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Meet the Governors

The Role of the Governors

The governors’ main role is to help raise standards of achievement, working with the headteacher to promote effective ways of teaching and learning while setting the school aims and policies.  They are all unpaid volunteers. 


  • are accountable for the performance of the school to parents, Ofsted and the wider community
  • plan the school's future direction
  • provide challenge and support to the headteacher and staff
  • monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing
  • make sure the national curriculum is taught
  • help to decide how the school can encourage children's spiritual, moral and social development
  • make sure the school provides for all its children, including those with special needs

Most governors serve for 4 years.  Battyeford Primary has 15 governors including the headteacher.  Governors represent different groups.  At present we have:- 

  • 5 parents, elected by all the parents of children currently in school
  • 1 staff governor, elected by the staff
  • The headteacher, unelected
  • 2 foundation governors, appointed by Christ the King church
  • Rev. Erik Peters, vicar of Christ the King church, unelected
  • 1 Local Authority governor appointed by Kirklees
  • 4 co-opted governor roles which allow the governing body to recruit for specific skills

The Chair can be contacted via the school.

Roles, Responsibilities and our Committee Structure

Finance and Staffing Committee

Rachel Batty (HT)

Phil Bland  (Chair)

Janine Firmin (Vice Chair)

David Sheard

James Longridge

School Business Manager (Guest)

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Rachel Batty (HT)

Jane Armitage (Chair)

Laura Jackson (Vice Chair)

Helen Welburn (Vice Chair)

Meriel Pearmain

Erik Peeters

Polly Snee

Alison Walker

Vicky Jagger-Strangeway

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