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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.

Ms J. Mamaniat - Parent Governor

I have been a governor at Lydgate J & I since 2009 and have two children who are currently at the school.  After obtaining a degree in English and Arabic, I went on to work at the BBC in London, and I now teach Academic English at the University of Huddersfield. 

I am extremely passionate about the educational standard that children receive, especially at primary level. I value my role as a governor and enjoy being part of a committed team that works closely with the staff to ensure that the high standards of the school continue to be maintained.

Ms Mamaniat
Mrs Sidat

Mrs F. Sidat - Parent Governor

I am a mother of two young children and a resident of Lydgate Road.  I became a parent governor in November 2013 prior to which I worked for HBOS plc as a Customer Relations Manager and Recruitment Coordinator.  After becoming a parent I gained an NVQ in Childrens Care, Learning and Development and as part of my studies I have worked at Lydgate J & I and other local schools.

Combining my professional experience with my passion and interest in children and their wellbeing means this is a wonderful opportunity where I can strive to make a real difference and contribute sincerely to the good of the whole school and community.

Mr Patel

Mr Z. Patel - Community Governor

I have been a governor at the school since 2009. My children have all attended Lydgate and two are still pupils at the school. Many years ago I also attended the school so I am interested in how it has developed over the years and is responding to the needs of a changing community. I am a Civil Servant working at the Department of Health. As well as working I am studying for a Master’s degree in health policy at Imperial College, London. I have experience of mentoring secondary school pupils in Leeds to help them achieve their potential. I am currently a mentor on Changing our Lives’ Rights for All leadership programme for young disabled people from black and minority ethnic communities.

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.

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