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Welcome to Battyeford CE (VC) Primary

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing... then you shine among them like stars in the sky!' (Philippians 2: 14-15).

Meet the Governors

This has always been a happy, creative, high-achieving school, and especially so at present.  We are fortunate in having an excellent staff and headteacher who all work hard in their various roles, each contributing towards the education of every child.


The job of the Chair is to lead the governing body and co-ordinate their work, as well as chairing meetings and liaising closely with the Headteacher.  The governing body meets once per half term, and there are governor committees which meet for specific purposes, eg. finance.  The agenda and minutes of the full governing body meetings are public documents, available by request from school.  Governors frequently attend training courses and network meetings with the Local Authority and governors from other schools.  How they do their job affects the interests of our children, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others.  

Governors Code of Conduct

Meet the Governors Pen Portraits

Former Governors step down dates from the last 12 months.


Claire Keer - 31 January 2022

Paul Mennell - 22 April 2022

Esta Vincent - 7 July 2022

Mel Wadsworth - 13 October 2022

Register of Business Interests for School Governors & Attendance at Meetings

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)

Paul Hayles

David Sheard

Janine Firmin

James Longridge


Curriculum and Standards Committee


Jane Armitage (Chair)

Rachel Batty (HT)

Laura Jackson

Meriel Pearmain

Rev. Erik Peeters

Polly Snee

Alison Walker