Happy Children Love Learning
Sarah Cobb – Co-opted Governor
I trained as a Primary School teacher and have taught in a range of year groups from Reception through to Year 6, although I have a particular interest in the Early Years. In 2010, after teaching at Hook Primary in the East Riding for 8 years, I moved to Pocklington School at the point at which the new infant department was opening. This provided a fantastic opportunity to support in the development of an infant setting in line with my strong educational philosophy and best practice.
I am currently Head of Pre-Prep (3 – 7 years) and Deputy Head of Prep (3 – 11 years). In my role, I lead and manage the Pre-Prep and have responsibility for staff, curriculum development, pupil progress, pastoral care and strategic planning. One of my most recent projects has been the opening of our Pre-School class. As Deputy Head I lead on inspection and pastoral matters and work with the Head on strategic development. I also sit on the Foundation Planning Group as a member of the SLT 3 – 18 years; I work closely alongside Governors and value their contributions to our school. One key aspect of my role, since 2011, has been that of Designated Safeguarding Lead and I have a particular interest in pupil and staff wellbeing. I am also a member of the Local Authority Safeguarding Education Reference Group.
Whilst I am passionate about my work and completely committed to Pocklington School, my favourite role is that of being mum to my two children, Hattie and Hugo, who are 11 and 8 respectively. Having lived in Pocklington for most of my life, and having been a pupil at Pocklington Infant School as a child, I am delighted to be able to take this opportunity to support the Head and her team, make a positive contribution to the community and look forward to working alongside the other members of the Governing Body.
Jamie Morgan – Chairman of Governors, and Parent Governor
I am happily settled living in Pocklington with my wife Clare and daughter, India. Having lived in the North East for most of my life, I moved to Yorkshire in 2011 and moved to Pocklington in 2016 before India started the preschool system.
I work as a Government Communicator in the Civil Service, managing a team of internal communicators, and advising my executive team on the best ways of engaging with our workforce. Working in a leadership role, I have a good sense of the many challenges faced in a busy organisation and I believe I would be an asset to the Governors Team at the Infant School. The School’s vision is a positive one and I would like to help deliver this by working with parents, staff and children to create a happy environment for all. I am particularly keen in helping to engage with people to communicate the School’s strategy and story.
Matt Manley - Parent Governor
In 2013, my wife Lynsey and I moved to Pocklington to start a family. Our eldest son, Jack has now started in the Squirrels class at Pocklington Infant School and we how that his younger twin brothers, Oliver and James, will join him there in a couple of years. As a dedicated father, I love investing time and energy into my children and watching them develop through having fun. In recent months, I've see Jack thrive at the school and I am confident that this is largely down to the school's fantastic vision and ethos. I am a chartered professional engineer, with experience of managing projects, leading teams to set out and achieve strategic goals, and delivering continuous improvements in all areas of my work. I am highly motivated with a track record of delivering results and a passion for making a different in everything I do. As a parent governor for Pocklington Infant school, I believe my experience and energy will be valuable to the team, ensuring that we are able to provide a safe and happy place for all our children to love learning.
Amy Pimm – Parent Governor
I am married and have two children, Amelie and my 2 year old son, Wilf. My daughter, Amelie, has just started school this September and this has been my main reason to apply for the role as Parent Governor. I would love to be involved in Amelie’s school life and I know what an important role Governors are to schools. I currently work full time at Mount Pleasant C of E Junior School in Market Weighton as Year Group Leader and Maths Lead. With this experience I feel as though I could give a balanced view point of a parent but also as a teacher.
Melanie Grieveson - Foundation Governor
I moved to Pocklington with my husband in October 2015, having been born and brought up in Hull. I spent 23 years working as an Audiologist at the Hull Royal Infirmary and latterly, Castle Hill Hospital, occasionally working in 'outreach' clinics. My two sons are grown up, but when they were younger I taught in Sunday school and played the organ at church. I left the NHS to undertake further study and now work from home as a piano teacher. Pocklington CE VC Infant School is the sort of school I wish my own children could have attended. As a Foundation Governor, I hope to help maintain the strong links between the school and the parish church.
Clare Stones ~ Parent Governor and Vice Chairman of Governors
I have lived in Pocklington since 2007. I have two children Lucas and Paige. Paige started Foundation at Pocklington Infant School in September 2017 and is thriving. I qualified as an accountant in 2004 and have worked in practice since 1998. I took a career break following the incredibly premature birth of my son as his medical and additional needs needed my full attention, which means I have personal experience on the SEN side. I currently volunteer for AGE UK as a befriender, I am a treasurer at York Special Care Baby Unit Support Group and I am very keen to get involved in helping the school go from strength to strength.
Ashleigh Molyneux - Parent Governor
As a mother of three I have a keen interest in the success of the school; my daughter has just started in Foundation and I have another daughter who will come to the school in 4 years' time. In my professional life, I am a Clinical Psychologist specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy and would like to bring this perspective to my role as a governor. The well-being of both pupils and staff is an area I would be keen to influence. I am interested in the pastoral side of the school as without emotional wellbeing, learning is much more challenging. Equally, staff well-being and the functioning of the staff team makes up the culture of the school which is intrinsically linked to success and good outcomes. Whilst I understand there will be expectations and tasks which need to be fulfilled in the role of governor, which I am keen to do as a parent, I would also like to be able to contribute to thinking and ideas from my perspective as a Clinical Psychologist. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to give back to the community of which my family and I are a part.
Andria Hughes - Parent Governor
I live in Pocklington with my husband and two children. We moved from Coventry a few years ago. My son loved the school and has now gone to the Junior School with a love of learning. My daughter started school in September 2018, and looks set to be the same, she has settled in well to her first term. I am a researcher with expertise in quality improvement and behaviour evaluation methods. I work within a consultancy company having previously worked with in academia. I am hoping to contribute the skills I have to help the school continue its good work, and to identify and address any areas where there may be scope for improvement.
Dr Claire Gilbert - Parent Governor
My son has benefited from the warm and caring environment at Pocklington Infant School since he started and as a mother and doctor I am passionate about supporting children to have good health and wellbeing and an effective education. As a governor I want to support and develop this to enable all children at the school to be happy, healthy and loving learning. I work as a public health doctor in the NHS and across a wide range of government organisations that are involved in health. I work to improve health for local populations and communities, deliver better healthcare services, and protect the public from serious infectious diseases.
Several of our Governors have roles in other local schools:
Rev. Les Slow is a governor at Pocklington School
Sarah Cobb is Head of Pre-Prep (3 – 7 years) and Deputy Head of Prep (3 – 11 years) at Pocklington School
Amy Pimm is a teacher at Market Weighton Junior School