Highburton CE (VC) First School

Governors

Whilst the Headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school, the main function of the Governing Body is to act as a critical friend in order to secure a good education for the children in a safe environment. The task of the Governing Body is to provide the strategic leadership. It is responsible for the proper conduct of the school, the promotion of high standards and ensuring that the children attend a good school which provides a good education and promotes their overall development and well being.

The Governing Body meets at least five times a year and has three main Sub-Committees – Finance and Premises, Staffing and Welfare, and Curriculum and Standards. Involvement in the Governing Body provides a challenging and interesting way of being involved in children’s education. We work as a team and make raising educational standards a priority for the school.

Chair of the Governing Body

 

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Name

Responsibility

Glyn Phillips

Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

Chair of Teacher Appraisal Committee

Year Two Class Governor

Martin Ward

Community Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Staffing and Welfare Committee

Finance and Premises Committee

Safeguarding/Looked After Children Governor

Year Four Class Governor

Sue Dunn

Local Authority Governor

 

Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee

Mathew Evans                                                  Parent Governor

Finance and Premises Committee

 

Sarah Coulson

Parent Governor

Year Five Class Governor

Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee

 

Foundation Governor

 

 

Local Authority Governor

 

  

Liz Robinson

Parent Governor

Early Years Governor

Year 1 Governor

Finance and Premises Committee

   

Emma Noke

Community Governor 

Reception Class Governor

Chair of Staffing and Welfare Committee

 

 

Graham Booth

Staff Governor

 Curriculum and Standards Committee

 

 

Gaynor Leadbeater

Headteacher 

 

Mr Chris Berridge

Clerk to the Governors

 

Pen Portraits

 Sue Dunn: Local Authority Governor

 I’ve been a governor at Highburton for around 8 years and I’m now the chair of the Finance and Premises sub-committee as well as attending the main Governing Body meetings.

I was born in Sussex but moved to Huddersfield around 27 years ago, living 19 of those years in Highburton.  My background is finance and contract management and I currently work for Kirklees council in its strategic housing team.

I was motivated to get involved with the school because I wanted to add something to my community.  Our school is highly regarded and I want to help to keep it that way!

 

 Martin Ward: Co-opted Governor

 I am 63 and have lived in Highburton since 1985, but with a brief stay in Fenay Bridge - then moved back to the village. Both my daughters went to Highburton First School and both loved going there. I work for CAP HI and spend most of my working life going around Europe driving and testing new cars and working with manufacturers in bringing new cars to market and giving them my blunt Yorkshire advice! I write about the cars I have seen and tested in various magazines, but only the ones I am allowed to write about, as we see many that are still secret and many years away from appearing in the local showroom. But it is always nice to be at home, and being in school occasionally to see first-hand how the school is being run, and always willing to help when required by Mrs Leadbeater. Being a Governor is such a fulfilling duty, and I really enjoy being part of this fantastic village school.

 

 Emma Noke: Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor for four years and currently chair the Staffing & Welfare sub-committee as well as support and represent Year Two. I live in Lepton but lived in Highburton for over 18 years and both my children attended the school. Whilst the demands of being a wife, a mum and a manager of a busy conveyancing firm can be challenging, I love being part of our local school and giving something back to the community. When time allows I enjoy playing netball, interior design and running.

 

 Sarah Coulson: Parent Governor

  I have been a governor for eight years and Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. My son Jack is at Kirkburton Middle School and my daughter Rose is at Shelley College. They both thrived during their time at Highburton and loved the school, so being a governor is an opportunity for me to give something back.  I am Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park where I organise exhibitions, work with artists and design publications. I have been lucky enough to bring a number of groups from Highburton to YSP, and I am always impressed and delighted by the way the school engages with the arts and the quality of the work they produce. It is a happy, inspirational school that I am proud to be a part of.

 

 Glyn Phillips: Foundation Governor

 I am currently Chair of the Governing Body and Year 4 link governor, having been a governor at Highburton for the best part of twenty years, originally as a parent governor and then latterly as a foundation governor (i.e. appointed by the church). My background is in finance and accountancy, working for many years as the finance director of a large local company. More recently, economic conditions, brought a move into early retirement, a move that I have certainly not regretted, even though I do seem to be busier than when I was working. I am also one of the churchwardens at the parish church in Kirkburton and a Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. I have lived in Highburton for 37 years, been married to Karen for 32 and have four grown up children all of whom have been taught at the school. Three of our children swam competitively meaning lots of early morning training – a part of my life that I am glad is now behind me. The eldest of our children is now a primary school teacher in Leeds, the second is currently applying for teacher training and the youngest is in her final year in York, studying primary education, so something must have rubbed off while they were at Highburton!  I feel very privileged to be able to serve as a governor at such a wonderful local school.

 

 Liz Robinson: Parent Governor

 I am Mum to two boys aged 11 and 7. Toby went to Kirkburton Middle School last September and Sam is in Year 2.  I have lived in the village all my life and attended Highburton First School myself.  As a mum of two young boys my life is pretty hectic but in my spare time I do enjoy reading with my boys, being outdoors and eating out, although any spare time I used to have is now taken up at football or cricket with Toby and Sam.

 In order to be able to spend more time with my family, I took voluntary redundancy from Kirklees Council in December 2012 where I had worked for 12 ½ years as a Locality Admin and Finance Officer in a Children’s Centre.  I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience there, this included an in depth knowledge of finance and health and safety and experience of safeguarding and Ofsted inspections.  After being a volunteer in the office at Highburton for 2 years I became a part time Senior Business Support Officer in November 2014.  I work every morning and all day on a Wednesday so you may have seen me in school or spoken to me on the phone.

 I also work for a company called Think Forensic, which runs interactive forensic science workshops for both children and adults.

 I strongly believe the importance of being involved in your child’s education even when this means doing a maths trail in the pouring rain or taking part in the mums' race at sports day!  I also believe that learning should be interesting and fun in order for children to flourish. I am the link Governor for Year 3 and the Early Years Governor. 

 

Matthew Evans - Parent Governor

 I was appointed as a Parent Governor in November 2016 and sit on the Finance & Premises Committee.

I have lived in Highburton for nearly 30 years and attended Highburton First School as a child. I have two wonderful daughters with my wife Jodie, the eldest of whom, Caitlyn, has just started in reception.

In my daily life I work as an accountant at the University of Huddersfield within its Research & Enterprise directorate, where I manage the budgets and contracts for a variety of grant funded research projects along with a range of enterprise and consultancy activity.

Away from the office I enjoy cycling and triathlon, and compete at an amateur level (although I’m a lot slower than I used to be!). I work with Ironman UK to co-ordinate their long distance triathlon events as well as co-ordinating some of the world’s largest IronKids events, aimed at getting children from the age of 3 up to 15 involved in the sport.

I’m delighted that the School has maintained its excellent reputation and positive ethos in the time since I attended and I’m proud to now be part of the School again and to have the opportunity to build on this for the future.

 

Sue Wimpenny - Co-opted Governor

My first contact with the Highburton First School was in 2006 when myself and my husband Ben looked around the school hoping to be offered a place for our eldest son, Alexander the following year. There was a warm welcoming feeling about the school that day and we didn't have any doubts that this was the right school for him and us. Alexander and our second son Nicholas both had a wonderful 6 years before moving onto middle school as 2 confident and happy boys.

During this time I was a member of the Friends of Highburton (formerly the PTA) and chair for 7 years until Nicholas left in 2016. Heavily involved in fund raising and organising events I enjoyed the involvement with school life and seeing the impact of the money we raised on the pupils' education. I was disappointed at the prospect of losing that link with the teachers and children so when the opportunity to become a governor arose I was delighted. 

Working at Mamas and Papas head office since 1996 I am responsible for pulling together sales and profits budgets, for forecasting and for team building and management which are skills that can be used during my time on the board and on the Staff and Welfare sub-committee. 

As a co-opted governor I am looking forward to helping build on the already successful development and growth of Highburton First School and supporting the head and staff whenever necessary. 

 

 

Amanda Grant: Foundation Governor

I am the Vicar of the newly formed Kirkburton and Shelley United Benefice, which comprises Emmanuel Church, in Shelley and All Hallows Church, in Kirkburton. I moved into this area from Winchester in Hampshire in August 2016 after finishing my ministerial training within the Arle Valley Benefice (which is also in Hampshire).  Here as Curate my experience extended across 4 and then 6 parishes and my time here was very rewarding and blessed.

Before, going to the Arle Valley Benefice, I undertook my theological and ministerial training, in Oxford. I studied at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, (often called Holy Hogwarts). Here I gained my Theology and Ministry Master’s degree. After training in Oxford, I returned to Winchester to be ordained a Deacon in 2011 and ordained a Priest in 2012 - both in Winchester Cathedral.

Life before being called to Holy Orders was interesting and versatile. I always enjoyed travelling and living in beautiful places like Sydney, Honolulu, San Francisco, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Yangon, Vancouver, Anchorage. Now my life is less fluid, so this year I’m going on my first Cruise. 

In my lifetime, I have had a few careers. In my late twenties, I trained as a shepherdess and one of the highlights were delivering triplet lambs and seeing them take their first breath. Later, I went to Montana and spent some time ranching; herding cattle, branding new-born calves and rounding up semi-feral horses – in the deep snow. 

Today, life continues to be busy and since being the Vicar here, I have become a Foundation Governor for both Highburton First School and Kirkburton First School. Within this role, it is my aim to support these schools as a Governor and as a Vicar to continue the excellent work of inspiring children to learn the significance of Christian values and how to strengthen and maintain their own and, collective spiritual health and well-being.