• Staff & Governors

    See below for a complete list of School Staff and details about our Governing Body.

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  • Staff

    Headteacher – Mr Daniel Lomas

    Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Jane Scardifield

  • Leadership Team

    Mrs Caroline Annetts – EYFS Lead

    Miss Amy Beanland (Year 3) – SENCO

    Mr Gareth Whittam – (Year 6) – Year 4 – 6 Leader

    Miss Helen Craven (Year 2) – Year 1 -3 Leader

    Miss Beth Davis (Year 4) – English Co-ordinator

    Mr Henry Naylor (Year 5) – Maths Co-ordinator

    Mr Daniel Lomas (Head Teacher)

    Mrs Jane Scardifield (Deputy Head Teacher)

    Mrs Jane Jennings – Head of Pastoral Care, Designated Safeguarding Leader

    Miss Ruth Mead – Y1-Y6 Lead Teacher/Induction Leader

    Nursery Staff

    Mrs Sarah Lunn – Class Teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

    Mrs Anne Taylor – Nursery Nurse (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

    Mrs Emily Duke – Nursery Nurse (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

    Mrs Lucy Swierzynski – Class Teacher (Thursday, Friday)

    Reception Staff

    Mrs Caroline Annetts – Class Teacher Reception

    Mrs Diane Rattigan – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Judith Pearson – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Amy Dennison – Class Teacher Reception (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)

    Mrs Lucy Swierzynski – Class Teacher (R Hazel) (Wednesday)

    Key Stage 1 Staff

    Miss Amy Nixon – Class Teacher (Year 1)

    Miss Rachel Nichols – Class Teacher (Year 1)

    Mrs Joanne Frith – Class Teacher (Year 1)

    Mrs Ruth Mead – Class Teacher (Year 2)

    Miss Helen Craven – Class Teacher (Year 2)

    Mrs Diane Lynch – Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Andrea Warrington – Teaching Assistant (Year 1)

    Miss Alex Jennings – Teaching Support Assistant (Year 2)

    Mrs Claire King – Teaching Support Assistant

    Miss Lisa Walton – Teaching Support Assistant

    Mrs Sarah Rushforth – Teaching Support Assistant (Disadvantaged Pupils)

    Mrs Kathryn Scott – Teaching Support Assistant

    Key Stage 2 Staff

    Mrs Anna Ledger – Class Teacher (Year 3)

    Mrs Lisa Harrison – Class Teacher (Year 3)

    Miss Amy Beanland – Class Teacher (Year 3)

    Mrs Julie Lister – Class Teacher (Year 3)

    Miss Bethany Durn – Class Teacher (Year 4)

    Miss Beth Davis – Class Teacher (Year 4)

    Mr Harry Metcalfe – Class Teacher (Year 5)

    Mr Henry Naylor – Class Teacher (Year 5)

    Mr Gareth Whittam – Class Teacher (Year 6)

    Miss Meganne Green – Class Teacher (Year 6)

    Mrs Julie Greenhough – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Jane Bowman – Teaching Support Assistant (Year 3)

    Mrs Sarah Rushforth – Teaching Support Assistant

    Mrs Janene Crossley – Teaching Support Assistant

    Mrs Suzanne Skidmore – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    Miss Crystal Whelan – Teaching Support Assistant (Disadvantaged Pupils)

    Mrs Catherine Horsfall – Teaching Support Assistant

    Miss Alex Jennings – Teaching Support Assistant

    Mrs Cathy Field – Teaching Support Assistant

    Mrs Sadia Imran – Teaching Support Assistant

    Mrs Philipa Walker – Teaching Support Assistant

    Mrs Lynn Brook – Teaching Support Assistant

     

  • ICT Technicians

    Mrs Cheryl Clegg – ICT Technician

    Learning Mentors

    Mrs Anne Taylor – Learning Mentor

    Mrs Kathryn Scott – Learning Mentor

    Dance Instructors

    Mrs Judith Pearson – Dance Instructor

    Re Co-Ordinator

    Mrs Suzanne Skidmore – RE Co-Ordinator

    Head of Pastoral Care

    Mrs Jane Jennings – Head of Pastoral Care

    Designated Safeguarding Leader

    Mrs Jane Jennings – Head of Pastoral Care

    Administration Staff

    Mrs Cheryl Clegg – Receptionist

    Mrs Allison Donnison – Administrative Assistant

    Miss Hayley Knowles – Receptionist

    Vacancy  – Administrator

    Mrs Karen O’Kane – School Bursar

    Buildings Manager

    Ian Wood

    Kitchen Staff

    Mrs Angela Sutcliffe – Catering Manager

    Miss Helen Birts – Assistant Catering Manager

    Mrs Andrea Glover – General Kitchen Assistant

    Mrs Rona Robinson – General Kitchen Assistant

    Mrs Stella Tsakirides – General Kitchen Assistant

    Mrs Anne Whitely – General Kitchen Assistant

    Mrs Nicola Coulthard – General Kitchen Assistant

    Mid Day Supervisors

    Mrs Judith Byrnes

    Mrs Anne Butler

    Mrs Suzanne Skidmore

    Mrs Jennifer Britten

    Mr Malcolm Holgate

    Mrs Carol Johnson

    Mrs Alison Mitchell

    Mrs Bushra Rashid

    Mrs Janet Marsh

    Mrs Julie Smith

    Mrs Nicole McMaster

    Mrs Nicola Dean

    Mrs Melanie Mitchell

    Mrs Amanda Roberts

    Miss Michelle Laycock

    Cover Supervisor

    Afshan Kayani – Cover Supervisor

    Mrs Caroline Robison – Cover Supervisor

    PE Instructor

    Mr Daniel Greenwood – PE Instructor

    Cleaners

    Mrs Karen Horn

    Mrs Carol Johnson

    Mrs Helen Hammond

    Mrs Janet Marsh

    Mrs Julie Smith

  • Governors

    The Role of the Governing Body

    At Northowram we have a good governing body.

    The governing body in school are to carry out their functions with the aim of taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school and it’s improvement. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in light of progress.

    The governing body should act as a “critical friend” to the headteacher by providing advice and support as well as challenge.

    Types of Governors

    Parent Governor

    How are they appointed? Parent governors are elected by parents of the children in the school.

    LEA Governor

    How are they appointed? LEA governors are appointed by the Local Education Authority. Members of the public can apply to be considered for this role by contacting the LEA directly.

    Ex-officio

    How are they appointed? The Headteacher is a governor at their own school by right.

    Community Governor

    How are they appointed? Community governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. People from a business or professional background can be appointed.

    Current governing body

    Canon James Allison – Community Governor

    Type of Governor: I have been a Community Governor since 2014.

    Background: I am vicar of St John’s Coley and I have been a School Governor for many years including being Chair of Scout Road School in Mytholmroyd and was also a Governor with Calder High School.

    Areas of interest: As a vicar I am interested in the Spiritual and Cultural Development of children and I take a lot of assemblies and tell stories about sheep! I am interested in making learning fun. I have three grown up children, two of whom have Special Educational Needs.

    The eldest went to Oxford University and the youngest has just achieved a first in creative writing, despite struggling to read and write at Primary School. As a result of this I am interested in helping children to achieve their potential whatever their difficulties.

    Committee membership: I am on School Improvement Committee and I am a Link Governor for Year One.

    Interesting fact: I was once Mayor of Hebden Bridge where I was a Town Councillor for ten years.

    End of Service: 25.11.16

     

    Peter Caffrey – Local Education Authority Appointment

    Type of Governor: Local Education Authority appointment since July 2013

    Background: Corporate and Retail Banking latterly specialising in commercial property and social housing. A Non- Executive Director of a number of large social housing providers.

    Formerly, I was a Governor on the Governing Bodies of Salterlee J & I School and the former Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School.

    Areas of interest: Involvement in the local community. Promoting standards of excellence in education and developing apprentice opportunities.

    Committee membership: Finance Committee

    Interesting fact: I used to play rugby union in position of hooker or prop. Never been right since!

    End of Service: 31.08.17

     

    Marcus Rathbone (Acting Chair of Governors).

     

    Mike Westaway – Parent Governor

    Type of Governor: I have been a Parent Governor since November 2013.

    Background: I have many years’ experience in sales and marketing with my area of expertise being PR and Media Communications. After being a ‘stay at home’ dad for nearly 3 years, I now work part time for a local engineering company. I was a Parent Volunteer in Reception for three years and currently am a member of the school’s Extended Opportunities Committee.

    Areas of interest: I care passionately about Special Educational Needs, with my eldest daughter having complex learning difficulties and I am Link Governor for SEND, as well as Looked After Children, Maths and Year 5.

    Committee Membership: School Improvement.

    Interesting Fact: I drive the school mini bus.

    End of Service: 06.11.17

     

    Marcus Rathbone – Parent Governor (Vice Chair of the Board of Governors)

    Type of Governor: I have been a Parent Governor since autumn 2013.

    Background: I wanted to take a more active role in the decision and policy making within school, to provide a parents’ feedback on the matters which affect my children’s education and to help continue the improvement in standards and achievement.

    I am a Chartered Surveyor with 20 years’ experience working in construction, mainly dealing with finances and contractual matters. I was particularly keen to lend my support, helping school improve the environment in which the children are taught and teachers work.

    I opted to join the Finance and General Purpose Committee which is responsible for all non-curriculum matters relating to school.

    Areas of interest: I am Named Governor for Health and Safety and I will be responsible for annually reviewing / updating the school Health & Safety Policy and appropriate implementation. I will also meet regularly with the Head and Senior Leadership Team to make sure they are fulfilling their responsibilities for managing health and safety relating to the school.

    Finally, from 2014 I have been elected to the position of Vice Chair of Governors so will be supporting the Chair (Michael Booth) in setting the challenges and goals to be met by the School Leadership team in continuing to raise standards within school.

    Interesting fact: I have helped to raise over £1,000 for charity by walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks, three times in the last 3 years. NB: PB is 9h 45m.

    End of Service: 01.12.17

     

    Jane Jennings – School Based Governor

    Type of Governor: I have been a School Based Governor since 2012

    Background: I have worked at Northowram School since 1998, becoming Nursery Manager in 2005. My role in school now includes being the Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Named Person for Medical Needs as well as being the Primary First Aider. As well as being a Governor at Northowram School, I have also recently been a Parent Governor at North Halifax Grammar School.

    Areas of interest: I am passionate about making sure the children in our school are safe. The Early Years is my other passion- I am committed to making sure our youngest children make amazing progress!

    Interesting fact:  I am a Community First Responder for Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

    End of Service 31.08.17

     

    Jane Scardifield – Deputy Head

    Type of Governor: Staff Governor – I am Deputy Head Teacher at Northowram Primary school and have been a Governor of the school throughout my time here, 7 years.

    Background: I was a Governor at Siddal Primary School before taking up an educational consultancy post for the local authority. During my time in this post, I worked with the Governing Bodies of the many different schools I was supporting within Calderdale and also enjoyed providing training for teachers, head teachers and governors linked to curriculum and school leadership.

    Areas of interest: I am an English specialist at degree level and teaching children to become confident readers and to express themselves in writing is a passion of mine – we are very proud of our Literacy curriculum at Northowram! This specialism was further developed through work as a Leading Literacy Teacher for Calderdale and work as a Literacy Consultant for the local authority where I had the privilege of immersing myself in research and children’s literature in order to deliver training to teachers across the authority. I am still an avid reader of children’s literature and always like to introduce new and exciting books into our curriculum. Music has always been a key part of my life and providing children with a range of exciting opportunities linked to Music (choir/orchestra etc) is a key part of the school vision. The best quality School Leadership is also an area of interest which I developed through experience on a wide range of School Leadership teams and through taking part in professional development including obtaining the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers.

    Areas of Interest: In school, my areas of responsibility as Curriculum Leader, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assessment Manager mean that I often meet with Governors to discuss issues and progress relating to these areas. As well as attending and contributing to all Governing Body and committee meetings, I also meet regularly with Governors at school to monitor the success of the School Development Plan. As a School Governor, I often report to Governors and answer questions on particular areas such as what the data is saying about how our children are achieving and about priorities for the school budget. I help to organise Governor visits to school and to plan special ‘Governor Days’ when Governors join up with their link classes to find out more about how our school works, what we do well, and the areas we would like to improve.

    End of Service: 19.06.17

     

    Daniel Lomas – Head Teacher

    Type of Governor: School Based Governor

    Background: I am the Head Teacher at Northowram and a voting member of the Governing Body. I have served as a governor for all of the time that I have worked at Northowram which is over ten years. I bring experience in school leadership and management through my experience of being a Head Teacher for nearly six years. I have worked in three other schools, and before being the head at Northowram, I was Deputy Head.

    Areas of interest: Effective leadership in schools, school vision and ethos, appraisal and staffing.

    Committee membership: School Improvement and Finance.

    Interesting fact: I am a keen cyclist and spend as much time as I can out on my bike.

    End of Service: N/A

    Register of Interests of Current Governors serving, and those who have served at any point in the last 12 months, on the Board of Governors at Northowram Primary School 2015/2016

     

    Cn James Allison

    Type of Governor [including Associate Members] / Appointed by:

    Community Apptd by GB Co-opted Apptd by GB

    Date of Appointment / Term of Office

    13/01/2014 4 years

    01/09/2015 4 years

    End date if Applicable

    31/08/2019

    Committee membership, and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

    SI Committee

    Other educational institutions at which a governor 

    Hipperholme Grammar 

    Business Interests and Date notified

    None

    Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff ( including spouses, partners and close relatives )

    None

    Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings 

    FGB 6 of 6

    SI 5 of 5

    F&GP N/A

     

    Cllr. Peter Caffrey 

    Type of Governor [including Associate Members] / Appointed by:

    LA Apptd by LA

    Date of Appointment / Term of Office

    01/09/2013 4 years

    End date if Applicable

    31/08/2017 

    Committee membership, and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

    F&GP Committee

    Other educational institutions at which a governor 

    None

    Business Interests and Date notified

    None

    Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff ( including spouses, partners and close relatives )

    None

    Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings 

    FGB 6 of 6

    SI 5 of 5

    F&GP 3 of 4

     

    Mrs Jane Jennings

    Type of Governor [including Associate Members] / Appointed by:

    Staff Apptd by Staff

    Date of Appointment / Term of Office

    01/09/2013 4 years

    End date if Applicable

    31/08/2017

    Committee membership, and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

    SI Committee

    F&GP Committee

    Other educational institutions at which a governor 

    None

    Business Interests and Date notified

    None

    Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff ( including spouses, partners and close relatives )

    Daughter – Vision Supply Agency Employed at School from September 2015 

    Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings 

    FGB 6 of 6

    SI 2 of 5

    F&GP 3 of 4

     

    Mr Dan Lomas 

    Type of Governor [including Associate Members] / Appointed by:

    HT n/a

    Date of Appointment / Term of Office

    n/a

    End date if Applicable

    n/a

    Committee membership, and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

    SI Committee

    F&GP Committee

    Other educational institutions at which a governor 

    None

    Business Interests and Date notified

    None

    Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff ( including spouses, partners and close relatives )

    None

    Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings 

    FGB 5 of 6

    SI 5 of 5

    F&GP 4 of 4

     

    Mr Marcus Rathbone

    Type of Governor [including Associate Members] / Appointed by:

    Parent Apptd by Parents

    Date of Appointment / Term of Office

    02/12/2013 4 years

    End date if Applicable

    01/12/07

    Committee membership, and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

    Vice-Chair of Governors 

    Chair of F&GP Committee

    Other educational institutions at which a governor 

    None

    Business Interests and Date notified

    None

    Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff ( including spouses, partners and close relatives )

    None

    Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings 

    FGB 5 of 6

    SI N/A

    F&GP 2 of 4

     

    Mrs Jane Scardifield 

    Type of Governor [including Associate Members] / Appointed by:

    Staff Apptd by Staff

    Date of Appointment / Term of Office

    20/06/2013 4 years

    End date if Applicable

    20/06/2017

    Committee membership, and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

    SI Committee

    F&GP Committee

    Other educational institutions at which a governor 

    None

    Business Interests and Date notified

    None

    Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff ( including spouses, partners and close relatives )

    None

    Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings 

    FGB 6 of 6

    SI 5 of 5

    F&GP 2 of 4

     

    Mr Mike Westaway

    Type of Governor [including Associate Members] / Appointed by:

    Parent Apptd by Parents 

    Date of Appointment / Term of Office

    07/11/2013 4 years

    End date if Applicable

    06/12/2017

    Committee membership, and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

    SI Committee

    Other educational institutions at which a governor 

    None

    Business Interests and Date notified

    None

    Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff ( including spouses, partners and close relatives )

    None

    Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings 

    FGB 5 of 6

    SI 5 of 5

    F&GP N/A