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The statutory functions of the Governing Body are to: 


  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.


The Structure of the Governing Body:


The full Governing Body (FGB) meets six times a year. In addition to this and in order to strengthen the financial running and position of the school, a separate Resources Committee was formed in November 2020. This resulted in a deeper understanding of the school budget and enabled more detailed and focused work to begin on much needed long term investment in IT infrastructure. It has provided more time to dedicate to reviewing contracts to ensure best value. 


Mrs Nikki Rowbottom, our Chair of Governors, chairs the Full Governing Body.

She can be contacted on


Mr Edward Fenning chairs the Resources Committee 


The Governing Body also has the following statutory committees: 

  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Staff Discipline Committee
  • Staff Discipline Appeals Committee and Complaints Panel.


The current Governing Board is comprised of 12 governors as follows:


a. 3 parent governors

b. 1 local authority governor

c. 1 staff governors

d. 1 headteacher

e. 6 co-opted governors


Meet Our Governors: 


Name: Nikki Rowbottom (Chair of Governors)

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 01/08/2022

Term of Office End Date: 31/07/2026


I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to stand as Chair of Governors. I have been a Co-opted Governor since January 2020 and have served as Chair of Resources Committee and also as Deputy Chair of Governors since my tenure began. I am also the proud mum of two children at ECPS. I live in Easingwold with my husband and children, having moved here 8 years ago and love the community feel of the town. 

I was invited to become a Governor on the strength of my professional experience in procurement and contract management. I am now a Consultant offering procurement and contract management solutions across the private sectors but also spent 12 years in the public sector so have a good deal of experience in managing budgets and contracts in this environment. I have helped ECPS replace their technology contracts and also as Chair of the Resources Committee, helped the Headteacher take difficult decisions on budgets, where to prioritise spending and reviewing plans for the future for affordability.

I am currently the Governor responsible for EYFS and love visiting the children and teachers and joining in their activities and watching them grow and develop through the school year. I'm very passionate about reading and believe that the knowledge gleaned from reading can inspire and engender many great things from all ages.

I strongly believe that children learn more effectively when they have fun and are engaged in a wide variety of interesting and exciting topics supported by real life examples. I want to continue to make our school an enjoyable experience for parents and carers and our children through giving access to opportunities we may not usually have access to, helping with the social issues of the day and providing a strong and lasting foundation for life. 




Name: Alison Cottrell

Type of Governor: Headteacher 

Term of Office Start Date: 01/01/2020      

Term of Office End Date: Permanent 


I have worked at Easingwold Primary School since September 2008. I have been a class teacher in KS2 and took on the role of Deputy Headteacher in September 2009. In September 2020 I became the Headteacher. I find my work as a Governor extremely rewarding as it provides a strategic direction for school improvement. The 'critical friend' aspect of the Governing Body ensures the work of the school is quality assured which I believe to be vital in driving standards up. I want the very best for all children in our school and the work of the Governors supports me in achieving this through target setting, data analysis, policy reviews and regular visits to school. 


Name: Andrew Neville-Smith

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office Start Date: 17/09/2019        

Term of Office End Date: 16/09/2023

Reappointed: 16/09/2023

Term of Office End Date: 15/09/2027


I started teaching at this school in 1974 and as such have seen many changes and served under a number of different head teachers. Although I am now retired, I still enjoy being involved with the children. I run a couple of clubs, organise the Open the Book assemblies once a fortnight and am involved with school trips when requested. I am particularly concerned with the well-being of both the staff and children and that the latter receive a well-rounded and enjoyable education. In my Governor role, I have recently been involved with the shortlisting and interviewing of a number of members of staff and have also been involved with the upgrading of the Key Stage 1 playground. 


Name: Antoinette Potter 

Type of Governor: Staff Governor 

Term of Office Start Date: 1/09/2020

Term of Office End Date: 1/9/2024


I was appointed as an upper KS2 teacher at Easingwold Community Primary School in September 2009. After my first year here, I became Mathematics Leader, which along with sport is my main teaching passion. I’ve led Mathematics for eleven years and look forward to doing so again from this September. I have predominantly taught in KS2 but have taught a mixed Year 1/2 class in recent years. I have been enjoying the role of Deputy Headteacher since 2020, where I lead on supporting our most vulnerable pupils through pupil premium funding, safeguarding and newly taking on the role of SENCo. I joined the Governing Body March 2020 and have relished the opportunity of contributing to the successful leadership and development of our wonderful school.


Name: Rebecca Cooper

Type of Governor: Parent Governor 

Term of Office Start Date: 29/1/2024

Term of Office End Date: 28/1/2028


I was delighted to have been appointed a Parent Governor at Easingwold Community Primary School in early 2020, and am excited to be able to contribute to an ambitious team who are committed to ensuring the school continues to progress and improve so that we can offer the very best experience to all of the pupils who attend. I have lived in Easingwold for most of my life and have happy memories of attending both the Primary and Secondary schools. I strongly believe that schools should be the heart of the community in which you live and this was a big part in my decision to send my own children here.


The first part of my day job, and the one that really keeps me on my toes, is being Mum to Oliver, 7, who will soon to be entering Year 3 and Freddie, 2, a pupil of the future. The second part is working in the Department for Education where I primarily focus on the academic and financial performance of further education colleges. It is a really interesting and fulfilling role and certainly brings a different perspective to how education works behind the scenes. Experience has shown me how important excellent leadership and strong governance is in any educational institution and I hope to ensure that this is what continues to be in place at ECPS.


Name: Edward Fenning

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 24/09/2021

Term of Office End Date: 24/09/2025


It is a privilege to serve as a Governor of Easingwold Primary school. I am the pastor of Hope Church Easingwold and I long to serve our local community. I loved my time at school and am keen to see that our children are able to enjoy and thrive in their education. I am married to Helen and have four children, three of whom are already in the school with one more set to join in the coming years, so I have a particular interest in the long term state of the school. I have eight years experience as a teacher of Mathematics in a senior school, and two years experience as treasurer of a charity. I am particularly passionate that education should be well-rounded and enjoyable. I have recently been appointed as Chair of the Resources Committee, having been a member since its inception. I look forward to continuing to support the school and the Governing Body in this role.


Name:Georgina Killip

Type of Governor: Parent Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 15/09/2022

Term of Office End Date: 15/09/2026


I'm really pleased to have become a Governor for Easingwold Primary in September 2022. For me, I wanted to be more involved and offer any help that my experience in education might be. I have a daughter, Imogen, who is currently in Year 2 and it is always lovely to see her and her classmates on my visits to the school. I have worked in secondary education since 2009 where I have had a variety of different positions both in pastoral care and teaching. Currently I teach secondary English at GSAL and in my Governor's role at ECPS I have taken the lead on monitoring the work done on Early Reading and school policies. I have really enjoyed my involvement as a Governor, and I look forward to continuing to see the school thrive.


Name: Kirsteen Parkes

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 06/10/2022

Term of Office End Date: 05/10/2026


I was delighted to be voted in as Co-opted Governor at Easingwold Community Primary School in October 2022, the month after my eldest Heidi started there. Her little brother Jack will be joining in September 2024. In addition to me being a mum to Heidi and Jack, I work in Financial Services, having held roles in Administration, Paraplanning and as a Financial Adviser. I am also on the Resources Committee, transferring my Financial Services experience and knowledge. 


It is important to me to give something back to the community, assessing the building blocks the school embeds to help our children excel to have the best possible future, supporting them wherever possible. 


Name:Stephanie Young

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 06/10/2022

Term of Office End Date: 05/10/2026


I started working at ECPS in May 2022 and felt at home from the moment I walked in. I joined the Governing Body on the SEN/PP and behaviour and attitudes sub committee where I am hoping I can share ideas, bring the ideas and views of the children to the table and to help support the provision for the SEN/PP pupils. It is wonderful to be part of a school at the heart of such a lovely community. 


Name:Rosie Sharpe 

Type of Governor: Local Authority Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 06/12/22

Term of Office End Date: 05/12/2026


I am very pleased to have been appointed LA governor for Easingwold Community Primary School.

I started teaching in 1976, working as an English teacher in schools in Salford, Leeds and York. I retired five years ago but ‘went back’  last year for six months to help out in times of staff shortages. I have three granddaughters at the school; another starting in September. I spend quite a bit of time in the car park chatting to parents when doing school pick-ups. I have joined a couple of really enjoyable school trips as well.  I care deeply about the quality of education that young children receive, and I want them to enjoy their school experience and grow from it.


Name:Rebecca Floyd

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 06/12/22

Term of Office End Date: 05/12/2026


Name:Bethany-Rose Cadell

Type of Governor: Parent Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 29/01/2024

Term of Office End Date: 28/01/2028



To support the effective monitoring of the school's work and impact, link governors have been established. They meet with leaders in school to see first hand, how the work we are doing is making a difference to the children who come to Easingwold Primary School. 


Governor Link Roles: 


Safeguarding and Health and Safety: Rosie Sharpe

SENCO/PP/Vulnerable Children: Rebecca Cooper, Toni Potter 

Early Years: Nikki Rowbottom

Risk Management of Residential Visits: Rosie Sharpe 

Headteacher Performance Management and Wellbeing: Nikki Rowbottom/Rebecca Cooper 

Leadership and Management: Nikki Rowbottom

Quality of Education: Rebecca Cooper, Kirsteen Parkes, Becca Floyd, Georgina Killip, Stephanie Young

Personal Development: Andrew Neville

Behaviour and Attitudes: Edward Fenning


Meeting Dates 2023/24:

FGB meetings (6)
Tuesday 3 October 2023 at 6pm
Tue 5 December 2023 at 6pm
Tue 6 February 2024 at 6pm
Tuesday 19 March 2024 at 6pm
Tuesday 14 May 2024 
Monday 8 July 2024 at 6pm


Resources Committees (virtual meetings) (5)
Monday 25 September 2023 at 6pm
Monday 27 November 2023 at 6pm
Monday 11 March 2024 at 6pm
Tuesday 7 May 2024 at 6pm - Outturn and Start Budget
Monday 1 July 2024 at 6pm

Governance Annual Statement:

Register of Business Interests: 


It is important that governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered. To help put this duty into practice, a governing body is required to establish and maintain a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all governors and the headteacher, any business interests. This should include, if appropriate, the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school. They should include their own interest and those of any member of their immediate family (including partners) or other individuals known to them who may exert influence. The register sheet should be signed by the governor. The register will enable governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make. See our register below.




Governors' Written Statement of Behaviour Principles. 


Under the Education and Inspections Act, 2006, the Governing Body is charged with the duty to set the framework of the school’s policy by providing a written statement of general principles relating to behaviour and discipline, taking into account the needs of all pupils. The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the Headteacher in drawing up the behaviour policy by stating the principles which Governors expect to be followed. The policy aims to underpin the Governors’ duty of care to pupils and employees; promoting teaching and learning and high standards of attainment and preserve the reputation of the school. The statement is available upon request from the school and can be viewed by opening the PDF document below. This statement will be reviewed on a three yearly basis, unless changes at national or local level necessitate an exceptional review. This statement is informed by our mission statement, core values and vision.