Welcome - we are the Local Governing Board for Shelley First School; we are volunteers who give up our time to govern. 

 

About the Governing Body

Since the introduction of the Education Act (1988), governors have played an increasingly important part in overseeing the running of schools. It’s our role to ensure the school acts in the best interest of the pupils and the communities they serve. Good governance is vital to every school, and in these changing times, more is expected of the governing body than perhaps ever before.

The Chair of Governors may be contacted via the school office. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

 

So, what do we do?

The governing body are there to help shape the strategic direction and focus for the school.

The governing body has a legal responsibility to ensure the school gives our children the best possible education. We do this by acting as a critical friend to the school’s leadership and staff. We ask challenging, sometimes difficult, questions. We provide oversight and together with the senior leadership team, help shape the long-term direction of the school.

We do this by:

  • encouraging the highest possible standards of education
  • helping to set the strategic aims and objectives of the school
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • establishing realistic, achievable targets
  • monitoring and evaluating the school’s performance against these targets
  • making sure the school’s aims, values and culture are reflected in what the school does
  • ensuring proper management of the school’s finances
  • communicating openly with parents, the local community and the local education authority
  • acting as a critical friend to the Head Teacher
  • discuss and ratify school policies.

 

Name 

Role 

From 

To 

Links

Mrs Debra Knowles  

Headteacher  

1st September 2010  

Ongoing 

 

Mrs Tracy Pinnock  

Parent Governor  

18th January 2018  

17th January 2022 

SEND, Curriculum Reading/ Phonics and writing

Mrs Julia Moorhouse  

Co-opted Governor  

1st February 2019  

31st January 2023 

Safeguarding, Child protection and SEND 

Mr Jason Field  

Trust Appointed governor  

26th October 2021 

25th October 2025 

Finance, Equality, Inclusions and diversity

Mrs Lisa Pugh  

Co-opted Governor  

15th November 2018 

14th November 2022 

EYFS, Health and Wellbeing, Maths

Mrs Gareth Palmer  

Co-opted Governor  

13th December 2018 

12th December 2022 

Finance, Staff CPD and performance management

Mr Chris Hill  

Parent Governor  

26th April 2021 

25th April 2025 

Maths, Finance

Mrs Rachel Clarkson 

Staff Governor 

12th October 2021 

11th October 2025 

Health and Wellbeing 

 

Previous Governors

Catherine Smith Staff Governor   21.01.21
Dan Baker Chair of Governors (joint)  12.7.2016 - 29.06.2021

 

 

Governor Visits

We also take part in governor visits to the school. These allow us to get a sense of the school itself by seeing how the children are responding to their work, to each other and the staff.  It also serves as a reminder how governorship helps the school as a whole, and why we do it.

This first-hand experience of school is vital in informing our thinking and strategic planning.


Governors

Tracy Pinnock

My name is Tracy Pinnock I became a Parent Governor in January 2018. My family and I moved to Shelley in 2017 and as I was a parent governor at my kids’ previous school and I had an interest in education, I joined the Shelley board when a vacancy arose. I became Co-chair in 2020 and then Chair in 2021. I am the link governor for SEND and I also attend the TRUST wide Curriculum Development group. We absolutely love living here in Shelley, and Shelley First has been an amazing school for our children. I have 1 child still at Shelley First and another at Shelley College.

Lisa Pugh

Hi I’m Lisa Pugh. I am the Vice Chair and have been a Co-opted member of the Governing Board since 2018 when my eldest son started at Shelley First School. I have two young boys, who are now both at Shelley First School. I have always been interested in the education sector and qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2006. I am the link governor for health and well-being, curriculum development and maths

Julia Moorhouse

Hi, my name is Julia Moorhouse, I have been a member since February 2019. I love friends and family, the outdoors and the local community. I currently have 1 daughter at Shelley, and another younger daughter who hasn’t started school yet. I am link governor for Safeguarding and child protection

Gareth Palmer

Hi, I’m Gareth Palmer, I’ve been a Co-Opted Governor since 2018 after moving into the area and having my daughter start at SFS. My day job is at a multi-national EHS software company where I’m responsible for the commercial leadership of the business. I’m passionate about social value and sustainability, in my spare time you’ll likely find me trying not to fall off my mountain bike in the local woods. I’m the link governor for CPD, Staffing and Performance Management and also sit on the Finance Committee

Chris Hill

Hi, I’m Chris Hill and I’m new to the role of Parent Governor, only joining the team in April 2021. We moved into the area 4 years ago and I have 2 children in SFS. I’m passionate about contributing towards my local community and I’m very much looking forward to my role as a governor. I’m an accountant by profession and on a weekend you’ll often find me on the golf course (usually in a bunker or the long grass).

Debra Knowles

I am really proud of our school – it is a great environment for staff and children. We are extremely fortunate to have supportive parents who want the best for their children, staff who are passionate about learning and children who make our job a joy. Working with our Governors supports the school in making important decisions about our provision – each member has a different background and experience to share. However, we all work together with a shared purpose with the school at its heart.

Jason Field

I am the Chief Financial Officer of the Mast Academy Trust, having served with the Trust since its creation in 2016. Living locally, I consider the education of our children of crucial importance to our schools and the community that they serve. Prior to joining the Trust I have worked in the Academy Trust sector for around for around 5 years. Outside of work I have a keen interest in rugby Union and have coached age grade rugby for over a decade being involved both at club and county level. I am especially privileged to have coached a number of excellent athletes at Yorkshire girls under 15's and under 18's over the past number of years.

Rachel Clarkson

Staff Governor

My name is Rachel and in my day job you will usually find me in the busy school office. I have also recently become a staff Governor. I am excited to be able to support the shared vision of the Trust and SFS in this capacity and I believe I can contribute a different perspective on the Governing body. Outside of school, I am married and we have two children, both of which are now at high school. In my spare time I am a keen jigsaw fan and I also enjoy spending time out doors walking. I also love to spend time with my friends and family.

Governors

 

 

Governors

 

Documents

Interested in Being a Governor?

Our school needs governors, and you could be just who we are looking for. If you would like to put yourself forward for consideration as a governor, please contact the school directly. 

 

Contact

Governor Meeting Notes can be requested from the school office at any time.

To contact our Chair of Governors, you can email office@shelleyfirstschool.co.uk or write to Chair of Governors, Shelley First School, School Terrace, Far Bank, Shelley, Huddersfield, HD8 8HUGovernor Meeting Notes can be requested from the school office at any time.

Whenever a vacancy occurs for a parent governor, the Head teacher will send a written notice of the election to be taken home by the pupils.

 

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