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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: Rachel Dixon


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 and sits on the Pupil Support committee; sits on Headteacher Performance Management panel; has responsibility for SEN and Equalities.


  • 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 and Pupil Support committees; has responsibility for Pupil Premium and governor training.


  • 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


  • Sits on the Pupil Support committee and the Teaching and Learning committee; has responsibility for Safeguarding and is the named governor for Child Protection; is the link governor for Maths.


  • Register of interests: none

I took early retirement in October 2015 in order to return to Farsley to be close to my grandson who was born the following month.  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 am delighted to the join the Governing Body and will do my best to support the school in anyway 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.


I am thoroughly enjoying retirement but am really looking forward to working as a Governor and hope to meet children, parents and staff over the coming months.


Mrs Rachel Dixon

  • Parent governor - elected by parents of the school


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


  • Is Chair of the Resources committee; has responsibility for Complaints and Attendance.


  • 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


  • Sits on the Resources committee and has responsibility for Health and Safety and Finance.


  • Register of interests: Chief Operating Officer at Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust


I live in Farsley since I moved back in 1998.  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 Business Director in a Leeds Secondary school and prior to that I was also a Business Manager at a primary school in Pudsey.  Some of my areas of responsibility within school are Finance, Human Resources, H&S, Project Management and leading diverse teams.  I have over 6 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

  • Staff governor - elected by the school staff


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


  • Sits on the Teaching and Learning committee.


  • Register of interests: none


Just over 3 years ago I began work as a class teacher in Farsley Springbank and in that time I have grown to love being part of such a unique, warm and inspiring educational establishment. I have worked in many schools over the past 15 years as an educational consultant but very few have 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 staff governor. I am very excited and proud to become 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.


  • Register of interests: none


I moved to Farsley in 2010 and now having chosen to raise our young family here, I am delighted to be able to support the great work of Farsley Springbank. With my eldest son now in Year 1 at the School, we hope our youngest son will join Reception later this summer too.


I was appointed as a co-opted Governor in January 2017. Professionally, I have spent the last 15 years working within Higher Education as an academic and researcher. I currently work part-time at Leeds Beckett University where my role requires me not only to support distance learners in their academic endeavours, but in an additional role as an Academic Advisor, I provide advice to students on how to get the most out of their learning experience and support students in wider aspects of their learning journey.


As part of the Pupil Support committee here at Farsley Springbank, I bring with me experience of dealing with equality, social and emotional wellbeing and safeguarding within education. I believe that these skills will be invaluable to me in supporting the children in these key areas.


This year I am already committed to undertaking the Governor Induction training and look forward to undertaking other relevant training to ensure that I can fulfil my role as a Governor the best I can.