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

 

Dr. Andrew Youde - Vice-Chair 

I joined the Governing body in December 2014 and I am looking forward to supporting such a successful, friendly and caring school.  My daughter is currently in Year Six, having been at the School 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 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 2016

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 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 Son’s 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. Jayne Fenton

I have been a teacher at Grange Moor Primary School for 9 years and I currently teach Class 3, a class of mixed year 5 and 6 children. I am also the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. As both a teacher and a parent, I understand the challenges currently faced by all schools and hope that I can support the school to meet these challenges both now and in the future. Out of school, I enjoy walking my dogs, spending time with my children and trying to keep fit!

Date of appointment: 5th November 2018

Type of appointment: 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 almost twelve 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 2015

Type of appointment: Co-opted staff

Term of office: Four years

  

Mrs. Helen Myers

I have been a governor at Grange Moor for five 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 2015

Type of appointment: Co-opted 

Term of office: Four years

 

Mrs. Laura Jones

I'm Laura Jones and my daughter is currently a pupil in Year Five, my son has also just joined school in reception and I have two year old twins at home too! 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 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 7 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 34 years and a particular interest in ensuring equality of access for all disabled youngsters to mainstream facilities. 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

 

Miss. Charlotte Whiteley

Hi, I’m Charlotte, I became a parent governor for the school in late 2019 so I am very 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, Otis, has just started in Reception in 2019 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: 

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: 

Type of appointment: Co-opted

Term of office: Four years