Our Team of Governors
Welcome to our Governors' page. The aim of this 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.
Our Governors (ID 1077)
Mr John HigginbottomChair of Governors
Mr John Higginbottom
My name is John Higginbottom and I have been a Governor since 2011. I have 1 child 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 Helen PickupParent Governor (Vice Chair)
Mrs Helen Pickup
My name is Helen Pickup and I am a parent governor, appointed in 2016. 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 Toby PochronAssociate Member
Mr Toby Pochron
My name is Toby Pochron, I am an associate governor and I joined the governing body in 2018.
I am a corporate employment law solicitor and Partner of a law firm based in Sheffield. I work with local and national employers across numerous sectors including manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and I also provide legal support to national and international charities.
I have two sons, the eldest of which currently attends William Levick and I hope the youngest will join in 2020.
My wife and I recently moved to the area so I am looking forward to being more involved in the local community.
Mr Simon TempleAssociate Member
Mr Simon Temple
My name is Simon Temple and I am an associate governor of William Levick Primary School.
I have been associated with the school since 2003. I am a director of a Chesterfield based company that services scientific instrumentation. I am the District Commissioner for Scouts in Dronfield and am an active member of Dronfield Baptist Church.
Ms Sarah LakemanCo-opted Governor
Ms Sarah LakemanMy name is Sarah Lakeman and I am Co-opted governor, appointed in June 2020.I am passionate about Inclusion with a particular interest in ensuring pupil well being and promoting young people's mental health.I am a qualified teacher and SENCo with 12 years experience working across a number of London primary and secondary schools as the member of the senior leadership team responsible for Inclusion, safeguarding and pupil well-being.I am currently in year 2 on the Doctorate of Child and Educational Psychology course at Sheffield University and work as a trainee Educational Psychologist in Sheffield 4 days per week.I live in Sheffield and have a five year old daughter and a rescue greyhound who keep me busy in my spare time!
Anna NewbyRemote Governor
Anna NewbyI'm Anna Newby and I'm excited to be the first remote governor for William Levick.I live in London and work in business development for an international law firm.When not working, I enjoy running (slowly!) and visiting family and friends across the country. My young son also keeps me very busy!
Ms Ruth LucasCo-Opted Governor
Ms Ruth LucasMy name is Ruth Lucas and I was appointed as a co-opted governor in July 2021.I am currently completing a PhD at the University of Sheffield on theHousing Crisis and how it impacts on the role of leaders in housing
organisations. My background is in strategy development and policy, negotiating and lobbying.
In my spare time I silversmith and enjoy taking my dog for walks.
Mrs Rebecca KeenAssociate Member
Mrs Rebecca Keen
To follow shortly
Mr Ben CurtisHeadteacher
Mr Ben Curtis
I am very proud to be the Headteacher of William Levick Primary School and feel very fortunate to lead such a special team of people and be part of such a supportive, wonderful community.
Our 'Five Star Values' of respect, cooperation, responsibility, perseverance and positivity reflect my personal values and I am always proud to see our school community treating each other with kindness and understanding.
We have a very committed, dedicated team of governors who work hard to support (and challenge!) the running of our school to be the best we can be.
Mrs Helen PeckettStaff Governor
Mrs Helen Peckett
I am very happy to officially join the governor team this year as a representative of both the staff and senior leader team. I have worked at William Levick Primary School for the past 5 years and currently teach Year 6, as well as being science and PE lead, NQT mentor and DSL.
Mrs Emma YoudanStaff Governor
Mrs Emma Youdan
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.
Ms Sue MillwardClerk to Governors & Senior Business Officer
Ms Sue Millward
My name is Sue Millward and I am delighted to be the Clerk to Governors for William Levick Primary School. I am the Senior Business Officer for the school and can be found in the school office. I am also the Paediatric First Aider for the school and regularly have the opportunity to interact with our lovely children and parents/carers.
Roles and Responsibilities
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can write to us at the school address.