Governing Body 2016/2017
Role of the Governors
The National Governors’ Association has for a number of years recommended that governing bodies adopt a code of practice which sets out the purpose of the governing body and describes the appropriate relationship between individual governors, the whole governing body and the leadership team of the school. To view the Code of Practice click here
Mr Michael Thorp – Headteacher (Finance and General Purposes Committee)
I have been a Headteacher at Crossley Hall Primary School for 7 years. I am a Staff Governor and also on the F&GP committee, who are responsible for making finance and general purpose decisions about the school. I am committed to ensuring that our children here at Crossley Hall strive to be successful. My role as a governor is to work with our panel of community, parent and staff governors to provide the best for all our pupils.
I have two children who attend primary school. I live with my partner and her two children and our two dogs. I enjoy walking and spending time with my family.
I have worked in the education sector for many years. During my time here as a Headteacher I have seen the school grow from strength to strength and more recently with the opening of our brand new purpose built two year old nursery.
Miss Lynette Clapham – Deputy Headteacher (School Improvement Committee & Finance and General Purposes Committee)
I have been Deputy Head at Crossley Hall since April 2014. As Staff Governor I sit on the School Improvement Committee, where we monitor whole school curriculum improvements and standards as well as the Finance & General Purposes Committee. I have worked in primary education for 10 years, in both Bradford and Leeds. I have a range of experience teaching right across the primary phase as well as being a Key Stage 1 moderator and Specialist Leader in Education.
One thing I particularly love about being Deputy Head of Crossley Hall is the size of the school. It brings with it such energy and excitement as well as more than 700 children who have a love of learning and a committed team of staff, who like me, are committed to giving the children at Crossley Hall the absolutely best!
My door here at Crossley Hall is always open, to parents who feel they need further support or guidance, staff who want to talk through new learning ideas and of course children who want to share work they are proud of.
My other interests include keeping fit. I’m a keen netballer and enjoying running. I also spend a lot of time with my family, in particular my 7 year old nephew William and 11 year old niece Olivia. They certainly keep me entertained and on my toes!
Mrs Deirdre Bailey – Chair (Finance and General Purposes Committee)
I have been a governor at Crossley Hall School for 20 years and Chair of Governors for the last 15 years. During my time at Crossley Hall I have been involved in and supported the change from First school to a Primary and then from a 2 form entry to a three form entry school.
As well as chairing the governors meetings I am also Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee where I decide how to prioritise spending, monitor the budgets and ensure that we conform to the Local Authority procedures.
I am also the Safeguarding Governor and the lead governor for monitoring the standard of marking and feedback of children’s books and the quality of teaching in school. This enables me to see at first hand the excellent progress that is made in school and to enjoy the creative and enthusiastic way in which the children are taught.
I am very proud of the environment that has been created for the children and excited to see the high standard of achievement throughout the school.
I have recently retired after a long career in Children’s Social Care so I am now able to spend more time in school . I look forward to,seeing you around school.
Mrs Qia Mahfooz – Vice chair (School Improvement Committee)
I have been a Governor at Crossley Hall Primary School for 14 years. Initially this was a parent governor until all 3 of my children left the school, my role now is a community governor.
I am a member of the School Improvement Committee and play an active role in a number of other key areas including lead role in subject areas, recruitment of staff and being Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. I thoroughly enjoy being a governor and I strongly believe that our school, with the support of the parents and the local community can achieve its goals and I’m very happy and honoured to be part of the governing body.
Outside of my role as a governor I have worked for the last 22 years as a Civil Servant for the Department of Work and Pensions as a Change Manager delivering a number of legislative/ministerial changes across the Departments organisation.
Nazia Mehrban – Early Years (School Improvement Committee)
I am part of the local community and my daughter aged 4 has just started reception at Crossley Hall Primary School. This will allow me an ideal opportunity to commit to the role for a considerable length of time.
As a parent, I am passionate about the level of education provided and will devote my time and energy in ensuring the school rises to an outstanding level. I am a supporter of the school ethos and principles and believe in building strong positive relationships between the school and parents. It will be in the interest of parents, teachers and the community to see the school rise to exceptional levels.
To succeed in this, I believe strong relationships between parents and the school is essential. My professional background is corporate business banking where a key skill was communication. I am keen to advise, support and advance the school.
Crossley Hall Primary School is part of my community and I am determined to make a difference. I will always strive for excellence. I would like to work to improve communication and build a strong foundation for parents and teachers to benefit from. I am also fluent in Punjabi therefore can communicate in an additional language if required. It is understandable that with the demographics of the school, some parents may appreciate the opportunity to communicate using other languages than English. This would demonstrate an understanding of the community and allow additional language barriers to be removed.
The key focus is to allow the school to provide excellent levels of education. Creating an environment where the children are given the opportunity to learn, develop and progress allowing them to pursue future careers, creating positive future role models for the community to benefit from.
Maria Grynchuk – Numeracy (School Improvement Committee)
I am a parent to Samiya, who is a very happy child in year 1.
I feel passionately about primary school education. Just like every other parent at Crossley Hall primary school, I want the very best for my child. Over her time at Crossley Hall, I have seen my daughter come on in leaps and bounds; she realy enjoys school and all that it offers her.
As a local resident and a parent, I am proud of our school and I believe I can help it achieve recognition as an outstanding school. I am passionate about developing lifelong opportunities for the children and fostering the environment where each child is valued, develops self-esteem and given the opportunity to excel both academically and creatively. I think that Crossley Hall is an excellent school and I would like to be a governor to play a more active role, and contribute to the maintaining of the school’s high standard.
I am a good communicator and relate easily to people. I think that this is important and feel that people would find me approachable and could also rely on me to communicate their views in governors meetings. I would work especially hard to improve communication between governors and parents. As I work part-time, I think that this is will enable me to spend the time necessary to fulfil the role.
I have a degree in teaching languages and if elected, I would work with energy and enthusiasm to help Crossley Hall maintain its high standards, and meet future challenges. I feel I understand the requirements of the role and as I am at the school gates daily I hope that I would be approachable and accessible to other parents. I would be privileged to represent parents and carers in this way.
I would like to help ensure that the school continues to run smoothly and provide a stimulating friendly environment. I want to invest in the school which invest so much into my child and the community. As a Parent Governor, I would offer commitment, enthusiasm and determination to make a difference and create a nurturing and supportive environment that the children will strive in.
Shazia Awan – SEN (Finance and General Purposes)
I am part of the local community, a mother of two girls both of which have started their full time academic life at Crossley Hall primary. One of who has just graduated in 2015 to secondary school and one in Year 5. Therefore have had the opportunity to engage with the school on a daily basis over the last 7 years .
I have been a Governor for a year now I have wanted to become a governor of Crossley Hall as the school has played such an important role in my children’s lives and I strongly believe that as parents we play a very important role in our children’s academic attainment. I have a long-standing interest in education and I’m currently in the final year of BA Honours Degree in Childhood and Youth. I want every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment, and for the school to play its full part in the wider local community.
In my governors role over the last year I have played an active role in the F & GP committee along with other governors. To enable me to provide the best for all the pupils along with supporting the Head Teacher and Deputy Head in key areas like staff recruitment. I attend all committee/full governing body meetings regularly to receive updates on school progress. I am passionate and committed about continuously improving standards within the school.
In my role outside a parent governor I’m interested in all key aspects for the city and its success . I am fascinated by people and the multi-cultures of Bradford. I volunteers as a presenter on a community radio, on ‘About Bradford’ programme, always curious to know and share about community relations and happenings. I’m also secretary of award winning Women’s community Group (Hear We Are) helping and engaging women in their local communities and volunteer in the Children’s ward at BRI as a child playlist.
Julie McGovern – Literacy (Finance and General Purposes Committee)
I have been a Governor at Crossley Hall Primary school for approximately eighteen months. I am the governor with responsibility for literacy and I try and promote and monitor that all children make positive progress in literacy during the time that they are with school.
I have one daughter who is now in secondary school education. I live with my husband and daughter quite locally to school.
I have worked for the same firm of solicitors who are based in Bradford city centre for over twenty five years, my area of practice is exclusively in child care law.
I have a keen interest in education and as a governor, I hope to help the school to provide a positive environment for all children to learn and thrive during the time they spend at Crossley Hall.
I try to visit school at least once per term, in addition to the governors meetings so that I can meet with the children and staff.
Crossley Hall Primary School Calendar of Meetings 2016-2017
Full Governing Body meetings held at 5.30pm
Wednesday 28th September @ 6.00pm
Wednesday 7th December @ 6.00pm
Wednesday 10th May @ 5.30pm
Wednesday 12th July @ 5.30pm
Minutes will be made available, after they have been ratified, on the school website. All policy documents are available to staff, parents and interested parties on request at the main school office.
Any complaints or feedback in the first instance should be made to the Headteacher (Michael Thorp)
Feedback to the Governing body can be made to email@example.com or via the main school office.
Every Governor is required to fill in a Declaration of Pecuniary Interest Form every academic year, please follow the link for the sample form Declaration-of-Pecuniary-Interest
|Governor|| Area of |
| Committee |
| Pecuniary |
| Ofsted |
| Prevent |
| Modern |
| Raise |
| Date of|
|Qia Mahfooz||Pupil Premium||SIC||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||01.09.2002||31.08.2019|
|Naiza Mehrban||Early Years||SIC||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||19.10.2015||18.10.2019|
|Michael Thorp||Head Teacher||F&GP||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||01.01.2008||Headteacher|
|Lynette Clapham||Deputy Head Teacher||SIC/F&GP||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||01.06.2014||31.05.2018|