A Partnership of Church & Community Schools

Dr Samantha Pugh (Safeguarding Lead)

Samantha is currently a Foundation Governor at Archbishop Holgate’s School where she chairs the Pastoral Committee, is a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Foundation Governors Committee, and is the Safeguarding Expert Governor.

She was previously a governor at Wilberfoss CE Primary School for seven years. During this time, she established and chaired the Curriculum and Standards Committee and also had the roles of SEN Governor, Training Link Governor and Science Link Governor. She has a deep understanding of the challenges that primary schools face and the decision-making regarding their priorities. As a MAT Trustee, Samantha is looking forward to supporting and challenging the MAT, to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for students across the City of York.

Samantha is an Associate Professor in STEM Education at the University of Leeds and a National Teaching Fellow. She has over 15 years’ experience of teaching and curriculum development, particularly focusing on professional development and business collaboration. She has been a member of the University’s Taught Student Education Board for 5 years, whose role is to set the University’s strategy, cascade those decisions down to faculties and schools, and then act upon feedback whilst balancing external stakeholders and government policy. This ‘helicopter view’ is invaluable as a MAT Trustee. She is also a director of Project Dexterity Ltd; providing consultancy services and training in all aspects of project management.

On a more personal note, Samantha is married to Simon and they have three children at secondary school. She enjoys cycling, dancing, running, and loves live music and musical theatre.

Role as link Director for Safeguarding

As part of her role as link Director for Safeguarding, Samantha works closely with the MAT’s safeguarding lead, who ensures that all schools are fully up to date and compliant with statutory safeguarding and child protection legislation. A key aspect of Samantha’s link role involves ensuring that the Board are provided with assurances in terms of the MAT’s compliance with statutory provisions and that all children within the MAT are kept safe in Education. Samantha’s role as Safeguarding Governor and Chair of the Pastoral Committee at Archbishop Holgate’s School ensures that she is fully conversant with the latest requirements and best practices in this area of work.