Our Local Governors

 

We are delighted to be able to confirm that on September 1st 2016 Kippax North Primary School successfully converted to Academy status alongside some of our Trust partner schools.  Kippax North Primary School is now an academy supported by our own Multi-Academy Trust – The Brigshaw Learning Partnership. Please visit the BLP website to find out about the Board of Directors and view the Trust's Governance and Financial information.

Each school will continue to have its own headteacher and governing body, and the Brigshaw Learning Partnership Board, which is now responsible for all of our schools, contains representatives from across our community, as well as very experienced and skilled people who share our values, including headteachers, from further afield.

How our Local Governors are appointed:

Parent Governors are elected by the parents of pupils in school.

Community Governors are appointed by the Brigshaw Learning Partnership

Staff Governors are elected by the staff of the school.

Associate Members are appointed by the Local Governing Body and work in an advisory capacity. Associate Members have no voting rights.

The Principal holds an ex-officio position.

 

Meet our Governors:

COUNCILLOR JAMES LEWIS - Chair of Governors

Over the years since I was first appointed to the governing body in 2003 I have seen Kippax North grow as a school in terms of teaching, support for pupils to achieve their best and enjoy great experiences on the way. I’ve been a governor since 2003 and chair of governors since 2008, I live in Kippax and I am elected as a Leeds City Councillor for Kippax and Methley ward so represent many families and the school’s local community.

 

There have been considerable changes in national and local education policy in the last decade. Our school has moved from being a Local Education Authority school into one that is now part of the Brigshaw MAT. During this change I have  seen the governors and staff  always ensure that the achievement and welfare of our pupils is at the heart of life in school.

 

We have also worked closely as staff, governors and volunteers to bring about big changes to the school building and grounds which has helped make teaching, learning and life in school much richer. I’m proud of the School and the community and playing my part in giving children the best start in life.

 

 

SUE GREEN - Vice-Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Kippax North for over 18 years, appointed first as an LEA Governor and now a Community Governor.  I am currently Vice Chair of Governors with the role of Teaching and Learning Governor.  I have seen Kippax North grow from strength to strength over the years and I am enthusiastic and committed to helping the school progress further.

 

I am retired and spent my career in the Civil Service, largely working in the field of training as a tutor and then in Human Resources.  I have a grown up daughter and a young grandson, so I am aware of the many challenges facing parents.

 

The success of any school is dependent upon the staff and the pupils, of which Kippax North always aims to achieve the very best for.  Our aim is to help each child become happy, successful learners and confident individuals to help them each achieve their potential.  I know that Kippax North provides a rich and balanced curriculum to help the children achieve this - 'Aiming High'.  I am honoured to be part of a hard working team which enables this and always proud of the children and their achievements.

 

 

ANTONY CATTERICK

I have always lived in Leeds and lived in Kippax for nearly 20 years. I have been a governor at Kippax North since 2009 and it has been a pleasure to be see the school grow and change over the years into the fantastic school it is today. 

 

My  career with a large global company has given me the opportunity to travel to many countries with different cultures and I hope that I can bring some of that experience back to a local community level.

 

I have three children that have all been to Kippax North, one now in Year 6 and two now at Brigshaw School. I am quite an active person and have been involved in the many things Kippax North does to promote a healthy lifestyle. The cycle club and track being one.

 

It is very satisfying to see the fantastic job Kippax North does to help children achieve their best potential and help equip them with the right skills and attitudes so they can go well prepared to the next stage of learning and beyond.

 

Being a governor is quite a commitment, but to be part of a team helping with the strategic decisions needed in schools while not forgetting that ‘children come first’ and the school ethos of this, makes it worthwhile.

 

 

CHRIS CLARKE

I have been involved in school governance for many years at Kippax North, originally becoming a Parent Governor when my children attended here. I currently hold the position of Staff Governor. 

 

I am a great supporter of the Kippax North Ethos of ‘Aim High’ and ‘Smile and Learn’.  I have worked here for 29 years, and both my children were pupils here.  It has made me very proud to see how the school has developed,  how every inch of our school  is used for learning, and how all our pupils are helped and encouraged to achieve their full potential, whatever their ability, interests or backgrounds, through all the different opportunities and experiences that school provides.  This ensures that all our pupils have the opportunity to succeed.

 

I particularly enjoy being an ambassador for our school, and I support school in all activities that take place.  Throughout my time as a Governor, I have always felt that it has been a privilege to be part of such an exciting yet challenging opportunity and feel that the knowledge and experience that I have gained throughout my term of office ensures that I can continue to be a ‘critical friend’.  Being a Governor is purely on a voluntary basis, but I enjoy putting something back into our school community, and take pleasure in seeing what a lively, vibrant place Kippax North is.

 

 

BEVERLEY DOUBTFIRE

Having been a member of the team for 19 years, I have witnessed and contributed to Kippax North’s growth and development into the caring, nurturing and successful learning environment we now provide for our children. As a long standing and committed member of the staff team, I am committed to ensuring that all our children experience the best possible provision to equip them for their journey through life. I believe that through encouraging the pupils to make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school they will themselves become responsible, caring adults.

 

 

VICKI GIBBONS

I was recently appointed in July 2017 as a parent governor. I have 2 children, both of whom attend Kippax North. 

 

I have 15 years experience as a secondary school teacher and I now work in a local primary school.  I feel that this experience gives me a good basis for supporting the school and staff.

 

I believe that the focus of school should not be purely on academic achievements, but also on providing a broad curriculum full of enriching experiences. I think Kippax North is a great school and I look forward to working with the rest of the governing body to help the school continue to go from strength to strength.

 

 

LUCY MARSHALL

I have been a Parent Governor since January 2017 and my two children attend the school. I am delighted to have the opportunity to provide support and challenge to the school and ensure that children’s interests are at the heart of decisions. I believe that schools are key in preparing our children to have full and happy roles in our communities and the Kippax North ethos and strategic direction supports this.

 

My experience as a Chartered Management Accountant in both the Manufacturing and Financial Services sectors has given me skills that can support the school within the Governance framework. As I increase my experience and continue to learn about the academic environment, my aim is to serve the hard-working and enthusiastic community of staff, children and parents at Kippax North.

 

JANET MONTGOMERIE

I have been a Governor at Kippax North for nearly 20 years, originally as a Parent Governor and now as a Community Governor.

I am originally from Bradford and lived in different parts of the country until we moved back 'up north' and settled in Kippax 30 years ago.

I have two grown-up daughters Helen, who is a primary school teacher and Anna, who is a dancer.  Both attended Kippax North where they were very happy.  My grandson Noah, aged 4, is now very happily settled in nursery.

I have worked most of my life as a social worker, mainly working with older people.  I now work part-time at Bradford University and with the Open University organising and supporting placements for students on their social work degree courses.

Kippax North has always been an excellent school and is going from strength to strength.  I am particularly pleased and proud that the school maintains high academic success while continuing to value all children and their particular achievements, and continuing to provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

CHRIS REID

 

My name is Chris Reid and I joined the Governor team in April 2018 as a Community Governor to support the existing team. I have 2 children, both of whom attend Kippax North and live locally.

 

My background is as a professional engineer and cofounder and director of a rail startup business delivering depot train care services.

 

Kippax North is a fantastic school and a key part of the community and I am privileged to be able to offer my experiences to support an already outstanding learning environment.