Welcome to our governors area.

Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School is lucky to have a dedicated governing body that works hard to support the school in achieving the highest standards possible. They meet regularly to discuss the school’s strategic direction and make important decisions that are in the best interests of all involved.

Meet the Governors…

Anthony Temperton is our Chair of Governors.

I have been a governor for over 10 years I began as a parent governor becoming Vice Chair and am now Chair. I became a governor because I am strong believer in supporting the community and wanting the best for our children. I am on all the committees and visit school at least once a week and as requested by the head teacher. I represent the school as liaison governor at Stockton Hall Hospital and involve myself with village/church events. My background is stained glass conservation where I worked for the registered charity The York Glaziers Trust for over 25 years before starting and running my own business for the last 15 years.


Paul Hudson is our Vice Chair of Governors.

My name is Paul Hudson. I am married with two children, and two grandchildren who are both now at primary school. I have been a School Governor for sixteen years, both at New Earswick where I was chair of Governors for fourteen years, and at Stockton on the Forest, where I was chair until two years ago. I run a company, which specialises in engraving and machining. Other interests include music and playing guitar, which has also involved setting up the sound and lighting systems for the band.


Mr Craig Smailes is our health and safety governor.

I have been a School Governor since October 2010 and currently have additional responsibility for health and safety matters.

Originally born in Scarborough I have lived away from the York area all my adult life until moving with my family to Stockton on the Forest in 2008. Working in the construction industry since graduating as a Civil Engineer I am currently employed as a Project Director actively involved in the procurement, delivery and ongoing estate management of new state schools.

I consider that involving parents and the wider community is imperative to the success of the school and the teaching staff deserve all the support that governors and parents can give them.
We are so fortunate to have a team of teachers with vision and commitment and it is therefore incumbent on the governing board to ensure they are able to maximise that professionalism and help everyone to achieve their full potential in a happy and safe environment.


Mrs Karen Vincent is our attendance governor.

I joined the governors team in July 2016. I have two boys who have attended the school. I have been involved in education as a Secondary RE and Psychology teacher since 2000 and continue to work in York and North Yorkshire schools. My work in education means I have experience in educational standards, HR, managing staff and Ofsted. As a GCSE exam marker I am able to offer analysis of results and data. I am passionate about meeting the needs of the whole child and see my role as governor as contributing to academic and personal development.


Ms Louise Sandall is our safeguarding governor.

I have two children at the school and was delighted to be elected as a parent governor in 2015. I am passionate and care about the school and the education of our children. I believe that my skills across a range of business areas can help support the school to meet its future challenges in ensuring our children are provided with a high standard of education, in a safe, structured and welcoming environment.


Mrs Joyce Botham is our local authority governor.

I have lived in the village for 26 years, I have two grown up sons and two grandsons. I have been involved in education for over 25 years, 18 years as a teaching head at a small village school. I retired from full time teaching/headship two years ago but I still work part time as an External Assessor for Leeds University. I have a degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Educational research but my biggest claim to fame is that I am a qualified football coach and a Latin/ballroom dancer. I enjoy reading, yoga, walking and cycling.

I used to tell the children in my school to “Reach for the stars and chase their dreams” hopefully in my role as a school governor I can continue this mantra.

Governor’s Attendance

Governor’s Meeting Dates

Governing Body Membership

Register of Business Interests