Meet the Governors
Mandy Rogers: Chair of Governors
Elected as Chair in May 2016 - re-elected annually.
Responsibility for: Collective Worship; Religious Education; SMSC; PSHE. Early Years Governor.
I am delighted to be part of the Governing Board and enjoy working closely with Ms Walker, the school staff and interacting with the children. I retired as Headteacher of a primary school in 2013, so have an in-depth understanding of teaching and learning, as well as policy and procedure.
In the world today it is vital that children receive an outstanding academic education and the skills and knowledge to support them in living happy and safe lives in the 21st Century. As a Church of England school, our Christian foundation is a vitally important part of this learning.
As governors, our role is ensuring clarity of vision and strategic direction. We support and challenge the Headteacher, looking at the educational performance of all children and the performance of all staff. We also oversee financial management. Please click on the following link to find out more about the role of governors.
It is a pleasure to be part of a vibrant and developing school community.
Gale Waller: Vice-Chair of Governors
I became a Foundation Governor at Ryhall in the summer of 2015 having previously served in a similar capacity elsewhere in Rutland for 8 years and for 4 in Hertfordshire. I began my working life as a secondary school teacher and ended it working for the Audit Commission as a lead for children’s services. Now I am retired much of my time is taken up as a Rutland County Councillor for Normanton Ward and I also chair Rutland’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. I am married and have a daughter who is a secondary school Head of Music.
I’m a father of two boys - one of whom is now in Year 6 at Ryhall CE Academy and I serve as a Parent Governor. I’ve lived in the village of Ryhall for the last 12 years. My family and I like to get involved all aspects of village life and I particularly enjoy gigging in the local pub where I play the drums. I have 20+ years of teaching experience in secondary education and am currently employed as a Head of Science in a secondary school.
I have a long-standing interest in the education of the children in our village which has been the main reason for immersing myself into my governor role. My aims for the children of Ryhall are to have access to a world class education and I strongly believe that Ryhall CE Academy has the ingredients of a truly outstanding school. I hope that my work in this leadership capacity serves to ensure outstanding outcomes for all.
Staff Governor (Teaching)
I became a teaching staff governor in November 2019 having been elected by the staff. I'm the Reception Class teacher and have now been at the school for almost years.
Staff Governor (Support Staff)
I've now been a member of the support staff at Ryhall CE Academy for 9 years, starting life as a cleaner before moving on to being a teaching assistant and now a qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). I predominantly spend my time working with KS2 children and have a particular passion for Maths - enjoying the challenges and endless possibilities it can bring. I elected to become a Support Staff Governor in 2016 as I wanted to represent the school in driving standards forward to be the best school we can possibly be. I know I represent a hardworking and dedicated staff and I am proud to be part of the school' journey. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, knitting and sewing and am often seen bringing some of these skills in to school - particularly in adopting the Food for Life scheme and after-school cookery.
I am a parent with a daughter who has just completed her education at Ryhall CE Academy and a son now moving to Year 10 in secondary school; I have now been involved with the school for over 10 years. Many of the parents know me as a former Chair of the PTFA, a role held for 5 years. I have enjoyed the relationships that the role allowed me to build with parents across the school and through this I have been able to demonstrate my willingness to continue a high level of support through governance. I understand the need for parents to have a voice and their importance in assisting and supporting the school in setting the strategic direction.
My husband is an Arable Farmer around Ryhall & Rutland Water, and I have recently taken on the role of helping to run the Rutland & Northants Training group.
Rev Jo Saunders
I was appointed as Priest in Charge of Ryhall, Essendine and Carlby in September 2019, but my connection with the area goes back a long way. I moved here in 1972, and my two sons – now in their forties - were pupils at the school, which they still talk about with great affection.
My background is in secondary teaching; I taught English for thirty years before being ordained.
Before taking up my present post I was Priest in Charge of Castle Bytham, Little Bytham, Creeton and Careby, followed by eight years at Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Tickencote, Tinwell and Pickworth. During a break from ministry I volunteered at Ryhall Academy and quickly came to realise what a wonderful school it is, where every child is valued and encouraged, and where Christian values affect every aspect of its life. I greatly enjoy devising and leading our services in Ryhall church.
For me, the school is a vital part of church life, so I am delighted to have been appointed to the governing body and in particular to its Ethos committee.