Julie Woodyer - Chair of Governors
Julie has taught in four local primary schools being the teacher responsible for the
development of Science, Technology & Special Needs in three of these schools
and ICT in all four. Following her appointment as Headteacher of Hawes CP
School, she led the school from ‘serious weakness’ to ‘outstanding. This
demonstrates her ability to identify and drive through necessary school
improvements. She has a wide range of experience as a school governor for over 25 years at 5 very different local schools.
Her experience as a parent of a child with significant special need has given her the passion and drive to ensure that not only her child, but all children achieve the
very best they can and are supported in every way. Although now retired, her drive and passion to achieve this remains undiminished.
Julia Polley - Headteacher Governor
Julia turned to teaching after a successful military career as an RAF Officer. Passionate about young people and giving them every chance to succeed, she stepped up to become a Headteacher in 2013, leading a small rural school in Lincolnshire. Julia moved to Middleham in December 2015, to take up post as Headteacher at The Wensleydale School And Sixth Form.
She is married with 1 son at Durham university.
Roger Harrison-Topham - Coopted Governor
Roger Harrison-Topham FCA, MA has represented the Middle Dales Division ( the
Leyburn area) on North Yorkshire County Council for 15 years and is a member of the
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. He read modern history at Oxford.
Roger lives on a hill farm in Coverdale. His career was as a chartered accountant,
investment banker and civil servant. He is now retired.
Mavis Parry- Coopted Governor
Mavis live in Leyburn and was elected as a Parent Governor when she had three
children at the school, she now has two grandchildren here. She has seen many
changes in the school and in education over the years but similar problems
continue to arise, especially with balancing the budget. Mavis has, over the
years, been involved with most aspects of the school, especially during the
period when she was Chair. At present she is one of the governors with the
Teaching and Learning remit and also help to keep the policies up to date.
Andrew Jones - Coopted Governor
Andrew was born in Yorkshire but his career has zig-zagged across northern England. He and his wife moved to Wensleydale to enjoy an active retirement, but he also wanted to put his professional experience at the service of the local community.
A career dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence culminated in sixteen years spent as a sixth form college Principal. His core function was always to ensure the provision of an outstanding educational experience for students, but the job also entailed running a multi-million pound business, managing 300 employees and delivering a £28m building project.
John Blackie - LA Representative
What John brings to the Governing Body is the absolute determination to obtain the very best from the School for those he represents in the local communities in the Upper Dales, and a track record of doing his very best, often very successfully, to try to deliver this objective.
Gill Collinson - Vice Chair
Gill Collinson, B Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. MBA, CEng, MIET is Head of Centre at the National STEM Learning Centre & Network where she manages a Centre which provides support to teachers, technicians and support staff across the primary, secondary and FE college sector of the UK to improve the teaching and learning of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Having worked both within the public and private sector, Gill has several years’ experience in STEM education and employment. As a Chartered Engineer she has worked in both the engineering and manufacturing industries in the UK, with companies such as Philips, Rolls Royce and Siemens.
Ken Readshaw - Parent Governor
Ken is a chartered accountant who trained with KPMG. He then moved into industry and has considerable experience of the chemical and power generation sectors, both in the UK and abroad. He has been Chair of the Governing Body of The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form in the past and is passionate about helping to provide communities with the best possible public services.
Ken is married with three children, all born and bred in North Yorkshire, and aims to help the school to continue to improve, for the benefit of its students and the wider community.