Meet the Governors
The Governors of Churwell Primary bring expertise from all areas industry drawing on their knowledge and experience and from all corners of the wider community. We volunteer our time and regularly meet at the school to not only support, but also challenge the headteacher whilst respecting the role as professional leader of the school. The decisions made together effect school policies, targets and the direction of the school, taking into consideration decisions that have been made as part of the Aspire partnership. In effect this is the strategic management of the school, whilst acting as a ‘critical friend’.
Sarah O’Hagan – Chair of Governors, LEA Governor
I have been a governor since September 2012 and have one daughter who attended the school. I joined the governing body because my initial impressions of the school were so positive that I wanted to give my full support to its continuing development.
I work as an accountant and I feel that my professional background coupled with my enthusiasm for the school as a parent will enable me to make a valuable contribution to school life during my time as governor. I am really enjoying getting to know the pupils and teachers through my visits into school; it’s fabulous to see how keen the pupils are to share what they doing and how proud they are of their achievements.
Please approach me if you have any questions and I will do my very best to answer them or to find an answer for you.
Claire Staveley - Co-opted Governor
I joined the governing body at Churwell Primary in November 2013. I have two childen, one of whom still attends the school. By profession, I am a HR Manager with over 10 year’s experience in the public sector. I believe that being part of the governing body is a positive way of supporting the school and the local community.
Farah Shippam –Co- opted Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
I have been a member of the governing body since 2013 and have two children, one of whom still attends the school. I work as an IT project manager for an international software provider, working with colleges and universities and have 18 years of working with the public sector. I chose to join the governing body to contribute and support the school from a parent perspective. It has given me an appreciation of the hard work that the staff do to maintain high standards.
Steve Webber – Co-Opted Governor
My decision to join the governing body came after some volunteering work I took part in helping out at some of the excellent events run by the PTA. Coming into the school during a ‘working day’ and seeing how it worked inspired me to get more involved.
Professionally I run an IT consultancy business which operates UK wide working extensively with colleges and universities along with large private sector organisations and leading sports venues. I very much hope to use some of my experience in designing and delivering IT solutions to assist Churwell Primary get the very best from their use of technology.
I am currently the chairman for LEAP (which many may recognise as ‘Young Enterprise’) which supports schools and mentors their students in setting up a business for an academic year. I believe that such practical skills are vital to a child’s success in later life – allowing them to ‘stand out’ from the crowd.
Lisa Cooper – Co-Opted Governor
Passionate about education and development of young people, I have decided to become a school governor and I am really grateful to be given this opportunity at Churwell Primary. As a parent I have fond memories of both my children's time spent at this school and it's great to see some familiar people still there. I have worked in finance for thirty years and hope to bring my skills and knowledge to this role and contribute to the further development of the school's ethos and high standards.
Antony Huggins - Co-Opted Governor
I have lived in Churwell for 18 years and am passionate about helping our community. I have a daughter, Harper currently at school and hopefully our twins will join her next year.
Professionally I run my own driving school, I have worked for large and small businesses and hope I can bring my experience to help make our school the best it can be.
I feel it is important that we give our children the best possible start and that together we should work hard to achieve this.
Natalie Marshment – Co-Opted Governor
I joined the governors in order to be able to do my small part to help the school maintain and drive forwards its high standards of learning and support for its pupils. As a teacher myself and mum of 2 who attend the school, I understand that we all want the best education and opportunities for our children, and I believe Churwell Primary is a place well equipped to offer these.
Gareth Cleasby – Co-Opted Governor
Coming from Churwell gives me a unique understanding of the important role Churwell Primary plays in the local community. I am a dad of three boys, two already attending the school, and therefore have a great interest in their education. I am a Teacher of Physical Education and Curriculum Leader for PSHE at a secondary school in Leeds, this coupled with me being a Child Protection Officer allows me to pass on a vast amount of experience to Churwell Primary School. I am passionate about children’s well being and their learning experience and I hope to have a positive impact on this in my role as a governor.
Craig Gillyon – Parent Governor
My son currently attends the school and I have recently been appointed to be a parent governor. My professsional background is in finance and I hope to use that experience to assist the school in managing its finances over the coming years. I also look forward to working with board of governors to ensure that the school delivers the best education and learning opportunities.
Lucinda Coy – Co-Opted Governor
My experience as a parent with childen at the school has been fantastic. I have found teachers and staff to be carring, welcoming and supportive which has made my life as a working parent so much easier. My day job is running a division within a recruitment agency in Leeds, which gives me the skills to support the school and ensure it continues to be the great place of learning that it currently is.
Joanne Sweeney - Co-Opted Governor
I currently work as a Learning Support Assistant at Churwell Primary School, during my time here I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge of the working day to day life within our school.
The school has been a part of my life since 2003, firstly bringing my children here, I then volunteered for 2 1/2 years before I joined as a member of staff.
As a governor I will contribute to the schools continued success and work hard to maintain our high standards. I want Churwell Primary to be a great place to work and learn.