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Our Vision


The vision of the Governors of Parkdale Primary, is as follows:


We aim to offer a rich and engaging school experience in which cchildren are willing partners in their own learning. They should enjoy school, form friendships for life and become responsible, respectful young people. We want staff to deliver a curriculum that is diverse, thought-provoking, creative, inspirational and tailored to be relevant to the lives and interests of our pupils. We aim to provide a wealth of memorable moments and experiences. We are committed to delivering a broad curriculum and not to narrow our focus to the ‘tested’ areas. We want our school to be 'Outstanding', whilst maintaining this child-centred, holistic approach. We expect to see children supported and challenged to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes for them. We expect to see outcomes that compare favourably to local and national averages.This is what parents, other stakeholders and pupils have told us that they want and expect. We aim for Parkdale to be the school of choice for families and the employer of choice for staff.

Welcome to the Governors' section.

Below is some information to give you an idea of what the school’s governors do and how we operate.



Meet The Governors


Governor Name Type of Governor In case of 'co-opted Governors', group or skillset represented. Role Term of Office Ends Pecuniary Business Interest in the School

'Other' Vested Interest in the School - eg 'hidden' employment, family links. 


Mr Dennis Jones Local Authority  

Chair of Governors

Finance, Personnel & General Purpose Committee (Chair)

05/10/2019 None None
Mr Masud Ahmad Co-opted Finance & Senior member of the Muslim community Finance, Personnel & General Purpose Committee 31/03/2019 None None
Mrs Susan Edwards Co-opted Educational Welfare & Social Caret - knowledge of inclusion and Special Needs Pupils & Strategic Development Committee 31/03/2019 None None
Mrs Amanda Burrows Co-opted Knowledge & experience of inclusion & Special Needs Finance, Personnel & General Purpose Committee 31/03/2019 None Parent
Mr Lee Noble Co-opted Serving Headteacher Pupils & Strategic Development Committee (Chair) 31/03/2019 None Parent
Mrs Hayley RIppon Co-opted Finance & Business Pupils & Strategic Development Committee 31/03/2019 None


Undertaking initial teacher training 2016-17. Appointed to staff 2017-18.

Miss Louise Thompson Co-opted Staff other than Senior Leadership - grassroots representation Pupils & Strategic Development Committee 31/03/2019 None Member of Teaching Staff
Mrs Dawn Peckover Parent   Pupils & Strategic Development Committee 14/04/2019 None None
Mr Joseph Duckhouse Parent   Finance, Personnel & General Purpose Committee 02/02/2020 None None
Ms Claire Godfrey Staff  

Pupils & Strategic Development Committee

Finance, Personnel & General Purpose Committee

16/05/2017 None None
Rev'd  Amanda Digman Co-opted Church and Community Pupils & Strategic Development Committee 18/05/2020 None None
Mr Peter Hillier Headteacher  


Pupils & Strategic Development Committee

Finance, Personnel & General Purpose Committee


N/A None None


Our re-constituted Governing Body comprises 15 Governors, whose terms of office are 4 years. We met termly as a Full Governing Body. We are organised into two committees, which meet twice a term.


If you might be interested in becoming a governor at Parkdale, or even just want to know a bit more about us, please have a look at the articles below and feel free to ask an existing governor or at the Office.


What Do Governors Do?


 OfSTED classes the governing body within the leadership and management of the school. However, it is important to remember that governors do not manage the school. That is the job of the headteacher and management team. We’re fortunate at Parkdale in having a strong and capable management team who manage the activities and day-to-day running of the school with great success: have a look at our latest Ofsted report to see how well they perform in this role. Governors are there to be “a critical friend” to the headteacher and the school; we are there to support the headteacher and staff but we are also there in a monitoring capacity, asking relevant questions such as ‘Is it working?’ ‘How do we know it is working?’ ‘If it isn’t working, what can we do?’ ‘How can we get better?’


Who Can Become a Governor?


There are no formal educational qualifications required to become a governor. The only qualities needed are:

  • an interest in the education and well being of our children
  • a willingness to ask questions
  • the time and commitment to attend termly meetings of the full governing body and to be a member of at least one committee
  • a commitment to be part of a team which, by working together, can make a real difference to the school.


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