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25th - Willow and Ash Classes visit to St Columba's Church, Topcliffe.

27th - FOTS AGM at School at 7.30pm.  New members welcome.

29th - Ash Class (Year 1 & 2 class) sharing in Collective Worship at 8.55am.



2nd - Year 3/4 Change4Life Festival at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College. 

6th - Willow Class (Year 1 & Reception class) sharing in Collective Worship at 8.55am.

Monday, 9th October - Glynn Fidgeon in school for Judo taster session.

10th - Year 5/6 Tag Rugby competition at Thirsk School & Sixth Form College.

13th - Music Assembly in Collective Worship at 8.55am.

17th - Year 1 - 6 visit to Leeds Art Gallery and Gurdwara, Leeds.

18th - Year 6 Bikeability at Alanbrooke School.

19th - Year 6 Bikeability at Alanbrooke School.

20th - Harvest Festival at St Columba's Church at 2pm.

30th - School opens for 2nd half of Autumn Term.



1st - KS2 Cross Country competition at Thirsk School & Sixth Form College.

6th - Year 5/6 Football competition at Thirsk School & Sixth Form College.

9th - Pupil individual school photographs.

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Welcome back to the new academic year. Maple Class (Year 6 Class) will be sharing in Collective Worship this Friday at 8.55am.

Janette Yates - Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors.

As an experienced Foundation Governor, I was invited to join the Governing Board. I served a term as Vice Chair, before being elected to serve as Chair in September 2014. I have a son in class 4 and a daughter in Secondary Education. I work part time as a corporate leadership skills facilitator, developing high performance teams in the business sector. My pre-children career included retail store management, area management, new store openings, recruitment and training. In my spare time I sing with The Yorkshire Decibelles and am a volunteer for Dementia Forward, where I assist with their Singing for the Brain sessions.

I have completed training in Safer Recruitment, PREVENT, Basic Child Protection and Chairing the Governing Board. I am dedicated to my role and along with my fellow governors, provide challenge and support in a strategic way to the head teacher. This year I am one of the focus governors for PHSE, Science and RS.

As a Foundation governor I ensure that the ethos of the school makes its Church connection visible and real, so that Christian values inform the life of the school and are everywhere apparent in the attitudes and relationships of governors, staff and pupils. I report to the PCC about the work of the school and encourage parishioners to support it prayerfully and financially. I take a particular interest in collective Worship and the relationship between the school and the parish it serves. I also present the Diocesan Board of Education’s views to the Governing Board.


Garry Key - Local Authority Governor 

A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Royal Military College of Science and Army School of Aviation (Pilot).  Extensive leadership, executive management and business development experience accrued from military command, national and international (NATO) operations staff tours, diverse commercial roles and public service domains including operations and project management

A former elected Member of Hambleton District Council and Councillor for Topcliffe Ward.  Member and Chairman of Topcliffe Parish Council since 1998. During tenure secured major funding from diverse organisations including County and District Councils, The Big Lottery, Awards for All, Yorventure and local businesses for improvements to local amenities and infrastructure namely £45k for play park equipment and facilities.  A local Authority (LA) appointed school governor as former chair of the property committee managed the £100k refurbishment of the school. Acquired commercial sponsorship for the school sports teams.  Garry is committed to the academic and physical education of our children and their pastoral care within a diverse, tolerant and inclusive environment.

Key Skills:

  • Team building and career management at middle/senior management.
  • International cultural and geographical awareness.
  • Analysis and organisation.
  • Programme and project management.
  • Financial acumen and budget management.
  • Technical understanding of complex platforms, systems and utilisation.
  • Strong communication skills; interpersonal, written, telephone.
  • Sound Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).


Tara Rose - Parent Governor & Vice-Chair

I live in Topcliffe and currently have one child in Topcliffe School, Marc in Class 3. I also have a daughter who is in her second term at Thirsk Secondary School after 7 happy and successful years at Topcliffe School.

I am a swimming teacher and aqua instructor at Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre and a Training Assessor for the Royal Life Saving Society. In addition I have a Level 3 in child workforce and development. For many years I worked in the travel industry.

My appointment as a parent governor started in July 2014. Currently I am the link governor for Early Years. I am also chair of The Friends of Topcliffe School which is a small group of parents/carers who work to support the school in any way they can.


The Rev'd Susanne Jukes - Foundation Governor

I have been Vicar of the parishes of Topcliffe, Baldersby with Dishforth, Dalton and Skipton on Swale since February 2014. As such, I have an ex-officio place as a Foundation Governor on each of the three governing bodies in the benefice: at Topcliffe, Baldersby and Dishforth Church of England Primary Schools.

I was ordained in 2001, having been a primary school teacher for twenty-odd years before that. Both prior to ordination and since, I have served on the governing bodies of a number of primary schools both in the West Midlands and in North Yorkshire - as teacher, parent and foundation governor.

The care and nurture of young children has been at the heart of my ministry as a parent, a teacher and a priest. It is a privilege to be able to serve with fellow governors in supporting the school in helping children to grow to their full potential, and, as part of that, to explore the meaning of faith for life today.


Amy Binks - Co-opted Governor

I was new to the Governing Board in July 2015, when I was co-opted through the governor recruitment process.

I am a chartered member of the CIPD (the professional body for HR and people development), with a BA (Hons) degree in Human Resource (HR) Management. Prior to starting a family, I worked as an HR Manager for a global automotive company, operating at a strategic and operational level within a heavily unionised environment. I aim to use my skills to strengthen the work of the Governing Board in achieving its objectives and vision for the school.

I have four children at the school, across three classes. I studied English Literature at A Level and I am the link governor for literacy. I have undertaken governor training and am already putting this training into practice. I am looking forward to working closely with the school.


Andrew Fyfe - Co-opted Governor

I am an experienced Senior Leader and currently Vice Principal at a large Academy in West Yorkshire, I joined the Governing Board in July 2015. I have worked in education for 16 years and have gained a wide experience of the education sector across the different phases. In particular I was a Vice Principal at a large all through Academy, and as a result gained a wealth of knowledge of the issues facing primary schools today.

As a senior leader in a vibrant and diverse school, I am aware of the importance of oversight and accountability. Topcliffe CE school is led by a determined and experienced leadership team and as a governor it is my role to ensure that they are supported whilst also being held to account. My knowledge of data and the changing education landscape will ensure that we are able to support the school on its journey forward.

I am a member of a number of educational organisations including Future Leaders, Headship Now, and Talented Leaders. All of these groups focus on tackling educational disadvantage in schools across the country. I have worked with a number of education providers over the years and been responsible for leading achievement, safeguarding, teaching and learning, pastoral care, staff development and appraisals.

I have 2 children in the school, and believe that the exciting lessons and support that the staff provide on a daily basis, has made them settle in very quickly. My children couldn’t be happier and are proud to be members of the school. I too am proud to be a member of the governing body. I am determined to ensure that my knowledge and expertise can be put to good use so that every one of the children we serve has the best start in their academic life.


Abigail Clay - Headteacher


Emily Shaw - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Topcliffe C of E for nearly 4 years and have loved every minute of it. I have taught in Years 3 and 4 and Years 1 and 2 since joining Topcliffe, and, prior to that I taught Years 5 and 6 in Northallerton. Alongside teaching Years 1 and 2, I am also senior teacher, maths subject leader, science subject leader and RE and SIAMs subject leader. I have recently undertaken senior leadership training and Child Protection training as I am the deputy designated person for Child Protection.  My thorough knowledge of the school will enable me to present the views, needs and opinions of all members of our school community to the governing body. 


Nicola Knowles - Parent Governor


Ian Kildin - Associate Member

I joined the Governing body in late 2015 as an Associate Member.  I have a daughter in Year 6 and my wife, Maureen, is a HLTA in the school. My son, Kory, is at Sowerby CP School.

I am also a governor at Sowerby CP School and have previously served elsewhere as a Chair of Governors.

I work in IT, having for many years been a consultant and engineer with IBM. I work a lot with businesses in website & database design and maintenance. Before that I was involved for a long time with the MoD (Army).

I enjoy history, graphics and video editing and have had great fun working with Reception Class and Class 2 creating videos for various topics including using a drone for aerial footage. I have also enjoyed on occasion talking in classes 3 and 4 about World War 1.


Alison Wilson - Associate Member

I joined the Governing body in July 2015 as an Associate Member.  I am a parent of two children in the school and live in the village of Dalton with my husband Andrew.

I am currently an Assistant Director at the Department of Education, where I have been working for the last 5 years. In my current role, I am involved in the oversight of academy schools in the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, and prior to this, held policy roles in school funding and changes to how children with special educational needs are supported. Prior to working at the Department, I worked for a Regional Development Agency.

I come from a family with very strong connections to both the teaching profession and Church life, and I am passionate about ensuring all children get the best possible start in life.

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