Governing Body

Statement from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Body, I extend a warm welcome to our school family.

Carr Manor Community School is one of a small number of ‘all through’ schools in Leeds, offering an education for children from the ages of 4 – 19. This unique learning experience benefits children of all ages, providing a wealth of resources and expertise across the year groups.

We take pride in ensuring that we know each child well, working with them and offering both challenge and support, to help pupils develop character and enjoy and achieve during their time with us and in life after school. We focus significantly upon the personal development and well-being of each child as well as their academic progress and attainment.

The most recent Ofsted report commented that “Governors are very proud of the school.” 

Andrew Tidswell – Chair of Governors

Please see below some further information about our governors:

Statutory Information and Attendance for School Governors

Andrew Tidswell
Chair of Governors

"I have been involved with education throughout my working life. I was a teacher in 3 middle and primary schools in Leeds for 13 years, before becoming a freelance consultant for 12 years. I now work full-time as Director of International Professional Development for Discovery Education. I have worked and taught in several hundred schools in my career and have worked with every age group from foundation stage to university level.

My involvement as a governor with CMCS dates back over 10 years, both as a parent and co-opted governor, and I have been Chair for 4 of those years.

I am a long term and committed member of the community served by CMCS, having been born and brought up in this area. I attended the school myself during the 1980s and both of my children were pupils in recent years.

I have a deep understanding and commitment to the aims and ethos of CMCS and the way it serves our young people and the community as a whole."

Graham Brownlee
Vice Chair

"I have served as chair of governors at 2 primary schools concurrently and played a key role in improving standards, remodelling senior leadership, forging extensive community and regeneration links and steering the merger of these two schools.

I chaired a regeneration board as a community representative with a budget of £32m over 5 years, so I'm familiar with interface of education, housing, police, business and community. I have served on a national government advisor body on community and regeneration policy.

I lead a local church on its growth, change, development, staff restructuring and wider links.

I am a director of 2 local company enterprises and have served as a trustee/chair on a national charity continuing partnership, policy work and campaigning. I am a parent of 2 young adult children and my wife is a primary headteacher in Wakefield Authority."

Anastasia Karanika
Co-opted Representative

"I have been working in Higher Education for more than 15 years in the areas of widening participation and student opportunity. I work with schools to identify areas where student intervention could meet the need or interest of a particular cohort of their pupils; and with students who take up placements to support curricular and co-curricular activities tailored to the requirements of each school.

I am a parent of two young children who are in the primary phase of Carr Manor Community School. I have been a parent governor since the primary phase was established and a co-opted governor since 2016. I have responsibility for EYFS and a keen interest in pupil attainment and aspiration and staff and pupil health and wellbeing across both phases."

Steve Golson
Co-opted Representative

"I joined the governing body back in 2011. My background is that I retired from West Yorkshire Fire Service in 2010. Before this I served in the Royal Navy for 10 years after leaving Stainbeck High School at the age of 16.

Both of my children were educated at CMCS and progressed to study at university, having gained a solid education here at CMCS.

My background has provided many skills that I bring to my role as Operations Manager for the Primary Phase, including leadership skills from both the Fire Service and the Royal Navy. I also have strong Health & Safety and Fire Safety knowledge which I am able to bring to the school. I work alongside Mr Rayat helping to maintain a safe workplace for staff, pupils and visitors."

Harry Rayat
Co-opted Representative

"I have been a governor at CMCS for 20 years. Both of my children came through the school, achieving very good grades and enabling them to progress to good career paths.

As an enthusiastic ‘DIYer’, my skill set has been based on practical work, but since 2006 my staff role in school has developed to a more strategic position of Operations & Events manager. As the school has expanded, my portfolio has required me to share my skills with a wider team."

Samantha Powell
Parent Representative

"Our school is a diverse community; an environment of many ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, languages, personalities, abilities and backgrounds. I believe, what unites us all in the school is the commitment to wanting the best for our children: an environment in which they can thrive, enjoy, succeed and reach their full potential. I currently work for Leeds City Council, my role has been about developing and delivering on our citywide partnership approach to migration in Leeds. My work is as diverse as the communities I serve, it involves strategic planning, project management and partnership working with people across all levels, from community groups to senior decision makers, across a wide range of sectors. At the heart of the work is ensuring, as a city, we are meeting the needs of the many, and the few.

I am the governor responsible for safeguarding supporting the school in ensuring our young people are safe and supported, with the challenges they face both in and outside of the school environment. I am committed to working as part of a team to improve our children’s educational attainment, overall wellbeing and supporting CMCS towards continued progression and success."

Joe Wilkinson
Parent Representative

"I am a Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management professional with a breadth of experience in financial governance and contract performance management. I am currently Head of Corporate Real Estate Performance for global engineering consultant WSP.

I have two children in the Primary Phase which inspired me to become involved in the governing of the school. I have been part of the governing board at CMCS for the past 4 years, firstly as co-opted and now re-elected as a parent governor, and I have governor responsibility for SEND."

Sandra Rhodes
Co-opted Representative

"I have been involved in education throughout my life. I was a teacher and Senior Manager at CMCS for thirty four years until my retirement in 2016. Having previously been a teacher governor I was keen to continue on the Governing Body following my retirement as I wanted to use my experience and expertise to benefit both the school and the community it serves. Subsequently I became a co-opted governor in January 2017.

I have always lived in the locality and my two children attended local schools before going on to University.

My particular area of responsibility is the Performance Management of both the teaching and associate staff."

Hillary Brown
Staff Representative

"I spent the first part of my career life working in the apparel sector and a short time in hospitality. I developed skills in communication, leadership and working as a team in a fast-paced environment.

In my role as a teacher at CMCS, I have transferred this passion, knowledge and experience to benefit the children I teach. I have provided opportunities for experience in the hospitality industry and continue to look for other possibilities going forward. I joined the governing body as teacher governor at the start of 2017."

Judith Martin
Co-opted Representative

"I joined the governing body in the Autumn Term of 2017, following my retirement after 35 years as a teacher and senior manager at CMCS and two other Leeds High schools. My roles in schools involved leading Maths teams and managing the progress of pupils across all their subjects and curriculum & assessment responsibilities.

I am a parent myself to two adult sons who attended local schools and, one of whom has just returned to full-time post graduate study.          

I have particular responsibility for coordinating governor training and have had the time to attend meetings, training & workshops, assist with teacher interviews, participate in the Ofsted meeting with governors, accompany pupil visits and support several school showcase events."