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Chair of Governors: Lesley Ackrel

Chair of Governors: Lesley Ackrel 1

I have been on the governing body for just over 4 years now, firstly as a Parent governor then, since the governing body reconstituted in February 2015, as a Co-opted governor. During this time I have been part of both Ofsted interview panels, all three HMI inspections and have led the committee responsible for monitoring and evaluating the School Improvement Plan. I am now in my third year as Chair of the Governing Body after previously being Vice Chair and sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee as well as chair the Pay Review Committee.

Prior to becoming a governor, I was part of the management committee of The Wonder Years preschool and extended school facility situated next door to school for over five years, and have undertaken the roles of Secretary, Vice Chair and, most recently, Chair of this voluntary management committee during this time.

I have two daughters at Wigginton Primary School, one of whom is in Year 6 and the other is in Year 2. I have worked in the area of education for a number of years now - after completing a degree followed by a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) I became a primary school teacher and, over a 12 year period, taught a variety of age groups in 3 different schools. In addition, I am also a governor at another primary school in North Yorkshire.


Vice-Chair of Governors: Jo Cole

Vice-Chair of Governors: Jo Cole 1

I'm originally from London, but moved to study Occupational Therapy at York St John University.
I have been a governor at Wigginton Primary since 2011 and I have a son who is currently in year 6 at the school. My previous career as an occupational therapist has led to a particular interest in education provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

I am currently the vice chair of the Governing Body, chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee and I sit on the Pay Review Committee. I was involved in the last 2 Ofsted inspections and the interim HMI inspections as well as being part of the Monitoring and Evaluating Group (MEG). I am also the SEND link governor and a member of the PTA.


Chris Tottie

Chris Tottie 1
I have been a Governor at Wigginton Primary School for at least 18 years, originally co-opted on to the Governing Body as Wigginton Parish Councils Representative. I have remained ever since as a co-opted Governor. I am chair of the Finance & Resource Committee as well as the Health & Safety Governor.
I have lived in both Wigginton and now Haxby for the last 30 years and am now retired having worked for a national wholesale electrical distribution company for 41 years, I have two sons now in their thirties, both started their education at Wigginton School. 


Pat Boyle: Headteacher

After graduating from Nottingham Trent, I began my teaching career in Derby where I taught in two schools on the outskirts of the city. Following the birth of my first son, I relocated to York and was appointed as a class teacher at Wigginton School. I took up the Headship in 2002.


Saffron Redhall

Saffron Redhall 1

I graduated from York University in 2010 having studied Social Policy and then went onto complete my PGCE at Hull University, specialising in the early years.  I began my teaching career in Wakefield, and moved to Wigginton in January 2014. I joined the Governing Body in September 2014 and currently serve on the Teaching and Learning Committee.


Gordon Jennings

Gordon Jennings 1

Originally from Co Cork in Ireland I moved to York in 2001.  I have been a governor at Wigginton Primary since April 2015. I am a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and also part of the Monitoring and Evaluation Group (MEG) that was set up following the last OFSTED inspection.  These roles give me the opportunity to give something back to the local community and school where both my daughters attend, one of whom is in Year 6 and the other is in Year 3.  
In addition to the above I am Treasurer and coach hockey to children at City of York Hockey Club.  This involves weekly training as well managing one of the under 10 girls teams at their monthly Yorkshire mini league matches.


Paul Laycock: Deputy Headteacher

Paul Laycock: Deputy Headteacher 1

I have been teaching in York primary schools for 15 years.  After joining Wigginton Primary School as Deputy Headteacher in 2013, I have been an associate governor until 2016, where I was co-opted to be part of the Full Governing Body.  I currently serve on the Teaching & Learning Committee.


Amanda Windass

Amanda Windass 1

I have just started my term as Parent Governor at Wigginton Primary School.  I have two children, a daughter who is currently in year one and a son who is due to start in Reception in 2017.  Originally from Queensland Australia I moved to the UK in 2006 and have lived in Wigginton for 10 years.  I am a financial manager for a local engineering and manufacturing company, before that I worked as a senior accountant in an accounting practice in Australia and a qualified Justice of the Peace in Queensland.  I am a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and the Pay Review Committee.  I am looking forward to learning more about the school and being part of the governing body.  I am also a member of the school PTA.


Derek Harkess

Derek Harkess 1

I retired in January after more than 40 years in a number of Technical and Factory Management roles across Nestlé. Originally from Edinburgh I moved to Haxby, and now Wigginton, with my family 15 years ago. I serve as a Councillor on Haxby Town Council and sit on both the Planning and Finance committees. In February 2017 I was co-opted as School Governor at Wigginton Primary, where both my grand children attend. I am a member of the School Finance and Resources Committee.