Valley View Community Primary School

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Meet the Governors

We currently have 12 governors on the school’s Governing Body. They are:

Mrs Sarah Griggs - Headteacher
Appointed - 11th November 2006

Term of office - 11th November 2016 to date

Mrs S Griggs

I have been a headteacher since 2006. In that time the school has grown from a smaller than average 4-11 school to a large primary school with a nursery. As a small school with a small leadership team initially, there was a need for me to rapidly develop the needs of every aspect of school life. Now as a larger and expanding school there is an ever changing need for new skill sets and an increasing amount of HR and personnel matters.




Mrs Judith Monaghan - LEA Governor (Chair)
Appointed - 17th May 2010

Appointed by Leeds Local Authority

Term of office:  17th May 2010 to date

Mrs J Monaghan

I have been the Chair of Governors at Valley View since 2010.  Throughout this time I have enjoyed watching the school grow and develop into the thriving, successful school it is today.  One of my children attended Valley View many years ago therefore I have first hand experience of what it is like to be a parent of a child at this school.

I am particularly proud of the school's sporting achievements in recent years.  Sport plays a big part in my family life and I was delighted when I found out that the School had won the Leeds Platinum Award in 2017.  This shows how the school values sport and promotes the enjoyment of sport for all pupils and families.

I currently work for the government's department of Work and Pensions and have done so for many years.

(Mrs Monaghan is the named Governor for Child Protection.)


Mr Phil Richards - Staff Governor     
Appointed - 4th March 2015

Appointed by the Staff of Valley View School

Term of office - 4th March 2015-April 2019

Stepped down April 2019

Mr P Richards

I am a staff governor and the school site manager and have come from a building background with buildings/site management training. I am on the resources sub committee and have a lot of input with the buildings development and health and safety.






Mrs Kathryn Heaton - Parent Governor 
Appointed - 15th June 2014

Appointed by Valley View Parents (vote)

Term of office - 15th June 2014 to date

Mrs K Heaton

I have knowledge, skills and experience of working with children, schools, families and wider agencies to support and develop children and young people. I am trained to a high level in safeguarding and often support others in the process. Experience in developing schemes of work and training for school staff in health and well-being, and supporting teachers, parents and others in talking to children about difficult topics. I have knowledge of current key themes, in relation to Ofsted and how schools can work to develop areas within health and wellbeing.

In addition to my employed role skills and experience, I have many other transferable skills including problem solving, ability to decision make, can challenge and support where needed. I worked and volunteered in the community and have a sound knowledge of the area, background, residents and community of the school. I have 3 children who all currently attend Valley View.

To date I have been part of resources sub and Expro, however I have recently moved from Expro to CAPS where I feel my knowledge of pupil support and safeguarding can be better utilised.

Mr James Miller - Parent Governor
Appointed - 20th January 2016

Appointed by Valley View Parents (vote)

Term of office - 20th January 2016 to date

Mr J Miller

I am the parent of Evan, Ellis and Ewan who all attend Valley View.

I have lived in Rodley for 8 years and I am an active member of the community often organising and getting involved with local events. I am a coach at a local football team and I am always dedicated to what I am involved with.

I am very impressed with Valley View and the atmosphere created by the staff and this, along with my desire to help, has inspired me to apply for the position of parent governor. 

I possess a number of skills required to become a school governor as well as a commitment to ensuring the best for our school and I am always keen to learn and develop.

I am currently a Regional Sales Director for a distribution company that supply interior building products to the construction industry. We supply large main contractors and subcontractors in the commercial and residential sectors with schools being a large part of this. This is a new role for me but prior to this role I was a Senior Branch Manager for 12 years, within the same company, with the total responsibility for the profitability and maximisation of ROCE within the branch. Managing a £19m budget, I was directly responsible for the dealing with complex and diverse managerial problems, which cover the full spectrum of managerial disciplines. Through my team of 35, I coordinated health and safety, sales, purchasing, finance, distribution, warehousing and staff costs in accordance with policies, principles and procedures established by the company.

Through my experience in my working career I have developed the ability to relate to a broad spectrum of individuals as well as being able to lead teams to achieve the best possible results.

I am committed to ensuring the school receives the best possible opportunities in the future.

I am flexible enough to be able to dedicate the required time needed to help in this position and I am sure that the skills I possess with translate to this extremely important team of people.


Mrs Jackie O'Toole - Co-opted Governor
Appointed - 4th March 2015

Appointed by the governing board

Term office 4th March 2015 to date

Mrs J O'Toole

I have been a Governor at Valley View for many years.

I previously worked within the service industry focusing on provision of  Facilities Management Services to both private and public sector clients. 

I've accrued many years of experience dealing both with procurement and negotiation of legally binding contracts with a keen focus on detailed financial information.  I now work part time within the banking industry so am very used to dealing with numbers!

I have held a management position with responsibilities including the recruitment, induction and on-going support of a team along with the requirement to discipline and (where necessary) dismiss staff.  In addition to people management, I had direct responsibility for budgeting, forecasting and ultimate control of finances. 

Having spent over twenty years working with large organisations, I have a clear understanding of regulatory requirements.

I am now the very proud mother of three children (2 of which are at Valley View).  I have a keen interest in special educational needs, particularly for those children on the Autistic Spectrum.

Mrs Amy Roome - Staff Governor
Appointed - 4th March 2015

Appointed by the Staff of Valley View School

Term of office - 4th March 2015 to date

Mrs A Roome

I qualified and worked as a training officer for many years – transferable skills include good communication, organisation, record keeping, data collection, analysis & evaluation. Aside customer service, data protection and resources management.

I ran my own business as a baby signing teacher which added financial reporting, health & safety and legal obligations.

I am mother of two children, one is currently attending this school, so am aware of parental concerns, needs and pride.

I have been a governor at this school for many years, attending all meetings of the governing body and of the resources sub-committee. As Health & Safety governor I have carried out inspections of the school. I have also been on the interview panel for many new appointments for various roles including teachers, teaching assistants and deputy head teacher.

Mrs Leslie Dawson - Co-opted Governor
Appointed - 4th March 2015

Appointed by the governing board

Term of office - 4th March 2015 to date

Mrs L Dawson

As a former police detective working in child abuse, vice and child protection I have extensive knowledge and experience of dealing with children and perpetrators of crime against children. 

I have been a day nursery and childcare provider for children from birth to 13 years, for the past 19 years. 

I have extensive knowledge of personnel and HR issues, finance and business management.  Have some knowledge of marketing and as a company we are going through a re-brand process which is increasing my knowledge and understanding particularly of ‘new’ types of marketing such as social media. 

I have experience of bidding processes and applications for funding.

I have good communication and interpersonal skills.  Not afraid to deal with conflict and happy to challenge. 

I have three sons myself who are now grown up and doing well, so have experience of their education and my expectations are that the children at Valley View will have the same quality of education that my sons had. 

Mrs Dawson is the named Governor for SEN

Mrs Blanche Champion - Co-opted Governor
Appointed - 4th March 2015

Appointed by the governing board

Term of office - 4th March 2015 to date

Mrs B Champion

A former manager for an international hotel company, I have since worked mainly in teaching, education management and training for over 25 years. In my management roles, I was responsible for the development of new initiatives, staff recruitment and training and communicating with the wider public.

I am a specialist English language and linguistics tutor with a great deal of experience in developing the communication and personal skills of both school children and adults seeking to advance their careers.

Recently, I have focused on delivering advanced communication courses to groups of senior civil servants, senior managers and teachers working in both the public and private sectors. I enable people to develop their ability to write accurate and concise English and to learn effective listening and verbal communication skills. Leeds is a culturally diverse city and I have taught many pupils whose first, or even second language, is not English.

I also work with a former government minister in a range of community and voluntary projects, especially for our local West Leeds Credit Union.

‘Valley View’ is an exciting, progressive and very well run school; I am very lucky to be involved as a governor in the development of such a thriving and positive community.


Mr Jonathan Mold - Co-opted Governor
Appointed - 1st September 2015

Appointed by the governing board

Term of office - 1st September 2015 to date

Mr J Mold

I am an experienced professional with a wide range of skills and experience of service delivery and performance management throughout the wider business community and within a variety of global contact centers in support of customer services.

I have excellent communication skills combined with ICT skills that include advanced Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes and various in-house software packages

I have created, delivered and deployed comprehensive business/operating plans for customer facing/inbound areas whilst providing balanced analysis and performance management support to assist the successful implementation of these plans and new initiatives.

The ability to understand and convert complex and diverse sales plans into robust and usable long to midterm forecasts on which complicated and binding working patterns were structured and implemented and communicate these plans in understandable formats to business leaders.

Education and Personal Development

Member of the Institute of Supervisory Managers [MISM]

Member if the Institute of Professional Development [IPD]

Advanced Excel, SAS and Microsoft Applications including Access DB, Power Point and Word

Dr Chris Ford - Co-opted Governor
Appointed - 4th March 2015

Appointed by the governing board

Term of office - 4th March 2015 to 4th March 2019

Stepped down 4th March 2019

Dr C Ford

Dr Ford is the named Governor for Pupil Premium.

I work as a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.  My role as governor at Valley View gives me the opportunity to share my skills in leading education for young people.








Mrs Joline Scott - Co-opted Governor

Appointed - October 2018

Term of office - October 2018-September 2019

I have worked in schools since 2002, mainly with Years 5 and 6.

The best thing about teaching is sharing in the children's successes and being a part of their learning journey. I love it when a child tries and tries to understand something and then, in a moment, has a sudden 'light-bulb moment'. These are, for me, the most special times.

I also love working collaboratively and am lucky that at Valley View we all work so well together as a team. I have many good memories, but think my fondest have been taking the children abroad. Not only have I had the opportunity to visit some places I have never been before, but I have shared in the delight of the children as they experience new places. 

A word I feel best describes me is 'Honest'. 


 Mrs J Scott


Mr Peter Riley - Co-opted Governor

Appointed - 9th October 2019

Term of office - 9th October 2019 to date

I became a governor at Valley View in October 2019.  I find the role of Governor extremely fulfilling, acting as a critical friend to the school whilst providing challenge, discussion and debate to support staff, parents and students to achieve the best possible outcomes in a safe and welcoming learning environment.

Prior to my role at Valley View I worked with Whitecote Primary School for 10 years. Initially as a Parent Governor and Vice Chair and for the last 8 years as Chair. As part of this role I undertook a strategic review of process, policies, staffing & outcomes. I am very proud of the work I did with Whitecote.

I live in Bramley and I am married with two sons, both of  whom attend Crawshaw Academy.  I have a Degree in Business Management and have worked in the recruitment sector for over 20 years, the last 4 years in Education recruitment in the role of Managing Director. My current role encompasses all areas of business management from sales, marketing andHR to business services and finance.

 I am safer recruitment and safeguarding trained.  My Business is also a “Child Friendly Leeds” ambassador.



Mrs Andrea Lindop - Co-opted Governor

Appointed - 9th October 2019

Term of office - 9th October 2019 to date

 I started working in schools in 2011 and have been a teacher at Valley View since 2015.

Everyday is different, which is always exciting and it keeps everyone on their toes. One of the best things about working in schools is definitely working with such dedicated staff and children. It is always such a pleasure to see children succeed and to watch their learning journeys throughout their years at school.

So many funny things happen daily that it would be so hard to choose just one moment. I guess that is what makes this job so special! But one of the best things I love about working in schools is giving children opportunities. For example, seeing children on school trips is always so wonderful and seeing the big, beaming smiles on their faces says it all really! 

A word to describe me is 'dedicated'.