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What is it?

The governing body is the strategic decision-making body in each school and academy. It has a crucial role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

Governing bodies:
•set the school’s strategic direction
•hold the head teacher to account for a school’s performance
•ensure that the school’s budget is properly managed

Governing bodies meet at least once a term. Many use sub-committees to look at more detailed aspects of their work and advise them on decisions. Committees often look at issues like pupil performance, the curriculum, staffing, finance and premises.

Please click on the link below to find out more about our Governing Body. If you would be interested in joining the Governing Body, please contact school on 01274 662363.

To find out more about the role of a school governor please visit the following webpage –

Governor Report 2017


Claire Lockwood – Chair

My name is Claire Lockwood.  I am a retired educationist who worked  for Education Leeds and Leeds city council for over 35 years.  Working from Early Years to Secondary aged children and young people.  I am passionate about improving outcomes for all children.

Neil Ruddy – Local Authority Governor

Neil Ruddy

I have lived in Tyersal for over 35 years and am very much involved in community life. I work as an ESOL tutor and also used to attend Pudsey Tyersal Primary School as a child.


Linda Walton – Co-opted Governor







I have been a governor for over twenty years, starting as a parent governor when my son was at primary school. I’m a co-opted governor at the school, with a particular interest in the curriculum and pupil voice.

I’m a local leader of governance and in my spare time I enjoy walking the dog!!!


Sally Spaven – Staff Governor

Sally Spaven - Assistant Headteacher / Year 2 Teacher


I have taught at Pudsey Tyersal Primary Schools since 2002. My current roles are Assistant Headteacher, SENCO, Literacy Leader, Year 2 teacher and designated teacher for child protection. I have taught across the Key Stages working in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4.

I have chosen to stay at Pudsey Tyersal for so many years as it is a fantastic school with committed staff and wonderful children. I have enjoyed being a pivotal part of the team that has enabled the school to move forward and look forward to leading the school to continue its drive for further improvement.

Johanna Jobson – Headteacher

Johanna Jobson - Headteacher

I was honoured to become Headteacher of Pudsey Tyersal Primary School in September 2012. I have been teaching for 20 years, across the primary age range and I still feel that this is the most rewarding profession.

Vien Cheung – Co-opted Governor


I am a University Lecturer and I have been appointed as a co-opted governor at Pudsey Tyersal Primary School since June 2015. It is my belief that early education is an important foundation for effective tertiary learning and to the development of subject specialism. Via the governor role I have been gaining a direct insight into how schools work and how education in early stage positively influences children’s lives. I am enthusiastic to be able to contribute on ensuring all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, and to promote high standards of educational attainment.

Governing Body 2016-17