Lee Whitworth-Chair of Governors
I moved to Catterick in 1994 whilst servicing with the Corps of Army Music and have lived here since, changing cap badge every time the Army reorganised the Military bands within the Garrison. On leaving the Army in July 2015 I started up my own company, training people in First Aid, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and other Compliance Subjects. I've been a Governor at Wavell Community Infants and Nursery School Since October 2013 and I have taken over as Chair in September 2016 after my predecessor moved due to Military posting.
Both my Girls have attended Wavell and I remained on the Governing body after, so I could give a little back to this amazing school.
I am married to Alison who teaches at another school in North Yorkshire, so I fully understand the work and commitment that teachers and other school staff put in to the well being of the children within their care. I look forward to meeting you all, as your child journeys through the school and I am available via the school office if you wish to talk.
Jaime Irvine-Co-opted Governor
Committees: Governing Board, Head Teacher Performance Management and Resources Committee.
Special Responsibility: Digital Communication, Mathematics and Computing.
My husband and I moved to Catterick in August 2015 with our daughter who attends Wavell Community Infant and Nursery School; with both of us serving, family life comes with its own challenges as does parenting. Military life, with all the house and school moves, unsettles our children at the best of times, therefore I wanted to give something back and help our children in any way I could, so I volunteered to be a Governor.
What I like most about the school is the pastoral care and the nurturing environment that it’s able to offer every child. This is enhanced by the fact that all the staff knows each child by name; furthermore, they know all the families too! It is a happy school in which children thrive.
My new roles and responsibilities are most rewarding, yet daunting at first, having had little to no experience when I began. However, the team have been a great help to me and I thoroughly recommend this role to everyone.
Elaine Richardson-Co-opted Governor
I have lived in Richmondshire for the last 10 years. I am a former secondary Maths and IT teacher and was a Headteacher/ Acting Headteacher in Leeds, Darlington and Catterick. I was an Advisory Headteacher in Darlington working across all LEA secondary schools and colleges. I am a qualified School Improvement Partner and have a special interest in data systems. I have always worked in schools in challenging circumstances and believe that all children deserve a first class education. I understand the challenges for Wavell and have been impressed by the welcome I have received at the school and the commitment of the staff. I hope that I can work with parents, staff and children to make a positive contribution to school life.
Richard Parker Co-opted Governor
I taught science in a number of secondary schools in Rotherham, Hull and County Durham for many years. One was a very challenging post in a failing school in ‘Special Measures’. This eventually merged with another and to my leading the science department of 10 staff to a ‘Good’ OfstEd report before finally this became an academy.
Prior to that I served in the RAF mainly in Europe. Two of my children were born in Berlin so I am aware of the difficulties faced by service families concerning their childrens’ education. The main problem is of course the lack of continuity.
Here at Wavell we can reduce the effect this may have on a child’s progress. Children appear happy in class and willing to try. I am assured that my experience can be of benefit to Wavell and I am pleased to be able to have the opportunity to advise and assist the school in its good work.
When not visiting the School, I work in the Army. I have been a soldier for 19 years. During this time, I have visited London, Germany, Kosovo, Kenya, Belize, Ireland, Cyprus, Iraq, Afghanistan, America, Poland, Jordan and Kabul. I am now the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Infantry Training Regiment based in Catterick.
I enjoy playing most sports; in particular I love running (ideally cross-country), climbing, boxing and endurance events. I have three children, Dylan (15)
Summer (11) and most recently Lila (1).
Nancy Blakelock - Parent Governor
I moved to Catterick Garrison with my family from Germany in October 2014. My then 3 year old son, Wili, started nursery 2 months later at Wavell . As a newcomer to the community, a new parent to the school system and the school, I felt very welcome at Wavell and was touched with how friendly the staff were and how understanding they were of Service families. I continue to enjoy this journey with the school as a parent and more recently as a governor.
As Catterick is likely to be home for my husband, 2 boys and I for the next foreseeable future, I volunteered to become a governor to give back to the school and the community. I appreciate that parental involvement contributes immensely to children’s achievement as well as supporting staff and the school as a whole.
I had been a stay at home mum for 6 years and only recently gone back into employment. I currently work as a Business Intelligence Analyst and I believe that my experiences will be beneficial to my role as a governor.
Helen Biggs - Teacher Governor
I qualified as a teacher in 1990 and after teaching in Nottingham and Sedgefield, I arrived at Wavell Infant School in 1995.
During my time at the school, I have taught in the Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 and have held curriculum responsibilities for English, P.E, History and Geography and Art.
Both my children began their education in the nursery here and with a happy positive start to their learning journey are now following their interests in higher education.
Wavell Infant School is committed to giving the young children in our care the best start to their school life. The staff here work hard to help the children and their families settle quickly into their new environment and enjoy their time with us. I am proud to be a member of a very dedicated and passionate team, which is why I am still here, many years after I arrived!