The School Governing Body 


Chair: Andrew Scopes (Parent governor)

Vice Chair: Karen Shotton (Co-opted governor)

The constitution of the governing body:

  • Headteacher
  • One Local Authority (LA) governor (recommended by the LA and appointed by the governing body)
  • Two parent governors formally elected through a ballot of parents.
  • Seven co-opted governors, nominated and appointed by the governing body
  • One staff governor formally elected by staff employed at school
  • Two partnership governors from the local community
  •  Any number of associate members as required to bring specific skills into the governing body (they are not governors but appointed by the governing body)


The governing body operates with the following committees:

Resources committee - responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards.

Committee chair: Andrew Scopes


Teaching and learning committee  - responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy),  monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions.

Committee chair: Karen Shotton


Pupil support - responsible for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities, cluster and other partnerships.

Committee chair: Lindsey Hegarty


Pay Review committee – responsible for ensuring the implementation of the school Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy


Pay Appeal committee – responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.


Current and recent governors and business/other interests declared are provided in the table below. 

Name of governor


Category of governor and committees served


Date appointed and term of office

Relevant business/personal interests

Any other educational establishments governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

Andrew Scopes


Parent governor, elected by parents. Member of the resources committee.


Local Councillor



Karen Shotton

Co-opted governor


Employee of Governor Services

Wykebeck Primary School



Annual Governance Statement

Meeting Attendance 2017-18

The role of a School Governor and how to become one

Mr Tony Bowyer
Mrs N. Corcoran
Mrs L. Evans
Ms. Julie Holmes
Maureen Jones
Mr Andrew Scopes
Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)
I have lived in Beeston for over 7 years and feel like I am part of the community. I have three children, all of them now at Beeston. I am a Governor to help ensure that children at Beeston Primary have the opportunities and provision to help them to achieve their potential. My vision for an excellent Primary School is one that gives children real joy from learning so that they continue to learn throughout their lives. My profession in financial management gives me the skills to understand statistically what Beeston Primary is achieving and needs to achieve and how it is managing its budget. But, my aim is to ensure that this information is used to improve our children's education and experience, rather than to 'tick boxes'.
Mr N. Edensor
My name is Nicholas Edensor and I am delighted to be the Headteacher of Beeston Primary School, this is my second headship. I am an experienced Headteacher having taught at five primary schools. During my career I have successfully led various schools through three Ofsted inspections, taking a school from a satisfactory judgement in 2010 to good with outstanding features in 2014. I am also a Local Leader in Education providing leadership support to other primary schools within the Leeds Authority. I passionately believe that primary education should be engaging and memorable; where possible based on first-hand experiences. I know high expectations and aspirational targets motivate children. And, challenging, quality teaching ensures all pupils can become independent learners, thinkers and problem solvers; skills needed throughout adulthood.
Mrs R. White
Deputy Head Teacher/ Associate Governor
Mrs B. Tidey
Deputy Head Teacher/ Associate Governor
Lindsey Hegarty
Co-Opted Governor
I am delighted to be elected as a co-opted governor at Beeston Primary School and totally committed to improving outcomes for our children in Beeston. I am the Chair of the Pupil Support Committee am a member of the Resources Committee and dedicated governor responsible for Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Behaviour and Equality. Undertaking my role at Beeston Primary School is helping me to proactively support the local community within which I work and reside, by sharing my knowledge, skills and ability from my profession whilst also helping to build a range of skills and abilities that I can bring back to my workplace. During my employment I have received four Values Awards in recognition of 'living our values to the full and making a real difference to the lives of your colleagues and our customers'. I aspire to make the same difference at Beeston Primary School in working towards an Outstanding School with a enviable record in pupil progress and achievement.
Mrs Karen Shotton
Co-Opted Governor
I have lived in South Leeds for over 35 years. I am delighted that I have the opportunity of being a governor at this lovely school. My husband Richard is a former pupil of Beeston Primary School. I have two children, Richard, a store manager for Sainsbury's and Matthew a Solicitor in London. I have one adorable Grandson Arthur. I am at my happiest when I am with my family and enjoying our beautiful English countryside. I believe that primary schools should provide the building blocks for learning together with wonderful memories and opportunities. My vision for Beeston's children is that they have a solid foundation in education and develop a love of learning that will prepare and serve them well through the rest of their lives. I firmly believe that children learn best when they are happy, feel safe and understand the purpose behind their learning. Parents' commitment to the school is essential and valuable and they should be encouraged to be involved with the school and enjoy and celebrate their children's learning. I recognise the importance of professional development for our extensive staff to support them in providing the best education for our children in the ever changing educational landscape. I value their hard work and commitment to this school. I previously worked in education for 24 years, specialising in the social and emotional development of children and promoting behaviour for learning in primary education. I am currently working in governance and absolutely love what I do.
Mr S. Nicholson
Staff Governor
I have worked at Beeston Primary School for nine years and have taught Y6 for the majority of that time. In 2014 I became Assistant Headteacher and currently run Department 2 - Years 1&2. Prior to teaching in Leeds, I worked at a school in Huddersfield, where I taught Y3, 4 & 5. I have been leader of ICT, PE, English and am currently the Key Stage 1 Leader of Maths, here at Beeston. I now live in South Leeds and I absolutely love Leeds as a city. I have always has a passion for teaching and really enjoy working with the children, staff and parents of Beeston. As staff governor, I am part of the Teaching and Learning team and feedback regularly.
Julia Ruane
Local Authority Governor
Julia is a communications expert, working for the last 20 years with government bodies, technology companies and FTSE 500 companies across the globe. Julia is currently Head of PR & Content at a specialist technology firm in Leeds which focuses on the 'dark side' of social media - protecting us from cyberbullies, child groomers, hate preaching and many more aspects of the online world that we would otherwise be exposed to. Julia is skilled in various communication techniques, media relations, crisis management, and marketing. She graduated in mathematics from the University of Bristol and has a keen interest in all STEM subjects, as well as improving the gender ratios in this area. She also has a keen interest in health and wellbeing and the connection between our physical and mental health.
Miss Claire Williamson
Parent Governor
My name is Claire Williamson. I was born and raised in Beeston and attended Beeston Primary as a child. I am passionate about the school as well as Beeston as a community. My eldest is currently in Year 2 and also attended both Foundation Stages, my youngest hopefully will follow. My focus is to see Beetson Primary continue to improve. I am keen to get involved in school and being a full time Mother, I have the time to fully commit to the role of Parent Governor. I have studied to a degree level, obtaining a Bmus and have recently gained an ITEC diploma showing that I have the relevant skills required along with a drive to learn and further my knowledge. I have eagerly trained in many areas needed as governor. In the past I have been part of the Family Forum team for my child's Children's Centre and also attended the quarterly Advisory Board meetings representing parent issues. I am enthusiastic about improving outcomes for our children and enjoy connecting with other parents. It is an honour to positively participate in the future direction of our school and I am committed to improving this school for our children.