The Governing Body is made up of individuals who are representative of different sections of the academy and the local community. Some are elected by parents and staff while the rest are appointed by the Trust; their term of office lasts for 4 years, after which they will need to be re-appointed if they wish to continue being a Governor. The Board of Governors works with the principal to secure the delivery of education in the school suitable to the needs, ages and abilities of the pupils. Becoming a governor is a way of contributing to your local school and learning new skills.
Who can become a school governor?
An outstanding Governing Body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school or academy. OFSTED (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools clearly demonstrate effective leadership and management, of which Governance is a vital part.
As a Governing Body we are continually looking out for individuals who are committed to seeing Lightcliffe C of E Primary School continue to improve so that our children gain the necessary skills they need to be able to make aspirational choices in the future. We need people who are able to look at our academy strategically, who are able to support the leadership but also provide appropriate challenge. Our purpose is always to help the academy improve its performance, and therefore improve outcomes for the children in our community.
In particular, we are looking for individuals who can provide an important link with the local community, as well as having business and management skills and experience. You do not need to be an expert in education, but someone who is not afraid to consider issues and ask questions that will challenge and hold the academy leadership to account.
In turn, we hope that becoming a Governor will enable you to strengthen existing skills and develop new ones, as well as providing an opportunity to contribute positively to the children and families in our local community.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, and would like to know more, please contact one of the people listed below:
Mrs Helen Pratten - Executive Principal
Who we are
These are the Governors of Lightcliffe Primary school who aim to represent the different sections of the academy and local community.
Richard Monro (Co-Opted - Chair of Governors)
Christine Stephenson (Trust Appointed Governor)
Graham Hilton- Headteacher Governor (Ex Officio)
I am a Senior Civil Servant currently working for the UK Health Security Agency. I have always worked in the Public Sector, working in different roles and organisations across the Civil Service and Higher Education. I live locally in Norwood Green with my wife, Helen, and young daughter. We enjoy travelling, when we get the chance, and even from a young age my daughter gets excited every time she sees a plane. I enjoy visiting the School, speaking with staff and pupils and seeing the children experience school life, and look forward to be able to visit more regularly during 2022.
My name is Paul Gately and I am a Parent Governor. I currently have two children at Lightcliffe, as well as three children who have experienced the nourishing environment of Lightcliffe Primary. I work as a Professor of Exercise and Obesity at Leeds Beckett University and Imperial College, London. My particular expertise is researching the most effective ways to help children and adults, lose or manage their weight. I really enjoy working with other governors and the fantastic team at Lightcliffe Primary.
I am a Parent Governor elected by the parents and carers of the children at Lightcliffe CE Primary School in October 2021. I am a Lead Teacher in Teaching & Learning and I teach Secondary Science. I am also a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), which allows me to work with other schools to support in different areas of school improvement.
I live in the local area and currently have one child attending Lightcliffe CE Primary and another child who will hopefully join Reception soon. I enjoy spending my time with my family and I am currently learning to play the piano.
Linda Stead (Trust)
Emily Langhorn (Staff Governor)