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The Role of Governors

The National Governors’ Association has for a number of years recommended that governing bodies adopt a code of practice which sets out the purpose of the governing body and describes the appropriate relationship between individual governors, the whole governing body and the leadership team of the school. To view the Code of Practice click here

Staff Governors

Nick Briggs
Chair of Governors
Nick is Chair of the Governing Body, which meets on a half-termly basis.

As an experienced governor, Nick has served on many school governing bodies. He has also served as Chair of Governors at Primary and Secondary Schools and Pupil Referral Units. He is a leader of governance for the Bradford District.

Nick has a degree in Modern Political History (BA Hons) and is professionally qualified in Human Resources Management (MIPD graduate). His early career with Royal Mail was as Area Personnel Manager for the Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield postcode areas. He subsequently worked from Royal Mail headquarters leading automation and technology projects and overhead efficiency and change programmes. His latter role was Director and General Manager of Royal Mail Engineering. More recently, Nick has worked as a Management Consultant and has supported a variety of organisations in the private, public and third sectors.

Nick visits the school often and aims to support leaders in the school’s strategic development, ensuring that leaders’ actions have strong impact on pupil standards. His work includes a level of quality assurance to ensure the pupil outcomes improve year on year. His wealth of experience makes him an excellent sounding board.

Overall Nick is proud to have worked with leaders during the past three years to improve the quality of education for the children of Grove House. He has seen the school grow into a very special place to be and learn, something he feels honoured to be involved with.
Michael Thorp
Head Teacher
Michael has worked in primary education for 25 years having completed a Degree in Zoology and then a PGCE at Durham University. He's had roles as class teacher, middle leader and Local Authority education consultant.

After a period of time teaching in Mexico, he returned to Bradford, where he has been senior leader for the past 13 years, ten of which have been as Head Teacher at Crossley Hall Primary school. Michael is also a Local Leader of Education and is passionate about ensuring that all children in Bradford receive the quality of education that they should.

Michael is very excited to be offered the opportunity to be involved in Grove House Primary School's next stage of development and looks forward to the journey of improvement.
Sarah HorsbroughSarah has over twenty years experience working in Primary Schools in Leeds and Bradford. She has a successful track record in school, helping them to make the improvements necessary to move to good and beyond.

After ten years of working in East Bradford Sarah is currently an Executive Principal with the Wellspring Academy Trust.

Sarah is a passionate advocate for young people and their families. She is thrilled to be maintaining her connection with Bradford through working with Grove House Primary School as a governor.
Lynette Clapham
Staff Governor
Lynette is Head of School at Grove House Primary. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, pupil standards and budget management.

After working in household insurance for four years, Lynette attended Leeds Trinity University where she completed a BA (Hons) with QTS in Primary Education and History. She has experience of teaching in all year groups during her career but feels she really learnt her craft in upper key stage 2. Lynette is a Specialist Leader in Education for Assessment and the Coaching of Teaching and Learning. She is also the lead Key Stage One Moderator for the Local Authority.

Committed to continuing her professional development, Lynette completed her National Professional Qualification in Headship in 2014 and is currently working towards her National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership.

Lynette is committed and determined to making every single day count for the pupils and staff of the school community.
Helen Rush
Parent Governor
Helen attended the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside where she completed a BA (Hons) In Social Policy, her previous experience includes serving with the Armed Forces for twelve years where she gained her CIPD Level 5 in Human Resources Management.
Helen is a Human Resources Manager and Mental Health First Aider for a local SME, as the focal point for HR within the company, it is her responsibility to ensure the correct guidance and advice; in alignment with current legislation is provided in a timely manner to Senior Executives, Senior Leaders, Line Managers and Employees.

As a key contributor to the Senior Executive, she is experienced in mentoring and leadership, coaching Line Managers in performance management, conflict management and problem solving, organisational design, disciplinary and grievance procedures, employee well-being, developing and implementing strategic change management processes.

Through her role as governor, she looks closely at how the school builds effective links with the community and how this adds to the quality of education the children at Grove House receive.
Roger Butterfield
Associate Governor
Roger is the Safeguarding Governor, which means he is responsible for ensuring the children are safe when they are in school and that the staff are aware of the steps they should take if they have any concerns.

He has been a governor for over 25 years. During that time he has been a governor at Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, schools for children with Special Needs and a Pupil Referral Unit.

Roger is a qualified Solicitor and brings with him a lot of knowledge and experience. He worked for local authorities for 38 years and for over 10 years ran a Training and Consultancy Service for local authorities advising on matters relating to Education Law. He has specialised in this area of law since 1977.

In his role as Safeguarding Governor he regularly visits the school to talk to the staff and children to ensure the Safeguarding is secure. He also has meetings with the Junior Leadership Team who can raise any concerns they or the children who elected them may have.

Roger has been a Governor at Grove House for nearly three years. During that time he has been delighted to see the progress the school has made. It is a real pleasure to work with the children and the staff.
Rizwan Rehman
Parent Govenor
Rizwan is a Senior government officer with 25 years of leadership and management experience and has graduated with MSc Diversity Management from University of Bradford. He is also a HR Professional and possess Institute of Personnel Development. Rizwan has had a diverse career path working across a broad spectrum of fields, including working in partnership with public, private and voluntary sectors. Many of the roles have contained significant responsibility for change management. Working in the Public Sector within the Office of Chief Executive, Neighbourhood Service, Public Health, Adults and Children Service Bradford Council has enabled the working on a range of Strategic Policy, operational delivery and with people and groups from eclectic backgrounds.
He is a solution focused individual and seeks innovative approaches to complex challenges. He has experience of case management; reconciliation and mediation. He possess financial and project management and has managed multi-million pound projects including working on an local, regional, national and international level. His is currently employed as Lead Officer Partnership and Programmes with the Education, Employment and Skills Department within Children Service. He has served as an Interim Executive Board member on a number Governing bodies, is also Chair of Governors of a primary school as well as Director Minhaj Education Trust.

Rizwan's responsibilities as a governor include monitoring leaders actions around Pupil Premium funding.

All Governors with exception of Associate governors have full voting rights.

Website - Register of Interests Governors 2018-19

Details of previous Governors of Grove House Primary School

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