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Rufford Park Primary School


Rufford Ave, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7QR

0113 391 0906

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  2. Our Governing Body

Our Governing Body

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

David Cooke
Resources committee
Teaching and 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.


Ian Brocklebank
Chair of Governors
Resources committee
Governor with responsibility for PE, Website and Complaints

I began as a Local Authority Governor in 2009, when my daughter was in Year 5. I am now the Chair and also represent the Cooperative Trust.

I own and run a cargo bike delivery company in Leeds and Manchester, 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 Rawdon Community Library. I am also the coordinator of Leeds Street Angels and a member of Trinity Church.


Jessica O'Hanlon
Vice Chair of Governors
Teaching and Learning committee (Chair)
Governor with responsibility for English

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.



Ian Barber
Pupil Support committee
Governor with responsibility for SEND

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in November 2020 and have responsibility for Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). I have one child at Rufford Park Primary school, one child attending East SILC and four grown up children.

After over 20 years working in IT, I setup my own software development company in 2018 and manage this from an office on Yeadon High Street. Having one of my own children with special educational needs, I am looking forward to bringing my experience of the daily challenges and joys into my governor role. I understand how vital support from school is, for parents in getting access to the right levels of help and resources that are available. I am keen to ensure that our school does everything it can to care for all its pupils and their families in addition to providing an outstanding level of education.

I am a member of the local New Life Community Church and in my spare time I play keyboards in a band. I am a keen motorsports fan and can be found trackside at Brands Hatch, Silverstone or Croft on many a weekend.


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.


Anna Bradbury
Teaching and Learning committee

Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Children Looked After and Admissions

I joined the Governing body in October 2017 and was initially on the Resources committee, which monitors our school’s finances, premises and staff. Currently I am on the Teaching and Learning committee and 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.






Richard Briscoe
Resources committee (Chair)
Governor with responsibility for Maths and Finance Data

I have been a parent governor since 2010 and was Chair of governors between 2015 and 2021.  I have three sons, all of whom have attended Rufford Park Primary School and who have now moved on to Benton Park High School.

I am chair of the Resources committee, which monitors our school’s finances, premises and staff. I am also the governor with responsibility and oversight for the teaching of mathematics in school.

In my day to day life, I am a Chartered Tax Adviser, having worked for many years in a large regional accountancy practice in the centre of Leeds, but have recently moved on to become an Inspector with HM Revenue and Customs. 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.


Councillor Ryk Downes
Resources committee

I was a governor at 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.


Richard Lewis-Ogden
Teaching and Learning committee
Governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium, Modern Foreign Languages and governor training

I am 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.


Clair Miller
Teaching and Learning committee
Governor with responsibility for Art/DT

I was pleased to join the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 2020 and am keen to fulfil the role provided.  I have 2 young boys - 1 attending the school in year one and the other due to begin school in 2022.  I was a primary school teacher in South Leeds for over 12 years before setting up my own business running active classes for toddlers and pre-schoolers.  I, therefore, have a good knowledge of the school environment and the development of children.  I am passionate about children being offered varied and exciting learning opportunities to ensure they fulfil their true potential.  I truly believe Rufford Park Primary has a great vision for the children that attend, and I look forward to helping in any way I can. 


Rajinder Puri
Resources committee

Teaching and Learning committee
Governor with responsibility for Science and ICT

Appointed in November 2020 as a Parent Governor, Rajinder is part of the Resources and Teaching & Learning Sub-Committees.  Rajinder has the responsibility for the monitoring of science and ICT.

Georgina Tidey
Pupil Support committee

I have worked at Rufford Park Primary school since 2004, having previously taught at Yeadon South View Infant school.  I have been in my current role as Deputy Headteacher for five years and have responsibilities for SEND; safeguarding and child protection; behaviour; and I am the designated teacher for children looked after.

I am currently an associate governor but have been a teacher governor in the past. 


Louise Trotter
Teaching and Learning committee

I am currently the Year 6 teacher at Rufford Park Primary School and have taught at the school for ten years. I am maths subject leader and phase leader of Upper Key Stage 2.

I was previously a Senior Housing Management Officer in Suffolk before relocating to Leeds 14 years ago.

I have two sons; my older son is currently studying at the University of Leeds and my younger son is at a local secondary school.

My favourite pastime is walking my Miniature Schnauzer called Oscar.


Joanne Ward
Teaching and Learning committee
Governor with responsibility for EYFS, Phonics, Equalities & RSE

Having recently joined the governing body in November 2020, I am keen to fulfil my role as parent governor to the best of my ability. I currently have 2 children at Rufford Park Primary and am a teacher at another primary school where I have worked for the past 14 years. My passion for ensuring that all children achieve their potential is why I do what I do and I am committed to ensuring that all children get the best start in life, regardless of their starting point and barriers to their learning and development. I know that this is a vision that is shared at Rufford Park Primary and I am looking forward to being part of this journey.

In my spare time I like to be outdoors, usually walking up big hills in the Dales and this year I am completing the Dales 30 challenge.