Governing Body 2017 - 18
Mr G Pratt
Chairman, PCC Representative, Finance and Property sub-committee
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 16/3/2019
I was appointed Governor by the Parish Church Council in 2011 and have been Chair from 2012.
I trained as an Engineer with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and for a number of years served in many places around the world. Since then I have held various senior positions in a Multi-national Company. I would like to apply these skills, gained in my career supporting the Headteacher and the staff to continually improve the school and provide the best possible safe learning environment for the children. Both my grandchildren presently attend Hawksworth. My hobbies and interests are wide ranging and include engineering, rugby, football and running.
Mrs N Cameron
Vice-Chair, Parent Governor, Finance sub-committee and Property sub-committee
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 11/2/2020
I have been a parent governor since 2012, and I am the designated governor for Kestrels, the before and after school provision, Governor training, complaints and the Vice Chair. I am also on the finance and resources, property, pay and performance management committees.
I am a qualified CIMA Accountant and currently work for Post Vintage Engineers and The Methodist Church, Bradford North Circuit. I have also worked at Magnet and Hallmark Cards in a variety of financial roles.
Over the past 5 years I have played an active role in The Friends of Hawksworth School and enjoyed working with other parents and teachers to put on events for the children and raise money for the school.
My foremost objective, as a governor is to work with the Headteacher, staff and governing body, bringing my existing expertise and knowledge, to contribute to providing an excellent Christian based learning experience for all our pupils to enable them to achieve their maximum potential. I am passionate and committed, about continually improving standards within the school. I also see the role of the governors as being good ambassadors to the school and to have helped to contribute to the triumphs and achievements within the school.
Father D. Pickett MBE
Associate Priest, Pupil-Support and Staffing sub-committee
(75% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 1/1/2019
I was born into a mining family in South Wales, but decided not to make a life in coal, instead joining the Royal Air Force in 1987. Over the next 23 years I saw service in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Cyprus, not to mention many other stations within the UK.
In 2010 I left the Royal Air Force to train as a priest at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire. I was ordained in 2011 and served my curacy in the Diocese of Lincoln. In 2014 I was offered the role of Rector to Guiseley with Esholt, which I accepted immediately. As well as acting as rector to two churches I am also chaplain to Hawksworth CofE Primary School, St Oswald’s CofE Junior School, the Guiseley branch of The Royal British Legion, and recently, Guiseley AFC.
I have been married to Sarah for 21 years and we have five young children. When not enjoying the fun of family life I am a passionate sportsman, reader and cultivator of Bonsai trees. I am also studying for an MA in Liturgical Studies at the University of Sheffield.
Having lived in Yorkshire twice before, I feel very blessed to be part of this community and especially this wonderful school. I look forward to sharing in its bright future, whilst helping assist its spiritual growth.
Mr M. Baker
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 9/3/2020
I was appointed Foundation Governor in February 2016.
Before taking early retirement in 2014, I taught music for nearly 30 years in a large 11-18 Comprehensive school in South Yorkshire where I was also an Assistant Head Teacher responsible for Inclusion and Safeguarding. In 1995 I founded the Penistone Schools’ Area Choir to represent Barnsley at an International Choral Festival in Germany. PSAC became known as one of the best children’s choirs in South Yorkshire, touring both in this country and in Europe. I was also Assistant Organist and Master of the Choristers at Bradford Cathedral for 20 years and had the privilege of playing for many radio and television broadcasts, including the live broadcast of the Royal Maundy in 1997.
I have been the Director of Music at St Oswald’s in Guiseley since 2004 and moved to Guiseley in 2015 to follow a freelance career playing, accompanying and teaching organ, piano, singing and theory of music.
In my free time I enjoy fishing, playing golf, walking and going to the gym.
I consider it an honour to be a Governor at Hawksworth and I look forward to getting involved in the life of the school community.
Mrs J Archdale
P.C.C. and Finance sub-committee
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 10/1/2018
Guiseley with Esholt PCC elected me onto the Governing Body of Hawksworth CE Primary School in 2011 and I was re-elected for a further term in 2014. I am presently Chair of the Staffing Committee and also on the Finance, Pay and Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committees.
I have lived in the local area for 35 years and my husband has his own business in Guiseley. I regularly attend the two churches in the parish – St Oswald’s in Guiseley and St Paul’s in Esholt. I am a member of the Mothers’ Union, currently Minutes Secretary on the committee, and am also part of the ‘Open the Book’ team which goes into Hawksworth School fortnightly to lead Collective Worship.
I have an interest in education generally being a retired teacher. During my career I taught in both Primary and Special schools for over 30 years. My daughter, who was educated at Hawksworth School during the 1990s, is now a teacher herself in another local Primary school.
I consider it a privilege to be a member of the ‘Hawksworth family’ through my role as Governor and enjoy all my involvement with the happy, friendly and successful school.
Mrs B Hopkinson
P.C.C. and Pupil-Support Committee and Teaching/Learning Committee
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 10/6/2020
I was asked to become a Foundation Governor in the Summer of 2013 and was very pleased to accept the challenges of the position. Prior to my retirement I taught in Middle School for 22 years and Primary School for 16 years, teaching every age-group from Year 3 to Year 8 inclusive during that time. I feel that I am able to bring this experience to the Team.
I have lived in Guiseley since 1977 when I was married and have one daughter. Since coming to Guiseley I have been a regular Communicant at St. Paul’s Church in Esholt.
Dr Louise Meehan
L.C.C Representative and Pupil-Support Committee
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 11/9/2018
I was appointed Local Authority Governor in September 2014, having previously served as an Associate Governor.
I have worked as an Educational Psychologist for over 13 years across several different Local Authorities. This has given me experience in working in a very wide range of schools, supporting teachers and families to promote the learning, development and emotional well-being of children and young people of all ages. Prior to training as an Educational Psychologist, I worked as a primary school teacher. I aim to use my professional skills in order to support the development of the school, for the benefit of all within the school community. I currently serve on the Pupil Support Committee and am the designated governor for Special Educational Needs.
I live locally and have two children, both of whom attend Hawksworth C.E. Primary School. I support the links between the church and the school and worship regularly at a church in Bradford.
Mr Dale Norris
(100% attendance, no interests declared)
I am an 'ex officio' member of the Governing Body which means I am a member because I hold the post of Headteacher.
I have been in the teaching profession for twenty five years. My first teaching appointment was in my home town of Middlesbrough and since then I have worked in five other primary schools in Teesside, Cheshire, London, Bradford and Leeds.
Leading Hawksworth CE Primary School since January 2014 has been a real privilege. I am blessed with hard working and dedicated staff who have collectively contributed to the success of this school.
Mrs Stefanie Oliver
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 17/9/2018
I joined Hawksworth as Class 2's teacher in September 2010 and became Teacher Governor in September 2014. I am delighted to be part of the team which is helping and supporting the development of our wonderful, little school, so much so, that I have agreed to continue in the role next year!!
During my 15 years teaching experience, I have taught across most age ranges from Reception to Year 5, in a variety of schools. I love working at Hawksworth and being a member of such a strong staff team who work very hard to provide high quality and enjoyable experiences for all our pupils.
Mrs K Loftus
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 11/1/2018
I have been a parent at Hawksworth for the past 10 years and still have a few more left to go! I have always played an active role in school life - as a member of The Friends of Hawksworth for many years and as a volunteer in Class 1. I feel that this has helped me to develop a strong understanding of the school and its ethos. Enabling me to represent the views of the parents.
Prior to having children, my professional background was in education, teaching Sociology and Social Care in Further Education Colleges. I have also worked with people with learning disabilities living within the community.
As a governor I work to support the teaching staff in maintaining Hawksworth's educational standards and its fun learning environment.
Miss D Hadjioannou
P.C.C and Teaching/Learning Committee
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 5/9/2018
Mrs E Barker
Diocesan Representative and Teaching/Learning Committee
(100% attendance, no interests declared) Term ends 26/2/2020
Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body works in partnership with the staff to promote high quality education for pupils. We appoint the head teacher and work closely with him to make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the children.
Part of a school governing body's responsibilities are to:
- Promote high standards of educational attainment
- Set an annual budget detailing planned spending
- Make decisions on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans
- Draw up an action plan following inspection reports
- Appoint staff, ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures
- Ensure the health & safety of pupils and staff
The Governing body is a ‘critical friend’, challenging and supporting the Headteacher, monitoring the outcome of policies and ensuring accountability.
Our school governors are very supportive and actively take part in all areas of the school curriculum by visiting the school and attending regular governor meetings. If you would like to meet with any governors, please make contact with the school office.
George. P (Chair), Dale Norris (Headteacher), Judith Archdale and Nicola Cameron.
Teaching and Learning Committee
Despina Hadjioannou (Chair), Bridget Hopkinson, Martin Baker, Liz Barker and Kathryn Loftus.
Pupil Support Committee
Fr David Pickett (Chair), Louise Meehan, Bridget Hopkinson.
George Pratt (Chair), Judith Archdale and Nicola Cameron.
Pay Appeal Committee
Fr David Pickett, Dr Louise Meehan, Liz Barker.
Property Management and Health/Safety Committee
Nicola Cameron (Chair), George Pratt and Dale Norris (Headteacher).
Judith Archdale (Chair), Dale Norris and Fr David.
Performance Management Committee
George Pratt (Chair), Judith Archdale, and Nicola Cameron.
Kathryn Loftus (Chair), Despina Hadjioannou, Martin Baker and Fr David Pickett