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At Scholes School our Board of Governors represent people from the Local Authority, Community, Parents, Teachers and Non-teaching staff.

Please click on links below to see

Partnership Briefing Paper - Collaborative Working

Collaborative Working

Governors Business Interests 2018

Governors Business Interests 2017

Governing Body - Sub Committees


Governing Body Minutes are available in the School Office upon request.

Mrs Cynthia Osborne

Chair of Governors



As Chair of Governors I cherish my role in being able to support education .  I am a Governor at Scholes and Hepworth J & I schools and have been for 35 years.

Having been a teacher in Early Years Education, I now work for a Private Day Nursery.

I am District Chair of H V Scout Executive committee, committee member of New Mill Group and Cattle secretary at Honley and Emley Shows.

I have 3 married children and 4 grandchildren who have attended Scholes School.

Mr Nick Pierpoint

Vice Chair of Governors


I have been a member of the Governing body at Scholes J & I since 2005, and I am currently the Vice-Chair of Governors and the Chair of the Resources Committee. I also sit on the Teacher Appraisal Committee

I am a Local Authority Governor but also a  parent of 3 boys - who all attended Scholes J & I School. 

I am a software engineer and director at Tidalsand Limited, a small locally-based business.


Mrs Margaret Hill


Margaret Hill

I was born in Hepworth and have lived in Scholes for over 40 years.

I am married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

My hobbies include knitting, sewing and swimming.

I also support many local groups through quizzes etc and I am a supporting member of Scholes Methodist Chapel.

I am a Co-opted Governor and currently sit on the Teacher Appraisal Committee and the Well-Being Committee.

Mrs Jennifer Ashby


Jenny Ashby

I have lived in Scholes since 1975. I am married with two grown up children.

I have recently retired from Sheffield Girls High school, where I taught Geology and Chemistry to GCSE and A level for over 20 years. I have also been Head of Careers and UCAS/ Oxbridge coordinator.

I have been a Governor at Scholes for 6 years and I am in my second term of office. I am Chair of the Achievent Committee and interested in how this develops young people's skills and attributes. I also sit on the Appeals Committe.

Scholes is a happy learning environment which brings out the best in all its pupils.

I am pleased to be associated with the school and privelaged to act as one of the Governors.

Mrs Lynsey Firth


Firth Lynsey(4)

I am married with 2 children, both of my boys attended Scholes and are now at Holmfirth High School.  I have been a Co-opted Governor since September 2015.  I currently sit on the Resources Committee with particular interest in Employment of Staff.  I am also the Bursar here at Scholes.

Mrs Jane French


French Jane(4)

My husband and I have lived in the village and been associated with Scholes J and I school for 30 years. My three children all attended this school and are now happily married with children of their own. I was a teacher at the school for nearly 20 years, teaching mainly year 6 ) and held responsibility for Maths and became part of the the school Senior Leadership Team. I retired from my role in August 2017. 

In September 2017 I became a governor of the school and I am pleased to continue being part of a school that has always been a happy and friendly environment, which holds individual interest at heart. It was a pleasure to work in this school and I look forward to being part of its future development and success. 


Mr Michael Johnson


Johnson Michael(1)

I live with my girlfriend and 2 children. I love football and am a big Manchester United fan. I am a staff governor and have been teaching for several years. I have previously done many other jobs including 4 years working for the police.
I love teaching at Scholes school and am really enjoying being a governor too.


Mr Martin Woods

Local Authority

Martin Woods

I am married, with 2 boys who have both attended Scholes J & I School.

I live in Scholes and have been on the governing body at Scholes School for several years.

I am the Chair of the Well-Being Committee. I am also the Safeguarding Governor. 

I am currently a bakery manager and have been in the food industry all my life.

Dr Margaret Culshaw


Margaret Culshaw(1)

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a governor at Scholes J and I school. I am a pharmacist, also married to a pharmacist and have lived in Holmfirth since 1998. Both our children attended local schools and their education has provided them both with the opportunities to meet their ambitions. I am passionate about giving every child the early education which enables them to do anything they want to do.

I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years, some of it spent supporting our local GPs and more recently for 12 years at the University of Huddersfield.

I hope my experience of health and higher education will provide a useful perspective for Scholes.      

Mrs Tina Thornton

Head Teacher

Tina Thornton

I am married and have two grown up daughters.

I initially started training as an accountant but gave up work to have my eldest child. I have been working with young children for over 15 years and am currently Head Teacher at Scholes J & I School. I have been teaching here for several years, working in both Early Years and Key Stage 1. I have a real passion to understand how children learn and to that end completed my M.A in Early Childhood Studies in 2011.

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