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The role of Governors at Purlwell Infant and Nursery School

School governors share a commitment to supporting our school to be as effective as it can.  They do this by:

  • setting  the school’s strategic direction
  • holding school leaders to account for improving the pupils’ education
  • making sure the school’s budget is well spent for

There is free training, advice and guidance to governors available through Kirklees and the school. We also help recruit new volunteer governors for schools.

Our Governors attend regular meetings; some in the evening and some during the day.  They talk to staff and children, discuss policies and ideas and monitor the budget.

Some come from professional backgrounds and others bring their knowledge and life experiences.

Our Governors, together with the rest of the school leadership and staff ensure that school does everything that it can to prepare all of our children for a successful and productive life in Britain in the 21st Century.

If you would like more information about the role, please contact the school.

Governor Information

Please click here to access more details about our Governing Body.


 Mr A Laher                - Acting Chair of Governors/Parent Governor

"I have been teaching for 19 years at Garforth Academy. My current role involves being an Assistant Principal and a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for Applied Learning, working across SPT Academies such as South Leeds and Manor Croft. I have previously been a governor at BBEC for five years and a governor at Purlwell for the past seven years, acting as Chair of Governors since September 2014."

Mr U Rafiq                 - Co-opted Governor

Ms S Crossland         - Local Authority

Mr A Raistrick            - Staff Governor

Mrs C Brooks             - Co-opted Governor

Mr U Mahmood          - Co-opted Governor

"My name is Usman Mahmood. I live just across the road from the school so I am easily accessible. I speak good English, Urdu, Punjabi, and a bit of Gujerati too. I went to Purlwell School myself as a child, as have many of my family over the years. My daughter is Year 2 and my son is in reception. They both love school and have learnt a lot at Purlwell. 

I have been a secondary school teacher since 2003. I have a lot of experience in improving schools. I started my career as a Maths teacher at Shelley College in Huddersfield where I was promoted to “Coordinator of Innovative teaching and learning in Maths” as we moved towards the top of the Kirklees league tables. I moved to Birkdale High School as “Assistant Head of Maths”. GCSE Maths pass rate (A*-C) went up by over 20% in 3 years as we became the most improved school in Yorkshire. I have worked at Oakbank School in Keighley as Head of Maths for the last 4 years. The improvement in results was rapid and sustained. In June this year, I am starting work in Dewsbury at Westborough High School as Lead Practitioner in Maths.

I am always willing to listen to views of all members of the school community with enthusiasm, and voice your opinions at Governing Body meetings and visits to the school. If appropriate I will take immediate action and always get back to you swiftly on outcomes."

Mrs Rawat                  - Co-opted Governor

Mrs K Lunat               - Co-opted Governor

Mrs S Gallivan           - Co-opted Governor

Mr Z Chopdat             - Parent Governor


Governing Body Minutes

Minutes of meeting held on 27th March 2017

Minutes of meeting held on 23rd January 2017

Minutes of meeting held on 7th November 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 26 September 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 14th July 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 16th May 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 11th May 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 23rd February 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 8th February 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 7th December 2016

Minutes of meeting held on 19th October 2015

Minutes of meeting held on 14th September 2015

Minutes of meeting held on 2nd July 2015

Minutes of meeting held on 8th June 2015

Minutes of meeting held on 7th May 2015

Minutes of meeting held on 1st April 2015

Minutes of meeting held on 2nd February 2015