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Drighlington Primary School, Moorland Road, Drighlington, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

info@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

0113 2853000

Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Meet the Governors

 Natalie Felton (Chair of Governors) 

Email: info@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

I have been a Governor at Drighlington Primary School since 2013 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. 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, read and go the gym. 

 

Charlotte Bowers 

I joined the Governing Body at Drighlington Primary School as a co-opted governor in December 2018. I’ve previously worked within the education sector for over 15 years within Human Resources. 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.

 
Ben Smith 
I joined the Governing Body Team at Drighlington Primary School during the Autumn term 2021. Having worked in schools as a teacher, carrying out a variety of senior leadership positions, for over seventeen years, I felt very privileged to be given the opportunity to support my local primary school. Having carried out senior leadership positions for Teaching and Learning as well as SENCo, I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee with responsibility for curriculum and SEND. I believe every child has the right to a vibrant curriculum that allows each child to reach their personal goals. Away from education I like spending time with my family, supporting my football team and running. 
 

Natalie Webster 

I started as a staff governor in February 2022.  I currently work in KS1 and I am a HLTA covering teacher’s PPA.  I have worked at the school for 15 years and all 3 of my children attended Drighlington Primary, which is why I have a passion about the school and making it a success.  I would like to offer my knowledge and understanding of being in the classroom to support my role as governor.  Out of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching rugby and listening to music.   

Paula Beck

I joined the Governing Body at Drighlington Primary School as a co-opted governor in March 2022. I’ve been professionally involved with Schools now for a number of years in my role as a HR Business Partner and I provide HR support to schools including multi academy Trusts across a wide range of HR issues. I am passionate about the education of our children. I strongly believe that all children and young people regardless of their backgrounds are entitled to the best education, in a safe and inspiring environment so that they can achieve the very best start and lead fulfilling lives. When not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, running, yoga, music and reading.

David Smith

I am a qualified Barrister and higher education (HE) professional and work for a University in Leeds in the areas of quality assurance and higher education regulation. I am currently undertaking a PhD in the area of higher education regulation and am due to complete in the next few years (wish me luck!) I joined the School as a co-opted governor in March 2023 and am on the Resources and Learning and Teaching Committees as part of the governing board. I very much want to use my knowledge and experience to support the School and students in receiving the best possible education. Away from work, I enjoy walking my dog Penny across Yorkshire, and enjoy supporting my football team, listening (and playing) music, reading, and planning my next holiday.

Sarah Craven

I joined as a Parent Governor in November 2023 at Drighlington Primary School.  I work for a bank and have done for the last 25 years, so I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and skills in various roles and they are fully supportive of the opportunity I have been given to support my local school and community. I have two adopted children and I would like to use my knowledge in this field to help support the school when it comes to Looked After Children. Every child deserves to be given the same opportunities no matter the start in life and to also feel safe in school and I am very enthusiastic in this area.  When I am not working or looking after the children I like to watch any sport, especially football. I love to travel, listen to podcasts and spend time with friends and family. 
 

Laura Fahy

I joined the Governing Body at Drighlington Primary School as a co-opted Governor in January 2024. I am a private client Solicitor and I have two children who attend the school. I enjoy being an integral part of the community and want to use my knowledge and experience, gained in my professional career, to help contribute towards ensuring that the children at Drighlington Primary School have the best possible education in a safe environment. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family. I am a keen runner, I enjoy hiking, cooking and reading.
 

Governor Membership

Name

Appointed by

Date of appointment

Posts held

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Charlotte Bowers

Co-opted by GB

05/12/2018

Children Looked After

Child Protection

None

Natalie Felton

   Chair of GB

 

Appointed by LA

08/11/2017

Complaints

Assessment

GB Training

GB Action Plan

None

Jayne Ford

Co-opted by GB

05/12/2018

Early Years

Early Years Reading

EY Advisor Leeds

Ben Smith

Parent Governor

22/10/2021

SEND

None

Natalie Webster

Staff Governor

08/02/2022

Curriculum

None

Paula Beck

 

Co-opted by GB

23/03/2022

Pupil Premium

Lives in local community

David Smith 

Co-opted by GB  

01/03/2023

Resources and Learning 

Teaching Committee    

                       

None

Sarah Craven

Elected by parents

 17/11/2023

 Curriculum

 

Parent

 

Laura Fahy Co-opted by GB  24/11/2023 Curriculum Parent

 

 


Governors who have resigned within the last 12 months

 Brad Allen

Helen Addinall

John Feaster

Ania Lomax

 Michael Devaney

 

 

Co-opted by GB

Headteacher

Parent Governor

Co-opted by GB

Co-opted by GB

 
 

Privacy Notice

To enable our School Governors to support our school we use personal information, for example:

  • Name and contact details
  • Declarations of interest
  • Vetting information
  • Digital images
  • Behaviours

The school is the data controller for this information. Data processors may support this activity through the provision of systems.

We are required by law to collect and use this information and our legal basis for using the personal information is our Legal Obligation under section 538 of the Education Act 1996. Our legal basis for using special category personal information is Substantial Public Interest.

We sometimes need to share some information, for example with:

  • Our local authority
  • The Department for Education (DfE)
  • Other education providers
  • Regulatory Bodies

Data is also entered manually on the Get Information About Schools (GIAS) system and held by DfE. Some of this information (e.g. name and role on the board) is publicly available.

We will not share Governor personal data with anyone else without their consent unless it is permitted by law.

The information we use will be retained until the Governor ceases to work with the school, plus one year.