Leven CE (VC) Primary School

Enriching Life through Learning

We have 5 Co-opted Governors.

We currently have no vacancies.

Mr Murray Wiles (Chair, Designated Safeguarding Governor (DSG))


I am a retired headteacher with 40 years of teaching experience. I was trained at Sheffield City College as a "Secondary Teacher" (Key Stage 3 and 4), but I can say that I have taught every year group from Foundation to Year  12, albeit briefly in some cases. I have a BA degree in psychology and have qualifications in educational management to degree level. My interests in teaching began with Special Educational Needs and more recently in the teaching of English Grammar. Whilst no longer teaching, I am currently supporting teachers and TAs in the delivery of grammar and spelling in the classroom.

I became the headteacher at Leven Primary School in January 1999 after the school was described as having "Serious weaknesses" by a team of Ofsted inspectors. The school was able to provide "good" value for money during the following year. I then moved to Swinemoor Junior School in 2003.This school was amalgamated with the Infant school to become Swinemoor Primary School in 2007. I retired in 2009 to enjoy some classroom teaching again at Molescroft School on a part time basis. As a headteacher I have had governing body experience, and prior to that, at Hessle All Saints School, I was a teacher governor for five years.                                                                                                    ·

Having enjoyed my time at Leven, I moved in to Catwick 13 years ago. I am married and have two married stepchildren and a daughter who is currently studying at Sheffield University. I enjoy travelling, having visited New Zealand last year, and I enjoy walking and rambling. Ihad walked up 189 of the Scottish Monroes (mountains over 3000 feet) until a knee injury halted my attempts to climb all of them. I enjoy reading and I try to keep up to date with current educational thinking.


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)



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.