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Welcome to the webpage of the Governing Body of Lydgate Junior and Infant School

Welcome to the webpage of the Governing Body of Lydgate Junior and Infant School
Here you can find information on the role of the Governing Body at Lydgate and our responsibilities, as well as introductions to the current Governors
The Governing body has three statutory responsibilities:

•    setting the school’s strategic direction

•    holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
•    overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure public money is well spent

Governors also discuss, approve and review policies and procedures required for school to operate successfully and within its responsibilities – you can find more information in the Policies, Documents and Facts section of the school website.

The Governing Body appoints the school’s Headteacher and Deputy Head, and approves and monitors the school budget.

We are a mix of people appointed by the local authority, from parents and carers, school staff and the community, and those co-opted due to their skills and experience that enable us to carry out our work effectively.

The Governing Body meets at least twice per term, and more often if required. The Headteacher presents their report and Governors are expected to monitor the school’s progress and ask challenging questions of the Senior Leadership Team. Governors make regular visits to school, and take part in working parties on particular issues. 
We are also part of school’s Complaints Policy, but you should always speak to your child’s class teacher and / or Headteacher first. 

Should you wish to contact the Governing Body, please speak to the school office to be put in touch – the office also holds copies of the minutes of Governing Body meetings
If you are interested in becoming a school governor, whether at Lydgate or another school, please visit : www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/working-for-kirklees/school-governors.aspx       


Gov visits 2018-19

Minutes of the Governing Body Meetings 2018-19

Minutes of the Governing Body Meetings 2019-20

Minutes of the Governing Body Meetings 2020-21

School Governors

Chair - Mr N. Wright

I was proud to be elected Chair of Governors in September 2020. I have lived with my wife in the Soothill area for 20 years and my daughter previously attended Lydgate.
I work in the Logistics industry, which employs large numbers of young people, so I know how important the skills Lydgate teaches are - maths, reading and writing, using technology and the ability to work in a team with others. These are the skills that will enable our pupils to make the most of whatever opportunities their futures may offer them.
Mrs Brook

Vice Chair - Mrs J. Brook

I was the Chair of Governors between 2005 and 2020. My links with this area go back a long way, as I lived in Soothill as a child, and worked as a Headteacher in Batley for many years. As the Vice Chair of the Governing Body, I work closely with the Headteacher, Chair and other governors to support the school in providing every child with a successful educational experience at Lydgate.  

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Ms F. Pandor - Parent Governor

I have been a governor at Lydgate Junior and Infant School for many years.  I am a former employee of Kirklees educational service and have a keen interest in the education of all children. As a parent of two former pupils at the school I strongly believe that all children can flourish and reach their full potential if provided with the right opportunities. I am pleased to be part of a strong and enthusiastic team who continuously aim to make children's education a memorable experience at Lydgate.

Tahera Mayat – Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor since September 2017. I went to Lydgate School and have been living in the local area for many years. It will be good to give back and positively influence the future generation. Currently, I am a full time student at University of Leeds and enjoy doing part time education outreach work. I believe it is important to equip children with the skills and confidence to achieve their full/true potential.


Mrs J. Cartwright - Staff Governor

I have served as a Staff Governor at Lydgate J & I School since 2006. My role is School Business Manager which involves finance, office and building management. I enjoy my varied role, working with an excellent team of staff and seeing the children progress.

Mrs Cartwright

Sumayya Mulla – Parent Governor

I was honoured to be elected as a parent governor in February 2018 and I currently have a son here at Lydgate. I am passionate about education for all ages through my work as a GCSE Mathematics teacher and my involvement in organising playgroup sessions for toddlers in the local area.

I have gained a good understanding of the Primary Healthcare sector having previously worked as a qualified Optometrist for three years in Leeds.  I am looking forward to working with the Lydgate community to help all of our children to flourish.

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Mrs E Broome - Staff Governor

I have worked at Lydgate Junior and Infant School since September 2012.  I am the Reception teacher and Key Stage 1 Leader.  I see my role as fundamental to both children and parents, ensuring that each child's transition to our school is a positive experience and that parents are happy.  I believe that in order to be successful in life, children need to believe in themselves and their abilities, have a love of learning, show determination to succeed without giving up and be independent. This is at the heart of Reception teaching. Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent 15 years working in the private sector in various management, leadership and training roles. I use my previous experience in my daily school life. 


Lorraine Needham-Reid - Co-opted Governor

Lorraine Needham-Reid co-opted governor from the Oxfam Textile Recycling Centre in Soothill. I have always had an interest in education having been a governor many years ago when my sons were at primary school, they are both at University now.  I also have a Masters in Education but in the lifelong learning sector and take an active interest in the development of my staff.  I am really looking forward to learning more about Lydgate and becoming part of its community.

Roxanne Strafford - Co-opted Governor

I work for the local Tesco store in Batley where I have helped to run The Farm to Fork Project for a number of years. The Farm to Fork project has been really successful in helping schools and youth groups across the UK gain the skills to have a healthy, happy relationship with food.

I have worked with the school and pupils for different projects and am excited about helping the school progress further in the future.

Roxanne Strafford
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Nazia Iqbal – Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor since September 2017, and have two children currently at school. I am passionate about the education of children and ensuring that children have the confidence and skills necessary for their future.

I have LLB Hons in Law and have worked for many years as a Legal Adviser. In my spare time I also support local charities.

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Ms A Tamm - Designate Governor

I have been a governor at Lydgate since September 2019 and previously to this held another governors position within Kirklees. I have been involved in primary education for over 20 years and am an Assistant Headteacher at a local school; I feel I have a lot to offer the school and believe that every child deserves the right to a quality education. I am looking forward to working with Lydgate and the local community to help drive the school forwards towards excellence.

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Mrs F Faraz – Parent Governor

I was raised in Batley and attended a local Primary and Secondary school and have worked as a Community Pharmacist for over 15 years in both managerial and locum roles. Since my time as a student at Bradford University I have been involved in various community engagement programmes, currently a consultant for the Bradford Literature Festival. 

I became a parent governor in January 2020, with 3 children currently at the school I am keen to be involved and contribute my skills to the continued success and achievements of the school working alongside the existing team.

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