Words from Our Governors


Wendy Sharp

Chair of Governors 

I have spent my entire working life in education. I love school life and have been privileged to teach, manage and lead in many schools in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and until a few years ago serving as Headteacher in two Derbyshire Schools.

Born and raised in a loving, working class family, my parents encouraged me to work hard, aim high and to seek a life that was less hindered by poverty than theirs had been.

I firmly believe that education helps all children and adults to lead more fulfilling lives and increases their chances of earning a good living.

Though retired I cherish the opportunity to work with all the staff at Leys Junior School to ensure that each and every child has every reasonable opportunity to succeed in life.

With four grandchildren, aged 1, 3, 3 and 7 years of age, my interest is more than academic and I, along with other committed Governors, pledge to seek the best for the entire school community.

                                                                                           Wendy Sharpe


Gill O'Hagan

Vice Chair

I first became a Community Governor at Copthorne Community Infant School when my 2 daughters attended the school. I live locally and have valued being involved with the school. I have continued to support the school through its journey for the past 25 years. 

We have recently entered a new exciting phase of Federating with Leys Junior School. Our two schools operate individually but now have one Governing Body to ensure a consistent overview.

Until retirement I was a secondary teacher and my life long passion has been to try and offer the best educational paths for all children and adults. As a Governor I am committed to seeking new opportunities for our children and using my knowledge and experience to help move the Unity Federation forward.  


                                                                                  Gill O'Hagan




Nicola Bettison

Staff Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Leys Junior School for around seven years.

Having three children I wanted to be involved with the school they attend and hopefully challenge and help the school move forward.

I live and work part-time locally in Early Years and I am also a fully trained and experienced Outdoor Learning Practitioner. My experience with children ranges from Early Years to Secondary Education, with children of all abilities including S.E.N, so this as well as outdoor learning is a great interest to me.

                                                                                               Nicola Bettison


Jo Baranek

Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor at Leys Primary School in November 2016, after my step daughter started Leys in September 2016. 

I work as an Early Years Adviser for a large Childcare Charity and my work includes spearheading a national Maths Champions programme and acting a lead safeguarding designated officer supporting nurseries all over the UK with any concerns or queries they may have. In my role I also deliver a wide range of training to nursery owners, practitioners and childminders including at specialist childcare expos. 

I wanted to become a Governor to use my interests and training to support the school my step-daughter attends. As a Governor I bring a wealth of knowledge of education on different levels, including having trained as a primary school teacher myself, specialising in maths and science. My aim is to be the voice of the children and ensure they are all able to meet their full potential through the excellent education and support the school offers. 

                                                                                                   Jo Baranek


Simon Jaggs 

Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Leys Junior School since September 2018; I also sit on the Resource Management Committee.

My interest in Leys Junior School began to grow from the small initial support I provided from my own business. In 2017 I had helped with the supply of visual wall graphics to make the library area visually more stimulating for the children. The use that the school has had from this, together with the look on the children’s faces was enough for me to realise that perhaps there may be opportunities here for me to be able to make a difference.

I have had my own Sign, Graphics and Manufacturing business for over 10 years; we are a profitable business with a turnover of over £4M and an EBITDA of 800. With my knowledge of corporate finance, profit and loss accounts and my monthly management accounts meetings held with my own accountants, I feel I have sufficient financial detail to provide support to the Resource Management Committee.

Originally qualified as a Graphic Designer with B.A.(Hons) Degree from Nottingham University, I see myself providing further support to the Art classes in school where I hope to be able to offer a very positive contribution to the children’s education.

                                                                                                     Simon Jaggs