As a Wakefield Local Authority maintained school, we have a Governing Body. Our Governing Body consists of 1 Headteacher, 1 Staff representative, 1 LA appointed member, 2 parents and 7 Co-opted governors. Plus our clerk!
Streethouse Primary School Board of Governors Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2020/2021
Meet our Governors
Annamaria Spokes - Co-opted governor
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
I am very proud to have been elected Chair of the Board of Governors here at Streethouse Primary school earlier this year. Helping children to aspire to be the best they can be is very important to me. My headteacher at junior school helped to me overcome some early setbacks and inspired me to work hard.
I live in the Wakefield district and have worked for many years in and around the area. Through previous roles which included some time in local government I know all too well the challenges the area has and continues to face.
I have had a very varied career, but learning has always been at the core of everything I do. In my current role at a digital education provider, I see first hand the impact that technology can have on our children’s education. In addition I also see how important schools and good teachers are in providing structure and stability for our young people.
I have two children, both now in further education, and I understand the challenges faced by both parents and schools in delivering the best possible outcomes for children. I intend to bring my knowledge, experience and professionalism to this role and will work hard with your teachers to help them provide the best possible environment and opportunities for your children.
Mr Finch - Staff Governor
I am proud to work at Streethouse Primary School, and proud to be Staff Governor. I have been here for six years, and have worked in all areas of Key Stage 2. I love my job, and my mission is to ensure that all children in Streethouse ultimately get the best education possible.
Before working at Streethouse, I had a number of jobs including: delivery driver, optical assistant, high school cover supervisor, learning mentor and teaching assistant. I am from the local area, and know the challenges faced by Streethouse and areas alike.
My day starts at 8am with year 6 boosters; catching up on lost learning, or holding interventions for those children who need to consolidate their skills. After our magic breakfasts, the rest of the class arrive and the learning begins. My class is fast-paced - every minute of every day counts. The days whizz by in an instant, and all children make great progress. I pride myself on creating a team spirit in the classroom, where we work for each other and no one gets left behind.
I am passionate about maths, and am lucky to be the subject leader for the school. I also lead History, Geography, Science, PE and Computing. Although new to many of these subjects, I will endeavour to ensure they are taught as well as any subject in the school, and that children share the enthusiasm for the subjects that I do.
Dan Teece - Co-opted governor
I joined the Board of Governors of Streethouse Primary School in July 2020. Growing up and living in the Wakefield district, I had always been aware of Streethouse School. I had been looking for the opportunity to become a Governor for some time and when the vacancy came up at Streethouse it was an opportunity too good to miss.
I spent the first 14 years of my working career as a Primary School teacher in Doncaster, specialising in Upper Key Stage 2. I was a member of the Senior Leadership team, focussing on assessment and attainment data and was also the Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6. Although I eventually decided to transition away from teaching, I never lost my passion for education and decided that I still had a lot to offer a school in a Governor role.
My new career path has seen me specialise in data management as a Market Intelligence Analyst in the energy industry. I work closely with my company’s Senior Executive and have lot of experience producing concise reports for them, as well as working with our industry regulator, Ofgem. I feel these are skills that can be useful for any school.
Given my teaching and analytics experience, I have a particular interest in the schools teaching and learning, with a special emphasis on assessment and attainment data. However, I also look forward to getting stuck into other elements of the school’s development.
Rebecca Rutherford - Co-opted governor
I have been a teacher for over 10 years and am passionate about improving the life chances and aspirations of children as they leave primary school and continue their journeys elsewhere. I am currently a lead teacher of food studies at a large secondary school in Doncaster. I have worked in other settings, gaining experience of working with special education needs pupils, as well as pupils within a pupil referral unit. I have always volunteered my time as a way of giving back to the local communities I have lived in, including working as a Special Constable for the police in Sheffield, and working on the National Citizenship Service programme for four years; this is a summer project for young people to volunteer within their local area, with the aim of improving confidence and self-esteem.Outside of school my time is filled with my two young children who keep me very busy!I am very much looking forward to working with the school's excellent staff, along with the other governors, to help each and every pupil develop, learn and grow.
Michelle Hick – Parent Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
Hi I’m Michelle, I am currently Vice Chair of Governors at Streethouse Primary taking up the position of Parent Governor a few years ago when my little boy started at the School. When I had children it changed a whole perspective in life for me, one that understood children so much more and the importance the first years of a child’s life are.
I became a Governor not only for my own personal development but to have a part in supporting the school to deliver a safe, fun-filled supporting future for all its pupils. I currently work for the local authority, undertaking several roles encompassing community and business development and also Governor Support services. These roles give me many transferable skills which I bring to the Governing Board to ensure that the school provides an education where every child can achieve their very best no matter what.
Kim McGreal - Co-opted governor
My first involvement with Streethouse Primary School was many years ago when my daughter, who has now graduated university, started there. Even back then, I saw the dedication of the teaching staff, and the way they cared so much for the children. Now, as a Civil Servant, I’m able to bring some of my skills in communications, mental health and disability back into the school as a governor. My hope is that I can help the school to thrive and grow, in turn helping the pupils to do the same and to get as much out of their time in Streethouse as my own daughter did.
Louise Ladds - Co-opted governor
Mrs Louise Ladds is the new Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing at Wakefield Girls’ High School.
I am delighted to have been appointed co-opted governor at Streethouse school. Although I have worked with school governors for many roles as a teacher and most lately as a member of the senior leadership team, I consider this to be an exciting new chapter in my career and an amazing opportunity to give back to the local community.
I am also new to the area as I start a new job this September as Assistant Head, Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Wakefield Girls’ High School, after spending eleven years at Giggleswick School, an independent boarding and day school in the north of England for children aged 2 to 18 years. There, I was Assistant Pastoral Lead for 2 years and prior to that was a Housemistress for 6 years. Enabling children to enjoy a happy, enriching childhood with opportunities to reach their potential now and in the future and to feel safe and cared for is key to my values and aims as an educator.
Growing up in the 21st Century has never been so challenging to this generation of children and we must ensure that they have the skills and resilience to deal with modern day challenges such as cyber safety, the impact of Covid and low self-esteem. I hope that my 25 years of teaching experience based in a variety of settings can make a difference at Streethouse School and help the governing body to drive forward new innovations and implement strategies to ensure that the school provides excellence across all areas of school life.
Louise Hunter - Co-opted governor
I have worked at Streethouse School for 15 years and I have worked with every age group over the years. I now work with the year 5/6 class and absolutely love it. I enjoy all aspects of my job - especially booster lessons with year 6.