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School Governors

Mrs Brook

Chair - Mrs J. Brook

I have been Chair of Governors since 2005. 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 Chair of the Governing Body, I work closely with Mrs Hopwood and other governors to support the school in providing every child with a successful educational experience at Lydgate.  

Mrs Hopwood

Headteacher - Mrs J. Hopwood

I have been teaching for 23 years and have been the Headteacher at Lydgate for 10 years.  I have a B.Ed (Hons) degree and a Masters degree in Education Management.

I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and see my role as crucial in facilitating this. I lead a team of dedicated staff who want every child in our school to achieve. I feel  privileged to work with such hardworking children, parents, staff and governors.

In addition to supporting other schools in my role as a local leader (LLE), I work very closely with the other schools in the Batley, Birstall Partnership (BBEST).  Through this work, we can all learn from each other and aim to ensure that every child in our area has a positive primary school experience.

Ms Pandor

Ms F. Pandor - Parent Governor

I have been a governor at Lydgate Junior and Infant School for the past nine 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.

Mr Patel

Mr Z. Patel - Community Governor

I have been a governor since 2009. I have one child at the school. Having attended Lydgate myself many years ago I am interested in how it has developed and is responding to the needs of a changing community.

I am a Civil Servant. I have an MSc in health policy. I have mentored high school pupils in Leeds and young disabled people from black and minority ethnic communities in Birmingham.

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

Mr N. Wright - Parent Governor

I was proud to be elected a Parent Governor at Lydgate in November 2015, and my daughter is currently in Year Two. I have lived with my wife in the Soothill area for 15 years.
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 E Broome(2)

Mrs E Broome - Staff Governor

I have worked at Lydgate Junior and Infant School for 4 years.  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
nazia iqbal

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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