GOVERNING BODY VACANCIES
LA Governor – please contact the Governing Body Section at Kirklees Council – 01484 221000 for more information.
If you are interested in joining the Governing Body please do not hesitate to ask Mr Rose, Headteacher, or any of the Governors any questions you may have.
Role of the Governing Body
This section introduces the School Governors and describes the role we play at Nabb School. Whilst Julian Rose, as Head Teacher, and supported by the Leadership Team, is responsible for the operation and management of the school, the Governing Body has three key statutory responsibilities:
- setting the school’s strategic direction;
- holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
We also have responsibility for agreeing policies and procedures essential to the operation of the school. Our role is often described as acting as a “critical friend” to the Head Teacher and staff – we provide support and advice to help them set and achieve targets, raise the school’s performance standards and give all pupils the best possible education. We do this primarily by monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness and asking challenging questions. We also have a responsibility to handle complaints. However, it is important to note that individual concerns or queries should always be raised initially with your child’s class teacher, and then with the Headteacher if you feel that your concern has not been resolved. It is important to follow the guidelines listed in the school’s complaints policy because if a concern is initially raised with a governor this could, in effect, ‘taint’ the Governing Body meaning that it could be difficult to escalate any concern to to the Complaints Committee if Governors have been involved in any way at the beginning of the process. A copy of the school’s Complaints Policy , and other policy documents can be found by following this link. See below for other information which explains who the Governors are, and how and when we meet. If you would like to find out more about the work we do, are interested in becoming a School Governor, or have any other questions or suggestions for us, then please do speak to Mr Rose, the Headteacher or any of the other Governors (many of us will be in the playground before and after school). Alternatively, if you pop into the office you can get hold of relevant contact details or arrange to see one of us. David Sharp – Chair of Governors
Who we are
David Sharp – Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)
I moved to Holmfirth in 2002 and love living in a town with such a vibrant atmosphere which very much reminds me of Northern Ireland where I grew up. My two children both attend Nabb, my eldest is in Year 5 and my youngest is in Year 3.
I have worked in banking for 26 years and I have recently been promoted to the position of Area Director for Business Banking across West and North Yorkshire. I manage a team of 19 Relationship Managers and, through this role (and my own 18 years previous experience as a Relationship Manager), I have had the pleasure of working with some brilliant and innovative local businesses, helping them to achieve their growth plans and strategic ambitions.
My career has helped me to develop strong analytical, judgmental, and interpersonal skill sets which I can to bring to this role. My motivation for being part of the Board of Governors is to help develop the buzz and energy in the school which has always impressed me.
From a personal perspective, as well as trying to achieve a work/life/kids’ clubs balance, I enjoy sport – I play 6 a-side football and cricket for Cartworth Moor. I also love sailing and would love to have the opportunity to crew for Sir Ben Ainslie – in life everyone needs a dream!
Amy Crowther (Co-opted Governor)
My name is Amy Crowther and I have been a governor at Nabb School since September 2015. Previous to this I was a teacher at Nabb School for 7 years until I became an Assistant Headteacher at my new school in the Colne Valley area. I am passionate about teaching, leadership and creating positive changes to children’s lives. I strongly believe that enjoyment is the ‘Velcro’ to learning and that an inclusive, creative and exciting environment is paramount. My favourite subjects are outdoor learning and Science – I love being outside with my class and learning in the outdoors. I am teaching year 4, 5 and 6 at the moment. In my spare time I enjoy walking around the Holmfirth area with my partner, our young family and border collie. My partner is a chef so we also like eating out a lot and trying new foods! I love spending time at Nabb School, it has a special feeling that if you could bottle would be surely worth over 1 million pounds!
Nicolle Burns-Keane (Community Governor)
I feel very privileged to sit on the governing body and to work with such great children and dedicated staff at Nabb school. I currently have children in Years 6 and Year 1 but have been a parent at the school since 2013. My eldest children are now at High school. I am Deputy Head Teacher at a Kirklees Primary School, having taught in the Holme Valley for my entire teaching career except for a 3 year gap when I taught in New Zealand. Being both a parent and an experienced primary teacher I feel that I have many skills as a governor but in particular the skill to communicate well with the whole school community. As a co-opted governor I hope to assist in moving the school forward as the school look to improve their creative curriculum further. My upmost concern is the children of Nabb School and that each child meets their potential, through high standards of teaching and other extra curricular opportunities provided to them.
Moses Crook (Parent Governor)
My name is Moses Crook, I live just up the hill from the school and both of my children have attended Nabb from Nursery. My youngest is now in year 6 and my eldest has moved on to HHS. I feel extremely lucky that my children have been able to attend such a lovely school which has offered both a vibrant, varied learning experience and a happy, confidence building environment. I have volunteered in the school helping with reading groups and range of other activities for many years and have loved every minute of my time with the children in such a positive setting.
I feel indebted to the school for the impact it has had on my children’s young lives. I would like to support the school in continuing to offer that happy, nurturing environment where children are free to learn and to develop their own individual characters. I would feel privileged to be able serve the school by being a governor.
In a past life I worked in IT here in the UK and in Australia but for the last 15 years I have run a small (environment conscious) building company based in Holmfirth. I hope that I will be able make a positive contribution to the governing body by putting my experience in planning, project management and building maintenance (as well as my experience as an involved parent) to good use to benefit the school and I am willing to invest my time to do this. I also have some insight into the pressure schools are under through my partner who works as a primary teacher.
I enjoy walking in the local area with my family, attempting to keep fit with various martial arts and gardening, when I get the time.
Jill Johnes (Co-opted Governor)
Having been born, brought up and lived all my adult life in Lancashire, I braved the move over the Pennines (with my husband!) and relocated to Holmfirth in 2020. We love the town and the surrounding area, and we really enjoy all that this fantastic area has to offer e.g. beautiful walks, a great local gym, lovely independent shops, and, of course, great places to eat! I see getting involved in the local primary school as a good way to embed myself in and contribute to the community. Moreover, having had 3 children and seen them go through all levels education, I am very interested in education and pupil outcomes.
Professionally too I have a strong link to education; I have worked as a university academic for around 35 years, moving to the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Production Economics in 2015, and becoming Dean of Huddersfield Business School (one of 6 academic schools in the University) in 2016. My area of research interest relates to the measurement of efficiency of providing education, and I have published widely in this area, and also done work for governments and research bodies in e.g. the EU, Sweden and Kuwait as well as the UK.
As Dean, I oversee and am responsible for the research, teaching and external engagement functions of Huddersfield Business School. This is a very varied job and I am privileged to engage e.g. with students (many of whom are first generation students) and staff, in developing curriculum, in supporting local businesses, and in working with international researchers.
Professional and personally I am very committed to education and I hope to bring the skills developed over many years in the home and in the workplace to the Board of Governors.
Bethanie Goodliff – (Co-Opted Governor)
My whole life has been spent working and volunteering in the world of education and I’m truly passionate about giving children and young people the best possible start in life. Being a governor means that I can use my experience and knowledge to have a positive impact in a school and influence the outcomes and life chances of hundreds of children; it’s particularly important to me that I can do this locally for a school in the town that I love.
Having started my professional life as an English teacher, and working both in the classroom and in middle and senior leadership in schools across West Yorkshire, I am now enjoying a different role. I currently work as a Communications Manager for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), a job which gives me the opportunity to visit primary and secondary schools across the whole of England in order to celebrate and report on the fantastic maths teaching that is happening in them. As well as this, I am Chair of Governors at Ravenshall, an outstanding special school in Kirklees. Outside of my job and governor roles, I enjoy walking my dog, baking, and endurance running.
I am extremely proud to be a member of the school community at Holmfirth JI&N, and I look forward to being part of the school’s journey to continued success.
Sam Brocklebank (Parent Governor)
We as a family are still relatively new to Holmfirth having moved over in the summer of 2016 however Holmfirth very much feels like home to all of us. We moved over from Leeds in search of a more rural life with excellent schools and a good community spirit and Holmfirth ticked all these boxes and has not let us down!
My background is in retail and my current role I am required to look at all commercial aspects of how the business operates particularly around its purchasing practices. Success in my career has required me to be numerical and organised, working collaboratively with different functions. Hopefully these key traits will help me succeed as a governor
I was keen to get involved with Holmfirth Junior and Infant school as a governor as really wanted to give something back to the school which will has played a major role in the lives of our children.
Elected November 2021.
Julian Rose – (Headteacher/SLT)
Stacy Worsley – Teacher (Staff Governor)
Jon Warrener – (Deputy Headteacher/SLT)
Jane Perrons – (Assistant Headteacher/SLT)
Alex Sykes – (School Business Manager/SLT)
School Self Evaluation & Development Plan
The full Governing Body meets at least three times a year, once each term. Sub-committees deal with particular matters such as teaching and learning, premises and health and safety and teachers pay. Sub-committees generally meet on a termly basis too. The membership of the various sub-committees can be found here Register of Business Interests Committees-2021 2022
Governing Body meetings – Attendance Record
Previous Years’ Register of Business Interests & Committee Structure
Minutes of meetings can be viewed in the school office. Please speak to Mr Rose, the Headteacher or Alex Sykes, the School Business Manager if you would like to see any minutes.