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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 the Chair of the Governing Body. He has served on several Governing Bodies and is a leader of Governance for the Bradford District. He is a former Director of Royal Mail and a current Management Consultant.

Nick uses his business and Governance experience to help and support the school to be the best it can be.

Born originally in Leeds he is a life long supporter of Leeds United and has an interest in History.

Should you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, he can be contacted via the school office or by emailing him: nick.briggs@grovehouseprimary.co.uk
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 School and Staff Governor. She also sits on the committees that are responsible for whole school performance and making financial and general decisions about the running of the school. She is committed to leading the school on to the next phase of its journey and ensuring that both staff and children are successful.

Lynette has worked in education for 11 years, 9 of those years have been in Bradford which is where she feel most at home. She is a Specialist Leader in Education with specialisms in coaching teaching and learning and assessment. She is also the lead Key Stage 1 moderator for the Local Authority.

In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit, reading and spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephew.
Helen Rush
Parent Governor
Helen has been a parent governor since November 2016, her son attends Grove House Primary School.

She has a BA (hons) In Social Policy and CIPD Level 5 In Human Resources Management, through her Military Career she has gained over 12 years experience in Human Resources; she currently holds the position of Human Resources Manager for a local Small Business Enterprise and is a keen advocate in supporting the Education Covenant.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys being a mum, walking, reading and sharing her son's passion for Doctor Who, Star Wars, David Attenborough and David Walliams!

Helen collaboratively works with the school in supporting and implementing the future vision and aspirations, through creating links with the local Scout and Cub Group to supporting Bradford Foodbank
Roger Butterfield
Associate Governor
Roger is a Solicitor. He worked for local authorities for 38 years specialising in Education Law for 25 years. He has over 20 years experiences as a governor and has survived six Ofsted inspections.
Rizwan Rehman
Parent Govenor
Rizwan is a parent governor. Two of his children have studied at Grove House and one has gone on to become an outstanding teacher. As a senior government officer working on the Education, Employment and Skills agenda and previously as a Strategy and Engagement officer, he brings with him a range of skills to support the governing body and the School.

Rizwan is a passionate advocate for education and ensuring children get the maximum opportunities to learn. He believes it is a privilege to be able to be part of the governing body and is an important position of responsibility to ensure everyone plays their part to make every day at Grove House count.

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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