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Ingram Road Governors - Introductions

Mrs Deryn Porter – Chair of Governors

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Deryn Porter and I am the new Chair of Governors at Ingram Road Primary School.

I was brought up in a tiny village in Wales called Talgarreg and I am bi-lingual in Welsh and English, although English is my first language. My family moved to Talgarreg when I was 11 years old and I only spoke English at the time but everyone in the village spoke Welsh. This experience has given me a real insight into what it is like to be surrounded by people who are speaking a language you don’t understand and I have always used this insight in my job as a teacher. I feel privileged to have had an opportunity to learn Welsh as I believe that our mother tongue, whatever it is, is a key part of our culturally heritage and should be treasured.

I have worked in many high schools in Leeds, teaching English, since the mid-eighties: John Smeaton, Wortley High School, Farnley Park, Swallow Hill and Mount St Mary’s; so, if you think I have taught you, do say hello.

One of the things I love about living in Leeds is the diversity of our city where it is possible to meet people from all over the world. Over the generations, members of my own family have worked in India, the United States, South Africa and New Zealand and, at the moment, both my sons live and work in Australia. I am looking forward to hearing all about your families and where they come from.

Since I retired a few years ago, I have been on the governing body at Cobden Primary school and have enjoyed this so much I decided to join the governing body at Ingram Road. I wasn’t sure about taking on the role of Chair at first but since meeting Mrs Millard and some of her staff (one of whom identified herself as an ex-pupil!) and seeing round the school and seeing the children hard at work, I found myself saying yes. I am really looking forward to working with you all.


Miss Jess Keenan – Co-opted Governor

Hello!  It’s great to have the opportunity to introduce myself, I’m Jess and became a co-opted Governor in September 2017.  Through my work with Kidz Klub Leeds I’ve been involved in Ingram Road through assemblies and lunch clubs for several years, and have lots of experience working with primary school children.  I live here in Holbeck and love being part of the local community.  I’m really looking forward to being more involved in the life of such a lovely school as a Governor and I’ve enjoyed the extra time I’ve spent in school so far for meetings and visits, getting to know staff and students better.  I’m passionate about seeing children thrive so it’s great to have the opportunity to be part of a team working towards ensuring all children at Ingram Road thrive both at school and in their wider lives

Mrs Jean Birch Co-Opted Governor

I have been a governor at Ingram Road school for many years. Previously I had been a governor and Chair of Governors at 2 other South Leeds primary schools but I particularly wanted to get involved at Ingram Road when my church, Holbeck Christian Fellowship, met at the school for several years.

In my professional life I was a teacher/advisor with responsibility for literacy and I ran a project to improve reading in inner city schools, so naturally I was happy to have oversight as a governor for literacy at Ingram Road and I have made many enjoyable visits to speak with the staff and observe lessons.

As part of my commitment to the school and the area I represent Ingram Road school on the “Voice of Holbeck” group. This is a voluntary group made up of representatives from various organisations in Holbeck. It’s purpose is to make Holbeck a better and safer place for people to live and work. To this end the group meets council officials, councillors for the area and police to discuss issues raised by residents. I think it’s important that the parents and staff of the school can bring any concerns or suggestions they have and I can raise them at the meetings. In this way we can work together to make Holbeck a good place for the pupils at Ingram Road.