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DIARY DATES

Thursday 13th December @ 13:30-15:00 - Starfish Explorers Stay and Play Session

Friday 14th December - KS2 Carols in the Hall @ 14:30

Friday 14th December @ 15:30 - Christmas Fundraiser

Friday 14th December - Non Uniform (Christmas Jumper Day)

Tuesday 18th December @ 14:00 - Christingle Service 

Thursday 20th December - School Pantomime Trip

Thursday 20th December - Christmas dinner day 

Friday 21st December - School Closes

Tuesday 8th January - School Opens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES 

If your child is due to start in Reception class from September 2019, please see the letter here regarding your application.

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Due to our large pupil numbers and the impact on health & safety, we are unable to invite parents / grandparents to our Christingle this year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Governors

 

Mrs R Rawson

Chair of Governors

 Hello my name is Rebecca Rawson and I am currently the Chair of Governors at our school.  I am now in my fourth year of being a governor here.  I am a solicitor and presently I am working in-house as Senior Legal Counsel at Royal Bank of Scotland.  I have 3 children.  Two of them are attending our school (in Starfish and Lions classes) and the other has now moved on to secondary but did go all the way through our school.  Like many of the staff at our school, I have enjoyed quite a bit of travelling.  New Zealand, Canada and Japan are some of my favourite places.  

Being a governor can be quite hard work as there is a lot of information and data to get to grips with and educational requirements are constantly changing which, unless you work in education, can be challenging to understand, especially when you are fitting this voluntary work in around your own family and career.  It is a really rewarding role, though, being able to be part of making a difference to the achievements and progress of all the children in our school that I enjoy.  I’m very enthusiastic about our team of governors and what we all do and very happy to talk to anyone who would like to know any more about it for any reason.

 

Mr R Mason

I am a parent governor and happy to help with any of your questions.  My wife and I have two children currently in KS1 and KS2 so we have a vested interest in the school.  My background is in accounting and management, but for the past 16 years I’ve ran and grown my own start-up business in the automotive aftermarket.  My hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding and rugby coaching and I believe sport is very important for children.

 

 

Mr T Jones 

I have been a governor here since 2013 and I am really enjoying the role. I am currently the lead governor for Health & Safety at school and I work closely with my governor colleagues and the Headteacher to ensure school is a safe and healthy environment for everyone. I have been an operational Firefighter for 21 years and have supported school with fire related topics since my daughter started at Kirk Smeaton in 2013. I enjoy a number of activities outside of my work and governor responsibilities including Cross fit, archery, playing piano (quite badly actually) and of course spending time in our fantastic village. I am always available for questions about school and my governing role so please don’t hesitate to ask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr C Stone 

 

Conor is one of the governors of Kirk Smeaton primary school. He is also a teacher at Pontefract New College, a local A-level college. As such he is able to bring some of his experiences and expertise to his position as a governor. This can be useful when considering the progress and achievement of the children at Kirk Smeaton.

Conor is an outstanding practitioner of A-Level chemistry as graded by Ofsted on three separate occasions and in numerous internal observations. He has over 15 years of teaching within the post-16 sector. He has led the chemistry department at New College for 6 years and has been the STEM Coach and was one of the Senior Managers which saw the college gain Outstanding status in 2014. Before taking up post at New College he worked for 5 years with the Principal Examiner at Cadbury College and he has a detailed and intuitive knowledge of chemistry. Conor is also a Subject Leader in Education and was awarded this in 2015. Alongside his work at Pontefract New College he works with Hodder Education in raising standards of teaching and learning of teachers across the country.

Mr A Robertson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs C Cessford

I am a retired Head Teacher, having taught for 34 years in small, rural C. of E. Primary schools in Nottinghamshire. I have also been a churchwarden for many years before moving to K. S. five years ago and am now a churchwarden here. My hobbies include knitting, embroidery, walking, cycling and travelling. I am Granny to three children, who also live in the village. I regularly help at school and when I have spare time I love to read. I really enjoy village life and being a part of the community. 

 

 

 

 

Mrs A Carville

My name is Anne Carville, and I have lived in the village for 26 years. Both of my children went to Kirk Smeaton School, and when Rebecca started in 1990 there were only 2 classes with a total of 36 children. I have seen many changes and improvements to school.I also worked at the school from 1994 for 15 years as a TA/HLTA, mainly in KS1. Before having children I worked for Natwest bank for 10 years, so I have a varied range of skills / knowledge to offer as a governor. I am involved with many things in the village including book club, church lunches, over 65's Christmas party, and knitting group. Since leaving school I spend my time travelling, gardening, crafting and spending time with my husband and dog.

 

 

 

Mrs L Thornley 

I have been a parent governor since 2014 and I am currently Vice Chair. My professional background is in public relations, communications and marketing and I have worked for a number of different organisations including being associate director of communications with Yorkshire Ambulance Service. As well as taking a special interest in literacy in school, I currently use my professional skills to write and design the Governor newsletter!
 
I have three children in different classes and became a governor as, through my children, I have a vested interested in helping the school to be the best it can be and I thought my experience could help. When I am not working, being a governor or being a mum (which doesn’t leave much time!) I am an avid reader.