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Wolsey House Staff


Headteacher - Mrs H King
Deputy Head - Mr S Powell
       Senior Assistant Headteacher - Mrs J Cooper - Marsh


Other members of the Senior Leadership Team:

Assistant Headteacher - Mr Y Ismail

Assistant Headteacher - Mrs R Wells

Assistant Headteacher - Mrs M Green

                                              School Business Manager - Mrs G Southwell





At Wolsey House Primary, we believe that school is a place of learning for everyone and that people learn best when they feel safe, and when we work as a team.  Good relationships and friendship are important to us, and we strive to build effective learning partnerships with our parents and carers to help us reach the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils. We recognise that we are all on a journey of learning. We want our pupils to enjoy coming to school and we want them to be challenged and inspired to learn. The work of our Governing Body helps realise these aims and ensure our school sets itself even higher goals on its journey of improvement. 


The Governing Body

What is the role of the Governing Body?

Governing Bodies exist so that schools are publicly accountable to local people for what they do, for the results they achieve, and for the way in which the resources are allocated.

Each year the Governing Body produces an Annual Report which is sent to all parents, and there is an opportunity for parents to discuss the report and raise other issues with the governors at the annual general meeting.

What are the duties of a school governor?

Governors are expected to:

1. Establish and agree the aims and values of the school

2. Establish and agree policies relating to the aims, purposes and practices of the school (e.g. National Curriculum, SEND, Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attendance, Sex Education, e.t.c.)

3. Influence and approve the school improvement plan, and monitor and review the school's progress

4. Ensure delivery of the National Curriculum and R.E.

5. Advise and monitor the school budget


6.Ensure individual pupils’ needs are met, including those with additional learning needs e.g. those with special needs

7. Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff

8. Give parents information about the school

9. Produce action plans for improvement following school inspections

10. Establish and maintain positive links with the local business community

11. Support the day to day operational decisions taken by the headteacher

12. Promote the effectiveness of the governing body


13. Provide and external perspective, advice and skills


14. Appoint and support staff


15. Deal with complaints and exclusion appeals


School Governing Body Information


All state maintained schools, whether they are primary, secondary or special schools, are accountable to their Governing Bodies. They in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority may appoint governors to the governing body and faith bodies appoint foundation governors in faith schools. Whatever the background or reason for appointment for individual Governors, the Governing Body as a whole fulfils a critical role in the effective leadership and management of a school.


The governors' role is vitally important. It is not about rubber stamping decisions or about fundraising. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability. Governors appoint the head teacher and are responsible for the performance management of the head teacher.  It is governors who are responsible for the finances in schools and in ensuring that these are used to the maximum benefit of all pupils.


Governors have three key roles in raising and maintaining standards in school:


1. Setting strategic direction.

Responsibility for the day to day management of the school lies with the Headteacher or Principal. The Governing Body is responsible for working with the leaders in school to ensure there is a longer term view, or strategy, for school improvement.


2. Ensuring accountability.

The Governing Body holds the school to account via:

  1. Undertaking the Performance Management of the Head teacher. This is normally allocated to three Governors who carry out a review in the autumn term (beginning of the academic year) often with external professional support. An over-view is reported to the full Governing Body.
  2. Referring to the Headteacher’s Report to Governors. This is normally a termly agenda item and will follow a set format. It is an opportunity for Governors to then seek clarification, offer challenge and refer information in the report to the School Improvement/Development Plan. The report should contain information on school developments; any staffing changes; assessment procedures, test and exam results; records of bullying and any safeguarding issues.


3. Monitoring and evaluating school performance.

Our Governing Body has assigned  Governors to  specific curriculum areas. These are split into two groups.


There are a number of ways that monitoring can take place:

  • Observing lessons during a Learning Walk

  • Meeting with subject leaders and teachers

  • Looking through examples of pupils’ work (work scrutiny).

  • Analysing relevan test results (attainment).

  • Analysing and discussing the progress pupils make from their starting points (achievement).


The Governing Body also holds the school to account via:

Using the School Improvement Plan to monitor developments and ensure actions are carried out on schedule. This should be referred to regularly in Governing Body meetings

Monitoring and checking the budget and allocation of funds. Often a sub-committee will have an over-view of finances and will report to the full Governing Body.

Visiting the school to monitor the work that goes on, normally with a focus on specific issues linked to school improvement.

Using data produced by the school and from RAISE online to compare attainment and achievement against national standards.

The Governing Body plan to further develop our methods of communication with parents/carers by sharing information about our work and respond to their concerns or ideas:

  • Regular newsletter

  • Governing Body page on the school website, perhaps with minutes of meetings

  • Governor presence at events such as parental consultation evenings, school productions, sporting events and assemblies

  • Twitter or Facebook account

  • Posters around school about any major developments

    Governors’ duties towards children with SEND

Legal duty

The Education Act 1996 s. 317 requires Governing bodies of schools to use their best endeavours to: 

• Ensure that for any pupil who has SEND the special educational provision which his/her learning difficulty calls for is made.

• Ensure that where a pupil has special educational needs, those needs are made known to all who are likely to teach them

Ensure that the teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for, those registered pupils who have special educational needs

• Designate a member of the staff at the school (to be known as the “special education needs co-ordinator”) as having responsibility for co-ordinating the provision for pupils with special educational needs and make sure they are suitably qualified

• Consult the local education authority and the governing bodies of other schools to ensure co-ordination of Special Educational Provision

• Inform the child’s parent that special educational provision is being made for him/her there because it is considered that he has special educational needs.

• Shall secure, so far as is reasonably practicable and is compatible with – 

a. the child receiving the special educational provision which his/her learning difficulty calls for,

b. the provision of efficient education for the children with whom he/she will be educated, and

c. the efficient use of resources ensure that the child engages in the activities of the school together with children who do not have special educational needs.



Date Elected

Mr Matthew Peatfield

Chair of Governors

Chair of the Finance Committee

Parent Governor

June 2017 Term renewed June 2021

Mrs Helen King

Headteacher Governor

August 2014

Mr Steve Powell

Elected Staff Governor

June 2016

Term renewed September 2020

Mrs Salma Manzoor

Vice Chair of Governors 

Parent Governor

February 2017 - Term renewed May 2021

Cllr. Vijay Singh Riyait 

LA Governor

September 2019

Mrs Janette ShardlowCo-opted GovernorMay 2021
        Mrs Tina PearceParent GovernorMay 2021
Mrs Bhavini RaikundaliaParent GovernorMarch 2023
Mr Munir SulemanParent GovernorMarch 2023
Miss Myah JethwaCo-opted GovernorMarch 2023

Mr Gordon Grimes

Clerk to Governors




Chair of Governors - Matthew Peatfield


My name is Matthew Peatfield.  I‘ve been an elected Parent Governor at Wolsey House Primary School since 2017. Both of my children have attended the school, with my eldest recently finishing year 6 and moving on to secondary school. I live in the local community and I’m passionate about improving the outcomes for the local children and making the school the best that it can be.


I’ve worked within the scientific teams at the University Hospitals of Leicester for 20 years and currently work full time as the General Manager for Cellular Pathology. I have always had a keen interest in science and I hope to encourage the children at Wolsey House to pursue careers in scientific and healthcare fields.


Being part of the Wolsey House Governing Body has given me the opportunity to contribute to the educational outcomes of the local children and I am very proud of what Wolsey House Primary School achieves.

Helen King - Headteacher Governor


Helen King - Headteacher Governor 



My name is Mrs Helen King. I have been headteacher of Wolsey House Primary School since August 2014 and sit on the Governing Body as a Headteacher Governor. Prior to working at Wolsey House I was a Headteacher in South Wales for 5 years.  Part of my role as headteacher is to work closely with the governors. I report important updates about attainment and progress of the children. I make sure that I let them know of the wonderful things we do in school, as well as let them know about things we need to do to improve further. The governors read the information I give them and they ask me many questions about the information. This is all recorded and the minutes are given to the Local Authority. I talk to the children about the governors and their role regularly. I plan for the governors to come into school to visit the children and see what their learning experiences are like. I am proud to work with the governing body to make our school as special as it is.


My vision is to ensure that the school is a warm, welcoming place where every child can reach their full potential and every member of staff can develop and thrive professionally. I want our children to be excited, challenged and for learning to be fun and purposeful for them.  






Steve Powell - staff governor, Deputy Headteacher


My name is Steve Powell. I have worked at Wolsey House as a teacher since 2001 and been the deputy Headteacher since 2010. For the past 3 years, I have been the staff elected governor at Wolsey House. Its staff and pupils hold a very special place in my heart.  Consequently, I feel passionately about the development of the school and take a great deal of pride in my role as staff governor, supporting the Headteacher and governing body to make decisions to enhance the lives of our school community.  In my free time, I enjoy cycling, football, squash and spending time with my family.  I am originally from Nottingham but have lived in Leicestershire for over 25 years. 



Salma Manzoor - Vice Chair of Governors - Parent Governor


I have been a Parent Governor since 2016, as I was passionate about supporting the children and the staff where my son attended school.  I am a solicitor with over 15 years’ experience and I wanted to use my skills and experience to a community setting.  I believe giving your time, knowledge and experience is a great way of giving back to the community.


I had no previous experience as a governor but I am enjoying the challenge of development and learning from the training courses that have been provided by the Council and school. These courses have enabled me to understand what is expected of a governor and how a school should adhere to policies and run effectively.  I feel that as a governor I can cast an independent eye over the workings of the school for example, through the learning walks and I can bring additional challenge to decisions made in the governors meetings.


I am very proud to be a governor here and just like every parent at any school, I want the very best for my child - I like to bring a parent’s perspective but also an independent voice to every meeting.



Councillor Vijay Singh Riyait


I am currently one of three Labour Councillors for the Abbey Ward having first been elected to Leicester City Council in May 2013 to represent the Abbey Ward.


I was born and brought up in Leicester and I am married with 2 grown up children currently at university.


I graduated from the University of Wales Bangor with a BEng (Hons) and MEng in Electronic Engineering. I am a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I currently serve on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept of the University of Nottingham.


I work full time as a technical lead in the IT industry for a large financial services company in Nottingham.


I have previously served as a governor for Glebelands Primary School, Woodstock Primary School and my former college Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I.


I am committed to ensuring that each child gets the very best education and that our aspirations for what children can achieve remain high.


Vijay Singh Riyait

Abbey Ward Councillor

07875 480 641




My name is Janette Shardlow. I live in East Leake with my husband Phil. I have two grown up sons.  


I have been pastor of the Community of Christ church on Abbey Lane in Leicester since 2003, but have been very much a part of this church since I moved to the Leicester area in 1990. We are a church which enjoys being involved in our local community. A number of our youth group members have in the past or currently are pupils at Wolsey House School and it would be wonderful for me to expand those links.


Before my retirement five years ago I was a secondary school Mathematics teacher. For the last 21 years of my teaching career I taught at The City of Leicester College in Evington, Leicester, being head of the Maths Faculty for some of that time.


I am passionate about creating partnerships and improving relationships within the community and, as a parent and teacher, would want the very best for every child, particularly when it comes to their education. For these reasons, I am excited about the prospect of becoming a governor at Wolsey House.


My name is Tina Pearce and I have been elected as Parent Governor at Wolsey House Primary School in April 2021. I have a strong connection to Leicester having been born and raised here. I am married with 3 children 2 of whom still attend Wolsey House Primary School and I have fond memories of attending Wolsey myself back in the 80s.


Education has always been a foundation of personal growth for me. Growing up within a traditional Indian family, the ethos of education as an asset was instilled from an early age. This early influence inspired me to work towards creating stimulating learning environments to guide others to achieve their potential. Having 3 children I am passionate about engaging children and young people to realise their potential.

I graduated from University of Wales, Bangor with a BSC Hons in Psychology and a PGC in Applied Behaviour Analysis. I have previous experience of working within post-16 education, the charity sector and in secondary schools and I am currently employed as Education Co-Ordinator.

I have no previous experience of being a school governor however I am looking forward to facing the challenges head on and building my skills and knowledge to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to thrive within our school community.

My name is Myah Jethwa, and I was born and raised in Leicestershire.


In 2018, I graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in BA Education Studies at De Montfort University. I have had extensive experience working in Primary and Secondary schools. I have always wanted to ensure that young people are aware of the positive benefits of achieving highly in education and how this can lead them to living a self-fulfilling life with a bright future ahead. In addition, my current role as a Young Carers Youth Worker enables me to gain an in depth understanding about how factors in a Young Carer’s life can influence poor attendance and school absenteeism. From gaining knowledge about the daily challenges that Young Carers face, I have advocated with many schools to ensure that the voice of the young person is heard and so that schools can support the young person’s growth emotionally, socially and physically as well as academically. I believe that young people are our future and deserve to be educated within a fun and thriving environment, where they are understood and nurtured which in turn will encourage them to achieve their dreams and aspirations to create a successful life.

My name is Bhavini Raikundalia and I’m a newly elected Parent Governor. My 5-year-old attends the school, has been there since 2022 and thoroughly enjoys it.


I graduated from the University of Derby with a BSc Hons and Post-grad in Human Resources. I am a Northern girl, born in Manchester but moved to Leicester nearly 8 years ago. I have 2 children and when I get some free time which is very rare, I enjoy baking, experimenting with new recipes and keeping fit.


I’ve worked in the NHS delivering big transformation projects and programmes for over 10 years and I would like to use my skills, passion and dedication to be part of the positive change for Wolsey by being that “critical friend”. I am extremely keen to give something back to Wolsey and like any parent or carer, I want the school that my child attends to achieve its strategic direction.


I am hoping that I can support in improving the outcomes and vision for the benefit of the school and ultimately for the children.

My name is Munir Suleman. My three daughters attend Wolsey House Primary school. 


I am delighted to be a Governor at Wolsey House Primary School. It’s a fabulous school, with an amazing team of staff who work incredibly hard to provide a high quality learning experience for our children. 


I consider that the Governors have a vital role to play in the school community, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team to set the direction of the school, as well as to provide challenge and ensure accountability.


Volunteering as a school governor is a wonderful and unique opportunity, and I feel very privileged to make a positive contribution to the future of so many talented children.


I am passionate about education for people of all ages and feel everyone deserves access to a stimulating and enjoyable way of learning, in a way that is suited to their individual needs so they can reach their full potential.