Pen Portraits

Mrs Jean Lang is a Co-opted Chair of the Governing Body.

I am delighted to have been asked to become Chair of the Governing Board of Trinity Academy in Richmond. I am currently the chair of the Local Governing Board of the Cornerstone group of four schools which is also part of the Dalesmat Trust

I was born and brought up in Yorkshire and following a long 40+ year career in education as a teacher, headteacher and local authority and national senior leader, I have returned to my roots in North Yorkshire.

I formally retired from my final full-time role as Head of School Improvement in the London Borough of Camden in 2017, but in the last five years I have kept very busy with voluntary work, being Honorary General Secretary of the World Association of Lesson Studies, a global organisation focussing on teacher research aimed at improving teacher and pupil learning, and as a governor and Chair of the standards committee at the small rural school in the village where I previously lived. I also carry out a little work for Hughes College in Cambridge as an affiliate supporting schools with the development of pupil oracy as well as working towards achieving a PhD as a distance learner at Exeter University.

Mrs Wendy Pritchard is a Foundation Governor, Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

My husband and I moved to Richmond eight years ago, when he retired as Bishop of Oxford. I soon became a governor of Trinity Academy Richmond, and am now a Foundation Governor. I am committed to fostering the links between school and church, and to the progress and well-being of both the children and the staff.

I am a retired maths teacher, having taught in secondary schools and further education colleges. My last paid work was as learning support assistant in a C of E secondary school, supporting children who had special educational needs or who found learning more difficult.

We have five grandchildren – one still at primary school – and our younger daughter and her husband are both teachers. I am well involved in St Mary’s Church Richmond. I love photography and gardening, and am still engaged in creating order in our garden!

Mr Terry Cane is a Co-opted Governor.

Newly appointed as a governor of Trinity Richmond, I am also chair at South Otterington and until recently chair of Cornerstone Schools, all part of the Dales Academies Trust

Previously I supported schools as a National Leader of Governance, appointed in April 2015 until July 2021,in this post I worked with over 30 schools, including primary, secondary and schools with different Ofsted gradings. The role has included supporting chairs of governors, facilitating governing board self evaluations and leading effective governance sessions.

I am a keen golfer playing regularly in club competitions, I enjoy gardening, walking and when necessary DIY. Not sure if it’s a hobby, I prepare the parish accounts for the 2 parishes where I attend church.

I have undertaken various governor training sessions mainly N L G training, External Reviews of Governance, Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment, School Finance, school admissions and over subscription. I have served as a school governor from 2002, as a chair of governors since 2006.

Reverend Martin Fletcher is our Ex-offio Foundation Governor.

I have been Rector of Richmond with Hudswell and Downholme and Marske since April 2018, and I am delighted to be an ex-officio governor at the school. Before moving here I had parishes near the other Richmond in Surrey and in Essex and was a school governor in both communities. I grew up in Kirby Hill and it is wonderful to have returned to my roots.

It is always a joy to come in to Trinity Academy, and the weekly collective worship assemblies are a highlight for me. I am committed to supporting the school in any way I can, and to promoting a growing link between St Mary’s and the local ‘Church of England’ school.

Mrs Janet Beeton is a Foundation Governor.

Now retired, I began my teaching career in a small Church of England school in Sheffield, the oldest in the city. Since then I’ve had the pleasure to teach in a range of schools across the maintained and independent sectors, with leadership and inspection experience. As a governor at Trinity Academy, I will do my utmost to use my experience to support the staff in providing a nurturing, caring and stimulating environment where children can thrive.

I am Mum to three grown-up, married children, one of whom is a Maths teacher, and have four grandchildren of school age. I moved to Richmond nearly fourteen years ago and love walking with my dog in the wonderful Swaledale countryside. Music is a huge passion and I sing with two choral societies as well as in local folk clubs and St. Mary’s Church. When I’m not singing, I’m out gardening in good weather or researching family history for myself and others when it’s pouring down.

Linda Macfarlane is a Co-opted Governor.

My belief that young people deserve the best in education has been a guiding principle since I began teaching, many years ago. My experience in schools is wide and, as well as the very real joys of classroom teaching, it spans a range of management and subject leader roles in a variety of secondary schools. I worked for several years as a school inspector and have just recently stepped down from being chair of governors in a comprehensive school, in Essex, where I worked closely with a multi academy trust. Despite all this, I remain committed to the belief that what happens on the ground, in the classroom, is where the greatest difference is made for young people. This is nowhere truer than in primary schools. This is where teachers, working with great professional commitment, lay the essential foundations for children to try, to persist and to succeed, as they become confident in the enjoyment of learning. As a member of the board of governors at Trinity Academy, I am very proud to be part of that project.

Mandy Bogojevic is a Co-opted Governor.

First and foremost, I am mum to five children, three of whom are now married adults and the youngest are twin boys, one attending Trinity Academy and the other at Mowbray School in Bedale.

I have been a member of the Trinity Academy governing body since 2019, initially as a parent governor and now continuing in a new role. I am also a member of staff in the school, working part time mainly supporting children with additional needs.

My career has been largely focussed around young children and my previous employment includes 11 years inspecting early years settings for Ofsted and North Yorkshire County Council, regional management at two private day nursery companies, nursery and pre-school management, consultancy and tutoring.

I am passionate about children and helping to ensure that their education and life experiences are positive and rewarding, helping them to achieve their potential with opportunities to succeed, whilst developing into responsible and caring individuals.

I have lived in Richmond for over 25 years, love to swim, walk and to be outdoors generally, usually accompanied by my youngest boys, my husband and our dog.

Miss Hodges is a Staff Governor.

I have been a teacher for over 15 years, with the majority of that time spent teaching at Trinity Academy Richmond. My favourite place to be is in the classroom, supporting children with their learning and celebrating their success. I am passionate about providing the best possible opportunities for the children, through a creative and inspiring curriculum and am always looking for ways to develop my knowledge and practice. I have worked as a Writing Moderator for North Yorkshire and am a math specialist teacher, as well as working alongside colleagues from other schools in research projects for developing the curriculum and assessment. Most recently I have undertaken a variety of training on supporting children and school staff with their mental wellbeing.

Mr Jonathan King is a Parent Governor.

I moved to the area with my wife and daughter in Summer 2021. We felt warmly welcomed into the Trinity Academy Richmond family and my daughter quickly settled and is very happy at the school. I have several years’ experience of site/ facilities management in a number of schools (both primary and secondary) and was pleased, in having the opportunity to join the governing board, to offer my knowledge of this different but equally important aspect of school life, which does affect and contribute to both staff and pupils’ working, learning and playing environment and enjoyment of school. Trinity is blessed with fantastic outside space and I’m looking forward to developments which will enhance opportunities for interaction and constructive play that I believe is so important.

I have also been involved in local churches taking a variety of roles including Churchwarden, which in some ways is similar to my school roles in overseeing the care and maintenance of often historic buildings and grounds as well as considering how they can be adapted for contemporary use.

I enjoy walking, exploring the wonderful countryside, very amateur gardening and equally amateur singing.