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. 

 

Grange Moor Primary School Governing Body Structure

 

Governor Attendance

 

2020 - 2021

 

Grange Moor Primary School Governing Body Minutes

 

Tuesday 21st September 2021

Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Tuesday 25th January 2022

 

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. 

 

Grange Moor Primary School Register of Business Interests

 

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. Helen Myers - Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Grange Moor for six years. 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 2019

Type of appointment: Co-opted 

Term of office: Four years

 

Dr. Andrew Youde - Vice-Chair 

I joined the Governing body in December 2014 when my daughter was a pupil here. 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 15 years and currently manage the Department of Education and Community Studies within the School of Education. This Department provides a range of degrees including Childhood Studies, Early Years and a Masters Suite of Education courses, 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 2018

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. My grandson also recently started in school.  In terms of my 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: 22nd September 2020

Type of appointment: LA

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Claire Gray

I joined Grange Moor Primary school in September 2019 as School Bursar and Staff Governor. Prior to taking the role at Grange Moor Primary school I worked as part of the pastoral team in a special school and before moving into a role within schools I worked in accounts. My role was  reviewed in 2020 and I am now part of the Senior Leadership Team as School Business Manager.

My previous work experience has given me the skills I need to work in the demanding role I have running the school office dealing with children, parents and visitors on a daily basis and looking after the school’s financial account. I am Mum to two sons that keep me busy out of school, this also helps me understand things in school form a parents' point of view.

I am enjoying my role at Grange Moor Primary school and have been made to feel very welcome and part of the school and wider community, I have worked alongside a number of parents already raising funds for school and look forward to our future events.

Date of appointment: 10th September 2019

Type of appointment: Co-opted staff

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Rosemary Tomlinson

I have been a teacher at Grange Moor Primary School since September 2008. I am currently teaching Y 5/6 for 2.5 days each week, previous to this I taught Y 3/4 for three years and when I first joined the school I taught in Y5/6 full time for a number of years. I qualified as a teacher in 2007 and worked at a large Junior School in Dewsbury where I completed my NQT year. I have been at Grange Moor for over 13 years and have seen many positive changes to the school - it’s been a great journey to be part of! I have two children, a daughter who is currently in Year 3 at Grange Moor and a son, who is 4 and starte in Reception in September 2021. I absolutely love working at this school and now that my children are here too, I thought it would be a good time to join the Governing body as I can understand things from both viewpoints -teacher and parent! Outside of school, I like to take my children on days out, try to keep active with walking and Pilates, and spend time with friends and family!

Date of appointment: 3rd November 2020

Type of appointment: Co-opted staff

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Alison Haworth

I'm married and have three children, all of whom have been through the Shelley Pyramid system. I have been a governor for over thirteen 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 thirteen 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 2019

Type of appointment: Co-opted staff

Term of office: Four years

  

Mrs. Laura Jones

I'm Laura Jones and I have a daughter who left Grange Moor in 2020. My eldest son is in Year Three and I have twins in Year One. 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 Specialist twins and multiples 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 am approachable 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 2019

Type of appointment: Parent

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Charlotte Huscroft

Hi, I’m Charlotte, I became a parent governor for the school in late 2019 so I am relatively new to the role. I wanted to be a governor because I feel strongly about children’s education and want to support this wonderful little school as much as I can. I currently live in Kirkheaton and have done for most of my life. I work for West Yorkshire Police as a Police Community Support Officer and have done for the last 10 years. I hope that the skills I have and have learnt from doing this role for so long will aid me in my new role as child protection and safeguarding Governor. I have two sons, my eldest is in Year One and I hope that my youngest, Arlo, will join him at Grange Moor Primary in September 2022. In my spare time I enjoy running, spending time with my family and walking our dog, Dudley. 

Date of appointment: 17th January 2020

Type of appointment: Parent

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Lynda Hodgett

I have lived in Grange Moor since 2000, with my 3 children attending the school from 2002 through to 2014. I have previously been a Parent Governor at the school for 8 years whilst my children attended. I am an IT Project Manager for a global IT Services Company, with 22 years service. I want to continue to support the school, bringing experience from the corporate world to help and support the running of the school within this small community, maintain the good reputation it has and the solid foundation it provides for the children.

Date of appointment: 27th January 2020

Type of appointment: Co-opted

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Lydia McGrath

I have four children between seven months and five years old who will hopefully all attend Grange Moor PS. My eldest son is currently in Year One and my eldest daughter is in Reception. I felt that I would like to get involved as I would be attending Grange Moor Primary School for quite some time! I am a director of a utility company, founder of Woodside Weddings, treasurer for Upper Hopton Pre School and we live on a small farm in Grange Moor. I have been involved in some local community projects and I am generally passionate about the village and it being a lovely place for our children to grow up. I hope that I can be beneficial to my fellow governors and if nothing else just be a good support to the school. 

Date of appointment: 25th November 2020

Type of appointment: Co-opted

Term of office: Four years