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Role of the 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

Miss Lynette Clapham – Interim Executive Head Teacher

Lynette is Interim Executive Headteacher of  Crossley Hall and Grove House Primary. She is responsible for the strategic development of both organisations as well as the efficiency and capacity of the leadership and management teams.

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. Until recently, she was the lead Key Stage One Moderator for the Local Authority.

Lynette originally joined Crossley Hall as Deputy Head in 2014 where she worked in partnership with the previous Head Teacher to take the school to ‘Good.’ After leaving to take up her post as Head Teacher at Grove House Primary School just 3 miles away, she was delighted to be asked to return in September 2020 as Interim Executive Head Teacher.

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 to the development of others and to growing Crossley Hall into a beacon of strength to serve the children and families of Bradford.

Community Governors

Mrs Deirdre Bailey – Chair (Finance and General Purposes Committee)

I have been a governor at Crossley Hall School for 20 years and Chair of Governors for the last 15 years. During my time at Crossley Hall I have been involved in and supported the change from First school to a Primary and then from a 2 form entry to a three form entry school.

I chair the the governors meetings where I decide how to prioritise spending, monitor the budgets and ensure that we conform to the Local Authority procedures.

I am also the Safeguarding Governor and the lead governor for monitoring the standard of marking and feedback of children’s books and the quality of teaching in school. This enables me to see at first hand the excellent progress that is made in school and to enjoy the creative and enthusiastic way in which the children are taught.

I am very proud of the environment that has been created for the children and excited to see the high standard of achievement throughout the school.

I have recently retired after a long career in Children’s Social Care so I am now able to spend more time in school . I look forward to seeing you around school.

Mrs Qia Mahfooz – Vice chair  (School Improvement Committee)

I have been a Governor at Crossley Hall Primary School for 14 years.  Initially this was a parent governor until all 3 of my children left the school, my role now is a community governor.

I monitor School Improvement  and play an active role in a number of other key areas including lead role in subject areas, recruitment of staff and being Vice-Chair of the Governing Body.  I thoroughly enjoy being a governor and I strongly believe that our school, with the support of the parents and the local community can achieve its goals and I’m very happy and honoured to be part of the governing body.

Outside of my role as a governor I have worked for the last 22 years as a Civil Servant for the Department of Work and Pensions as a Change Manager delivering a number of legislative/ministerial changes across the Departments organisation.

Parent Governors

Nazia Mehrban – Early Years (School Improvement Committee)

I am part of the local community and my daughter aged 6 is in Year 2 at Crossley Hall Primary School. This will allow me an ideal opportunity to commit to the role for a considerable length of time.

As a parent, I am passionate about the level of education provided and will devote my time and energy in ensuring the school rises to an outstanding level.  I am a supporter of the school ethos and principles and believe in building strong positive relationships between the school and parents.  It will be in the interest of parents, teachers and the community to see the school rise to exceptional levels.

To succeed in this, I believe strong relationships between parents and the school is essential.  My professional background is corporate business banking where a key skill was communication.   I am keen to advise, support and advance the school.

Crossley Hall Primary School is part of my community and I am determined to make a difference.  I will always strive for excellence.  I would like to work to improve communication and build a strong foundation for parents and teachers to benefit from.  I am also fluent in Punjabi therefore can communicate in an additional language if required.  It is understandable that with the demographics of the school, some parents may appreciate the opportunity to communicate using other languages than English.  This would demonstrate an understanding of the community and allow additional language barriers to be removed.

The key focus is to allow the school to provide excellent levels of education. Creating an environment where the children are given the opportunity to learn, develop and progress allowing them to pursue future careers, creating positive future role models for the community to benefit from.

Maria Grynchuk – Numeracy (School Improvement Committee)

I am a parent to Samiya, who is a very happy child in year 1.

I feel passionately about primary school education. Just like every other parent at Crossley Hall Primary School, I want the very best for my child. Over her time at Crossley Hall, I have seen my daughter come on in leaps and bounds; she realy enjoys school and all that it offers her.

As a local resident and a parent, I am proud of our school and I believe I can help it achieve recognition as an outstanding school. I am passionate about developing lifelong opportunities for the children and fostering the environment where each child is valued, develops self-esteem and given the opportunity to excel both academically and creatively. I think that Crossley Hall is an excellent school and I would like to be a governor to play a more active role, and contribute to the maintaining of the school’s high standard.

I am a good communicator and relate easily to people. I think that this is important and feel that people would find me approachable and could also rely on me to communicate their views in governors meetings. I would work especially hard to improve communication between governors and parents. As I work part-time, I think that this is will enable me to spend the time necessary to fulfil the role.

I have a degree in teaching languages and if elected, I would work with energy and enthusiasm to help Crossley Hall maintain its high standards, and meet future challenges. I feel I understand the requirements of the role and as I am at the school gates daily I hope that I would be approachable and accessible to other parents. I would be privileged to represent parents and carers in this way.

I would like to help ensure that the school continues to run smoothly and provide a stimulating friendly environment. I want to invest in the school which invest so much into my child and the community. As a Parent Governor, I would offer commitment, enthusiasm and determination to make a difference and create a nurturing and supportive environment that the children will strive in.

LEA Governor

Julie McGovern – Literacy (Finance and General Purposes Committee)

I have been a Governor at Crossley Hall Primary school for approximately 3 years. I am the governor with responsibility for literacy and I try and promote and monitor that all children make positive progress in literacy during the time that they are with school.

I have one daughter who is now in secondary school education. I live with my husband and daughter quite locally to school.

I have worked for the same firm of solicitors who are based in Bradford city centre for over twenty five years, my area of practice is exclusively in child care law.

I have a keen interest in education and as a governor, I hope to help the school to provide a positive environment for all children to learn and thrive during the time  they spend at Crossley Hall.

I try to visit school at least once per term, in addition to the governors meetings so that I can meet with the children and staff.

General Information

Minutes will be made available, after they have been ratified, on the school website. All policy documents are available to staff, parents and interested parties on request at the main school office.

Any complaints or feedback in the first instance should be made to the Headteacher (Michael Thorp)

Feedback to the Governing body can be made to governors@crossleyhall.com or via the main school office.

Every Governor is required to fill in a Declaration of Pecuniary Interest Form every academic year, please follow the link for the sample form Declaration-of-Pecuniary-Interest

Governor Area of
Date of
End Date
Deirdre BaileySafeguardingF&GPYYYYY01.09.199631.09.2019
Qia MahfoozPupil PremiumSICYYYYY01.09.200231.08.2019
Maria GrynchukNumeracySICYYYYY19.10.201518.10.2019
Naiza MehrbanEarly YearsSICYYYYY19.10.201518.10.2019
Julie McGovernLiteracyF&GPYYYYY03.03.201402.03.2018
Michael ThorpHead TeacherF&GPYYYYY01.01.2008Headteacher