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Hi, we are the Westroyd Primary School and Nursery Governors.  We all take an active part in looking after the school and nursery and are very proud of the children and staff.  We each 'Buddy' with a class and come in to school to talk to the children and see what they do.  This is a very rewarding aspect of being a governor!  Should you want to talk to us you are more than welcome, please contact school for our details:

Chair - Mrs Heather Hutchinson (Acting Chair)
Vice Chair - Vacancy

Parent Governors -  Mrs Elizabeth Bird,  Mr Stuart Morris, Hannah Karnacz (Appointed January 2018)
Community Governors - Mr Isaacson(Appointed January 2018)
LEA Governors - Mrs Philippa Bairstow.
Staff Governor - Mrs Pam Hemsley

Co -Opted Governor -    Mrs Ann-Marie Keighley, Mrs Heather Hutchinson 

Associate Governor - Mrs Dawn Winkley



APPOINTED: 24/03/14

TERM OF OFFICE 24/03/14 TO 24/03/18  (Acting Chair from Sep 2017)
Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is Teaching & Learning, Headteacher Performance Management and SEN Governor.


APPOINTED: 26/11/02

TERM OF OFFICE 01/08/15 TO 01/08/18

Register of Interests: None

The Sub Committees which I support are Pupil Support, Headteacher Performance Management and Pay. I am Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor and Looked After Children Governor.


I joined the Governing Body when my son was in Reception Class. He has since progressed via Springbank and Priesthorpe Schools through to university. His journey through school was also a learning journey for me, widening my knowledge and understanding of how schools operate and collaborate with each other.


I worked for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Leeds City Council as principal town planner. My work duties included staff recruitment, staff mentoring and development, performance appraisals, dealing with complaints, and challenging existing working practices with the aim of offering an improved service to customers.  I have since taken early retirement but continue to be involved in local planning matters on a voluntary basis. In my spare time, I enjoy walking and travelling.


As a longstanding governor, I have seen many changes to the school including extensive building improvements and transition from infants to primary school. However, the school’s focus has always been to ensure every child is happy and safe at school and achieves his/her potential. My personal aspiration as a school governor is now to challenge school leaders more rigorously and effectively to ensure the best outcomes for every child are achieved.


APPOINTED: 04/09/12

TERM OF OFFICE (2nd) 04/09/16 TO 04/09/20
Register of Interests: None
My role is staff governor, the sub committee which I support is Resources.

As a newly appointed governor I am currently learning the procedures that governors follow. I am discovering how the governing body along with the Headteacher and SLT contribute objectively to discussions. Thus ensuring that the appropriate development needs meet the demands of the students, staff and local community.
As yet I have not assisted with any decision making that will impact on the school. However, I have attended training on how to be an effective governor and have been present at several governors meetings.



APPOINTED: 10/02/15

TERM OF OFFICE 10/02/15 to 9/02/19

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is resources.

I am Lizzy Bird, the mother of two boys at Westroyd. I work part time as the Finance Manager for a Church and associated charity in Leeds. I have worked in Charity Finance for the past 8 years. I have worked and volunteered in a number of charities in Leeds including Kidz Klub, Childline, Children in Need and Mencap. I have a First degree in Childhood Studies and have completed the Early Years Practitioner Status in 2011. As well as volunteering for the School Governors role I voluntarily run a weekly toddler group in the Woodhouse area of the city.



APPOINTED: 01/05/16

TERM OF OFFICE 01/05/16 TO 01/05/20 

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is Pupil Support and Pay Appeal.

I became a Governor in 2016 when my daughter was in Year 1 at Westroyd Primary School. I sit on the Pupil Support, Teaching and Learning and Pay Appeal sub Committees. My background is in marketing,communications and business development, with over 15 years experience working in professional services. I have been the Marketing Manager at Schofield Sweeney Solicitors since 2014, prior to that I was Marketing Manager at a private equity firm.

Westroyd Primary School and Nursery is a positive part of the Farsley community. I felt that being a Governor would give me a better understanding of how the school operates and the ability to use my skills and experience to assist where required.

For the last five years I have been part of the Farsley Community Initative, the team behind the Farsley Festival, Farmers Market and Farsley Orchard. I love the creativity  and excitement of planning and running the festival and the wonderful green space that has developed as the orchard has grown.

I am married with two young daughters and we enjoy getting out and about and travelling as much as possible.



APPOINTED: 10/10/16

TERM OF OFFICE 10/10/16 TO 10/10/20

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is Teaching & Learning.




APPOINTED: 01/12/15

TERM OF OFFICE: 01/11/15 TO 01/11/19

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is Pupil Support.



APPOINTED: 00/01/18

TERM OF OFFICE 00/01/18 TO 00/01/22

Register of Interests: None



APPOINTED: 00/01/18

TERM OF OFFICE 00/01/18 TO 00/01/22

Register of Interests: None