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Chair of Governors Welcome


All Governors serve a four-year term of office from their date of appointment. The Governing Body meets twice a term – the minutes of meetings are available for inspection at the school office. Parents can contact the school if they want anything discussed at these meetings.

Our Governors make every effort to meet our parents and pupils on a regular basis and are fully supportive of continually improving our school. This year Governors are focusing on our key development areas which include attainment, the development of reading and the new Primary Curriculum.

If a vacancy for a parent governor becomes available, the Headteacher will send written notice of the election in a letter to be taken home by the children.

Our Governors

Mrs J Phillips - Chair\LA

Mr K Gledhill - Community

Mrs A Jilani - Parent

Mr P Richards - Parent

Mrs P Taylor - Community

Mrs F Ahmad - Staff

Mrs M Anderson - Staff

Mrs A Stopher - LA

Mrs C Andrews - LA

Mrs N Pinnock-Hamilton - Community

Mrs S Davis - Ex-Officio

Mrs P Campbell - LA

Miss R Bourke - LA


Janet Phillips - Chair of Governors (Co-opted)

I have recently retired from my role as a senior officer for Primary School Improvement with Kirklees Council. I have worked in education for 36 years with previous roles as teacher as and head teacher.

I have been closely linked to Birkby Juniors for the last 14 years as an advisor and supporter of the school.

I see my role as governor at Birkby Juniors as a wonderful opportunity to serve the school and the wider community. 

Committees: Standard & Effectiveness Committee, Performance Management Committee

Length of Service: September 2016


Ken Gledhill - Governor (Co-opted)

I am a retired clinical psychologist, having worked in the NHS for over 30 years, specialising in adult mental and physical health and disability. I have a continuing interest in education and more generally, in the achievement of a fairer society.

My wife and I have lived in the local community for 30 years. Our 2 children went to both Birkby Infants and Birkby Junior School. In spite of my long association with the Junior school, nothing in society and education stands still. As a governor in a very likeable, yet hugely busy and achieving school, I feel I am kept on my toes in a continuous learning proves and I know that, if I am to play a useful part, there is definitely no room for me to stand still either.

Committees: Standards and Effectiveness, Performance Management, Complaints, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline.

Length of service:  Over 25 years

Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton - Governor (Co-opted)

I have a wide experience of involvement in the community. I am the founder member of Sadeh Lok Housing Association, HUDAWI Cultural centre and Reach Performing Arts. I have a background in Law and Education, teaching at Birkby Junior School as well as others while on supply. Other areas I have worked in include Community Development Officer for Leeds City Council, Co-ordinator of Afiya Trust (North West), working with a local solicitor, Non-Executive Director of Huddersfield and Calderdale Health Authority, Non-Executive Director of Connexions and the Development Office at Cloverleaf Advocacy.

My son and daughter attended Birkby Junior School and, as an advocate of involvement in their education, I continued, even after they had left. I love the diversity of Birkby Junior School as well as the happy atmosphere created by the staff and children. I continue to talk about Birkby as one of the best schools in the area.

Committees: Strategic Resources, Appeals

Length of service: 16 years

Ali Stopher - Local Authority Governor

I am now retired, having spent many years bringing up children, working in the local government and supporting the voluntary sector, particularly in environmental matters and adult learning. I currently volunteer in local environmental and old people’s organisations. I am also Chair of Governors at Birkby Infant and Nursery School.

I have been a Birkby resident since I moved here in 1983. I was elected as a parent governor at the school 25 years ago, when my children first started at Birkby Infant and Nursery School (at that time the schools had a joint governing body). The school is an exciting and vibrant part of our local community, and I am pleased to be able to make a contribution as a governor long after my children have grown up.

Committees: Standards and Effectiveness, Performance Management/Head Teacher Appraisal, Pay, Complaints, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline

Length of service: 25 years

Farkhanda Ahmad - Co-opted Staff

I am currently working as a Learning Mentor at the school. Before joining Birkby Junior School, I worked at Rawthorpe Junior School as a volunteer. During the summer holidays, I worked at the Netherhall Summer School, where I helped out with trips and activities.  I have worked at Birkby Junior School since 2007. Some of my roles include; supporting international arrivals, managing the school library and helping to organise the Parents as Partners coffee mornings.

Committees: Strategic Resources, Health and Safety

Length of service: Under a year

Carol Andrews - Co-opted Governor

I graduated from University in communication and cultural studies which has assisted me in knowing all about equality and diversity.

Committees: Equality and Diversity, Strategic Resources, Staff Dismissal

Length of service: 5 years

Michelle Anderson - Staff Governor

Committees: Standards and Effectiveness, Strategic Resources, Health and Safety, Pupil Discipline

Length of service: 18 months

Pauline Campbell - Co-opted SEN Governor

I have taught Modern Foreign Languages and other subjects in Kirklees High, Middle and Junior schools for 34 years. I was a Local Authority Inclusion Consultant for 2 years and currently work as an Outreach Teacher for the Kirklees Primary Pupil Referral Service, supporting schools in developing provision for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.

I had contact with the school in my professional capacity as Inclusion Consultant and was involved in a project developing inclusive classroom practice some years ago. I have also worked with the school in my current role.

Committees: Standards and Effectiveness, Appeals, Pupil Discipline, SEND, Pay Committee 

Length of service: 4 years

Peter Richards - Parent Governor

For the last 3½ years I have been a Project Manager of a housing and support service for adult offenders in Leeds. I’ve worked in housing and/or support since 1982, initially in my home city of London and then in Yorkshire following my move to Huddersfield in 1994.

Apart from my time at Art School, my only experience of the education system was as a consumer during the 1960’s and 70’s. An experience I’m certain that bears little relation to now! So when I eventually became a parent, and my 2 children reached school age, I thought it a good idea to understand modern education a bit better – and what better way than from the inside. I also felt I could contribute something of worth by not being from an education background – presenting a viewpoint of the non-expert, as most parents are.

I have previously served on the management committees of both CHAS [housing advice] and The Welcome Centre [food bank] and now sit on the Services Committee of The Huddersfield Mission’s Drop-in and advice service.

I am very proud to be a small part of this exceptional school

Committees: Strategic Resources, Health and Safety

Length of service: 2 years

Portia Taylor - Community Governor (Co-opted)

I have worked at NHTS for the last 8 years. It is the first school I worked in when I moved up North and I have stayed ever since! Prior to that I worked at a variety of different schools in Essex in a wide range of school improvement and English department roles. 

Since joining NHTS, I have always been closely involved in the transition process. I have had the fortune to teach Shakespeare Masterclasses with Year 4 and 5. I have also been involved in the assessment groups that go across NHLC – I lead KS3 in school so have an avid interest in the T&L strategies that are used across all key stages and how we can help to make these stronger for the students and staff!

Committees: Standards and Effectiveness, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline & Pay Committee 

Length of Service: Under a Year

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