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The Governing Body at Ireland Wood is committed to ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to fulfil their individual potential whilst at the same time learning to respect the needs of others. We work to ensure that, through the Head teacher and all the staff, the school is able to maintain high standards of quality and performance in the context of a caring, happy and safe environment. We view partnership with parents, carers and others in the local community as vital and we are keen to take account of the views of all concerned with the school including, of course, the children themselves.
The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic direction of the school but not the running of the school which is the Head teacher’s responsibility. It oversees all matters relating to policy, teaching and learning, staffing, finance, premises and safeguarding staffing, finance and the curriculum.

We have 16 Governors and one Associate Governor. The Governors are representative of parents/carers, staff, the local community and the local Authority. Below we have listed our current Governors and a little bit of information about each of them.

Our Great Governing Body
To find out more about each governor, click on their name!

Jean Basson
Diane Wood-Robinson
Ian Blackburn Raminder Aujla
Tom Connelly Jane Price Anna Wood Sue Tuck
Barbara Crowther Alex Stevenson Linda Parkin Jennifer Green
Catherine Arundel Hala Saleh    


Meet our Phase Governors

Sue Tuck

Phase 1
Barbara Crowther
Phase 2
Hala Saleh

Phase 2
Catherine Arundel
Phase 3
Diane Wood-Robinson
Phase 4

Governors are regularly informed of our Investors in Pupils work in school through meetings and visits to school. Governors have classes that they are assigned to for the academic year so that they are able to get involved in school life and so that pupils have the chance to learn about the role of a governor. Governors are invited to attend School Council meetings and do so regularly.

Governors Contributions to School

Our Governors are heavily involved in school life at IWPS. Please see below for some information and photos of the contributions they make. (Click to open) * Attend School Council meetings * Support at PTA fundraising events * Visit classes and join in with lessons * Take part in whole-school themed days and events * Attend open days/evenings for new parents * Watch school performances * Help out on school trips

Mr Blackburn

I have been a Headteacher in Leeds for 11 years. I am proud to be Headteacher of Ireland Wood Primary School, which is a popular two form entry Primary School with a highly regarded resource provision for children with physical disabilities. I also the Chair of the Ireland Wood Children’s Centre Advisor Board and I am Chair of the North West Educational Partnership Trust (currently 4 Schools).

I have held senior management positions in 4 Primary Schools for over 20 years including Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher at another school in Leeds.

My particular areas of expertise are in Physical Education, Strategic Leadership and SEN. I have a degree in PE and Primary Education and have also worked in a secondary school and two SILCS (Specialist Inclusion Learning Centres) delivering PE and sport to children of all abilities.

On a personal level I have four children and three grandchildren who take up most of my spare time. I do though enjoy a round of golf and watching Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos when I can.

Barbara Crowther

My name is Barbara Crowther and I have been a governor at Ireland Wood Primary School for about 10 years. I have seen the school change and develop into the successful school and Children's Centre it is today. I am a local authority governor and at present am attached to Year 1 I am a retired teacher and have time to give to the gov role. I also live in the locality. My interests include walking, singing in a local choir and helping as a volunteer at a local hospice.

Mr Connelly

I first came to Ireland Wood in 2010 as a student teacher, and have been a class teacher here since 2012. The children and staff make Ireland Wood a great place to work. In school, I am responsible for History, Gifted and Talented pupils and I am the Educational Visits Co-ordinator. I wanted to join the Governing Body to make IWPS an even better place to work and learn. Outside school, I am interested in reading, the cinema and travelling. Over the last few years I have visited America, Thailand and China.

Mrs Sowerby

I have been a member of staff at Ireland Wood Primary School since 2000 when I started as a newly qualified teacher working in KS1. During my time in class I had experience in KS1 and KS2 but the majority of my teaching time was spent in the Early Years. This is where I consider my area of expertise, it is certainly where my heart lies! Initially I was elected to the Governing Body as a Staff Governor in 2005. I have remained as a staff governor over the past nine years. Over the last few years During my time at the school I have had the opportunity to develop professionally. Initially I covered the Deputy Head role for Maternity Cover. Shortly after this period I was promoted to Assistant Head and following another year covering the Deputy I was appointed as permanent Deputy Head in 2010. I have had a wonderful career at Ireland Wood and have supported the school through many changes and challenges including pupil reduction, Children’s Centre development, expansion and three Ofsted inspections.Outside of work I have two young children. Isabelle and Freddie. They take up most of my spare time but every now and then I find time to take part in Amateur Dramatic productions with BrassNeck Theatre Company in Leeds.

Sue Tuck

I believe passionately that every young person deserves the best possible start to their education so I am delighted to be part of the Ireland Wood Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor.

I originally came to Leeds to study psychology over 30 years ago and ended up staying. I am married and the very proud mother of four grown up children and a granddaughter. I have had the chance to live and work in a number of countries around the world, mainly in Africa and Asia. Whilst living in Bangladesh, I served as a school governor at an American international school. I was active in the PTA and served as Chair for two years when my children were at high school in Leeds.

I have worked for Leeds City Council for almost 14 years in various roles. I currently work for Leeds City Council’s Economic Development Team.

Linda Parkin

I have lived in Cookridge for nearly 40 years and have had an attachment to Ireland Wood Primary School for most of that time as all four of my very grown up children attended this school, my grandson now attends and my twin grandchildren will hopefully attend in 2015.

I also work in the school, and have done since 1998, or to be more specific the Children’s Centre where I manage a team of 30 staff where we provide childcare for pre-school children (3 months to school age) and also before and after school care for children who attend Ireland Wood Primary School. We also provide a range of services for families including groups which run in the school Community Room as well as outreach services.

I am a Community Governor and in that role I can bring experience of working throughout the area with all the six other primary schools and with other cluster staff for example the Targeted Services Leader, and part of my remit includes reporting to the Governing Body on the Extended Services work taking place in our cluster of schools.

I am a very family oriented person, love to read and go to the cinema whenever possible and socialise with friends. I love my job and working with and knowing families in our area is very important to me.

Anna Wood

I work part time at St James’s Hospital as an Orthoptist (Eye Specialist), live in Cookridge and have three children. All of my children previously attended Ireland Wood Children’s centre and all three are currently at Ireland Wood Primary School. I have been a parent governor for the past four years and really enjoy being part of the school. It is a fantastic place with numerous awards but it is still rewarding to be part of the governing body, supporting and encouraging the school to aim even higher.

Jean Basson


I have worked in Education for 40 years and have been particularly involved with children with special educational needs and disabilities, their teachers and support staff. I have been Chair of Governors for nearly 3 years and a member of the Governing Body for 6.

I live locally and so am especially concerned with all issues that affect children and families in our community. I am pleased that the school now works as part of a Trust in collaboration with Iveson Primary, Cookridge Primary and Ralph Thoresby High, as this cooperation and sharing of expertise strengthens local ties across the area.

I spend as much time as possible in school but when I am not doing that, I enjoy singing in a choir, reading, walking, painting and going to films.

As Chair of Governors, I am fully committed to the principal that all children should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential whilst at the same time considering the needs of others. I am therefore very proud not only of the achievements of all the children, the staff and the Governors at Ireland Wood but also the atmosphere of care and respect which is at the heart of the school.

Diane Wood-Robinson

Ireland Wood School has impressed me since my granddaughter, and later my grandson, started school there. The inclusive ethos is outstanding. My background is in education, mainly at tertiary level. I also latterly managed a British Government education project in South Africa working with disadvantaged primary schools. This was followed by voluntary work with AIDS orphans. In my spare time I enjoy working on the allotment, going to classical music concerts, the opera and travelling, as well as looking after the grandchildren, of course!

I applied to be a Governor at Ireland Wood as I live locally and thought it would be a good thing if grandparents were represented. It is obvious from meeting the children from school and attending music, plays, presentations and other events how important grandparents are to many of the children. I continue to be impressed by the school, the staff and the children. I wish to play my part in contributing to the school and its development.

Daniel McLoughlin


I have lived in the Cookridge area for 30 years and have two children in attendance at Ireland Wood Primary- my son is in Y5 and my daughter is in Y2. Since graduating B.Ed Hons in History as a mature student, I have been working at the Donkey Sanctuary at Eccup where I work with children with Special Educational Needs through Donkey Assisted Therapy, as well as other vulnerable groups across the region. I deliver talks in the community about the work we do, as well as fundraising and organising large charity events. I love reading and going to live music whenever I get the chance. I have been a Parent Governor at Ireland wood for 5 years and have just entered my second term. I am currently the joint Governor responsible for the welfare of SEN children in the school, as this is where I feel my strengths lie. I find the Governing Body at Ireland Wood to be very active, encouraging all members to play to their strengths but also improve on any weaknesses. I have very much enjoyed helping the school to stick to its founding principles, particularly during this very challenging time within Education.

Raminder Aujla

My family have been affiliated with Ireland Wood Primary School for the last 20 years and I have been on the Governing Body at Ireland Wood since 2006. Whilst my children have progressed through the education system, I have continued to stay on the Governing Body as the wonderful children and fantastic inclusive ethos of the school, hold a very special place in my heart. I am the named Governor for safeguarding and looked after children, which fits in with my day job working within the specialist area of safeguarding children and young people. I feel extremely privileged to be on a Governing Body that is made up of an extraordinary mix of talented individuals. We all share a common goal of ensuring that we support the pupils, parents and staff to make Ireland Wood Primary School the best it can be and our children are at the heart of everything we do.

Jen Green

I was elected to be a staff governor 4 years ago. I began working as the Year 1 teacher at Ireland Wood in 2008 and have since taught Year 4 and now teach Year 3. I am also a member of the Senior Leadership Team and have recently been appointed as Assistant Headteacher. Part of my role is to strengthen and maintain community cohesion within our school community and beyond. I have developed and sustained links with local schools particularly through a cluster International School Council. A personal passion of mine in the international dimension to our curriculum and we work hard to embrace and celebrate the diversity of cultures we have at Ireland Wood. Outside of work, I love the outdoors, play netball and am an Akela at a local Cub Scout group.

Mrs Price

Bio coming soon.

Hala Saleh

Bio coming soon.

Karen Llewellyn

I am a local authority governor and have both a professional and personal interest in Education - as a former teacher and head of department in secondary schools and then within higher education as a lecturer and head of programme in sport and physical education. My current role, working at the University of Leeds, is related to strategic change and to deliver on the university’s strategic plan in student education. My personal interest is derived through the education of my daughter who is now a student at Leeds. In particular, I was actively involved during her primary education in school PTA activities.

It is clearly a privilege to be a member of the governing body of such a vibrant and successful school.

Alex Stevenson

Bio coming soon.


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