Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, background, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues can be obtained from the school office.
In general the governors are responsible for ensuring the school operates efficiently and effectively and for agreeing school policies and targets for the pupils. Our duties also extend to managing the school budget, looking after the buildings, appointing staff and ensuring the school delivers a balanced curriculum. In practice our work is carried out in partnership with the Head Teacher and other staff, the Local Authority and external advisors all with the aim of promoting high standards of educational achievement. The governing body is made up of members representing or appointed by parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, the community as a whole and the LEA. The full governing body and the various sub committees meet regularly to discuss and make decisions regarding the management and direction of the school. In order to carry out our duties properly we also try to get to know the school as well as we can by spending time in school on a regular basis. This is not always easy for people with full-time jobs or other commitments, but governors are generous with their time.
You don't need a background in education to be a school governor. You do need to be committed, enthusiastic and willing to contribute some of your time to this rewarding role. Training is available for all aspects of the governors role. You would need to attend the governing body and committee meetings; on average about six or seven meetings per year depending on the circumstances at the school. Meetings for the full governing body usually take place in the evenings although you are encouraged to visit the school during the day as well, to get to know the work that goes on. Should you wish to discuss the work of the Governing Body or any other aspect of Carr Infant School with us, please contact the school office.
Chair of Governors
The School Governors
I have been a member of the Governing Body for 2 years, and Chair of Governors for 1 year. My professional background is broad and diverse having worked in the private and public sector. For the last 10 years I have worked in operational roles within the schools education sector as a manger at City of York Council and within Academy Trusts.
My name is Aleisha Madden and I was appointed on the Governing Body July 2018. I am new to the school and I am looking forward to getting to know everybody.
I have a degree in Education and a Foundation Degree in supporting young people, children and families.
I have 10 years’ experience in school settings, within a range of roles, and currently work in a secondary school in York as a Deputy Safeguarding Lead. I have also worked in children’s residential homes supporting looked after children and have supported families within their homes.
I am new to York and moved here with my husband, two children and two pets. I enjoy living in York and getting to know the schools through my own children, my professional role and that now of being a governor at Carr Infant School.
I hope to get into school as often as I can and make myself available at open evenings or community school events to get to know you all and see how we can continue making Carr Infant a successful school.
I resigned from my previous career and moved from London to York to provide a better family life for my husband, children and I. I am originally from Yorkshire but lived and worked in London for 15 years as a Detective Constable and then a Detective Sergeant for the Metropolitan Police. As a parent with young children; a daughter in primary school and a baby son; I am interested in, and passionate about early years education. My children do not attend Carr Infant School so I am completely independent.
We moved to York in the summer of 2015 and I became a governor in September 2016 so I have a lot to learn, but I am extremely keen and very enthusiastic to be part of a team where I can have a positive impact on how the school is run. I know that these early years of education are so important for all our young ones.
Being a resident of York I feel honoured that I have this opportunity to contribute to the community I live in, by volunteering my time in this way.
The role of governor is both challenging and rewarding and I enjoy the responsibilities it provides. I will always listen and learn with an open mind and I look forward to meeting parents and staff on this exciting journey.
I was appointed to the Governing body in September 2016. I moved to York from London in May 2016. I was previously a governor at a primary school in Camden. I thoroughly enjoy being a school governor and it was important to me to be a governor in a school that is local to me.
I am employed as a Human Resources Consultant and I work exclusively in the Education Sector. I hope I can add value to the governing body and look forward to meeting more people involved with the school soon.
I have been a member of the Governing body for 2 years. I am a parent and my son is in Year 2 at the school.
My professional experience is wide-ranging covering Customer Service, Sales, Business Development including Marketing, People Management and Business Leadership.
I have worked in a number of industries including travel, hotels and hospitality currently I work in the EFL industry. I have worked in both in the corporate and independent sectors.
I am also the designated safeguarding Governor as I hold a level 3 certificate as designated lead in my working environment.
Jenny Herrera is a chartered accountant and runs two small charities. She has a 7 year old son who has passed through the Infant School and her 4 year old daughter is currently in Carr Nursery. She joined the Governing Body because she felt she could contribute specifically with regard to financial decisions. She spent some years overseas running a children’s home including an in-house school.