParent Governor,
Chair of Resources Committee,
Curriculum & Standards Committee, Eco Team Link Governor
Mr Robin HugesCo-Opted Governor,
Resources Committee,
Curriculum & Standards Committee,
EYFS Link Governor
Mr Mark GilmanCo-Opted Governor,
Resources Committee,
Curriculum & Standards Committee,
Health & Safety Link Governor
Mrs Emma YoudanStaff Governor,
Resources Committee,
Curriculum & Standards Committee
Mr Matthew WinsonHeadteacher
Mrs Katie WilemanAssociate Governor
Curriculum & Standards Committee,
Resources Committee
Ms Sue MillwardClerk to Governors

We have found all members of staff to have a real dedication to looking after all the children, caring, friendly and extremely approachable.Parent Questionnaire