Governors

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they’re called the governing body. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline. Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction. From the profiles below, you will see that our Governing Body members bring a whole range of skills and experience to the table. Once complete, an outline of our skills audit will be available here.

 

There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered. To help put this duty into practice, a governing body is required to establish and maintain a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all governors and the headteacher, any business interests. The register of interests can be found here

 

The Governing Body of Grange Moor Primary School is made up of the following members, their date of appointment referring to the commencement of their most recent term of office:

 

Mrs. Janette Biggins – Chair of Governing Body

I have been an LA governor at Grange Moor Primary School for nearly fourteen years, and was elected as Chair in October 2016. My involvement with the school includes attending one day per week to help and assist the pupils in their learning environment which ranges from reading skills in Reception to beheading the wives of Henry VIII in Year Six!  Having worked in the chemical industry for 30 years dealing with HR and Welfare issues I felt I had knowledge and expertise to transfer into the educational system in the local community. The school continues to flourish, acknowledged in the OFSTED report of April 2015.

Date of appointment: 19th May 2015

Type of appointment: Co-opted

Term of office: Four years

 

Mr. Timothy Lyles 

I have been a governor in some capacity at Grange Moor Primary School for nearly thirty years serving almost half of that as Chair. All three of my sons came through Grange Moor Primary School which led me to first become involved as a governor. In terms of career, I ran a successful textile business in Dewsbury for many years, overseeing everything from budget to human resources gaining a broad range of experiences which I bring to the Governing Body.

Date of appointment: 4th October 2016

Type of appointment: LA

Term of office: Co-opted

 

Mrs. Linda Long

I am the School Business Manager and have worked at Grange Moor Primary since January 1997 (almost 20 years!).  As you can imagine there have been a lot of changes in that time and I am proud to be a member of our very hard working team.  I know all the staff give 100% to our children and for my part I dedicate my time to ensure the smooth running of the day to day administration and financial matters.  I have been a governor at this school previously and feel I have much to contribute. I am the chair of our very active Fundraising Group and we organise a whole range of events throughout the year for the children, parents and community. Outside of school I enjoy walking in the Dales and gardening.

Date of appointment: 19th May 2015

Type of appointment: Co-opted staff

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Maggie Whittaker

I have been a governor since 2008. I hold the position of teacher governor. I am currently teaching in our Reception / Y1 class with our EYFS provision rated as outstanding in our last OFSTED Inspection in April 2015. I have worked at Grange Moor Primary School since 2006 where I have developed and enhanced the early years curriculum. I qualified as a teacher in 2004 with a degree in Primary Education, specialising in early years. I taught in two early units before joining Grange Moor. I travel from Batley every day where I live with my husband and two children. Our school is growing and developing and I am interested in supporting it during these exciting times

Date of appointment: 3rd July 2014

Type of appointment: Staff

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Alison Haworth

I'm married and have three children, two of whom have been through the Shelley Pyramid system with the third, my youngest daughter, currently in Y11 at Shelley College. I have been a governor for almost eleven years, firstly as a parent governor at Thurstonland First School and now as a staff governor at Grange Moor Primary School. I have been a teaching assistant for the past twelve years and derive a great deal of pleasure from helping children with their learning under the guidance of the teaching staff. Outside of school I enjoy walking, keeping fit, reading and cooking.

Date of appointment: 19th May 2015

Type of appointment: Co-opted staff

Term of office: Four years

  

Mrs. Helen Myers

I have been a governor at Grange Moor for around four and a half years. I am a mum of three children, my youngest daughter having left here in July 2016. I have lived in Grange Moor for over 20 years and very much enjoyed volunteering at school as a "reading friend" and also helping in fundraising events. I originally wanted to get more involved with the school because I felt I could put a parent perspective on matters. Our school may be small but is highly regarded and I want to help to keep it that way. I am also involved in local community projects and have been involved in other Committees which give me an insight into how places of education are run.

Date of appointment: 19th May 2015

Type of appointment: Co-opted 

Term of office: Four years

 

Dr. Andrew Youde

I joined the Governing body in December 2014 and I am looking forward to supporting such a successful, friendly and caring school.  My daughter, Abigail, is currently in Year Four, having been here since Reception.  Since moving to Grange Moor in 2007 I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the community and village life. I have lectured at Huddersfield University for 11 years and currently manage the Division of Academic & Professional Studies within the School of Education. This Division provides a range of degrees including Childhood Studies, Early Years and Educational Management and Administration, and I teach on a range of courses including the MSc Technology Enhanced Learning.  Prior to this role I was Head of ‘A’ Level Business and Economics at Huddersfield New College. I hope these roles provide sufficient experience to be an effective Governor at Grange Moor Primary School.

Date of appointment: 17th December 2014

Type of appointment: Co-opted

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Laura Jones

My name is Laura Jones and my daughter Florence is currently a pupil in Year Three at Grange Moor Primary School. I also have a two year old son and twin son and daughter, born earlier in the year. I have lived in Grange Moor since June 2012, being from Kirkheaton originally.As I'm sure any parent does, I feel very strongly that every child deserves the best possible education to meet their needs. As parent governor I am keen to support the teaching staff and current board of governors. I am currently working as a Midwife at St James's University Hospital, having been a nurse prior to this. Whilst the parent governor role is a completely different one, I feel I have lots of transferable skills to bring to the role of governor. I amapproachable for any problems/issues parents may have so that Grange Moor Primary School can continue to be a school to be proud of. 

Date of appointment: 4th December 2015

Type of appointment: Parent

Term of office: Four years

Mrs. Lesley Leonard

I have been a volunteer at Grange Moor Primary School for approximately the last 6 years helping in the classrooms for one half day per week on my day off from work. This has given me an insight into the high quality of teaching and support that is required for Reception, Years 1,2,3 and 4. I have lived in Grange Moor village since 2001 and my children attended schools nearby where they were already established. I have now increased my time within the school to two half days per week since I retired from my profession as a Children's Occupational Therapist in December 2015.My job as an OT involved working with special needs babies, toddlers and infants who required specialist equipment in the home and nursery, to improve posture, mobility and function thus allowing them to access age appropriate activities in these settings. This also gave me considerable experience of working closely with education services in assessing for a child's special needs ready for full time school and it provided me with a detailed understanding of how how special needs equipment and adaptations are funded. In addition I have a sound knowledge of child development having worked with children for 33 years and a particular interest in ensuring equality of access for all disabled youngsters to mainstream facilities.I have been invited to attend Governors Meetings at Grange Moor Primary School since January 2016 and feel that my professional background may contribute to these meetings in addition to my experience gained from volunteering in the classroom. When not in school I also enjoy keeping fit via, badminton, table tennis, ice skating and walking.

Date of appointment: 11th November 2016

Type of appointment: Co-opted

Term of office: Four years

Ms. Emma Wilson

My name is Emma Wilson and my son Oliver is currently a pupil in Year Four at Grange Moor Primary School. I have lived in Emley since October 2006, being from Cowlersley originally. I initially started by supporting and helping within the fundraising group for the school.  As a parent governor I am keen to support the teaching staff and current board of governors in order to continue to ensure that the children within Grange Moor Primary School receive the best possible education to meet their needs. I am currently working as a deputy manager for adult social care having progressed through the Social Work profession, providing me with transferable skills in safeguarding and legislation that I can bring to the role of governor. In my spare time I volunteer at my son's rugby club as first aider, touchline manager and child welfare officer; otherwise I enjoy walking with the dog and reading. 

Date of appointment: 8th November 2016

Type of appointment: Parent

Term of office: Four years