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.
Mr HigginbottomChair of Governors
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 ClarkCo-opted Governor (Vice Chair)
My name is Maria Clark and I am a co-opted governor, appointed in 2014. I am also Vice Chair and Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I also have 3 children who attend William Levick Primary School.
I am a qualified solicitor and spent 15 years working in the profession, largely in the private sector. Since 2016 I have been working within the Health Sector, with a particular interest in higher education and research. I carry out work for many organisations including various medical Royal Colleges, Universities and NHS bodies. These roles largely cover women’s health and the health of children. I am particularly passionate about public health and putting prevention ahead of cure, ensuring the interests of our children and their futures are at the forefront of any policies and decisions.
Mrs PickupParent Governor (Vice Chair)
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 KaczmarczykCo-opted Governor
My name is Beej and am well-known in the education sector as a consultant and trainer, and as an expert in education policy, management, planning, teaching and learning, funding and finance. I am an experienced consultant with over 20 years’ experience and have worked across a wide range of educational institutions in the UK and abroad. As a Senior Consultant with Network Training, I have led and developed new leadership programmes for senior and middle managers in the post-16 sector. I have also developed and delivered significant organisational development and change programmes not only in the post-16 sectors in England, Scotland and Wales, but also in Poland, Lithuania and Estonia.
I have initiated and piloted new approaches to curriculum development, employer engagement, management coaching, leadership development and performance management, and also supported organisational restructuring in colleges, schools and other national agencies. In 2015, I became a director of the Learning Curve Group to establish and grow their professional development and improvement services. I am also a director of e-Memoir, a web based CPD provider, as well as a governor at Chesterfield College.
Mr TurnerCo-opted Governor
My name is Simon Turner and I have lived in the local area all of my life. I have two children in the school and have been a governor since 2018.
I am a Chartered Surveyor and Director of a Sheffield based Quantity Surveying and Project Management practice, supporting a number of private sector clients in the retail, leisure and commercial development sectors.
I maintain a keen interest in sports and fitness, and enjoy socialising with friends and family.
Mr PochronAssociate Member
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 TempleAssociate Member
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.
Mrs YoudanStaff 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.
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 PeckettStaff Governor
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 MillwardClerk to Governors
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: email@example.com, or you can write to us at the school address.