Highburton C.E. First Academy

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Whilst the Headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school, the main function of the Local Academy Board 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 Local Academy Board 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 Local Academy board meets at least 3 times a year.   Involvement in the Local Academy Board 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

Declarations of  business interest 2023

Trust Scheme of Delegation

Click here for the Code of Conduct for School Governing Boards (NGA) 

Click here for a Governor Visit and Monitoring Sheet.




Local Academy Board Members










Chair of LAB (c/o office@highburtonfirst.org.uk)

Parent Governor





Head of School

Head of School




Parent Governor





Executive Headteacher

Executive Headteacher




Trust Governor





Trust Governor





Trust Governor





Trust Governor





Staff Governor



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Vicki Beresford: Parent Governor

I am mum to Isaac and Albie who both attend Highburton First Academy. We moved to the village as a family in 2020 but I grew up in Highburton and attended the school myself many years ago.

I work in the NHS as a policy and strategy manager and a big part of my role is engaging with stakeholders about the work we're doing, which I love.

I feel passionately about children having the best possible school experience and achieving the best they can. I hope that this passion, teamed with my skills and experience in the workplace will help me provide a positive contribution to the school.


Clare Slater: Trust governor

Starting as a Parent Governor a number of years ago, when both my children were at Highburton, I am now a Trust Governor.Whilst the Governor team work collaboratively in all aspects of school, I have a special interest in finance, buildings and Health and Safety.  This interest mirrors my day-job where I am responsible global estates and facilities and leading the operational delivery teams.I’ve worked in facilities and estates for over 20 years giving me a good grounding in defining and shaping strategies, tactical solutions and operational delivery. I support the school using my experience and knowledge and specialise as the health and safety Governor.



Glyn Phillips: Trust Governor

I have been a governor at Highburton for about twenty-seven years, including nine years as Chair, 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. I retired (early) in 2009 following a merger with another company, a move that I have certainly not regretted, even though I do seem to be busier than when I was working. I am also a Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, a church council member at the parish church in Kirkburton, treasurer for Kirkburton Scouts and on the organising committee for the annual Kirkburton Beer Festival. I have lived in Highburton for nearly 45 years and have four grown up children all of whom were 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. Two of the children are now primary school teachers in Leeds and York respectively, so something must have rubbed off while they were at Highburton!  I think that we are very fortunate to have such a wonderful school in our community and feel very privileged to have been able to serve as a governor here.


 Rebecca Rowland: Trust Governor

 My name is Becky Rowland and I am a co-opted governor for Highburton First School. I have responsibility of Special Educational Needs governor as well as being a class link governor. I really love these roles as it allows me to work alongside a great team of staff and enables me to contribute to the developments and successes of the school. I particularly enjoy visiting school and having the opportunity to work with the fantastic children who attend Highburton!

I bring a wealth of professional experience as a Primary School Teacher and more recently as a Teacher of the Deaf, and personal experience as a busy mum of three children.

I am passionate about our school and the local community and as a governor, I relish the opportunity to play a full and active role and contribute to making Highburton First School the best that it can be for all children and families.


Neil Hollis: Trust Governor

I became a governor in the summer of 2020 and have lived in Highburton since 2005. Our daughter, Madeleine, now at KMS, enjoyed the school through all the year groups. 

My academic and professional background is scientific and I have worked in the chemical industry for over 30 years. My current position is related to regulatory and government affairs, where I get the opportunity to discuss topical issues with industry associations, civil servants and occasionally, politicians. I've had an interest in science subjects from an early age and I've been a STEM ambassador for my company.

In my spare time I like to be outdoors, whether that's cycling, walking the hills of our local national parks with family or looking after the garden. I’m also a long suffering fan of Leeds United. As a resident of the village, I'm proud of the school and its reputation and welcome the opportunity to be able to support its development in the future. 


 Laura Brown - Parent Governor


I joined the Governing Body at Highburton First School in August 2021 as a parent who felt able to help the school in music and creative art.  I have been involved in performing arts/musical productions for over 20 years and since 2014, I have produced and directed a not-for-profit community pantomime in Mirfield, working with adults and children from age 5.  I am keen to support the school in maintaining excellent standards, whilst encouraging the development of talent and passion. Recognising the importance music and the arts plays in all our lives, I believe every child should have the opportunity to increase their confidence and participate in creative arts, regardless of ability.

I am a link governor and enjoy working alongside the staff and children in my allocated year group. I am also the named governor for Safeguarding and the governor representative on the PTA. 

I am a practising solicitor in health care law with some experience of working with public bodies in the legal sector. Prior to having children of my own I was also a governor at Little London Community Primary School, Leeds.