Governor Information

Governor Code of Conduct 2020-23

Chair of Governors Summer 2018 letter to parents

Amanda Townson Staff (HT) LA Resources and School Improvement. Admissions, Inclusion, Safeguarding and Child Protection
Dawn Leader Staff 16/09/15


School Improvement, Inclusion, Safeguarding and Child Protection
Zita Branton Parent 25/11/15


Resources (Vice Chair) and School Improvement. Complaints, Staff Discipline Appeals, Admissions, Growth Mindset, Emotional Wellbeing, Collective Worship & RE
Paul Robinson Parent 13/03/18


Resources, More Able and Vulnerable
Magnus Bordewich LA 22/09/16


Chair of Resources comm.  Staff Discipline Appeals, Admissions, Maths, Science, Computing, More Able and Vulnerable
Matthew Charlesworth  Parent    
Lesley Slater Foundation 31/08/14


Resources, School Improvement, Staff Discipline, Pupil Discipline, Collective Worship & RE
Sally Haywood Co opted 11/05/15


Chair of School Improvement, HT Performance Management, Complaints, Staff Discipline, Maths, Inclusion, Safeguarding and Child Protection
Steven Withy Co opted 11/05/15


Chair of Governors, Resources, HT Performance Management, H&S, Admissions, Growth Mindset

Instrument of Governance

BL Policy Schedule 2020-21

Governor Visits to School Policy 2019-2022

Meet the Governors


Matthew Charlesworth

He has worked in financial services for most of his career and moved to North Yorkshire 7 years ago. He became a Governor in 2018 and is committed to supporting the School in becoming the best it can be.

Sally Haywood

I decided to become a school governor as my first child was in year one at the time and I was very interested in her education and things that were happening at Burton Leonard Primary. Nine years later I am still a governor and two of my other children have had the privilege of attending our wonderful school. It has been a very insightful experience and I have been able to apply my knowledge gained in my workplace to some of my governor tasks. The school is a different place from nine years ago and I have been fortunate enough to witness the fantastic changes that we have all been part of.

Magnus Bordewich

I have been a governor at Burton Leonard school for several years, as my own children have moved through the school from Reception, through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. My youngest child is currently in Year 3, and my oldest child moved to secondary school in September. During this time I have served on the Finance and Resources Committee, and now chair that committee. It has been a period of great change in the education sector and we are constantly reviewing the stability of the school and determining what is the best direction for the future.

In my own career I work at the opposite end of a young person’s education, as a university lecturer. This gives me a useful long term perspective on the children, and an appreciation of the importance of a solid educational foundation for children going on to achieve in any avenue later in life.

Steven Withy

I have been on the governing body for the last seven years and with my wife Louise have an eldest daughter that has recently left for secondary and a son that has over 2 years left at the school.

I got involved with the school when it was necessary to provide support for health, safety and resources. Since then I have seen the school go from strength to strength and it truly is a fantastic place to be involved with.

During the week I work as a Chartered Surveyor for a construction company where I have been involved in building new facilities for many primary schools and further education premises.

In my spare time I love to go mountain biking, road biking and regularly visit the Scottish and Welsh mountain ranges to get some excellent fresh air!

Zita Branton

Hi, I’m Zita. Married to Jonathan and Mum to 3 boys. Geordan (15) and Daragh (13) are now at secondary school and my youngest, Lorcan (9), is here at our lovely village school.
I started my career as a secondary school teacher before moving into the corporate world of purchasing. Initially as a buyer I then moved into consultancy, training other buyers and helping develop purchasing departments.
Taking time out to be a stay-at-home Mum, when we moved 6 times with my husband’s job, I took on PTA roles in six different schools and got involved in two children’s charities, Make-A-Wish and Young Minds.
I suppose you could say schools, children and education have always been of interest to me and I was delighted to take on the role as parent governor here at Burton Leonard school. Now retraining as a social media manager I run an on-line campaign encouraging people to
take on activities so as to unwind and distress and improve mental well-being. As part of this I also advocate the importance of well-being and mental health education in schools and at home. Where appropriate, I apply my previous experience and knowledge to my roles on the School Improvement and Finance Committees and to the role of ‘growth mindset’ governor. Please feel free to contact me if you are thinking about joining our school or if you are an existing parent, I would love to hear your views and feedback.

Paul Robinson

I have lived in Burton Leonard since 2014. One of my children, Sebastian, started at the school in 2017, and Toby will start in 2018.

I am proud of our school and the central role it plays in our local community, and was thrilled to take on the role of Parent Governor in March 2018 as it means I can take an active role in its continued progression. I am keen to ensure the school continues to provide the best environment for our children to become confident, well rounded individuals.

I have a background in accountancy and finance, mainly within the Banking sector where I have worked for over 10 years and I hope to be able to apply the knowledge and skills I have developed over this time in my role as governor

Lesley Slater

I have lived in Burton Leonard for 40 years and am involved in many village activities – Library Grannie, PCC member, ex Church Warden, President of the WI and I love coming into school.

My four children all attended Burton Leonard School and I now have eight grandchildren.

I qualified as a primary school teacher (many years ago now!) and worked in special needs education for 14 years.

I like to keep active and my hobbies include keep fit, zumba, gardening and many activities with the grandchildren.

I am a Foundation Governor and I am proud of our links with the church in our community.