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Governing Body

Each school in the country has a governing body made up of a group of people who are from various occupations and backgrounds, this is with a view to them all contributing a diverse range of skills and experiences to the successful running of the school.

It is responsible for setting the aims and objectives for the school and agreeing monitoring and reviewing policy targets, priorities and performance.

It also, in partnership with the headteacher, controls the budget.

Chris Sutcliffe – Chair of Governors, co-opted, end of term 17/04/22

Deputy Group Finance Director.

My children attended Crossley Fields (a very long time ago!) and I wanted to understand education and try and put something back into the community and society.

I enjoy travelling and am currently half way through my quest to visit all 50 US states.

Committee Membership - Resources

Specific Responsibilities - Health & Safety

Janet Forde - Co-opted, end of term 31/12/21

I have been in my present role as a Co-opted Governor of Crossley Fields since 2013. I am a retired primary school teacher with 45 years experience of teaching across all age ranges of children in the nursery, KS1 and KS2 sectors of education. My last role was that of Deputy Headteacher at Crossley Fields so I know the school well and feel that I can still make a positive contribution to the continued success of the school. My particular interests are maths, data and assessment, to which ends I chair the Standards and Curriculum Committee and the Foundation Stage Working Party and am the link governor for maths. I am passionate about achieving the absolute best for all children at Crossley Fields and see myself as a critical friend to the school.

Committee Membership - Curriculum & Standards

Specific Responsibilities - Premiums & Well-Being

Jackie Darnbrough - Co-opted, end of term 31/12/21

I have been a governor for 25 years starting at Wellhouse First School. I believe that all children should have equality of opportunity to have their educational needs met. This is why I became a governor. I worked for Kirklees Council for 27 years supporting children in schools. I am a qualified teacher and qualified social worker.

I write poetry and paint pictures. And I believe in treating ALL with care compassion and respect.

Committee Membership - Attendance & Inclusion

Specific Responsibilities - SEND, Looked After Children & Safeguarding (all joint)

Rachel Supuk - Parent, end of term 23/01/21

I am one of our Parent Governors with two wonderful daughters in KS2. I have always had a passion for learning and education; being on the Governing Body allows me to use my enthusiasm to support the school to enhance the academic progress and wellbeing of all the students. I am a qualified human rights solicitor and owner of Excel Academics, a tutoring service operating in the local area.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family and friends and will never turn down a trip to a good theme park! If you see me around school, please introduce yourself as I would like to get to know as many parents as possible.

Committee Membership - Curriculum & Standards

Specific Responsibilities - Equalities


Mehrun Mohamed - Co-opted, end of term 31/12/21

I have been associated with Crossley Fields for 14 years. I initially served on Crossley Fields Parent Staff Association many years ago and then subsequently decided to join the governing body , as I wanted to take a more active role in assisting school. I currently have one child still at Crossley Fields.

I initially served in the capacity of parent governor for a few terms but now I serve as a LEA governor. I am currently on the Standards and Progress Committee. As I am also a primary school teacher, I am passionate about provision of outstanding education for children everywhere. I really enjoy voluntary work and the role of governor allows me to serve the community.

I enjoy hiking, running and travelling the world.

Committee Membership - Curriculum & Standards

Specific Responsibilities - Early Years

Gemma Fellows - Parent, end of term 21/04/22

I have two daughters, one in year 2 and one that has now left Crossley Fields, and have been interested in becoming more involved in school for a while now.

Although I am new to role of parent governor, I have been a primary school teacher for the past eleven years, seven of which have been in mainstream school and am currently the Assistant Head Teacher at a pupil referral unit.  As a governor, I am part of the Attendance and Inclusion committee and feel I can offer a positive contribution in this area given my experience and understanding of Special Educational Needs.  I am passionate about giving children the best possible opportunities to make progress not just academically but socially and emotionally too. I enjoy spending time with my family and taking our dogs out on long walks.

Committee Membership - Attendance & Inclusion

Specific Responsibilities - SEND, Looked After Children & Safeguarding (Joint)

Cassie Lindley - Co-opted, end of term 21/09/24

I have recently been appointed as co-opted governor and wanted to join the governing body as I understand the importance of education to provide opportunity for our younger generation. I’m looking forward to offering support to Crossley Fields over the coming years.

I have two daughters in KS2 at another school in Mirfield and feel passionate that all children in our local community have the absolute best start in life as the possibilities are endless with a positive mindset.

I currently work as a People Director for an e-commerce business based in Huddersfield and believe the people management and strategy experience I have gained throughout the various HR roles I have held over the past 20 years can provide a positive contribution to the governing body.

In my spare time I like to go for a run, it’s a great way to unwind after a busy day! I also enjoy cycling and walks with my family.

Committee Membership - Resources

Candy Redfern

I have recently joined Crossley Fields as a co-opted governor as I wanted to support the leadership of the school in their quest to deliver an excellent education to your children.

I have lived in Mirfield for 9 years and both of my children are currently in KS2 elsewhere in Mirfield. I love living here and feel strongly about supporting my local community. I have spent 20 years working in corporate life with most of this time working in Learning and Development helping adults in employment with their learning needs. Most recently I spent time as Head of Learning and Development for a national foodservice employer although I recently left to start my own consultancy business.

I am keen to bring experience and learnings from corporate life to education. I am currently studying for a Business Masters and a Coaching Qualification so spare time is limited, but I love to be with my family and walk our dogs.

Diane Heywood - Teacher Governor

This is my second time I’ve been a teacher governor. 

I have lived in Huddersfield for all of my life but travel to New York and Amsterdam regularly.  My daughter is 30 years old, lives in New York and is also a teacher.  My son is 28 years old, lives in Amsterdam and is a Fashion Designer.

I left school at 16 years old and worked in retail until I was 22.  I then set up my own business as the proprietor of a bridal boutique.  However, I always wanted to be a teacher so I started volunteering in schools as a parent helper.  I then went on to be a Teaching Assistant where I also started my teacher training as the age of 34.  I finally qualified in 2004.  I have worked in all year groups but my passion has always been in Early Years.  I am now an Assistant Head Teacher and responsible for Early Years and Year 1.  I am also mentor a Newly Qualified Teacher and mentor teaching students and childcare students. 

I also love going to dance classes and meeting up with friends.

Nick Long - Ex-officio

In my experience of working across several schools, the Governing Body has a hugely important role to play in the strategic direction of any school, and this is very much the case at Crossley Fields. We have some very experienced Governors who know the school incredibly well. including our Chair, whom I have an excellent working relationship with.  We are starting to plan for the future with new Governors coming on board, with the skills to help us to continue to move forward. I believe very much in communicating regularly with all stakeholders, and this includes Governors who I write or speak to on a weekly basis. This added to a tight committee structure, allows all Governors the information they need to make informed decisions.

Committee Membership - Attendance & Inclusion, Curriculum & Standards & Resources

Governors can be contacted by leaving your contact details at the school office.

Governor Training Contact - Mrs Tina Auty