Note from the Chair of Governors
I am delighted to welcome you to the Governing Body's section of our school's website, we hope that it gives you a flavour of our vibrant and happy school and a taste of the facilities, activities and ambiance that we offer. As Chair of Governors, I am extremely proud of our school and the strong body of Governors who work closely with the head and her Senior Management Team to ensure that pupils enjoy a positive and high quality educational experience during their time at Farfield Primary and Nursery School.
All the members of the Governing Body are dedicated to improving and building upon the excellent learning and teaching within the school. We do this by constantly supporting and challenging the Management and staff.
Governors bring many skills and experiences to their role in supporting, promoting and protecting the interests of the school, its pupils and its staff and are an important link between the school and its local community.
Our Governing board, along with all other Governing boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body consists of members of the teaching staff, the Head teacher, elected parent members, Local Education Authority Representatives and other members of our local community.
We aim to provide support the school by providing a range of perspectives alongside those already provided by the professionals employed at Farfield Primary and Nursery School. Curriculum policy is based upon a firm belief in equality of opportunity and we aim to ensure that all the children have equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum as set out in this school handbook and in accordance with legal requirements.
We aim to work with the school and the local community to provide a happy and stimulating environment, where children value themselves and others and where learning and growth can flourish.
Ms B Birring
Chair person: Ms Baljit Birring (email : firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs Emily Harris
Mrs Lilly Bower
Miss Rachel Goodwin
Ms Susan Gott
Mr Phil Lickley
Mr Eric Fairchild
Mr Mathew Atkinson
Local Authority Governors:
Head teacher: Mrs Susan Convery
Clerk to Governors: Tracy Isherwood
There are three committees who discuss and agree upon specific topics outwith the Full Governing Body meetings. These are :
Finance and Resources Committee
School Improvement Committee
My name is Baljit Birring, I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2019 and I am the Chair of Governing Body. I have been a school governor at primary and secondary schools in Kirklees and Bradford for nearly 25 years. I was bought up in Coventry but moved to Yorkshire when I started my first teaching job at Buttershaw High school. I believe education transforms lives. All children and young people regardless of their backgrounds are entitled to the best education. I bring a rich and extensive expertise in working in the field of school improvement and equality, diversity and inclusion which I have developed through a wide-ranging experience working in schools, with schools, with local authorities and local and national organisations. I currently work at Ofqual. I have a relentless commitment, changing what’s normal, championing equality and diversity to improve outcomes for children and young people and staff. I am so proud of the achievements of staff and pupils, and I look forward to supporting the school to be even better.
My name is Emily Harris and I've been a parent governor since 2015. I first joined the governors as I thought that it would give me a good insight into what happened in school on a day-to-day basis as I don't get to do the school run very often and didn't feel very involved in the school community. I love my role as a governor because it means that I feel much more informed about the amazing work our staff and students do. In my everyday role I teach secondary school English in Bradford which means that I can really appreciate the extra mile our teachers and support staff go for our children. If you ever feel like you need someone to speak to, to feed back to the governing body, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me through my school email.
My name is Rachel Goodwin but parents and children around school will know me as Miss Goodwin. I have been at Farfield for almost 8 years (time flies when you’re having fun) with 5 of those teaching, 4 years in Year 6. Over the years at Farfield I have seen many positive changes within our school with staff, parents and children showing great resilience and commitment. Farfield really does feel like a family! I decided to become a Staff Governor to ‘be the voice’ of our amazing staff at Farfield. I am excited for the role and the challenges ahead. In my everyday life, I love to go to the cinema, with the Marvel franchise being my ultimate favourite. I am a keen music fan and enjoy watching live music, something which is great for my own wellbeing. If you see me around school, please do come and say hello.
My name is Sue Gott and I've been a Parent Governor for a number of years now. As a working parent I found it hard to find out what was happening in school and saw the parent governor role as a great way to get involved and to find out more. The dedication from staff and Mrs Convery is inspiring and gives me reassurance that our children and their education is their absolute focus. It’s a great opportunity to give something back as well as staying in the loop about what’s happening in and around school. I'm really proud of Farfield and what it has achieved over recent years. I’ve learnt new skills, many of them being transferable into my own role and vice versa. In my day job, I work for Yorkshire Water as an Operational Manager where I'm responsible for the day-to-day management of their Contact Centre and delivering great customer service.
My name is Philip Lickley and I’ve been a governor since 2017. I joined the governors at Farfield to help support from a finance perspective after being invited by a former colleague and fellow governor.
I enjoy being a governor as it is rewarding to be able to make a difference to those who attend Farfield, even if it’s just in a small way. A good education is one of the most important things you can get and being able to support changes and improvements in this area is great.
Outside of my role as a governor, I work in communications, marketing and events at a local Bradford organisation. I’m also a keen runner, photographer and radio DJ!
My name is Eric Fairchild. Until my retirement I was professionally involved with schools for many years through my employment with Bradford Council's Human Resources department. I provided HR support directly to Headteachers and governing bodies across a wide range of HR issues. I have also been a school governor continuously since 1987 and I am involved with schools in Bradford and Kirklees which gives me the opportunity to help other governing bodies achieve their aims.
I have greatly benefited from my own education, and I know that it enriches lives and prosperity and contributes to a healthy society. I have a strong commitment to ensuring that our children get a good standard of education so that they can lead successful and fulfilling lives.
I take an active part in the work of the governing body, and I like to meet the staff and the children and to support them in becoming the best that they can be. During the years that I have been with Farfield School I have been pleased to see the improvements in the school under Mrs Convery’s leadership. As well as being a place of learning I believe that a school should also be a place of fun and it was good to see an example of this in the “seaside experience” put on by the school in September 2021 which was so stunning that the Telegraph and Argus ran a story about it.
My name is Mathew Atkinson and I joined the Governing Body in 2019. I sit on the School Improvement Committee and lead on pupil progress on behalf of the Governing Body. I have been a school governor for over 15 years in various schools. In my day job I am an Executive Headteacher and lead on school improvement across the Priestley Academy Trust in Bradford. Prior to this I was a school improvement advisor for a Local Authority.
Over the past few years, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff and pupils at Farfield as it strives to be the best school it can be.
My name is Mrs Convery. I started my teaching career way back in 1989! I spent the first 10 years teaching at a Primary school in Tottenham, in fact it, was just behind the football ground. I then moved on to Newham (East London) and then Borehamwood. Before becoming a Headteacher in 2004 in a school in Barnet – North London.
In 2013 I decided it was time to move back to my childhood home of Yorkshire; I grew up and went to school in Pudsey. So In January 2014, I started my role as Headteacher of Farfield Primary & Nursery School. I still remember my interview day and the wonderful children I met. It was those children who made me choose Farfield. Life at Farfield is always fun, we like to do lots of exciting and entertaining activities to engage children in their learning. Staff at Farfield are a real credit to the school, they are hard-working and dedicated to improving the life chances of all children.
Full Governing Board Meeting
5pm start time
Budget ratification only
Q3 & IUB
School Improvement Committee
GOVERNOR VISIT DAY – dates and topics to be confirmed