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Governors

Governing Body 2016-2017

Governor’s Name Representation Date of Appointment Date Term Expires
Mrs E A Bedford Headteacher April 2000  
Mrs K Ward Teacher Sept 2016 August 2020
Miss C Smith (Chair) Foundation Governor February 2013 January 2017
Mrs J Gant (Vice Chair) LA Governor Sept 2013 August 2017
Mr W Whitaker Parent Governor Sept 2015 August 2019
Mrs L Hutchison Parent Governor June 2016 May 2020
Vacancy Foundation Governor     
Mrs J Connor Co-opted Governor January 2017 December 2020

Meet our Governors

Miss Caroline Smith - Chair of Governors

I was invited to join the school as Foundation Governor in Feb 2013, to act as an effective two-way link between St. John’s church and the school, and I have been Chair of Governors for over a year.

I have lived in Bishop Thornton for the past 16 years and as a self-employed Shiatsu practitioner my home, in the centre of the village, is also my clinic.  Prior to this I worked for ITV with responsibilities for regional programme sponsorship across the northern broadcasters.   My Shiatsu work is very fulfilling, as I help to enable people to regain a sense of health and balance through bodywork and nutrition.  As my own boss, I’m able to become involved in a number of voluntary roles and being school governor is an important focus for me, as I believe passionately in the provision of a nurturing environment in which young people can learn and develop, within the framework of Christian values. I’m constantly delighted by how different our village primary school is to the one I experienced as a child 50 years ago!

I have a very varied business background, mainly in advertising and a range of experiences, including working as a paid deckhand sailor for 2 years in Turkey.  My interests include the countryside, walking, health & nutrition, yoga, tennis (I’m secretary at Birstwith Tennis Club), and of course my Christian faith is of paramount importance to my life.

Mrs Jacqueline Gant - Vice Chair

My name is Jacqueline Gant BA MBE. I have been the LEA Governor for almost 15 years and was appointed Vice Chair in September 2013.

I have lived in Bishop Thornton since 1986 and my mother was born in Shaw Mills in 1922 so I can claim a long association with the area. Since the late 1980’s I have been Clerk to Bishop Thornton and Warsill Paris Council and edited the Markington and District Magazine for a similar period. In 2013 I took over editorship of the Ripley and Burnt Yates Magazine. For over 25 years I have been a Samaritan both as an active volunteer and as statistician.

In 2012 I was honoured to be awarded the MBE for services to our community.

I have been married to Ian for 15 years. He is clerk to Markington PC and PCC.

I enjoy my role as school governor as it provides a different perspective and a connection to school life within the community.

Dr Weem Whitaker

I grew up in a village not far from Bishop Thornton and attended a small village school, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I went on to Ripon Grammar School, and after a degree in Classics I completed a PhD and research fellowship, which gave me experience of teaching and course planning at university level.  Since leaving academia and moving back to this area, I have been a full-time writer of novels for both children and adults.

I am delighted that my children have been able to attend Bishop Thornton School, and I have seen the huge benefits the school has brought them, in terms of character and confidence, friendship-building and general happiness, as well as educational attainment.

 I have been a parent governor since Autumn 2015, and I am passionately committed to supporting the school in its work.

Mrs Lynne Hutchison

My name is Lynn Hutchison and I was appointed as a Parent Governor in July 2016.  I live in Shaw Mills with my partner and 3 children, the youngest of whom has been a pupil at Bishop Thornton since September 2015. Although I am relatively new to living in Shaw Mills, I have had local family connections to the area all my life.  My Mum is now the oldest Alumni of Burnt Yates Primary School and was also a Sunday School teacher at Shaw Mills Methodist Chapel in the early 60’s. We moved back here as a family from Scotland in 2014 and have since rebuilt our farmhouse and feel very settled in this lovely, friendly village.

I have a varied business background, from Fleet Management to running a Mums & Tots Group (whilst my older girls were small), latterly working for NHS Fife in Clinical Management/Quality Improvement.  My current job is in Learning Support at King James’s School, Knaresborough, working with children who have SEND and other educational and emotional needs.

I am delighted that my youngest child attends Bishop Thornton School.  He is a happy, confident little boy who is engaged with his teachers and peers alike.  I believe that Bishop Thornton School instills in him, and all the other children that attend the school with him, good family and friendship values and Christian morals, an unrivalled education experience and gives him a sense of self that will provide him with a solid foundation.  I am firmly committed to supporting the school so that it can continue to be an important part of this community.

Mrs Jane Connor

Mrs Katie Ward

I have worked as a teacher in Class 1 at Bishop Thornton for 14 years. I love the family feel of the school and the close relationships that develop between the staff and children here. It is a school like no other!

I am a teacher governor in school and have held this role for five years. I enjoy providing a link between the governors and the children and having the opportunity to talk about and show what is happening in our classrooms every day.

My time outside of school involves being a busy Mum to two sporty boys, a member of a choir and a thriving book group. I try to pass on my passion for singing and books to the children as I feel they are both wonderfully creative and life enhancing hobbies.

I hope in my role as teacher governor that I can help put faces and stories to data and continue to support links between governors, children, parents and staff within the school.

Mrs Liz Bedford

Mrs Liz Bedford has been the Headteacher at Bishop Thornton since 2010. She had previously been headteacher at Birstwith CE Primary since 2000 and developed her joint leadership role over the two schools from January 2010. She splits her time between the two sites ensuring the collaborative work extends positively the experiences of the staff and pupils. Before her headship roles she had a number of years experience as a teacher in Lancashire as well as other schools in North Yorkshire.

Under her leadership the school is maintaining its numbers  and the school building has undergone a refurbishment to update the interior as well as develop the outside area for the Early Years children and the sporting provision for the rest of the school. She is proud of the staff team that work at Bishop Thornton with her, knowing that all members ensure an exciting and challenging learning experience for the children in their care as well as supporting pupils' personal and social development. The supportive and challenging Governing Body work with Mrs Bedford to develop the strategic direction of the school.