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Hepworth School Governors

What do governors do?

Who are the governors?

Hepworth has thirteen hard working governors. Some are appointed, some are elected and some are co-opted. There are parent governors who are elected; co-opted  governors; local authority governors, appointed by Kirklees; governors elected by school staff and the Headteacher.  All members are united in their desire to ensure children at Hepworth receive the best possible start to their educational journey.

The governing body has a good balance of skills across its membership. Some of our long standing members have many years of experience and dedicated service. Other newer members bring vital insights and fresh perspectives. This allows meetings to be productive and ensures a range of views are discussed.

We as governors are aware of the responsibility that lies with us and members regularly attend specialised training sessions, provided by Kirklees, in order to ensure we are up to date with current thinking.

Governing body committees

As the work of the governing body has grown over the years, an increasing amount of work is done through committees.  The full governing body meets at least once per term but the individual committees meet more frequently.  The three major committees are:

Curriculum and Achievement

Purpose: To review and evaluate teaching and learning, pupil achievement and standards. To contribute to the School Improvement Plan with regard to pupil progress and attainment and to monitor its progress.

Children, Families and Community

Purpose: To review and evaluate care, guidance, support, behaviour and safety of pupils and to promote the school links with the wider community.

Finance and Resources (which incorporates Premises and Health and Safety)

Purpose: To ensure the school has strategic forward planning in place to deliver effective teaching and learning within the school budget. To be aware of sustainability and to review and monitor the School Building Development Plan.

There are also committees for Teacher Appraisal,Personnel,Complaints, Staff Dismissal and Dismissal Appeal. All these committees support effectively the leadership and management of Hepworth School.

Celia Poole: Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors

I live in Jackson Bridge and have been a member of the Governing Body for more than 20 years. For most of that time I have been privileged to be elected as Chair, each year bringing its many challenges  and rewards. I have recently retired from my job as Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield where I was closely involved with the School of Education and Professional Development. I now have more free time and enjoy spending at least one morning each week in school so that I have a real feeling of what school life is like for staff and children alike. As you may guess I am deeply committed to developing the School Library as a means to encouraging independent learning skills and a love of reading. My own interests are singing, walking and reading  and am currently working with the Alzheimer's Society “Singing for the Brain”.

Appointed:1-3-15          Term of office: 4 years



Mary Blacka: Local Authority Governor and Vice Chair

I am a Local Authority governor and Vice Chair.  I have been a governor at Hepworth for over twenty years but constantly find new challenges.  My working life was spent in community, further and higher education.  I thought that I had retired from work but I have a new part-time job, as Schools Development Worker, for Bradford City of Sanctuary. Both my children are former pupils at Hepworth. The best bit of being a governor is being able to attend School Council meetings.

Appointed: 24-4-14           Term of office: 4 years




Alan Brook: Co-opted Governor

I am a retired product development manager and have been a governor since November 2008 initially as a community governor, more recently (2015) as a co-opted governor. One of my sons attended the school in the 1990’s and I have lived in the village since then. I am involved in many village activities, particularly those connected with the Village Hall (Community Association) and Hepworth Feast. Currently a member of the Finance and Curriculum committees.

Appointed: 12-10-16       Term of office: 4 years



Ian Brackenbury: Co-opted Governor

"I'm Ian Brackenbury and I have been a parent Governor at Hepworth School since November 2011. I am 33 years old and I was born and bred in sunny Cleethorpes, only moving to West Yorkshire in 2011. I live in New Mill with my wife of nine years, Sarah, and two daughters, one of which currently comes to Hepworth School. I work in Leeds most of the week and spend time travelling around the country, designing and planning new superstores. In my spare time enjoy anything outdoors and spending time with my family. What I enjoy most about being a governor is that it's so difference to my usual work and it is really rewarding to be able play a part in the school's development."

                                 Appointed: 1-3-15         Term of office: 4 years

Cynthia Osborne: Co-opted Governor

I am a Local Authority appointed Governor for Hepworth School and have served for more than twenty years. I have always had a keen interest in the development of young people and am an active member of the local Scouting movement. My interests include agriculture and I own a number of farm animals. I also serve as Cattle Secretary for the Honley and Emley Shows.

Appointed: 1-3-15        Term of office: 4 years


Julie Berkeley: Co-opted Governor

I have been a School Governor since October 2013 and enjoy visiting the school and spending time with the children when possible.  I teach English part-time at a secondary school in Holmfirth and, therefore, I often focus my visits around Literacy.

During my spare time I enjoy long walks and, shorter, bicycle rides with my husband, two daughters (both of whom attend Hepworth) and our dog, Tilly.  I also love cooking (and eating), especially Mediterranean foods.

I am proud to be part of the community at Hepworth School and feel very lucky that my children are part of such a lovely environment.

Appointed: 1-3-15        Term of office: 4 years

Karl Chapman: Teacher Governor

I am an elected governor and the Assistant Head teacher at Hepworth. I have been a teacher at the school for almost longer than I can recall, although I started my teaching career as a secondary school history teacher! After 6 years or so I made the change to primary and have never looked back! I am married (to a teacher!) and have two boys, who intermittently delight and infuriate  me, as well as an old black cat.

I have stayed so long at Hepworth because I believe it is an excellent school with great children and highly committed staff, who try to deliver a truly broad and engaging curriculum.  The governing body are a very committed  set of people who give up their time to help make Hepworth J and I a great school. It is a pleasure to work alongside them.

Appointed: 16-9-2013          Term: 4 years

Mandy Smith: Co-opted Governor

I have worked at Hepworth School for 7 years and currently teach all the children at Hepworth. I work in Class 1 on Mondays, and cover the Planning and Assessment time for all other classes over Tuesday and Wednesday.
I trained as a teacher and taught in central London for a number of years before being persuaded to move to Yorkshire by my husband.  We have now been here for over 20 years and I love it!  We've also gained 2 children, a cat and a house that never seems to be finished!
My varied teaching experience, along with my own experience bringing up my own children, now 18 and 14, mean that I bring a wide set of skills and understanding to the important role of Governor.
Hepworth is a fantastic school and I am very proud to work alongside such a great team of staff, parents and governors.
Appointed: 21-9-15       Term of office: 4 years

Hilary Fletcher: Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Jackson Bridge for many years and both my children are former pupils of Hepworth school. I recently retired from teaching at North Huddersfield Trust School where I had responsibility for design and technology. Since we moved to the area I have been involved in the community, volunteering for the Holme Valley food bank and helping with school visits at Colne Valley museum, where I bring Victorian days to life for the youngsters. In Hepworth I am a churchwarden at Holy Trinity church. I enjoy travelling and making things, particularly in textiles.

 I am a co opted governor at the school and am currently part of the Children, Families and Community Committee.

Appointed: 8-11-16      Term of office: 4 years

Paul Davies: Co-opted Governor

As a new governor I am looking forward to working with parents, my fellow governors, the Head and teachers, to help Hepworth J & I  school continue to deliver high quality education for its pupils. I am married and live in Scholes and have 2 daughters who together with my wife work in the NHS. As a parent I feel that I have empathy with the concerns and worries parents have about their children’s education having experienced my children progressing from primary school to university. I have a varied background having left school at 16 and initially worked as a coalface electrician in the mining industry which I followed by attending university and then a career in HR and Operational Management across Europe. In the last 2 years I have trained as a primary school teacher and currently work as a supply teacher. My interests include photography, music and walking in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Appointed: 23-2-17       Term of office: 4 years

Lisa Bradley - Parent Governor

I'm Lisa Bradley and I have lived in Hepworth for six years, after moving here with my husband Mark and our two sons, Tommy and Oscar, who are both at the school.

I have  been a news journalist for almost 20 years at both regional and national level, and am  now Director of Learning and Teaching for Journalism at the University of Sheffield, after moving into teaching six years ago.

I like to think I am active member of the Hepworth community and I am passionate about the village we live in and the role we have in educating and moulding our children into socially responsible adults who believe they can achieve, no matter what obstacles are put in their way.

I'm delighted to be a governor and I'm looking forward to being able to promote the fantastic work and successes of our school in the media.

Appointed: 15-11-17     Term of office: 4 years

Annabel Howarth - Parent Governor

Matthew, my husband, and I moved to Hepworth when we married, 13 years ago.  Our daughter, son and niece attend Hepworth J & I, and are all thriving in their academic, emotional, and physical development, in our wonderful village school.  As a parent volunteer, over the past few years, I have had the privilege of seeing children of all ages flourish in this environment, which focuses on the whole child – something I feel very strongly about.  I am excited to now also serve as a governor for the school, representing a parental point of view.

Before our daughter was born, I practised as a Company Commercial solicitor.  Since then, I have kept busy in voluntary roles in the village, including as a trustee of Hepworth Preschool and Out of School Club.  I love to write - mainly short stories, poems and my thoughts; and I have recently qualified as an holistic therapist.  My other interests include reading and music, and when we’re not in Yorkshire, we enjoy exploring the castles and beaches of Northumberland.

Appointed: 21-10-17             Term of office: 4 years

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