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Governing bodies are responsible to parents, funders and the community. The governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction
  • selects the head teacher
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs

Every school must have a governing body. The membership will vary according to the type of school. The governing body has some discretion of the numbers of governors.

Governing bodies include governors who are:

  • Parent elected by parents at the school 
  • Staff elected by Head, teachers and support staff at the school. The head teacher is entitled to be a staff governor without an election
  • Persons appointed by Kirklees as the local authority. The are from one to four of these “Authority” governors
  • Co-opted Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body according to the skills and experience they can offer.


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For many years we have had a very active governing body which has shown vision and ensured consistency in standards.

The work of the Governing Body takes place through the Standards and Effectiveness Committee, the Resources Committee andfull Governing Body meetings.

Terms of Reference for Standards and Effectiveness Committee - click here

Terms of Reference for Resources Committee - click here

The following committees meet when the need arises:

Staff dismissal - This committee decides any matter relating to staff grievance, disciplinary or competency procedures and issues involving dismissal, redeployment or redundancy. Membership does not include the Headteacher of staff Governors.

Appeals - This committee hears appeals from any member of staff who object to a decision of the Headteacher or staff.

Dismissal, Pay or Appraisal Committees/Panels - It upholds or dismisses an appeal.

Complaints - to  review the Headteacher's decision where a complainant is dissatisfied.  To investigate a complaint against a Headteacher.  To allow the complainant to present his/her case personally.  To allow the complainant to be accompanied by a friend.  At the committee/panel's discretion, to allow a pupil to be heard.  Following a tribunal format, the complainant and the Headteacher will normally only be heard in each other's presence, unless this would be deemed to be inappropriate due to the specific details of the situation.

Pupil Discipline - This committee considers the actions of the Headteacher in excluding a pupil. Considers representations made by parents and by the LA.  Determines whether the pupil should be reinstated.

Governors for these committees are drawn from a poolof eligible Governors.

The Headteacher Appraisal committee comprises of Governors who are appointed to conduct the appraisal of the Headteacher the recommends a pay award.


Our current Governors are

Name Position Governor Type Committees Term of office 
Patricia Child Chair Co-opted 

Standards & Effectiveness
SEN,RE, Maths

19.10.12 to


Amanda Pickup Headteacher Ex-officio Standards & Effectiveness
Resources, Governor Training
1.9.17 to 
Claire Plunkett Assistant Head
Early Years Leader
Co-opted Staff
Standards & Effectiveness 10.2.15 to 9.2.19
Caroline Carbutt Assistant Head
Curriculum Leader
Staff Governor Standards & Effectiveness 13.10.14 to 12.10.18
Dennis Hullock   LA    9.10.12 to 8.10.16
Jilly Martin   Co-opted Resources
Equality, Literacy, PE
10.2.15 to 9.2.19
Howard Rushfirth   Parent Standards & Effectiveness 19.9.13 to 18.9.17
Angela Myers   Co-opted Resources 23.11.15 to 22.11.19
Julie Robinson   Co-opted Standards & Effectiveness
10.2.15 to 9.2.19
Paul Howgate   Co-opted   17.5.13 to 16.5.17
Martin Walker   Co-opted LAC, Safeguarding 8.3.15 to 7.3.19
Kate Inwood School Business Manager Associate    
Lisa Wright   Parent    
  Vacancy Co-opted    
  Vacancy Co-opted    

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Minutes of Governor Meetings

Minutes of Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Minutes of Resources Committee

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