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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

01132853000

info@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

  1. Welcome to Our School
  2. About Our School
  3. Governors
  4. Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors

Natalie Felton (Chair of Governors) 

Direct email: n.felton@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

I have been a Governor at Drighlington Primary School for 5 Years and was elected Chair of the Governing Body in September 2017, a position that I’m very proud to hold. I sit on both of our committees, Resources and Teaching & Learning and I’m the responsible governor for Anti-bullying and Equalities. I truly believe that all children deserve the best possible education and that I have the skills to contribute to helping our school achieve the best results for them. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family. I am very passionate about books and love to read. 

 

Sue Jackson

I have two sons and three grandchildren. The spare time I have is dedicated to my family, to music, gardening and reading. My previous teaching experiences have included teaching age ranges from three to sixty three year olds, having worked in primary, secondary, special, youth opportunity and further education settings. My appointment as head teacher of Drighlington Primary School commenced September 2004. This is my third headship, meaning that I have been able to draw upon many years of experience. During my time at this school there has always been one key focus - create a safe and happy place where children can thrive and reach their full potential. I am passionate about this school and keen to promote quality first education for all children who attend.

 

Steve Housden

In July of 2017 the opportunity arose to apply to join the school’s board of governors and because I had now moved to part-time employment I felt that I had the time, to fully commit to the requirements of this important role. In addition I felt I had a number of work related skills that could support the school moving forward. I am currently a Non-Executive Director for a regeneration company and part-time consultant to them on business strategy and development. Prior to this I spent 10 years with the Construction Industry Training Board as Sector Manager for the North of England working on developing partnerships with LEP’s, Local Authorities and industry. Prior to this I worked in careers guidance field for nearly 30 years developing and implementing information, advice and guidance strategies that supported the delivery of the key activities supporting young people and adults into employment. I have lived in Drighlington for nearly 30 years and both my children attended school in Drighlington. I am keen to see that the school continues to be a positive, enjoyable and successful experience for all pupils.

 

Sue Roberts

I was a teacher for 30 years until my retirement in 2012. My teaching experience covers 5-18 year olds and I have held varying posts at middle management level. I loved teaching particularly Maths, PE and Science.    I have been connected with Drighlington Schools for 29 years, first as a parent, then as a teacher and now as a Governor. I have been on the Governing Body for the past 6 years and I am currently the Early Years Governor and the SEND Governor. I enjoy walking, swimming, reading and watching sport mainly Rugby League and Cricket. I also volunteer at the local library and in school. I live in the village and strongly believe that all the children deserve a school that supports them, encourages them, challenges them and allows them to reach their full potential. I feel that I have the skills and ethics to help the leadership team of the school to achieve these goals.

 

John Feaster

I am a solicitor and chartered tax advisor and have been based in the Morley/Drighlington area for over 10 years. My daughter is in key stage 1 at the school and my son started in nursery in September 2017. I am a strong advocate of broadly based early years education to inspire children in different disciplines (e.g. sport, music, drama, arts) and the particular challenge of engaging boys to enjoy learning at primary school age.  I strongly believe that the opportunity to socialise, learn new skills and build confidence though education in its wider sense is something which should be available to all children.  In my spare time I enjoy watching sport (football, cricket and darts), cooking and travel.

  

Lisa Harrison
I joined the Drighlington family as a co-opted governor in July 2018. I was brought up in Drighlington and now live in Gildersome, with my family still in Drighlington. I am currently on maternity leave and have two young children, with the eldest just starting nursery.  
I have always worked for large retailers including Marks & Spencer, Asda and now Morrisons as Productivity Manager, where I am responsible for making things simpler and easier for colleagues in stores. My roles centre around project management, rigorous analysis to ensure best value for money and building the case for change. I am hoping these skills will allow me to provide effective support to the school. 
I believe that primary school should be an environment which inspires and ignites a lifelong love of learning for children, providing them with the springboard for reaching their full potential and hope that I can play a part in this.

 

Sgt John Kehoe (Retired)

I joined the Governors in February 2018. I have gained lots of skills and previous experience that naturally led me to take up the challenge of being a school governor when the opportunity arose. I am currently the school site manager with responsibility for the safety of the children, staff and visitors along with the site security and upkeep. I am an armed forces veteran having served 21 years including 3½ years as a UN peacekeeper in the Middle East. I was a military training officer, training recruits in every aspect of army life, and a transport manager, with responsibility for budgets, staff and vehicles. I am, also, a trained negotiator with great familiarity of evacuation/lockdown through my forces and UN training. Additionally, I have 6 years’ experience of implementing ‘evacuation/lockdown’ at a primary school level in London. I am qualified to, and have worked within education, teaching Employability skills and working as an NVQ trainer and assessor in the post 16 sector. Furthermore, I have set up and run a Mentoring scheme for vulnerable young people prior to my move to Drighlington. I am looking forward to learning fresh skills and meeting new people as we (the governors) work as a team to support the headteacher as she endeavors to move the school ever forward.

Charlotte Bowers 

I am a HR Manager at a local high school and have worked in the education for over 13 years within various HR roles focusing on Human Resource Management and Safeguarding within education.                      Having recently moved to the Morley area, I wanted to use my experience and knowledge gained to make a valuable contribution to the education of young people and to the local community.                                        In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also volunteer with a Brownie Guide Unit assisting with activities, events and overnight camps that give young people the chance to discover their potential and learn about the world around them.  

Jayne Ford

I joined the governors at Drighlington Primary School in November 2018 after being a governor for 10 years at another Leeds primary school. I am the Early Years Governor.                                                                  I am married and have 3 daughters and spending time with family is very important to me. I am a keen football fan and also enjoy eating out, reading and travelling.                                                                                   I have worked in education for over 30 years as a primary school teacher and children’s centre teacher with children from birth to 11 years. More recently I have worked as an Early Years consultant and trainer supporting schools and settings with quality improvement.                                                                                      I am passionate about making a real difference to children’s lives and supporting them to reach their full potential.

Anneliese Hillyer-Thake

I have worked for the NHS since 1995. I am a registered Paramedic and work for Yorkshire Ambulance Service on a bank Paramedic contract. I moved to Leeds in 2016 to work for NHS England in the national safeguarding team as the Programme Manager. I have a strong focus on protecting the most vulnerable and have studied to Masters level in both Child Protection law as well as Adult Protection and Mental Capacity Law. I have been a governor in a previous school in the South of England and I believe that being a governor is a key role in supporting teachers doing the very best they can for children. Away from work, I love cooking, walking, climbing and going out to dinner with friends.  

 

Nicola Warren

With two children at the very beginning of their education at school, and another little one to be joining them in a few years, I wanted to be more involved with school life and put my decade of experience of working within junior schools to good use. I grew up in Birstall and moved up the road to Drighlington when I was pregnant with our second child.
Having left working within education in May 2018, I’m now the managing director of two wedding venues; organisation, event planning, budgeting and management are my core skills. I believe that early education should be about capturing the magic and instilling a life long love of learning & achieving.
I’m looking forward to getting to know the role and hopefully making a positive impact for all the children at Drighlington Primary.