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.
Reverend Alistair Helm – Incumbent
I was born and lived for most of my life in City of Leicester (except for three years studying physics at the University of Aston in Birmingham).
After University I joined the Leicestershire Constabulary spending the next 30 years in a very creative and challenging organisation. I have served in many areas across the county and city enjoying a variety of posts mainly in the CID retiring in 2008 as a Detective Chief Superintendent.
Ordained in 1991, I combined my ministry with paid employment serving churches around the City of Leicester.
I was also involved in wider Diocesan responsibilities including work on Deanery and Diocesan Synods and the creation and leadership of local ecumenical partnerships. I was very involved with the research, implementation of a new style of ministry and was the inaugural convenor of a newly formed mission partnership. As part of the Buildings for Mission Team I reviewed the fitness for 21st century mission of church buildings and also undertook the role of non-Stipendiary Minister Officer.
I came up to the Yorkshire Dales in 2009 as Associate Priest living in Giggleswick Vicarage, and serving the three local churches of Giggleswick, Settle and Rathmell with Wigglesworth.
In 2012 I moved to Bradford becoming Vicar of Saint Paul Manningham. I became vicar of Saint Barnabas and St Martin Heaton in 2016. I am also Area Dean of Inner Bradford, a Canon of Bradford Cathedral and a member of the Cathedral Council.
My interests include a keen attachment to cricket and football, including retaining his Leicester City season ticket! My wife Kate, a retired teacher, enjoy gardening and walking. Our two children Jenni and Ian are both teachers.
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.
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!
Mrs S Mahboob – Parent Governor
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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.