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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 - 2020

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

Nick Pierpoint - Chair Of Governors (Co-opted)

Appointed Chair of Governors July 2019.

I have been a member of the governing body at Scholes J & I since 2005 and was the Vice-Chair of Governors for several years before being appointed Chair.

I am a member of the Achievement, Resources, and Teacher Appraisal Committees.
Although I am a co-opted member of governors, I am 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.

Dr Margaret Culshaw - Vice Chair Of Governors (Co-opted)

Appointed Vice Chair of Governors July 2019.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a governor at Scholes J & 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.

Cynthia Osborne - Governor (Co-opted)

Term of Office as Chair of Governors ended July 2019.

I cherish my role in being able to support education. I am a governor at both 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.

Mrs Jennifer Ashby - Governor (Co-opted)

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 J & I for 8 years and I am in my third term of office. I am governor for teacher appraisal and sit on the panel for the Headteacher’s appraisal. I am also a member of the appeals panel.

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 privileged to act as one of the Governors.

Mr Peter Ward - Governor (Parent)

I am married with one child who is currently in Year 1 at Scholes J & I. I have just joined the governing body as a parent governor. 

I am delighted to support the school in anyway I can especially in regards to health and well-being as I currently work at Wakefield Council as an Health Improvement Specialist for Schools. 

I look forward to my time as a governor and watching my child progress through the school. 

Mrs Alison Lowe - Governor (Parent)

I live in Scholes and have done so for the last 8 years. Two of my children currently attend Scholes J & I and I have one who will be attending in the next few years.

I have been teaching for 20 years in various situations and I'm currently working as a Trainer in Legal IT.  Consequently, I am passionate about education and what it can offer both young and old.

I am active within FOSS and I am delighted to be one of the Governors. I look forward to helping our school become the best it can be.

Mr Martin Woods - Governor (Local Authority)

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

I have been on the governing body for the last 9 years.I am the Chair of the Resources Committee as well as the Safeguarding Governor.

We live in the village and feel that Scholes School is a real part of the community. I feel that the Head teacher and all the staff are doing an excellent job.They are always ensuring the highest levels of education. As a former parent I am proud to be associated with the School. 

Mrs Jane French - Governor (Co-opted)

My husband and I have lived in the village and been associated with Scholes J & 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. 

I am the SENDCO governor and take an active role in the Achievement and Curriculum Committee.

Mrs Tina Thornton - Headteacher

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.

Mrs Kirsty Fox - Governor (Staff)

I live in Wooldale, am married and have two primary school aged children who attend a local school. I have taught for over 11 years and have worked predominantly in Kirklees where I have gained skills in teaching primary aged children from a wide variety of backgrounds.

I have worked at Scholes for over five years. Currently, I teach in year 5 and lead Lower KS2, Reading and Geography. I love working at Scholes and care immensely about the children and staff who work there.

I have been a member of the Senior Leadership team in two schools for most of my career and I am excited to use my skills to work with the Governing Body to achieve further success for the school. Education is something I feel very passionate about and I am looking forward to playing a bigger part in Scholes’ future achievements.

Ms Joanne White - Governor (Parent)

I have a daughter at Scholes J & I School and hope her brother is lucky enough to join her in the future.

As a marketer for a global educational technology company, I'm fascinated with the world of education and the different approaches each country takes. Making education equitable is hugely important to me, and I hope to bring some fresh insights to the team, energy, and lots of ideas.

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