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Rufford Park Primary School


Rufford Ave, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7QR

0113 391 0906


Our Governing Body


Our Chair of Governors, Richard Briscoe, can be contacted c/o Rufford Park Primary School, Rufford Avenue, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7QR.

David Cooke

Resources committee
Teaching & Learning committee
Pupil Support committee

This is my first headship and I am delighted to be working with the children, staff, governors and parents at Rufford Park Primary School. In my previous post, I was a governor for 10 years and I attended all the committees. For some of this time, I was chair of the Pupil Support Committee which aligned to my SEND and Safeguarding role in school.

I began my teaching career in 1999 after graduating from Leeds Trinity University. I taught at Swillington Primary School for 4 years and then moved to Farsley Farfield Primary School where I spent the next 16 years of my career before taking up the post here on 1st September 2019.

Richard Briscoe
Chair of Governors
Resources committee (Chair)
Teaching & Learning committee
Governor with responsibility for the teaching of Mathematics
Governor with responsibility for complaints.

I have been a parent governor since 2010 and Chair of governors since 2015. I have three sons, one of whom is currently studying at school and two who have gone through Rufford Park and on to Benton Park High School.

I am chair of the Resources committee, which monitors our school’s finances, premises and staff, and a member of the Teaching & Learning committee, which monitors the academic progress of our children. I am also the governor with responsibility for receiving and considering any complaints, together with having responsibility and oversight for the teaching of mathematics in school.

In my day to day life, I am a Chartered Tax Adviser, working for a large regional accountancy practice in the centre of Leeds. I am proud to be part of a happy, inclusive and successful school and I believe that our school is an excellent learning environment for our children.

I can be contacted via the school office, should you have any matters that you wish to discuss.    

Jenny Rivas Perez
Pupil Support committee
Resources committee
Governor with responsibility for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Governor with responsibility for child protection

I have been a governor at Rufford Park Primary for a number of years. Two of my children attended the school and my eldest child attended Southview Juniors, the previous school on the site.

For several years I served as Chair of Governors and also Deputy Chair of Governors. I also have responsibility for oversight of Child Protection and also Special Educational Needs.

I am a former Research Scientist and I now work as a Researcher Developer in the Organisational Development and Professional Learning team at the University of Leeds.
Richard Lewis-Ogden
Teaching & Learning committee (Chair)

I’m a chartered governance professional and currently work as Data Protection Officer, personnel and staffing specialist and Clerk to Governing Board for a number of Leeds schools.

Additionally, I act as Company Secretary for the Aireborough Learning Partnership.

Councillor Ryk Downes
Resources committee
I was a governor at nearby South View Infant School before Rufford Park Primary School was built and so when Rufford Park opened, I transferred across as one of the initial governors.

I am a Leeds City Councillor representing the Otley and Yeadon ward since 2004 that includes Rufford Park, thus I am able to help with council matters. I am also my party’s spokesperson for Education and young people, so keep up to date with matters concerning pupils and their well-being.
My main hobby is ultra-distance running and I often take part in races more than 60 miles in distance. I also organise ultra-marathons locally.
Michelle Sellors
Pupil Support committee
Governor for the Arts, attendance and Health and Safety

I was delighted to join the Rufford Park governors team in 2015, taking an active role in the school that my daughter attends. My son has already moved through the school and now goes to Benton Park.

I work as a part time travel medicine specialist nurse - but before becoming a nurse I completed an Ecology degree and hope I can pass on my love of nature to my children. As a family, we spend as much time as possible at our caravan in the Lake District, enjoying the countryside and walking our Labrador.

As a governor I've enjoyed visiting school to read and take part in some of the wonderful activities the teachers arrange such as the talent show and theatre visits. It has been a pleasure to be linked to the Arts and drama, something I think the school has a real enthusiasm and talent for.


Marie Bellwood
Pupil Support committee

I work at Rufford Park Primary as a teaching assistant, currently working in Year 2 (Key Stage 1).

As well as this role I am also the leader of the school’s before and after school club. I have three boys and my youngest attended the school. I love working with children, watching them grow in confidence and mature as they develop their learning.

I have been lucky enough to have a role with the school Governors since 2008, which also helps my role on the Pupil Support committee.

Outside of my teaching life I am also high up with the Girl Guides after being involved with them since the age of 10.


Ian Brocklebank
Teaching & Learning committee

I began as a Local Authority Governor 2009 when my daughter was in Year 5, and now hold a position of Governor representing the trust.

I own and run a cycle delivery company in Leeds, and in the past have delivered Bikeability training in Primary Schools across Leeds.

I am a local scout leader, and also run a family friendly board game club, at Trinity Church, where I am also a member.


Beth Kroon
Pupil Support committee
Governor with responsibility for ICT

I am a parent governor at Rufford Park Primary and have two children attending the school.

I am a Primary School teacher myself at Farsley Farfield Primary School and so have a good knowledge and understanding of the Primary School sector. I have been a Primary School teacher for 14 years and taught many different year groups.

I have a keen interest in sport and exercise. I also lead maths at my own school. I hope to share ideas that will help Rufford Park and its pupils achieve their potential in the future.


Anna Bradbury
Teaching and Learning sub-committee

I joined the Governing body in October 2017 and am on the Resources committee, which monitors our school’s finances, premises and staff. I am also a named Governor for Early Years.

I think that Rufford Park is an excellent school, and I am pleased to be able to be involved in such a caring and high-achieving school, which really does want the best for every pupil.

I have three children; my eldest two children attended Rufford Park before continuing their education at Benton Park in Rawdon. My youngest child is now in Key Stage 2 at Rufford Park.

I work as a teacher in a primary school that is in the same cluster as Rufford Park. My husband and I have also worked as Foster Carers for Leeds Social Services.


Ivelina Durcheva

Parent appointed by Governing Body

I have applied for the role of a parent governor in Rufford Park Primary School with a huge enthusiasm and I hope I will manage to contribute to the well-being of this wonderful school. 

I have two children and they both study here. I also work for a company providing compliance software for schools across the United Kingdom, therefore I trust I will be able to help with such matters.

I have been assigned to the Pupil Support committee which is one of my greatest interests in the academic area, therefore I will do my best to be of help as much as possible. 


Jessica O'Hanlon

Parent appointed by Governing Body

Having joined the governing body in 2019, I am very much looking forward to fulfilling my role as a parent-governor at Rufford Park Primary.

I have been a primary teacher for twelve years and I have a particular interest in English and art. As a member of the Teaching and Learning committee, I hope to champion these subjects and support the development of creativity in the curriculum. In my last post, I was a leader for inclusion in a school in Leeds and I am therefore dedicated to supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I am also passionate about building children’s emotional well-being.

I have recently taken a career-break to be a full-time mum to my little boy who is in the Early Years at Rufford Park. However, I am enthusiastic about staying involved in education and am active in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as well as joining the governing body this year.

Governors' Attendance


2017-18 to add



Declaration of Interests 2016-17