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Governor biographies

 

Kate Ray

I joined the Governing Body at Manor Leas Infant School in 2012 as a Parent Governor. At the time, my eldest child had just started at the junior school, having finished at the infants, and my youngest had just started in reception. Changes in personal circumstances had enabled me to have more time at home and with my children and this was when I was able to spend more time supporting the school, while taking on this role. I have learnt a lot about the school and the education system, from a different view than that of a parent, and feel proud to be part of such a nurturing environment for children in their first years of education. Before taking some time out of the workplace, I worked in banking for 17 years which is a whole different ball game! In my spare time I now enjoy running, training at the gym and any excuse for a coffee and catch up with friends.

 

Angela Shimada

Hi my name is Angela, mum to Mai in class 1 and Lucy in Class 6.  I became a governor early last year as I have a real interest in what happens in the school and the local community.  I'm still learning the ins and outs of being a governor but I am really impressed with all the good work that I have seen the school doing.  I feel really privileged to have a child (and hopefully children) that go to this school and I hope by being a governor I can give something back.

 

Caroline Smithers

My name is Caroline Smithers. My eldest two children both attended Manor Leas Infant School, one is now at a local secondary school and the other is at Manor Leas Junior Academy. My youngest child, Daisy, is in Year 2. I knew when my oldest child started, I wanted to do whatever I could to support the school and so when the opportunity came up to become a governor, I put my name forward. Before having my children, I had been a teacher for 13 years so felt this experience would help me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a governor, it’s only confirmed to me what an excellent school it is and how hard everyone works for the benefit of the children. Recently I applied for, and got, the position as SENCo at Manor Leas Infant School but look forward to continuing to contribute in my governing role as well. In my spare time, you will often find me in the local coffee shops catching up with friends!

 

Cathy Dillon

Hi my name is Cathy Dillon and I have lived in Lincoln since I was born. I have been a parent governor on the resources committee since November 2014. My role is Food and Healthy School. I am also part of The Friends of School.

My son is now at Manor Leas Junior Academy, after attending MLIS. My daughter is currently in Year 2 of MLIS.

I have worked at the Finance department at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust for 18 years and am AAT qualified (Association of Accounting Technicians). I am currently studying CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) in my spare time.

I wanted to join the governing body and get more involved with the school after the excellent start they gave my son. The school exceeded my expectations with such caring staff and wealth of support.

 

Jackie Pass

I am Jackie Pass and I am the teacher governor of MLIS (Manor Leas Infant School) governing body. I have worked in MLIS for twenty years and have served on the governing body for the whole of that time.

I have taught in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and Year Two whilst at MLIS and my experiences in the classroom have helped develop a strong relationship with staff, parents and governors. I also help support the school by being part of the FOSA (Friends of School Association).

When I do have spare time I like to be outside - gardening, walking and on sunny days cycling to and from school. On colder days I like to be creative - making bits and pieces.

 

Karen Topliss

My name is Karen Topliss and I have worked at Manor Leas Infant School in Key Stage 1 for over 22 years. During my time in school, I have seen many changes and I have worked for three different headteachers.   I first became a parent governor when my children were pupils at the school, which is getting on for 24 years now! I have been a staff governor for nearly 20 years.

My role in school is very varied and no two days are ever the same. Most mornings I can be found in Class 1 supporting phonics, English and maths. My afternoons are divided between Guided Reading and Learning Mentor duties.

 I am PSHCE (personal, social, health and citizenship education) co-ordinator and I oversee the subject and monitor its effectiveness throughout the school. I help to organise Red Nose Day activities and other fund-raising events, as well as a host of other things.

As Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Governor I have been involved with the many exciting developments that have taken place in the Foundation Stage over the past couple of years, including the implementation of the outdoor classroom.

I hope that my varied experience of many aspects of school life helps me to be a better-informed governor. I always try to base any decisions to be made with the best interests of the children at heart.  I feel passionately that all children should have the very best education we can provide for them and it is a privilege to be part of such a dedicated team of staff and governors. 

 

Paul Barnes

Hello my name is Paul Barnes and I am a governor at the school.  My daughter has just left Year 2 moving to the junior school and absolutely loved coming to Manor Leas Infant School.

I have lived in Lincoln all of my life and have worked in and around the city in the building industry since I could first pick a hammer up, outside of the school gate I am a teacher and have taught in FE for 12yrs.  I love the outdoors so enjoy camping and cycling.

I am looking forward to working with the school and contributing to the fantastic reputation that the school has.  I also look forward to watching the schools successes and the progression of the children within the schools awesome and inspiring setting.

 

Phil Bedson

My name is Phil Bedson and I’ve been involved with the school as a Governor for around 12 years.  I have lived locally to the school for 20 years and in Lincolnshire for almost 25. 

We were very impressed when we first visited Manor Leas, and the school certainly lived up to its excellent reputation within the local area so, when my daughter started school, we wanted to be more involved.  Initially, my wife & I became members of the Friends of School and I joined the Governing Body shortly after as a Parent Governor.  When my daughter moved on, I became a Community Governor and since then, a LEA Governor.  I also serve on the Resources Committee, which brings its own challenges but the whole experience has been very rewarding, one which I certainly hope to continue. 

Away from the school, I work as an Electronics Engineer in the Aviation industry and I am a Stoke City season ticket holder – which again brings its own challenges!

 

Sally Pinion

My name is Sally Pinion and I have been a member of the Governing body since last summer. I am an Academic Head at Lincoln College and as my department includes Childcare students, including those studying Teaching Assistant qualifications, being a governor gives me an opportunity to support the school and local community whilst gaining  a greater insight into the education of young children. I am really enjoying being part of such a friendly school.

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