Leven CE (VC) Primary School

Enriching Life through Learning

We have 5 Co-opted Governors.

We currently have one vacancy.




Mrs Carol Stoney (School IMprovement, English, SEN, Academically Able)



I have been involved in primary education for many years, as a teacher, a head, a parent  and a governor. I started my teaching career in the West Midlands before moving to this area where I taught in a number of local village schools before becoming Headteacher at Skidby. This was very shortlived  (2 terms!) when I left to have my first daughter. I resumed teaching part time at Preston school  the day my younger daughter started school at Leven. I eventually became Headteacher at Preston until my retirement some years ago.

Throughout my teaching career and subsequently I have been a member of the PTFA and on a number of governing bodies. I am one of the longest serving governors at Leven and I am also on the governing body at another local school.

Since retiring, my husband and I travel a lot. I enjoy gardening and reading and belong to a couple of reading groups. Some of my week is taken up with looking after my two year old granddaughter

Mrs Anne Tennison (Governor Training)

Mrs Carole Shiels (Attendance)


I am currently an Executive Head teacher of two small Primary Schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

I have lived in East Yorkshire all of my life and after leaving Sixth Form, I attended Hull University where I did a degree in Chemistry. I then did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and started my teaching career in a school in Hull. I have also an Early Years Certificate in Education.

During my teaching career, I have taught in three Hull schools and during the last few years of teaching in Hull,  I was also a Leading Maths Teacher. I became a Deputy Head in a small East Riding School in 2001. In 2007 I started my first Headship and in 2011 I was asked to become Head of a second school. These schools federated in 2015.

I am an Appraiser for the Local Authority for their Leadership and Development Programme and I have also been a mentor for new Head teachers.

I am very much a family person and spend as much time as I can either supporting my daughter when she is performing at various music gigs or spending quality time with my Parents and other family members.

I am proud to be on the Governing Body of Leven Primary School and enjoy working with all stakeholders to secure the best outcomes for all of the pupils and their families.

Mr Marvin Close (Defender of the Arts) - Acting Chair



I’ve been a full time writer in television, theatre, radio and books for over 20 years, and regularly go into schools and colleges to deliver workshops about writing and creativity; including a stint in Leven School working with Year 4’s to make a short TV ‘soap’. 

I live in Hornsea and have also been a governor at Hornsea School and Language College for the past 12 years, serving for three years as Chair of Governors. I have four children, two girls and two boys ; one now working in London, one at university in Edinburgh and two studying for their A-levels. 

I have played and performed in bands for many years and am a huge movie fan, helping to set up two film clubs in the area. I am also passionate about football, my last two books having been about the subject. 

Why is the arts worth defending? As well as enriching our lives and helping to make the world a more enjoyable and meaningful place, the arts represents a fantastic avenue for our children’s future work. And it’s a serious business. According to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the arts industry earns eleven million pounds an hour for the UK.