Meet Our Local Advisory Board
Lisa Rumford - Chair of Governors
I am currently a Vice Principal in a large 3 form entry Primary school. I have had 12 years of SENCO experience and have built 2 successful Designated specialist provisions for children with Autism and Physical disabilities. Blackgates shows a clear strength with SEND.
I lead on Attendance, Early Years and Curriculum design.
I am experienced in school improvement, analysis of data and keep up to date with key information relevant to my role in education, so this can be used to support in my governor role.
I would like to invest my expertise to help Blackgates staff and children in the best way that I can.
I am also a parent to twins in year 2 so I can support in the role of a parent too!
Zoe Davison - Parent Representative
I currently have 2 children at Blackgates Primary Academy and a child at Woodkirk Academy.
I believe that every child matters and deserves the chance to succeed and achieve their own individual abilities. I believe all children should receive equal opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment for them to thrive in.
I enjoy working alongside the Governors and Staff at Blackgates Primary Academy to ensure our children have the best Primary Education possible to prepare them for their next stage of life.
I am the chair of Blackgates Primary Academy PTFA, with a passion for supporting our school and local community.
I am usually around at the start and end of the school day if you have any questions or concerns.
Joanna Honour- Trustee Appointed Governor
I am committed to improving the outcomes for children across all abilities have a passion for the needs of children who may need additional help to flourish. Strong primary education is vital for academic ability, nurturing young minds and a conduit to help children find their passion to achieve their best. I am currently studying a postgraduate master’s degree in education, focusing on Autism in children, and I understand the constraints schools may face in terms of funding, resources and legal changes.
My background is a degree in Psychology with 20 years’ experience as a manager of people within a financial background, mainly stockbroking. This includes strategic business transformation, client experience, vendor relationships, cross site leadership, setting up new products within organisations including recruitment, rewards and employee experiences. Reviewing and negotiating budgets, closures of products where necessary, and adaptation to new technologies.
I hope to bring assistance from my working background and current post graduate studies to help Blackgates Primary Academy be the best it can be.
Glenys Fitzpatrick - Staff Governor
I am Glenys Fitzpatrick, Family Support Worker here at Blackgates Primary Academy. I started at Blackgates in September 2017.
Prior to working in school, I have a vast experience of working with children and families within Social Care, (I am a qualified Social Worker, although not registered and have no intentions of doing so) Education Welfare, Leeds CHAD (Children’s Health and Disabilities) Team and a Surestart Children’s Centre which was situated in a deprived area of Castleford.
I have been married to Kenny for almost forty years and have three children and four grandchildren. Two of my children have completed University. One has a degree in Performing Arts (and now teaches) and the other in Law (now works for a Legal/ Financial Company). My other son works as an Electrical Engineer on a SHELL Gas Platform out in the North Sea. He also studied for three years at Teeside University where he completed relevant qualifications (HND) to be able to undertake the job he now has.
I became a Staff Governor because I like to know how things work and why they work when they do, and equally what are the issues which prevent this from happening. This is particularly important now, when Staff in schools should feel that they are being supported in what is becoming more of a demanding job, where schools are expected to do so much more than educate children.
Every child, regardless of social, cultural, financial status and abilities should all have the same equal opportunities to be able to reach their own full potential in life. Schools are a major contribution to this aspiration, and, although it can be very demanding and difficult, it can also be very rewarding to be part of that journey.