Mrs Emma Middleton - Chair of Governors

As a parent of three daughters at the school I have become actively involved as both a parent governor, where I am the chair and a lead governor on finance and in the PSFA, where I currently hold the role of treasurer. This has given me a fantastic opportunity to be involved within a school that is such an important part of our children’s lives.

Professionally I am a qualified accountant and currently work part-time for various local businesses as well as our family business at home. Over the past 15 years I have worked within a wide variety of businesses and am able to use these skills to assist in the financial side of running a school.

I am very passionate about the education of all children and hope I can support the parents and the staff at our school to continue to provide an excellent all round education for our children.

Mr Jonathan Wilkinson-White   - Vice Chair
(Co-opted governor)

I have been involved in education since 2001, qualifying as a teacher in 2003. I have worked across a range of educational disciplines, from emotional and behavioural to severe learning difficulties in a residential school.  I feel I offer a broad and balanced approach to governance, sharing these skills and ensuring as a school we set high and challenging targets that are rigorously checked. My speciality is essentially Special Educational Needs and I work closely with the SENCo on our school bids, discussing pupils and providing an advisory role in the changing educational world.

Mr Graham Godden   - Vice Chair
(Local Authority Governor)

I qualified as a teacher in 1972, completing a PGCE at Manchester University.  I then taught for a short while at Lincoln College of Technology.  In the 1980s, I worked as the manager of a large Citizens Advice Bureau in the West Midlands, while at the same time serving as a local authority governor of both a primary and a secondary school in Walsall.

When my wife Barbara and I retired to Louth in 2010, I applied to Lincolnshire County Council to become a school governor and was eventually asked to join this school.  I was immediately impressed by the school and enjoyed working with Andrew Hyde and his staff as well as the other governors.  Now that we have a new headteacher, I'm sure that the school is going to continue to thrive and I look forward to being a part of it.

Mrs Clare Willerton
(Parent Governor)

As a parent of the school now and for the next 11 years, I am genuinely interested in supporting current developments and future ambitions of the school to positively benefit all pupils for years to come.  

I believe that the school community should work in partnership with all stakeholders in ensuring excellence and equality for each and every pupil.  I passionately believe in learning and that schools have this value as their core purpose, where everyone child or adult, learns and realises their potential.  The last eleven years has seen me specialising in School Improvement and Development and so I not only bring my school based and leadership experience to the Governing Body, but also bring the ability to negotiate, challenge and provide honest, constructive feedback to improve and motivate. I have an understanding of leadership systems, Ofsted and policy, including financial policy and budgets.  I contribute objectively to group discussion and can analyse and interpret complex data.    

Having lived in the area for 26 years, I have an understanding of the wider community in which the school serves and I seek to use this positively in order to fulfil the role of a Governor. 

Mr Kevin Hyde
(Co-opted governor)

I am an Assistant Manager at Harrington Hall Farms Ltd (Harrington Hall). The estate is owned by the Price family and extends to Sutterby (where I live), Brinkhill, Hagworthingham and a parcel of land at Greetham.

We grow mainly combinable crops including wheat, barley, oil seed rape, and run some cattle on the grassland around the estate.  I am responsible for running the farm on a day to day basis.  I also have the key responsibility of appointed person for Health and Safety and, with the rest of the staff, have regular First aid training updates.  I also have ICT training for a variety of ‘Precision Farming’ software and hardware that is becoming prevalent in the efficient, cost effective, and environmentally responsible production of our food in the 21st century.

My children, when younger, were pupils at the school and I became a parent Governor early in their tenure at Tetford.  I have been involved with various projects in that time, often on a practical level as a Governor and also through the PSFA.  When the children had both moved on I was keen to continue and am now a Co-opted Governor.

Mrs Tracy Lynam
(Staff Governor)

I was extremely fortunate to be appointed by Andrew Hyde in 1995 and still know how lucky I am to work in such a fantastic community.   Throughout these years I have seen many changes: the building, the curriculum/ assessment, some of the workforce and obviously the families.  The stability of being in one place for so long has meant that we have all been able to work collaboratively on a daily basis and strive to continually improve our school for the benefit of all the children in our care.  We, ourselves, continue to improve our own skills and knowledge to keep up-to-date with current initiatives, all of which is then passed onto both children and parents alike in order that all the children continue to be excited and stimulated in their learning.

I have been a staff representative on the Governing Body once before and know first hand how hard all the Governors work and how much of their time they give to our school, attending meetings, visiting the school to see what happens on a daily basis and writing / reading reports and policies.  I hope the qualities I have, from both my previous employment in industry and now as Year 5/6 teacher and KS2 Lead, will enhance and support the work already being done on the Governing Body.

Mrs Caroline Lee
(Co-opted governor)

I joined the Edward Richardson Primary School in 2000 as a parent helper, and have had two children that progressed happily through the school. I was employed by the school as a one to one Teaching Assistant in 2003 and have since become Lead Teaching Assistant and Midday Controller.

With the help of the school I have taken a course in Childhood Counselling and am also one of the school's qualified First Aiders.

I have accompanied the school on many occasions for days out and of course the very popular school residential trip (which I will be accompanying for my thirteenth time in 2016). I believe that I bring positivity and stability to assist the children’s learning which is also enriched by the fantastic staff at school.

I am immensely proud to say I work at Edward Richardson Primary School and will continue to support and help the young lives there.

Mrs Joann Wilmshurst
(Parent Governor)

I am a parent of a child in Year 2.  When thinking about what to write in this personal statement, I decided to include the qualifications I have gained or indeed my career path prior to having my child. However, I felt that was rather irrelevant as the qualifications I feel are relevant are:

1. Being a parent;
2. Having a strong desire to support an already successful learning establishment.

Over the three years since Rosemary started school, I have visited to hear the children read, accompanied school trips and within the last year joined the PSFA.

I currently work as a Clerk to the Governing Body at a local primary school, so therefore have a full perspective on the workings of a governing body and more importantly the role of a parent governor.

aim to be a very visible and approachable governor.

Mrs Beth Duncan
(Parent governor)

I am applied to become a parent Governor as a mum of a child in Year 2. I have the time, energy and enthusiasm to devote to The Edward Richardson School to maintain its already high standards and strive to help make improvements wherever possible. Having worked with children for much of my adult life, I have interests in arts and crafts, gardening and I am passionate about reading.

I enjoy utilising some of my experience and hobbies within the school. I have also accompanied classes on school trips, always a brilliant day out! I help out on the PSFA to arrange some of the fantastic fundraisers for the children and for the benefit of the school. I understand the requirements and responsibilities of becoming a Parent Governor and believe I am approachable and accessible to all parents and guardians. It is a privilege to work more closely with the school and all the extraordinarily hard-working staff.

Mrs Phae Bryant
(Co-opted governor)

I am a parent of a child who left the school in July 2017 after seven happy years.  I was an active member of the PSFA throughout this time and was Chair for three years.  My background is in property marketing and advertising, and I have lived in the area since 2003.  I am delighted to have been co-opted onto the Board of Governors and am keen to be involved in helping to drive the school forward in what are often challenging times.