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Farsley Springbank's Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The governing board conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the governing bodies as outlined in the Governance handbook:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher and senior leadership team.


In September 2013 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education.


The constitution of Farsley Springbank's Governing Body:

  • Headteacher
  • One Local Authority governor - recommended by the LA and approved by the governing body.
  • Two parent governors - formally elected through a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontested.
  • Eight co-opted governors - nominated and appointed by the governing body.
  • One staff governor - formally elected by staff employed at the school.


The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.


The chair of governors is Mrs Kirsty Quayle, who can be contacted via the school office.

Meeting of the Governing Body

The full governing board meets four times a year; all full governing body meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk (Richard Lewis-Ogden). There are also three committees that meet a minimum of 3 times a year.  The committees have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the governing board and systematically monitor, evaluate and look at impact in their specific areas of responsibility. This is done through face to face (visits into school), information provided by the Headteacher and members of the leadership team and external sources such as the school improvement adviser and national data.


The governing body operates the following committees:


Teaching and Learning committee - responsible for teaching and learning matters, including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy), monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions. 

Committee chair: Kirsty  Quayle


Pupil support committee - responsible for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities, cluster and other partnerships.

Committee chair: Sally Brookes


Resources committee - responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards.  The Resources committee also acts as the Pay Review committee - responsible for ensuring the implementation of the school Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy.

Committee chair: Sharon Lang


Pay Appeal committee - responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.

Annual report from the Governing Body

Attendance Register for Governor meetings

Mrs Kirsty Quayle, Chair of Governors

  • Local Authority governor - recommended by the LA, approved by the Governing Body


  • Term of office: 18/09/2015 until 18/09/2019


  • Chair of Governors; is the chair of the Teaching and Learning committee; sits on Headteacher Performance Management panel; has responsibility for SEN, Complaints and supports the Equalities governor.


  • Register of interests: none


I have been a Governor at Farsley Springbank for 2 years taking on the role of Chair from September 2017. I currently work for Leeds City Council in the Statutory Assessment and Provision Service (SENSAP) Childrens Services. My work as a Monitoring and Quality Assurance Officer provides me with the scope to work and liaise with schools on the provision and progress for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This work is extremely rewarding and affords me the opportunity to work with Mainstream and Specialist settings across Leeds with pupils of all age groups and experience the diverse and personalised curriculum offers that are in place for Leeds pupils. I oversee the distribution of the SEN funding mechanism in Leeds (FFI) and ensure that pupils receive additional funding to ensure high quality SEN support and make progress in line with their abilities. I have previously worked as a Secondary SENCo and Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion – which is why I was particularly interested in being involved in the Pupil Support and Teaching and Learning Committees at Farsley Springbank.


This year I have been focusing on recruiting additional members to the governing body - our team of governors has grown and we now have wide and diverse skill set in order to help support and challenge the school further.

I have been involved in supporting the recruitment of new staff to the school which has been successful in ensuring the appointments of highly enthusiastic and qualified staff to add to the school team.


I was really pleased to be able to support the delivery of the key Stage 2 SATs papers where I could see first hand the exemplary behaviour and fantastic learning attitudes of the children and have completed learning walks with the SENCo to ensure that the provision for children with SEN and disabilities is in place.


Within the Teaching and Learning and Pupil Support Committees I have supported the review of key policies, scrutinised school data and asked questions of staff to ensure that any areas for development have been addressed to make sure that the children at Farsley continue to be in receipt of high quality teaching and learning experiences and continue to be well cared for.


My time spent on the Governing Body so far has been really rewarding and I am looking forward to continuing this into the next academic year - Its great to be part of a team that puts children at the centre of everything they do!


Mrs Emma Neale, Vice Chair

  • Co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body


  • Term of office: 01/07/2016 until 01/07/2020


  • Sits on the Resources committee; has responsibility for Governor Training and supports the Pupil Premium governor.


  • Register of interests: none


I am a Mum to 2 boys, both of who attend Springbank Primary, one in Year 1 and one in Year 2. We have been really impressed with Springbank so far and I want to do whatever I can to support the great work done here.


Professionally I have worked as a Senior Manager at Lloyds Banking Group for 10 years. Much of my work involves financial analysis, resolving HR issues, putting things right when they go wrong, mailings and marketing. I hope I can bring some of these skills and experience to my role as a Governor.


This year I have completed induction, finance and pupil premium training for governors; this has set me up really well to support and challenge the school in these areas. By spending time in school with the children and the staff team I am broadening my understanding and insight into how the school operates and in turn I can use this knowledge to be more effective in my role.


As Pupil Premium governor it is my role to ensure that Pupil Premium funding is being used effectively and that it is making the right impact in the right areas. I do this by understanding the pupil premium strategy and talking to the children to understand what does and does not work for them, pulling together all the learning to then help shape future strategy.


My role as Training governor gives me responsibility for ensuring all school governors undertake the right governor training to be effective in their roles. We also look to share learning every time training is attended so the whole governing body can benefit.


Mrs Sally Brookes, Vice Chair

  • Co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body


  • Term of office: 29/06/2017 until 28/06/2021


  • Is Chair of the Pupil Support committee; has responsibility for Safeguarding and is the named governor for Child Protection and Children Looked After; is the link governor for Maths.


  • Register of interests: none


My son attended both Westroyd and Springbank until the end of Year 5 when, as a family, we moved to the Isle of Man. I took early retirement and returned to Farsley in October 2015 to welcome the newest members of the family and now have two grandsons. I joined the Governing Body in July 2017 and will do my best to support the school in any way that I can.


In my career I taught in secondary schools in London and Bradford before joining the senior management team at Salt Grammar School in Shipley as Assistant Headteacher; I also completed a Masters degree in Education Management. On the Isle of Man I joined the leadership team of the largest secondary school. My role involved overseeing the special educational needs team as well as being the designated teacher for Children Looked After and then the designated teacher for safeguarding and child protection. Whilst there I also completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship and became involved in the wider community to improve outcomes for children and families. This led to a move to the Department of Education and Children in 2009 as the Director of Services for Children.


Mrs Rachel Dixon

  • Parent governor - elected by parents of the school


  • Term of office: 01/07/2016 until 01/07/2020


  • Sits on the Resources committee.


  • Register of interests: none


I am married and have two children, a son who is now at high school having enjoyed 4 years at Springbank and a daughter who is currently at Springbank. I have lived in Farsley for 20 years. I have a Combined Honours degree in Business and German and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management. I work full time as an HR Director for an IT Services company based in Harrogate but I hold responsibility for over 500 employees across the UK and India.  I have worked in Human Resources for nearly 20 years and my experience in this field is useful for me to assist and advise on a wide variety of matters such as recruitment, employee relations, engagement, consultation and legislation, within school.

I am passionate about Springbank as a school as I believe that it offers an environment where our children not only feel safe and confident to learn but also thoroughly enjoy themselves at the same time. I was pleased to be elected as parent governor so I was finally able to give something back to a school which has given, and will still give, so much to myself and my children. In my spare time, I enjoy running and have run the London marathon 3 times since my children were born.


Miss Sharon Percival

  • Headteacher governor


  • Term of office: 01/09/2010 until 01/09/2020


  • Sits on the Resources, Pupil Support and Teaching and Learning committees


  • Register of interests: none


I was delighted to be appointed as the permanent Headteacher of Farsley Springbank in April 2012, having been the Acting Headteacher since September 2010.  I have taught at Springbank since 1999, becoming the Deputy Headteacher in 2006.  Farsley Springbank is a fantastic school, with committed governors and staff; it has active and supportive parents as well as super children.  I have enjoyed being a pivotal part of the team for many years that has enabled the school to become the success it is today and thrive on leading the school to continue its drive for further improvement.  As the Head of Farsley Springbank, I attend all Governor meetings.  I enjoy meeting with Governors as they represent a good cross-section of the local community.  Working with Governing Body helps the Leadership Team to step back from day to day issues which allows us to look carefully at all our strategic decisions.  The Governing Body are supportive yet challenging which enables us to continually strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children.


Mrs Sharon Lang

  • Co-opted governor - appointed by the governing body


  • Term of office: 11/10/2017 until 10/10/2021


  • Is Chair of the Resources committee and has responsibility for Health and Safety and Finance.


  • Register of interests: Chief Operating Officer at Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust.  Is an Associate member for schools within the Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust.


I live in Pudsey but lived in Farsley for many years. Both my daughters attended Farsley Springbank and we all hold such fond memories of the school; it is an honour to be part of the Springbank team. My current role is Chief Operating Officer for a Multi-academy Trust based in the South of Leeds. Prior to that I was a Business Manager for a secondary school and also at a primary school in Pudsey. Some of my areas of responsibility within the Trust are Finance, Human Resources, ICT, H&S, Project Management and leading diverse teams.


I have over 8 years’ experience within the Education sector and over 30 years business experience. I have gained a number of qualifications alongside the Certificate in School Business Management including the Chartered Management Institutes Management Development Programme and Chartered Institute of Personnnel and Development's Certificate in Personnnel Practise.


In my spare time I love socialising and going to the gym.

Mr Simon Bradshaw

  • Co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body


  • Term of office: 09/10/2018 until 08/10/2022


  • Sits on the Teaching and Learning committee and has responsibility for Safeguarding with a specific focus on online safety.


  • Register of interests: Educational Consultant for School ICT.  As a consultant, works with the school to deliver some IT training for staff and sessions with pupils throughout the year.


For 4 years I worked as a class teacher in Farsley Springbank and in that time I grew to love being part of such a unique, warm and inspiring educational establishment. That is why I decided to continue on as a governor even after changing my career path and going back to work as an educational consultant. I have worked in many schools over the past 15 years but very few made me feel as welcome and settled as Farsley Springbank. As a specialist teacher in music and computing, my role in schools across the north of England has always been varied - especially when I have been involved in helping teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching core subjects. This has also given me the chance to work with children in many different types of schools which I hope has given me an insight into how schools have to plan and work towards safeguarding the educational priorities of children from all kinds of backgrounds. Obviously I know what brilliant children we have in our school so I am extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to become involved even more as a governor. I am very excited and proud to continue being part of the governing body and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the inner workings of such a fantastic and successful primary school!


Mrs Jane Turner

  • Co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body


  • Term of office: 10/01/2018 until 09/01/2022


  • Sits on the Pupil Support committee and has responsibility for Early Years and is the link governor for School Council.


  • Register of interests: none


I was appointed as a co-opted Governor in January 2018 and have two young sons at Farsley Springbank, currently in Reception and Year 2. Professionally, I have spent the last 16 years working within Higher Education as an academic and researcher. I currently work part-time at Leeds Beckett University where my primary role requires me to provide academic support to distance learners. At the same time, I also act as an Academic Advisor, supporting students with pastoral matters.


Within the governing board I assume the responsibility as the Link Governor for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and not only meet with the Early Years teaching team on a termly basis, but spend time in the classroom with the Reception children too.


Additionally, I am also part of the Pupil Support Committee here at Farsley Springbank and bring with me experience and knowledge of dealing with equality, social and emotional wellbeing, and safeguarding within education. I very much enjoy the opportunity bestowed to me within this committee of meeting with the School Council on a termly basis and hearing about their school initiatives and campaigns.


In this last year I have successfully completed the Governor Induction training and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for Governors training. Moving forward, I look forward to updating my skills over the coming year to ensure that I can fulfil my role as a Governor to the best of my ability.


Mr Jonathan O'Dwyer

  • Co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body


  • Term of office: 09/10/2018 until 08/10/2022


  • Sits on the Teaching and Learning committee and has responsibility for Equalities.


  • Register of interests: none


Having developed my teaching practice from the position of student through to an experienced teacher at Farsley Springbank, I have had a relationship with the school for over 4 years and was honoured to be nominated for the governing body as a co-opted governer. Now in a new teaching role in another Leeds school I can continue to develop my relationship with Springbank and I'm proud to be able to give something back to the school with a new perspective.

In September I took on the responsibility of maths subject leadership in my new setting which will allow me to bring a contrasting view in order to continue to support Springbank in its ongoing development as a pioneering school. I will also be continuing to learn in my role as a governer and will look forward to the opportunities this new chapter will bring. 

As a teacher at Springbank I always felt like a part of the family and this new relationship feels like the ideal way to maintain links with the school and continue to support the development of the children who made such a difference to my life. I feel that as a teacher first I will be a valuable member of the governing body and I am excited about the opportunity this role will bring to me in my ongoing development.


Ms Dianne Ramsay

  • Co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body


  • Term of office: 09/10/2018 until 08/10/2022


  • Sits on the Resources committee and has responsibility for Pupil Premium.


  • Register of interests: none


I am an ex-pat Scot who has recently moved to the area after more than 20 years in London.  I am also a recent step-mum to two primary age boys and want to get more involved in the local community and in the world of education more generally.  I feel passionately that education should be the best it can be for all children so the ethos of Springbank really chimes with my own beliefs.  Being a school governor is, to me, a great way of making a difference locally and giving something back to the education sector.


With a Masters degree in Physics and 20 years' experience working as a consultant in the finance sector, I hope I can make a positive contribution to the budgeting discussions in particular.  My finace attended the school and as I begin my journey as a new school governor, I', very excited to learn more about what makes Springbank a great school.  I'm also really looking forward to getting to know my fellow governors and, over time, the school staff, children and parents.

Mrs Mary Ibison

  • Staff governor - elected by school staff


  • Term of office: 09/10/2018 until 08/10/2022


  • Sits on the Pupil Support committee and has responsibility for PE and Sports Premium.


  • Register of interests: none


Originally from London, I moved up to Leeds over three years ago after a year of travelling around South America and Asia. Prior to that, I worked for three years as a teacher in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. I also have experience of teaching abroad in both India and South Korea, where I met my husband. Working in schools in London’s East End and Bradford gave me experience in a variety of environments and year groups prior to joining the team at Farsley Spingbank two years ago. Last year, it was a privilege to be part of the team that established the school’s very first Year 2 year group, which involved creating a brand new curriculum, guiding the cohort through KS1 SATs and working closely with Senior Leadership to secure positive outcomes and feedback from external moderation. Within school, I am the Geography leader, teacher liaison for the PTA and leader of the school’s Rights Respecting initiative, with the aim of becoming a Bronze Award Rights Respecting school this year. I am relishing the opportunity to contribute even more to wider school life in my new role as Staff Governor.