The Governing Board is part of the Leadership and Management team at York Road. It has three core functions; planning the strategic direction of the school, overseeing its financial performance and making sure money is being well spent, and holding the head and senior leadership to account. The Governing Board does not run the school on a day to day basis, that is the job of the Head and their team.
The Full Governing Board meets at least three times per year, once per term. At York Road we also have two sub-committees, one that is responsible for Finances and Resources and the other Curriculum and Standards. They also meet at least once per term.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor at York Road or finding out more about what we do please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Diane Frainer (DF)||Head|
|Carole Connelly||Chair of Governors/Safeguarding Link – Member of Finance and Resources Committee|
|Diane Szanto (DS)||Staff Governor – Member of Standards & Curriculum Committee|
|Emily Cunningham (EC)||Parent Governor – Member of Standards & Curriculum Committee|
|Lisa Morris (LM)||Vice Chair of Governors – Member of Finance and Resources Committee|
|Haider Mawji (HM)||Associate – Member of Finance and Resources Committee|
|Shirley Parker||Co-opted Governor – Member of Standards & Curriculum Committee|
|Mike Scott||Parent Governor – Finance and Resources Committee Chair|
|Sarah Denslow||Parent Governor – Member of Finance and Resources Committee|
|Dan Ward||Health & Safety Link Governor|
|Rich Tyler||Shadow Safeguarding Link Governor|
Diane Szanto - Staff Governor Member of Standards & Curriculum Committee
After my sisters attending the nursery back in the 60’s, myself doing a year of my N.N.E.B. training here and both my own children attending the nursery in the 90’s.
I was very pleased to join the nursery as a Nursery Nurse in 2000 and join the Governing body a few years later. It is interesting and rewarding being involved with the Governing body, both as an associate governor and a member of staff, and to be part of decision-making which continues to keep York Road Nursery School the progressive community nursery that it is.
I have been the Headteacher at York Road Nursery School since April 2015. I have been working in education since 1999 and have 3 children of my own.
I am passionate about early years and am working in support with the school Governors to take the school forward and continue to raise standards, with a particular emphasis on inclusion.
Shirley Parker - Co-opted Governor Member of Standards & Curriculum Committee
I worked as a Secretary and then a Childminder. My three children all came to York Road Nursery and have very fond memories of it.[dt_tooltip title=”MORE”] I joined the team in 1999 and retired as a Key Teacher in the summer of this year but continue with my role as Transitions Co-ordinator on a part time basis, a role which I am passionate about. I am also the Tapestry Co-ordinator, responsible for the personal online Learning Journeys of the children. I hope my experience of working at nursery will be beneficial to the governing body and I look forward to being a part of the decision making and to give something back to the community.[/dt_tooltip]
Lisa Morris - Co-opted Governor Member of Finance and Resources Committee
Mike Scott - Parent Governor · Finance and Resources Committee Chair
· Parent Governor
· Finance and Resources Committee Chair
I am a chartered accountant, working in the finance industry for 17 years. For the last 3 years I have been the CFO of a fintech platform business sitting on the board of directors and chairing various committees. I live locally to York Road and got a real sense of community and purpose from the school. My daughter then attended the school from Jan 2021 and I knew what a special place it was. I wanted to do whatever I could to help
Haider Mawji - Associate Member of Finance and Resources Committee
I have been a governor here at York Road for over 8 years, sitting on the Finance Committee. In my professional life I have experienced a high-energy career to date, managing at all levels and in the last 20 years have worked with various clients as a Finance Director operating at Board level. My strong ability to innovate and question has been fundamental to successfully developing, re-engineering and managing financial operations and divisions in the UK and Internationally. I have demonstrated the ability to manage costs and cash flow tightly, at the same time, establishing and building partnerships externally internally and with stakeholders. I have enjoyed applying my financial expertise and knowledge to critique and help develop financial plans and strategies for York Road Nursery. I have found the opportunity to contribute to my local community through my role as school governor here at York Road to be very rewarding. I feel honoured and proud to be, a very small, part of a school that Ofsted has consistently awarded “outstanding”, but more importantly creates an environment that nurtures, excites and enthuses children on their educational pathway.
Emily Cunningham - Parent Governor Member of Standards & Curriculum Committee
My role includes supporting the Headteacher with interviews to ensure the most suitable people are employed to work at York Road Nursery. I have helped out with staff wellness events that help to boost staff morale and I have supported the school curriculum through learning walks, visits to the school and helped by raising money through the Waitrose supporting local businesses scheme. I also really enjoy attending the Governor meetings and attending school events. II have been a Primary and Early Years teacher for many years in London before having two children and now I work locally as a Supply Teacher. I wanted to be a Governor of York Road because firstly I chose this school for my son and he had a really excellent time here and I wanted to play a part in the school community.
Parent Governor - Member of Finance and Resources Committee
· Parent Governor
· Member of Finance and Resources Committee
My background is in the charitable sector, and my day job is in consultancy and research helping philanthropists and funders to increase the impact of their charitable giving. I’ve been a trustee of the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK for the last nearly nine years, which I hope will give me lots of useful experience as I step into the governor role. My son has thoroughly enjoyed his time at York Road and I’m keen to give back as part of the governing body.
Parent Governor - Shadow Safeguarding Link Governor
I am a solicitor and qualified 11 years ago as a litigator in a US law firm in London. Since then I have worked as an in-house lawyer in multiple businesses covering a broad spectrum of legal work, and I am currently Legal Director at a large consumer goods company. When my daughter joined York Road Nursery School, it was clear from the start that it was a outstanding school with a wonderful community around it. When the opportunity arose to become a governor I was delighted to be able to give something back and contribute to the future success of the school.
Full Governing Body:
Full Governing Body Meeting dates and attendance records
|York Road Governors Attendance Report|
|Date of meeting|
Governors who have Also served in the last 12 months;
|Nicolette Uys||Stepped down: February 2021|
|Aanchal Kumae||Stepped down: December 2021|
|Donna Brown||Chair||Stepped down: April 2022|