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Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust is a unique and exciting partnership that was formed in 2018 by five primary schools that have a long and successful track record of collaborative working. Each with significant expertise in supporting schools.

Our Schools

Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust is a unique and exciting partnership that was formed in 2018 by five primary schools that have a long and successful track record of collaborative working. Each with significant expertise in supporting schools.

About our school

Governor Profiles

Kirsty Hird 

Headteacher  

I joined the governing body when I became the Headteacher at Castleton and Glaisdale schools in 2020. I am keen to work closely with Mrs Ward and the governing body to nurture and inspire our pupils and staff so that each school is recognised as a beacon of excellence within their community. Out of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, growing fruit and vegetables on our allotment and cooking the produce.

Richard Beadnall

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Numeracy

Working Parties: Standards & Curriculum

“As a Headteacher of a Primary School, I appreciate the importance of good Governance and the need for Governors to support schools as much as possible. I wanted to give something back to the school which has given my daughter an exceptional educational and social experience since she joined Castleton in 2018.  I have been a teacher for 17 years and am currently the Headteacher of a one-form-entry Primary School in Yarm, which also has a 26-place Nursery provision. Outside of education, I enjoy cycling, mine exploration and photography.”

Lou Margetts

Chair

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding, SEND/Pupil Premium, Attendance, Complaints

“In 2009 I started as a parent governor on the board at Castleton School and have since become a co-opted governor. During my time I have seen the school go through many changes. In my role as Chair, I am committed to seeing our governing body work hard as a team to support and challenge the leadership team and the staff to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of our children. For the last 25 years I’ve worked in retail in our own family business which specialises in music and instruments. Both of my daughters have attended Castleton school with my youngest still in KS2. I’ve always felt our three schools are very important parts of our village communities and have enjoyed volunteering to give something back.”

Ellen Sayer

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Literacy

Working Parties: Standards & Curriculum

“I have recently been appointed as a co-opted governor. I was keen to join the governing body as I have two children who attend Castleton school. I currently work as a Year 3 Lead in a large local primary school. I am looking forward to the opportunity to find out more about the MAT and to work with all three schools. I love being outside and am a huge fan of Forest School and strongly believe that learning should be full of fun.”

Jo Kevan

Co-Vice Chair

Parent Governor (Castleton)

Link Governor responsibilities: Literacy

Working Parties: Standards & Curriculum

"My daughter is the fourth generation of my family to attend Castleton Primary School so I have a vested interest in the development of the school and in its role within the local community. I studied Modern Foreign Languages (Japanese & German) at the University of Leeds and then lived and worked in London for over ten years before returning to Castleton in 2014. I currently work for a local marketing agency which specialises in marketing for the hospitality industry. In my spare time, I am actively involved in a number of community groups and organisations within the local area including the village cricket and tennis clubs, the village hall and the pre-school in Danby."

Dan Medcalf

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Health & Safety

Sub-committees: Finance

"I wanted to join the governing body to be involved in the development and education of the pupils in school and to support the schools in their growth and sustainability. I am an Offshore Shutdown and Construction Coordinator and have experience in project management and HR.  Two of my children are currently pupils in key stage 2 at Castleton. I am also a Trustee of the YEAT. Outside of governance, I enjoy walking, mountain biking, football and I run a junior football team.  I also spend a large amount of time ferrying my children around and watching them participate in various activities!"

Helen Ward

Headteacher

“I became a governor initially when I became the Headteacher at Lealholm in 2011 and I now sit on the amalgamated governing body of Castleton, Glaisdale and Lealholm schools.  My overall focus is always on how I can make a difference for the children in our schools and how they can be provided with the best possible education and prepared for life in the modern world. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, fitness classes, walking and reading.”

Sue Morgan

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Numeracy

Working Parties: Standards & Curriculum

“I feel strongly that we should, where possible, support our local communities and that as I have some experience of schools and education, I felt I should do what I could to support Lealholm School. I also feel that it will be increasingly difficult to maintain small schools and am keen to support and help the villages with having educational options into the future.  I am a retired secondary Headteacher with extensive experience of curriculum change and development in a local setting.  I am also very involved in the development of educational opportunities for those with SEND and am a Governor at Welburn Hall school.  I am interested in gardening, reading, keeping rare breed sheep and felting.”

Polly Findlay

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Attendance, PSHE, Appeals

Sub-committees: Finance

“I joined the governing body in 2010 as I wanted to play an active role in my local school knowing that my four children would be pupils there.  I was involved in the federation process between Castleton and Glaisdale schools.”

Amy Newton

Co-Vice Chair

Parent Governor (Lealholm)

Link Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding, PSHE

Sub-committees: Finance

“I am a proud mum to three girls, two of whom are pupils at Lealholm School. We love having family days out, exploring the coast and countryside around where we live. I enjoy reading and have a passion for performing arts. Currently I work for a university where my role is to encourage children of all ages to value their education and to champion further education. I aim to support the school as a parent governor in any way that I can.”

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