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'A Good school', 'warm and encouraging' with 'strong relationships between pupils of all ages'. Lessons are 'precisely matched to pupils' learning needs'.Ofsted 2015


Early years provision for children aged 3 upwards.


Small class sizes.


10 minutes from Malton.


Multi use games area and mountain bikes.

 We are now a Forest School



The Structure of the Governing Body.


Full Governing Body Minutes 24th May 2017



The Governing Body at Leavening School as of March 2017 is as follows:

Headteacher -   Mrs Sian Mitchell 

I have been headteacher at Leavening since September 2012. This was my first headship and I was adamant that I wanted to start this vocation in a small school where I had a flexible teaching role so I could lead by example and instil a culture of 'teaching with passion' throughout the school! Every day brings a new challenge that I embrace and I feel very fortunate to be headteacher of such a thriving school. My spare time is spent running around after my toddler who was born in 2015.

Joint Vice Chair of Governors - Dr Neil Audsley

 I have been Chair of Governors for 12 years now and a member of the Governing Body for even longer. My two teenage sons attended Leavening School.



Staff Governor - Mrs Anoushka Farnhill

I have been a staff governor since 2014. I represent the staff team in this role.


Co opted Governor - Mr Peter Whittell

A retired national newspaper journalist, living in Birdsall.  Two of his grandchildren were educated at Leavening school. A founder member of Leavening Community Sport, the body set up by governors to create the school MUGA.

Co opted Governor - Mrs Lindsay Harrison

I have been a governor for two and a half years.  At present, I sit on the finance committee.  I currently work in adult education teaching English to GCSE. 30 years ago my own children enjoyed the benefits of a small village school education.  That school was threatened with closure but the parents fought to keep it open and I am keen to see Leavening school continue to thrive.

 Co opted Governor - Mrs Anna Rose-Adams

I am Anna Rose-Adams, a mother of three children at the school. I am the link governor for both Early Years and Special Educational needs. I joined the governing body in June 2016.

LA Governor -  Mr David Sharpe

I have been a Local Authority governor at Leavening School for 10 years. For the current year, I am a member of the Tracking and Head teacher's Performance Management committees.

 Parent Governor -  Mrs Juliette Stone

 I have been a parent governor for almost three years now.  I have found it a very rewarding and valuable experience.  It is a pleasure to be a part of this vibrant and successful primary school.  I am currently on the Curriculum and Tracking Committee. I work in an Architects Practice in Malton.


Parent Governor - Mrs Rebecca England

I'm a Mum of 4 children and have been a Parent Governor for 2 years and I'm also Maths Link Governor. I'm a qualified Primary School Teacher.


 Chair of Governors - Mr  Alan Ockenden

 With two children at Leavening school I joined the Governing Body in Feb 2016 as a parent governor, I currently sit on the Finance and Health & Safety sub committees as well as being the Safeguarding link governor. 

My family and I moved to North Yorkshire in late 2014, one of the main influencing factors for choosing Leavening was this school. I am therefore very keen to see this school continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment so pupils can flourish and reach their full potential.

I have spent most of my working life within the forestry/arboricultural industry with the majority with the Forestry Commission in operational roles, as a result I have a clear understanding of Health & Safety issues especially as I manage the day to day Health & Safety for a geographically dispersed team of 14 people.


Parent Governor - Mr James Robinson

I have been a parent governor for 2 years and have 3 children at the school.
I live in Norton. At work I am a barrister based in York