Meet our Governors
Heaton St. Barnabas CE Primary is a thriving, successful school which strives hard to give every pupil who attends, the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We see our role as governors to help and support the school, to continue the high standards set, working alongside as both support and as a “critical friend”.
As Chairman, I am very proud to be associated with the entire school community. Pupils, all staff, both teaching and non-teaching and an increasingly effective governing body combine to form a cohesive unit.
As governors, one aspect of our influence is through our various subcommittees who report to the full governing body, which meets five to six times a year. I am very appreciative of all the support, time and effort fellow governors put in. We are in the process of writing a pen picture of ourselves below which will give you a small insight to the “make up” of your Governing Body here at St. Barnabas CE Primary School.
Chair of Governors – St. Barnabas CE Primary School
Mrs D Smith – Headteacher
It is a great privilege to be the Headteacher of Heaton St.Barnabas CE School. During my time here I have seen the school grow, develop and change creating a fantastic atmosphere for all who become involved with the school, pupils, staff and parents alike. I have seen this partnership grow and the standards of achievement improve. Most important is our school vision and values embedded in an inclusive environment where all pupils thrive as individuals and realise their importance and individuality in God’s world. I strongly believe we have a duty of care to ensure our pupils are prepared for the wider world when they leave St.Barnabas and have the necessary skills and attitudes to enable them to be respected members of their community.
My passion is in Literacy and I firmly believe that reading opens the doors to all areas of the curriculum but also that a love of reading is as important as anything else. Ensuring that our pupils have access to a wide and varied curriculum which is engaging and enjoyable is also important. Building on their skills and providing care and support for our children to reach their best potential and truly believe that they can reach any goal they set for themselves both now and in the future.
Mr I Grant – Chair (Foundation)
I have lived in Heaton for the past thirty two or so years, and have a long association with the school, indeed I worked here as a teacher for a time up until December 2009. I have been a Foundation Governor at St. Barnabas for the past eight years, the last three as Chair. I am married with three grown up children who all attended the St. Barnabas. I have worked in Bradford and the surrounding area since 1984 and am now semi-retired. My retirement has given me more time for my hobbies which include walking, cycling and travelling. It has also given me the chance to more fully be part of the wider school community, something which I am thoroughly enjoying.
I feel privileged to be a Staff Governor at Heaton St Barnabas. My role in the school is of the Pastoral Care Manager and I thoroughly enjoy working with the children, parents and staff at the school. I believe the schools strong relationship with parents, dedication of the staff and the beautiful nature of the pupils has made the school successful in every aspect.
I have lived in Bradford all my life and feel proud to be a resident of this wonderful city. After graduating from the University of Bradford I worked for many years in the Business sector and in the community, I came to work in Heaton St Barnabas when my own children began attending the school. I started to engage in many activities at the school as a parent and realised the wonderful values and ethos the school has.
I enjoy spending time with my family and helping people in the community. In the past I have worked with elderly people, lone parents, people suffering domestic violence and my bi-lingual skills have enabled me to work with people who are new to English.
I am delighted to be part of this school which not only supports the children’s academic achievements but assists in them becoming good human beings.
Dr J Dow – Foundation Governor
I have lived in Heaton since 2007, and have two children at the school. I’m a University lecturer at the University of Leeds, and teach and research in philosophy and ethics. I enjoy music, playing various instruments and recently started teaching piano and violin to members of my family (lucky them!). I’m quite involved in St Margaret’s church, Frizinghall, including its music. I have been a foundation governor since 2013, and have enjoyed being part of the life of the school. I love the diverse community in and around the school. And I have been very pleased to see the school grow and develop in challenging times. Aside from all that, I enjoy cooking and eating food from around the world, watching cricket, and practising my Urdu!
Mr T Howorth – Foundation Governor
I have been a school governor for 40 years, for a variety of schools. In North Wales, I was chair of governors of a new special secondary school, similar to Chellow for 3 years.
I moved to Bradford in 2012 and became a governor of Chellow and St Barnabas’ School in 2012
It gives me great joy in walking round the school, visiting classes, listening to staff, pupils and parents and asking questions. I am a member of the finance and premises committee and know about school funding.
Heaton St Barnabas is a wonderful, friendly place and it would be lovely to see the school rated as OUTSTANDING!
If you see me in school or on the street, say Hi. I would enjoy meeting you.
Rev J Butler – Foundation Governor
I was very happy to be invited to become a Foundation Governor at St Barnabas Primary School. My wife and I moved to Heaton in April of 2014, when I took up my post as Curate at St Barnabas Church, Heaton. However we have lived in West Yorkshire for the last 14 years.
I have had the honour to serve as a governor in several primary schools, for the greater part of the last thirty years, and for many of those years I have served as either Chair of Governors, Vice-chair of Governors, of Chair of the finance Committee.
In addition to working in the parish for half of my week I also work in a Primary School in another part of Bradford, where I am the Business Manager. This followed on from a career covering working in a variety of industries.
I care passionately about the education of children, and feel that my experience has given me useful skills, which I am delighted to put at the disposal of our superb school. Our children only get one opportunity to go through primary school, and we owe it to them to do our very best to help them achieve every thing that we can.
Mary Phillips – Foundation Governor
I currently work as a freelance educational consultant and coach working in schools. My aim is to support teachers and support staff in their work and to improve people’s overall effectiveness and sense of job satisfaction. I previously worked as an English Teacher for 18 years in rural South Wales and Inner city schools in London. 11 years ago I moved to Bradford and now live in Heaton Village. I am passionate about learning and feel that schools have a key role to play in the overall education of young people. I also believe that education is a lifelong endeavour and seek opportunities to learn new things and be curious about the world. I volunteer at The Heaton Woodcraft Folk group and enjoy leading and joining in the full range of activities. Woodcraft Folk is a wonderful national organisation that promotes positive and human values for young people and allows them to lead the way, making decisions and growing in confidence as they do.
My son currently attends Heaton St Barnabas and I seek to be as involved as I can be as a parent. I have really enjoyed working with other parents and children bringing the school garden back to life under the guiding hand of Ms White. I like that we are all learning as we go along from each other. Being a school governor is a new venture for me and I expect to learn a great deal. I am committed to fulfilling the role as well as I can over the next few years, drawing on my experience where relevant. I like asking questions and I hope my curiosity proves useful to the school!
Ms S Nazir – Parent Governor
I currently serve at Heaton St Barnabas as a parent governor with a responsibility remit around the pupil premium provision. I have a 5 year old son who is currently thriving in Year One at the school. Being a governor allows me to extend my interest in ensuring all children at Heaton St Barnabas receive the best possible in standards of teaching and learning. I am currently an Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour and Safety at a Calderdale ‘through school’ which means I have a very strong awareness of whole school issues affecting pupils, parents, staff and communities. As a Designated Safeguarding Lead I have a specific commitment in ensuring all children have their physical and emotional care needs met. I am also a Specialist Leader in Education which enables me to provide school to school support within Humanities subjects, SMSC, Prevent and school ethos. My roles expect me to be secure and confident in leading whole school improvement, progress and supporting staff development continuously.
Mrs S Mahboob – Parent Governor
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I am delighted to have been appointed as a foundation governor at St.Barnabas CE Primary School. I have lived in Yorkshire for 14 years and moved to Bradford in April 2014.
I am married to the curate at St.Barnabas Curch and I have four adult children and one grandson. Until two years ago I worked in the administration team at a CE high school and I am now able to get involved much more in the local church and school activities.
Being involved in my local Primary School is important to me as it builds on my experience of working in playgroups and in Primary Schools in both paid and voluntary basis.
I currently work as a patient engagement lead for Bevan healthcare, a healthcare facility in the centre serving those most vulnerable in our city, the homeless, asylum seekers & refugees. Before this, my roles have been based around community development, enabling community voices to be heard by addressing issues of power, inequality and social justice.
My family and I have lived in Bradford for over five years and have enjoyed being part of the community here in Heaton the last three years. My husband & I have two children, Emily who is in year 1 here at St Barnabas & James who has just turned 2 years old.
I am excited to be part of the Governor team at St Barnabas, supporting & encouraging the staff to continue in the great jobs they are doing for our children, ensuring the school is run efficiently & effectively & ensuring the vision and ethos is lived out in every aspect of school life.
Only recently I had the privilege of being shown around the whole school by the school councillors. It was a delight & pleasure to see the pride in them of what they and indeed the school have achieved thus far. We have remarkable children in this school and it’s a joy to support the school to enable them to shine like stars.
I am delighted to be appointed as the Local Authority representative on the board of Governors. I have lived in Leeds most of my life and moved to Bradford in 2003. I am currently employed by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as a District Prevention Manager for Kirklees. My role is so varied; I attend and represent the Fire Service on a number of Boards including the Safeguarding Board. I have been with Fire Service for over 12 years and prior to this I have worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS).
I am a Graduate in Biomedical Science, and also hold the Post Graduate Certificate of Education. I have a strong passion for education. I have completed my NEBOSH in Occupational Health and Safety, Project Management and Institute Leadership Management Level 5. In my spare time I volunteer as a Community First Responder for YAS.
I feel passionate about the pupils, the school and their future and look forward to taking on this active and challenging role in ensuring the best provisions for the whole of our community during my term as the Local Authority Governor.