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Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Williamson - Headteacher

I am thrilled to be the headteacher at South Otterington Church of England Primary School and am now in my 8th year of headship. It is a real privilege to work in such a special school with a fantastic staff team. I am committed to ensuring that our school can provide the very best opportunities for all of our children and I encourage us all to ensure that we continue to be outstanding in all aspects. I particularly value our Christian ethos and warm family atmosphere.

I have been teaching in North Yorkshire for over 15 years, previously working as a class teacher and deputy head. In 2005, I was delighted to become an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher) specializing in music and ICT (appointed by Ofsted). I have a genuine love of learning and have recently completed the third and final year of my MA: Improving Professional Practice through Practitioner Research at York St John University. 


Mr Ian Juden - Chair of Governors

I have been a governor since 2004. When I started only one of my children was at the school (in Reception). Now they have both passed through and are doing A levels and GCSE’s.  I wanted to be a governor, and remain as a governor to ensure that other children were able to get the very best possible start to their education. I have achieved this through regular visits to the school (at least once per week); meeting regularly with my link subject leader and being actively involved in the recruitment of the Headteacher and most of the teaching staff. Ensuring that the successful, caring and creative environment I so admired is continued and developed for current and future children to enjoy learning in.


Mrs Liz Edwards - Vice Chair and Lead governor for School Improvement

I am a committed parent governor with two children at South Otterington in Years 2 and 4.  Being a governor has been an interesting and stimulating experience and I have been able to gain a privileged insight into primary school education as well as making a valued contribution to the continued development of our school.  Our school is an exciting, thriving and creative environment where the staff are always striving for the best for our children.  The commitment of the staff and fellow governors has been a highlight of my governor experience and I always look forward to spending time in the school with children and staff.

As the school improvement lead I have been involved in recent recruitment activities, a role I particularly enjoy and which is one way I can help to ensure the school continues to develop in line with our aims and mission.  I have also been working closely with Mrs Parker as literacy link governor and class governor.


Leon Midson - Foundation Governor

I’ve been a Governor at South Otterington church school since 2013. As a Foundation Governor (representing York Diocese) I have a particular role in encouraging and supporting the development of the school’s Christian ethos. It is a pleasure and a privilege to visit the school, which I do regularly. There is always a lovely atmosphere and it is great to see the children developing as they progress through the school. We are very fortunate that we have such an outstanding school. As a Governor my aim is to do all I can to help the school maintain its high standards, continue to develop and provide a great start in life to current and future pupils. I also particularly enjoy supporting the School Council.


Mrs Parker

I thoroughly enjoy my role as Assistant Headteacher at South Otterington C of E Primary School. I am also English subject leader and responsible for assessment in Key Stage 2. My drive to raise standards in English comes from my passion for the subject. I have experience of teaching in both Key Stages and at present, teach a super class of mixed Year 5/6 children.

As well as the work I do in school to support the Headteacher and the team of teachers and teaching assistants, I also enjoy coaching trainee teachers and do this frequently in my role as a School Based Mentor for High Force SCITT. I find it extremely rewarding to watch the students develop over the year. In addition to this, I was recently appointed as an SLE (Specialist Leader in Education). This role allows me to work with other schools, providing support and training on behalf of the Swaledale Alliance.


Mrs Caroline Potter

I was delighted in January 2014 to be invited to become a Community Governor at South Otterington CE Primary School. I have recently retired, but my professional background is in primary education. I was a class teacher at Applegath Primary School, headteacher at Knayton CE Primary School and headteacher at Leeming RAF Community Primary School. I have worked for the LA as a Consultant Headteacher and as an Education Development Adviser. Now that I have a little more free time, I look forward to learning some new skills - as a governor.  


Mrs Christina Raffle

I currently have 2 children at South Otterington Primary School, a son in reception and a daughter in year 3. We have been delighted by how they have both been welcomed into the school, having only joined last September. 
My professional  background is as a primary school class teacher and I have, for a number of years, been heavily involved in Romanby Toddler Group, where I was treasurer.
From experience, I'm aware of the challenges associated with maintaining outstanding school status and am very keen to do all I can to help the school serve the children of the community to the best of its ability, through my school link areas. I am very much looking forward to working with the Headteacher, governors and staff as a newly appointed parent governor.

Mr David Henderson

I am parent governor with a daughter in Year 4 (Blue class) and a son in Year 1 (Yellow class). My wife and I have lived in South Otterington since April 2005. I am currently responsible for Numeracy, Friends and Forest School and I hope to use my experience as a retired secondary head and maths teacher to support the school in every way I can. I was an OFSTED inspector, a SIP and worked in 2 schools as head which had been placed in special measures. Since 2005 I have also worked in about 20 schools mainly in London which had been placed in special measures. I have already visited all four classes to see numeracy/mathematics being taught. I support Forest School whenever the school is unable to find enough helpers.