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Governors

At Scholes School our Board of Governors represent people from the Local Authority, Community, Parents, Teachers and Non-teaching staff.

Please click on links below to see

Partnership Briefing Paper - Collaborative Working

Collaborative Working

Governors Business Interests - 2020

Governing Body Minutes are available in the School Office upon request.

Nick Pierpoint - Chair Of Governors (Co-opted)

Appointed Chair of Governors July 2019.

I have been a member of the governing body at Scholes J & I since 2005 and was the Vice-Chair of Governors for several years before being appointed Chair.

I am a member of the Achievement, Resources, and Teacher Appraisal Committees.
Although I am a co-opted member of governors, I am also a parent of 3 boys - who all attended Scholes J & I School.

I am a software engineer and director at Tidalsand Limited, a small locally-based business.

Dr Margaret Culshaw - Vice Chair Of Governors (Co-opted)

Appointed Vice Chair of Governors July 2019.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a governor at Scholes J & I School. I am a pharmacist, also married to a pharmacist and have lived in Holmfirth since 1998. Both our children attended local schools and their education has provided them both with the opportunities to meet their ambitions. I am passionate about giving every child the early education which enables them to do anything they want to do.

I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years, some of it spent supporting our local GPs and more recently for 12 years at the University of Huddersfield.

I hope my experience of health and higher education will provide a useful perspective for Scholes.

Cynthia Osborne - Governor (Co-opted)

Term of Office as Chair of Governors ended July 2019.

I cherish my role in being able to support education. I am a governor at both Scholes and Hepworth J & I schools and have been for 35 years

Having been a teacher in Early Years Education, I now work for a Private Day Nursery.

I am District Chair of H V Scout Executive committee, committee member of New Mill Group and Cattle secretary at Honley and Emley Shows.

I have 3 married children and 4 grandchildren who have attended Scholes School.

Mrs Jennifer Ashby - Governor (Co-opted)

I have lived in Scholes since 1975. I am married with two grown up children.

I have recently retired from Sheffield Girls High school, where I taught Geology and Chemistry to GCSE and A level for over 20 years. I have also been Head of Careers and UCAS/ Oxbridge coordinator.

I have been a Governor at Scholes J & I for 8 years and I am in my third term of office. I am governor for teacher appraisal and sit on the panel for the Headteacher’s appraisal. I am also a member of the appeals panel.

Scholes is a happy learning environment which brings out the best in all its pupils.

I am pleased to be associated with the school and privileged to act as one of the Governors.

Mr Peter Ward - Governor (Parent)

I am married with one child who is currently in Year 1 at Scholes J & I. I have just joined the governing body as a parent governor. 

I am delighted to support the school in anyway I can especially in regards to health and well-being as I currently work at Wakefield Council as an Health Improvement Specialist for Schools. 

I look forward to my time as a governor and watching my child progress through the school. 

Mrs Alison Lowe - Governor (Parent)

I live in Scholes and have done so for the last 8 years. Two of my children currently attend Scholes J & I and I have one who will be attending in the next few years.

I have been teaching for 20 years in various situations and I'm currently working as a Trainer in Legal IT.  Consequently, I am passionate about education and what it can offer both young and old.

I am active within FOSS and I am delighted to be one of the Governors. I look forward to helping our school become the best it can be.

Mr Martin Woods - Governor (Local Authority)

I am married, with 2 boys who have both attended Scholes J & I School.

I have been on the governing body for the last 9 years.I am the Chair of the Resources Committee as well as the Safeguarding Governor.

We live in the village and feel that Scholes School is a real part of the community. I feel that the Head teacher and all the staff are doing an excellent job.They are always ensuring the highest levels of education. As a former parent I am proud to be associated with the School. 

Mrs Jane French - Governor (Co-opted)

My husband and I have lived in the village and been associated with Scholes J & I school for 30 years. My three children all attended this school and are now happily married with children of their own. I was a teacher at the school for nearly 20 years, (teaching mainly year 6 ) and held responsibility for Maths and became part of the the school Senior Leadership Team. I retired from my role in August 2017. 

In September 2017 I became a governor of the school and I am pleased to continue being part of a school that has always been a happy and friendly environment, which holds individual interest at heart. It was a pleasure to work in this school and I look forward to being part of its future development and success. 

I am the SENDCO governor and take an active role in the Achievement and Curriculum Committee.

Mrs Tina Thornton - Headteacher

I am married and have two grown up daughters.

I initially started training as an accountant but gave up work to have my eldest child. I have been working with young children for over 15 years and am currently Head Teacher at Scholes J & I School. I have been teaching here for several years, working in both Early Years and Key Stage 1. I have a real passion to understand how children learn and to that end completed my M.A in Early Childhood Studies in 2011.

Mrs Kirsty Fox - Governor (Staff)

I live in Wooldale, am married and have two primary school aged children who attend a local school. I have taught for over 11 years and have worked predominantly in Kirklees where I have gained skills in teaching primary aged children from a wide variety of backgrounds.

I have worked at Scholes for over five years. Currently, I teach in year 5 and lead Lower KS2, Reading and Geography. I love working at Scholes and care immensely about the children and staff who work there.

I have been a member of the Senior Leadership team in two schools for most of my career and I am excited to use my skills to work with the Governing Body to achieve further success for the school. Education is something I feel very passionate about and I am looking forward to playing a bigger part in Scholes’ future achievements.

Ms Joanne White - Governor (Parent)

I have a daughter at Scholes J & I School and hope her brother is lucky enough to join her in the future.

Throughout my marketing career, I've worked in the educational technology sector. I loved working with schools and seeing the impact they have on their local communities. It's fascinating to see the different approaches to education across the UK and the world and it sparked a passion in me to always be connected to education wherever my career took me.

Making education equitable is hugely important to me, and I hope to bring some fresh insights to the team, energy, and lots of ideas.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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