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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

Jo Kevan

Chair

Parent Governor 

Link Governor responsibilities: Training and development, Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity, member of the Finance Committee

"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."

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.

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.”

Richard Beadnall

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding and EYFS

“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.”

Ellen Sayer

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: English and Maths

“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 love being outside and am a huge fan of Forest School and strongly believe that learning should be full of fun.”

Dan Medcalf

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor responsibilities: Health & Safety, member of the Finance Committee

"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!"

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