Each school will continue to have its own headteacher and governing body, and the Brigshaw Learning Partnership Board, which is now responsible for all of our schools, contains representatives from across our community, as well as very experienced and skilled people who share our values, including headteachers, from further afield.
How our Local Governors are appointed:
Parent Governors are elected by the parents of pupils in school. Click for the outcome of our recent ballot.
Community Governors are appointed by the Brigshaw Learning Partnership
Staff Governors are elected by the staff of the school.
Associate Members are appointed by the Local Governing Body and work in an advisory capacity. Associate Members have no voting rights.
The Principal holds an ex-officio position.
Meet our Governors:
SARAH BROWN - Chair
I became a Parent Governor initially then a Trust Governor in 2014 when my own children left Brigshaw. I wanted to continue to be a Governor once my children left as I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential and I believe strongly that this is the ethos of our school.
I live locally with my husband and children and I also work in one of the feeder primary schools in a pastoral role looking after the wellbeing and safeguarding of our children.
My knowledge and expertise helps me in my role as Governor and I believe that by working together with school staff and the rest of the Governors, we can make Brigshaw High School the best it can be.
I began working at Brigshaw High School in October 2018 as Operations Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for me in a new role. Having worked as Business Manager since 2009 at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, the position of Operations Manager and staff governor will allow me to continue to develop my skills in all areas. I look forward to working to support staff and students to embed the ethos and philosophy of Brigshaw High School and Brigshaw Learning Partnership.
I have a keen interest in the academic achievements of students and also the necessary support needed in order for every child to succeed. The future is bringing many changes to education and I hope to support Brigshaw High School to continue to provide an excellent start in life for all its students. I feel very privileged to become a staff governor and look forward to working more closely with everyone.
I am also a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in an Army Reserves Military Band and part of their senior management team. My main role is to play bassoon in concerts and marching displays around the UK and abroad however I do also take an active part in arranging activities with other units including weapon handling training, fitness training and medical training. I am also a direct team leader for 10 junior members of the band, providing support and guidance in all areas including report writing.
I have always cared for and about people; I aspired to become a nurse at the age of 8. I have had the pleasure of working for the NHS for the past 26 years. I am a registered Nurse.
My current post is Head of Nursing in a medium sized acute NHS Trust with the responsibility of leading nurses over a number of services across a large geographical area.
I have recently become a parent governor. I have 4 school aged children, two who attend Brigshaw and two more who will attend later this year.
I believe that every child has the right to a high standard of education that not only helps them to achieve their potential academically, but also cares for them as a person and nurtures them through their school life.
Due to my professional and personal experience, I feel that I have skills and knowledge that will help Brigshaw to continue to grow, develop and continually improve.
Appointed as a Brigshaw co-opted governor in March 2018, I bring 5 years of experience from my governor role at Oulton Primary School where I am currently the Chair. I have attended numerous training courses including Safer Recruitment and the Chair of Governors Leadership Development Program. I currently have two children attending Brigshaw.
I strongly believe that education is about giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a stimulating environment that is safe and happy. I have a particular interest in the Arts having studied these and been thankful for the enjoyment and well being they bring.
I have a number of other skills which I bring to the role; key are my IT skills having been at the highest level of IT for over 15 years, as both a technical trainer and consultant, my business skills and acumen gained over the last 7 years running 2 businesses and finally my people skills.
In my spare time I enjoy studying karate with my daughter.
COUNCILLOR MARY HARLAND
I have been a Labour Councillor, serving on Leeds City Council since May 2012. I have lived in Kippax since the late 1980’s when I was the Licensee at the Moorgate Public House until 1993. I have two children who both attended Brigshaw who now have children of their own who are at schools within the Trust. Prior to being elected onto Leeds city Council I worked in the insurance industry for a number of years.
This is my second stint as a Governor at Brigshaw as I was a Local Education Authority appointee when my children came here back in the 1990’s. I feel very proud and privileged to serve as a councillor in the area where I live and also as a Governor at the school local to me. There is a wonderful team of dedicated teachers and governors who want the very best for our children. I feel honoured to be able to play a small part in that.
EILEEN McCARTHY - Vice Chair
I have been a teacher and senior leader at 8 different schools across 3 education authorities and also spent a year working with the local authority school improvement team. My main subject was History, but over 37 years have taught a range of subjects from Maths to PE. My most recent post was Principal of The Co-operative Academy of Leeds, where I was very proud to be responsible for significantly raising standards.
I see education as critical to the life chances of the younger generation and am committed to ensuring that they have the best possible experience in school. After retiring I wanted to become a governor in order to give something back to the education system that has provided me with a fantastic career. I am delighted to join the team at Brigshaw as I fundamentally support their caring and inclusive principles.
Outside school I have 3 children who all attended Leeds schools. My first experience of being a governor was as a Parent Governor at their primary school. In retirement I have returned to be a student myself and am learning French at Leeds Beckett University. This has allowed me to experience first hand the joys and challenges of being “behind the desk” in the classroom once again, and as such identify with the needs of students today.
I have worked at Brigshaw High School for 28 years having various roles and responsibilities including Librarian, Finance Administrator and currently HR and Office Manager.
I have been a governor for many years and recently moved to be a co-opted governor as the roles of governors were reviewed. I have supported school in all activities and developments that have taken place. I attend all meetings and also student behaviour and attendance panel when we support both parent/carer and students who have varying issues.
I have always shown a keen interest in the academic achievements of pupils and also the necessary support needed in order for every child to succeed. The future is bringing many changes to education and I hope to support Brigshaw High School to continue to provide an excellent start in life for all its pupils.
I have worked at Brigshaw since 2000, starting my teaching career at Brigshaw as a Music teacher. Over the years I have had many roles in school; I am currently Assistant Principal with responsibility for behaviour, safeguarding and child protection in school.
I was appointed a staff governor in 2006 and recently moved to be a co-opted governor as the roles of governors were reviewed. I live locally and have a young family which adds yet another dimension to my governor experience. Within work, school and my home life I feel strongly about the restorative ethos - working with people. I feel privileged to work as part of a great team of governors at Brigshaw that does just that.
I am a new parent governor at Brigshaw High School and have had children attending the school since 2013. I have four children ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old. I was drawn to the school by its inclusive ethos, where every child is seen as an individual person.
I work part time as a paediatrician, specialising in supporting children with complex medical needs and life- limiting conditions and their families. I hope my holistic approach in my professional life will give me a useful perspective as a governor to support Brigshaw High School putting children first, considering their individual academic potential and social, emotional and psychological needs in a very demanding world.