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Welcome to our Governing Body


Here at Westcliffe and Priory Lane Federation, we are very proud to work with and to be a part of such creative and outward looking schools. As members of the Governing Body we see the effort and hard work that goes into making our schools so successful, and it is our role to support and challenge the schools to do even better.


We can be contacted by email via either school’s admin email address or writing to us at the school address.


What do we do?


The Governing Body, together with the Interim Head Teachers, staff and Local Authority, is responsible for the schools.


We provide the strategic direction for the schools and provide support and challenge to the Interim  Headteachers. We hold the schools to account for the standards they achieve and ensure that all the resources (including the school budgets and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all the children in our schools and provide value for money.


The Governing Body appoints the Headteachers and delegates to the Headteachers the responsibility of the day to day running of the schools. Individual governors have no power as such, and we cannot speak or act on behalf of the Governing Board – any decisions are made by the Board as a whole.


At the Priory Lane and Westcliffe Federation we have three formal meetings of the full governing body every year, one each term. Governors work together in smaller groups throughout the year, dealing with particular responsibilities through committees and sub-committees on behalf of the full governing body. The committees usually meet once or twice a term, depending on the areas they cover. A key part of our monitoring role is carried out on one full day each term when Governors spend the whole day in school meeting with pupils and staff prior to the termly governor meeting.


Who are we?


The Governing Body is made up of four groups who represent the 'stakeholders' of the schools – the staff, the parents, the community and the Local Authority. At  the Priory Lane and Westcliffe Federation we have a diverse and challenging board of governors. We come from a wide range of backgrounds, who bring a wide range of skills, experience and perspectives to the governing body. The next tabs include a short biography of current members of the Governing Body.


Statutory Information


We are required to summarise various details relating to the governors for the last academic year. See below for details of committees and the Governor's register of interest.


Our Governing Body


 In this section list all the Governors and their areas of responsibility

Also include membership of committees


Governor Type


School / Curriculum Area link


Cheryl Alderson

Federation Business Manager


Ian Berridge

Vice Chair

Sports’ Premium

Resources Committee

PM Committee


George Freeman

Medical Needs

PM Committee

Resources Committee


Richard Lawton



Kerry Lyon



Amy Parrott

Priory Lane

Resources Committee


Rob Prestwood


Resources Committee


Jackie Rae


PM Committee

Resources Committee


Jo Rosie



Resources Committee


Sarah Tandy


Mental Health

Childhood Resilience

Resources Committee


Mel Troop

Deputy Headteacher Westcliffe



Responsible for:

Monitored through:


Resources Committee


Calendared meetings.  Agenda.  Full Governors.

Chair: Ian Berridge

Improvements Committee


Calendared meetings.  Agenda.  Full Governors.

Chair:  Jackie Rae/Jo Rosie



Register of interest needs to be attached, and details of attendance at committees


The Different Types of Governors


Chair & Vice Chair of Governors
The Governing Body is led by the Chair, who is elected by the Governing Body. The Chair must not work at the school.  The Chair is supported in their role by the Vice Chair(s) who may be delegated certain tasks and responsibilities.


Elected Parent Governors
A Parent Governor believes that parents should have a say in matters affecting their children’s education. A Parent Governor holds a unique position of having a parental viewpoint. Through the children they will have first hand experience of the curriculum and how the school is perceived from the consumers’ point of view. They will be able to bring this perspective to the strategic management of the school. A Parent Governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents. A Parent Governor does not have to vote in a particular way because they have been pressed to do so by parents. Objectivity, however, is essential. They are not there to promote the interests of their own children but all children. Parent Governors are elected by other parents and it is important to establish a rapport with the parental body that elected them, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance.


Elected Staff Governors
A staff governor represents and is elected by the staff in the school; they have equal status in the responsibility they share with all members of the governing body (with some exceptions). They are representative of staff and, therefore, have a responsibility to communicate their views to the governing body as far as they are able and to keep staff informed as far as possible. They are not, however, a delegate obliged to seek voting instructions on every item on the agenda and to vote in accordance with the views of some or all of the staff team.


Local Authority Governors
Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.  A Local Authority Governor should be someone who is able and willing to work as members of the full governing body team to secure the best possible education for children at the school and in the community.


Co-opted Governors
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effectiveness governance and success of the school.


Associate Members
Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee.  They may also attend full governing body meetings.  They are not governors and do not therefore have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.

Associate members are appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school which can help the governing body to respond to any particular challenges they may be facing.


Pen picture of Governors


Ian Berridge


I originally attended both Priory Lane Infants and Priory Lane Juniors as a pupil a long time ago when they were not only two separate schools but also had Milk Monitors.


When my children started school at Westcliffe Primary I was interested in getting involved and helping out, I joined the governing body in 2008, becoming Chair of Governors in 2012. During my time as Chair I oversaw the opening of the new Westcliffe school building and the federation of Westcliffe Primary with Priory Lane Community School, in 2018 I took a step back due to work commitments, but still remain fully committed to the Federation and doing the very best we can for our children within both schools.


During the day I work as an Implementation Manager overseeing a nationwide team of consultants and project managers implementing software throughout the motor trade. Where I have recently qualified as a mental health first aider.


During my spare time I am a keen Tri-athlete, when not training I enjoy walking with our dog and watching Speedway.


George Freeman


I’ve been a Governor for about 9 years.  I have an allotment on which I keep bees for the honey.  I have one grandson and two granddaughters who have attended Westcliffe Primary school and another granddaughter who is currently in Year3/4 at the school.  I am the Medical Needs Governor and I sit on the Resources Committee.

I very much enjoyed working with Priory Lane Community School on the garden project and am very proud of what we achieved.


Richard Lawton


I joined the Governing Body of the Westcliffe and Priory Lane Federation in 2017 as a co-opted governor committed to bringing my experience and enthusiasm across education to the federation.


I have lived and worked in Scunthorpe for 14 years in a variety of education roles namely as a teacher and middle leader in further education and currently teaching in a local secondary school. My passion is for education and I believe primary school in particular plays a crucial role in developing the experiences, skills and values of children as they develop and grow - with primary schools ideally placed to raise aspirations from a young age.


When not thinking about the pupils at my own school and the children at Westcliffe and PLCS my time is for my own kids – we love days out, history and heritage, reading, riding, playing and simply chilling!


I have thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the Federation over the last few years and hope to continue alongside the very strong team of excellent Governors and staff at both schools.


Kerry Lyon


I have been teaching at Westcliffe for 13 years. In 2015 I began working across the Federation and now divide my time across both settings. In my role as Federation Early Years Leader I oversee the learning and teaching in Nursery and Reception. During my career I have been a moderator for the Local Authority, completed my National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and I am a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE). I am also currently completing my Masters degree in Early Years Education at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) in Birmingham.

I have been a staff governor since 2010. During this time I have worked alongside my colleagues, bringing a staff viewpoint and perspective to discussion and debate.


Amy Parrott


I began my teaching career at Westcliffe Primary School and was appointed a senior leader when Westcliffe and Priory Lane federated in 2015. During this time, I have gained vital experience at both schools, really getting to know each school and its community. As Headteacher of Priory Lane Community School, it is my vision is to lead a school which equips its children to become happy, confident, resilient individuals with the skills, ability and interest to tackle any new situation. Each and every child should get the opportunity of a quality education and be able to achieve all they are capable of.  I am relentless in my pursuit of making this a reality.

At home, I live with my two young daughters and husband. I enjoy gardening and trying out new recipes with the help of my children using our garden’s crops. At every opportunity, we relish being outdoors, usually jumping in muddy puddles or taking walks on the beach. When it’s too cold to be outside, I enjoy reading or tackling jigsaws together.


Rob Prestwood


I joined Westcliffe Primary School in 2012 as a classroom teacher, having spent the previous 11 years teaching children in North Lincolnshire and Hull.

I am happily married with 2 grown-up children of my own and 2 grown-up step children. Outside school, I love sport - particularly football and rugby league – I am an avid fan of Tottenham Hotspur and Hull Kingston Rovers. I also love going on long walks with my wife and generally being outside. I used to do a lot of running and have run 3 marathons and many half marathons before but now I have the perfect excuse that being a headteacher keeps me far too busy to keep that up.

Being headteacher at Westcliffe Primary means the world to me as I feel that the school and its community is in my blood. I am fully committed to ensure my staff continue to work hard to ensure every child has the opportunity to experience learning that will equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in where life takes them.


Jackie Rae

I joined the Governing Body of the Westcliffe and Priory Lane Federation in June 2020 as a co-opted governor and I was immediately appointed as Co - Chair.

I have been School Governor since 2007 at Brigg Primary School where both my children went to school and have held a number of roles here and have been chair since 2014.

Since taking early retirement in 2018 from KPMG where I was an audit manager working with a number of  public sector organisations in the North of England focussing on external audit and financial governance I have found I had more time to spend on a variety of voluntary roles and wanted  to make use of all the knowledge I had built up over the years help other schools in a governor role.

I am interested in all aspects of school life and ensuring that school provides a safe, supportive, and challenging experience for all our children and prepare them for their future.

I also volunteer with Healthwatch North Lincolnshire. I enjoy gardening and knitting, making many items for my grownup children and charity.


Jo Rosie


My two young children attend Priory Lane Community School.  Early in 2020, I was elected as Parent Governor, and was appointed as Co-Chair in June 2020.  It is important to me to be involved in the schools in our local community.  I was born in Scunthorpe and attended local schools before gaining my professional qualifications in the North West and Sheffield.

As a teacher I have spent twenty years working in the secondary sector and am currently Assistant Headteacher at a local secondary school, where my responsibilities include Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding.  I recently completed my National Award:  Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Bishop Grosseteste University.

Schools are wonderful places and they provide so many possibilities for our children.  I believe every child has the right to the best education.  Education must help children to do their best and to enjoy learning, ensure children are safe and cared for, promote strong values and be ambitious for children’s futures.

I love spending time with my family, enjoying days and meals out, baking, crafting and reading together.  My two boys especially enjoy adventures where they can get as muddy as possible!

I am looking forward to working with staff, children and parents to help the Federation go from strength to strength


Sarah Tandy


I have two daughters- one of which attends Priory Lane Community School and the other who attends North Lindsey College. 


I lead the fundraising group at Priory Lane - The Priory Lane Money Bees. As a group of parents, we organise various events, which raise money for the school to purchase equipment to benefit the children and staff of Priory Lane. Our most recent fundraising efforts have enabled to school to purchase a defibrillator to be used should there be a medical emergency. 


I have worked at Scunthorpe General Hospital since 2002. My current department specialises in delivering same day emergency care. 

I was elected a co-opted Governor in early 2019 and thoroughly enjoy my role on the Governing Body. 


As part of my role, I focus on special educational needs and disabilities and also oversee the website for the Federation, ensuring that statutory requirements are met and that all information is kept up to date. 

Being involved with the schools in my community is very important to me and being a part of the team, which alongside staff, parents and children ensures the continued development and improvement of the federation is very rewarding. 


In my spare time, I also volunteer with the running of a local drama group for children aged 7-17. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family. 


Carrieanne Pitois


I am a relatively new member of the governing body, having joined as a co-opted governor in September 2020, keen to share my experience and expertise as a primary school teacher, as well as support the fantastic practice which takes place across the federation.


Like others on the governing body, I have lived and worked in Scunthorpe all my life, having gained significant experience as a Year 6 teacher and English subject leader in a local primary school. I am passionate about education and ensuring that pupils have the confidence, motivation and resilience to achieve whatever they set out to. I am interested in all areas of school life, but have a particular passion for reading; promoting a love of books and reading for pleasure is something which I am keen to support across the federation.

In my spare time, I am a keen horse rider and love nothing more than a long ride out into the countryside.


Jo Rosie and Jackie Rae

Co-Chair of Governors