“Governors are very proud of the school”

Ofsted 2018

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

I have been involved with education throughout my working life. I was a teacher in three middle and primary schools in Leeds for 13 years, before becoming a freelance consultant for 12 years. For the last five years I have been working full-time as Director of International Professional Development for Discovery Education, supporting educators around the world. During my career I have worked with and taught in several hundred schools, having taught every age group from foundation stage to university level.

My involvement as a governor with CMCS dates back over 12 years, both as a parent and co-opted governor, and I have been Chair for 6 of those years. Having been born and brought up in Meanwood, I am a long term and committed member of the community served by CMCS. I attended the school myself during the 1980s and both of my children were pupils in recent years.

The aims and ethos of CMCS are close to my heart and I remain committed to our values and the way we serve our young people and the community as a whole.

Andrew Tidswell
Chair of Governors

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Meet the Governing Body

Graham Brownlee
Vice Chair

I currently work as a Community Organiser with Leeds Citizens and the Leeds Church Institute. I am involved in building community connections, influencing for positive change and developing leaders. I see that values and relationships inform all that we do and I am enthusiastic about the crucial role CMCS plays in this. I have served as chair of governors at two 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 five 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 am also a director of two local company enterprises and have served as a trustee/chair on a national charity continuing partnership, policy work and campaigning. I am a parent to two children and led a local church for 12 years. I have been a governor at CMCS for 4 years and vice chair since 2018.

Anastasia Karanika
Foundation Governor

I have been working in Higher Education for nearly twenty years, in the areas of widening participation, community engagement and pupil opportunity. I work with schools and community partners to identify areas where pupil intervention could meet the need or interest of a particular cohort of their pupils; and with pupils who take up placements to support curricular and co-curricular activities tailored to the requirements of each partner.

I am a parent to two children who attend 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 I have a keen interest in pupil attainment and aspiration, as well as staff and pupil health and wellbeing across both phases.

Steve Golson
Co-opted Governor

I retired from West Yorkshire Fire Service in 2010 and joined the governing body in 2011. 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 Carr Manor and progressed to study at university, having gained a solid education here at CMCS. They both achieved good degrees at university – one of my children now also works at Carr Manor.

My background has provided me with many skills that I bring to my role as Operations Manager, including leadership skills from both the Fire Service and the Royal Navy. I also have strong health and safety and fire safety knowledge, which I am able to bring across to my current role. I work alongside Mr Rayat, helping to maintain a safe workplace for staff, pupils and visitors at our school. Over the last 9 years I have overseen redevelopments of the Primary Phase site, bringing it from a single form entry school with 30 pupils, to today where we have 400 pupils and a fully established 2-form entry school.

Judith Martin
Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in the autumn term of 2017, following my retirement after thirty-five years as a teacher and senior manager at Carr Manor Community School and two other Leeds high schools. My roles in school included leading the maths team, managing the progress of pupils across all subjects, curriculum and timetabling and examination responsibilities. I am pleased to continue my involvement in ensuring that all children achieve their best in a happy and nurturing environment.

As a governor, I have particular responsibility for coordinating governor training and I am the link governor for Mosaic. I have been available for all governor meetings and visits, have attended training and workshops, assisted with teacher interviews and participated in the governor panel with Ofsted. I like to support with pupil trips off-site when possible and enjoy attending school events.

Harry Rayat
Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Carr Manor Community School for twenty 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 and Events Manager. As the school has expanded, my portfolio has required me to share my skills with a wider team.

Catherine Raynor
Staff Representative

I  have been teaching Spanish at Carr Manor Community School for six years after previously working at different local schools. Prior to completing my PGCE with Teach First, I completed a Masters degree in Latin American Studies, after which I moved to Mexico to become an English teacher. It was here I saw first-hand the importance of education in supporting local communities and improving the life chances of the children. This solidified my desire to become a teacher in the UK.

At Carr Manor I work with the Teaching and Learning team, and work as the Initial Teacher Training Coordinator arranging the trainee placements and supporting the students during their time at Carr Manor. Alongside this I work with Leeds Trinity University as the Lead Tutor for Modern Foreign Languages (Leeds SCITT), guiding the MFL cohort through their training year.

I’m proud to work with such a great staff team at Carr Manor, and am committed to bringing a teacher’s perspective to discussions within the governing body.

Samantha Powell
Parent Governor

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 and my role has been about developing and delivering on our citywide partnership approaches with the third sector and on the migration agenda 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 and supporting the school in ensuring our young people are safe and supported. 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. 

Sandra Rhodes
Co-opted Governor

I have been involved in education throughout my life. I was a teacher and Senior Manager at Carr Manor Community School 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.

Jermaine Benjamin
Co-opted Governor

I joined the Carr Manor Community School of governors in May 2022 after observing the passion in the school for restoration, coaching and making a genuine difference in young people’s lives.

I have been involved with leading and participating in community projects for over 15 years in Leeds, and I am passionate about supporting, developing and enabling our next generation to be the best versions of themselves, removing barriers and helping people to realise their full potential.

I currently work as a director in the private sector for Transition Partners, an IT recruitment company with a unique focus on community, diversity and inclusion. I have been involved in leadership and management in the private sector for over 10 years, building teams, cultures and delivering change.

I have particularly strong experience in leadership, coaching, building great cultures and teams, process improvement, operations and delivering change.

My goal is to support Carr Manor to facilitate and provide an excellent experience for our pupils and equip them to transition into the working world.

Sophie McInnes
Associate Governor

I have worked in the legal sector since leaving education and currently work as a Business Support Team Lead, managing a national team of support staff for a large law firm.

I have lived in Meanwood for almost 15 years and my two children both attend the primary phase at Carr Manor Community School. Being a member of the PTA since 2017 means I have built up strong connections with the school. I am passionate about CMCS and supporting them in any way I can, therefore became chair of the PTA in 2019 to enable me to further support the school and build relationships within the community. I then became an associate governor in 2022.

Voluntary and community work are also very important to me, and through my work I am involved in a range of CSR activities, which support local charities in Leeds and further afield. I also set up ‘Litter Free Meanwood’ during the pandemic in 2020.

Sarah Byde
Co-opted Governor

I am passionate about education and have always worked either in schools or with school-aged children. I have a degree in Youth and Community Studies and I currently work in Gledhow Primary School and volunteer in my local church.

I am a proud parent of two children who attend Carr Manor Community School. I am an active member and Treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and I love to get involved and support the school and the local community whenever opportunities arise.

I believe that every child matters, has potential and deserves a chance to succeed. It is very important for children and young people to know their worth and be able to make informed choices that have positive effects on both them and others. I believe children and young people can be people of change, so it is vital to create an environment where they are included, feel valued and safe, can thrive, have fun and succeed.

I am very excited to have joined this amazing team as a co-opted governor in May 2022 and I look forward to seeing how my role evolves.