Please note that this page is currently under construction and more governor profiles will follow soon.
Mrs Anne Jordan - Chair of Governors since September 2014
I have lived in the village since 2001 and served for four years on the Village Council and am currently treasurer of Cullingworth Gardening Club. I love living in a village that has so much to offer and am keen to help and support the future generation of Cullingworth.
I have two sons, and three grandsons, one of whom attended the school. I was a teacher for 32 years and for the last 28 years was at Bingley Grammar school. My final role at the school was Director of Humanities and Social Sciences. My work also included acting as subject tutor to RE PGCE students at Trinity and All Saints College.
On retirement I worked with AQA examining board and Nelson Thornes publishers to produce resources for the new RE GCSE and A level courses. I continued as an examiner with AQA until summer 2014. My strangest hobby that has led to many adventures is a love of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Mrs Jean Strudwick - Co-vice Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor - Finance, Staffing and General Purpose Committee
I have been a governor at Cullingworth Village Primary School for the past 8 years. I have served on various committees, but am currently on the Finance, Staffing and General Purpose sub-committee. I am also Co-vice Chair of Governors.
For the role of Finance, Staffing and General Purpose, I have received training in Safer Recruitment and Selection, Safeguarding and Finance Management.
I am currently the Year 3 link governor and go into their class once a week to listen to the children read. I also try to go on their trips where possible, alongside any other trips that need extra adult helpers. I also listen to children in Year 5 read once a week.
I am also parent to two children in the school.
Out of school, I am a Children's Community Nurse and work two days a week caring for sick children in their home environment.
Mrs Rebecca Mazur - Co-vice Chair of Governors
Parent Governor - Chair of Health, Well-being and Environment Committee
Hi, my name is Rebecca Mazur and I have been a governor at Cullingworth for three years. I currently Chair the Health, Well-being and Environment Committee and am also Co-vice Chair of Governors.
My background is Chemical Engineering and Health and Safety and I have worked for Education Leeds and Bradford Grammar School in the past. I currently run my own company in addition to my safety consultancy role.
It's refreshing to work with a school that has an excellent management team and staff and I look forward to watching the school excel.
I am also parent to two children in school, one in Year 4 and one in Reception Class.
Mr Elvin Brame - Co-opted Governor - Chair of Finance, Staffing and General Purpose Committee
I am a retired Local Government Officer and a resident of Cullingworth. I am a trained Work Study Officer and qualified in management. I was elected to serve as a Parish Councillor and then asked to serve as a Governor at Cullingworth Village Primary School. (This used to be a requirement but isn't any longer).
Governors are charged with maintaining and improving educational standards which are measured in detail by Ofsted, the school and other external bodies. We are unpaid volunteers, which guarantees our integrity and commitment.
All governors serve on sub-committees and are likely to receive training in various aspects of school life. I have served as a governor for 14 years and I am Chair of the Finance, Staffing and General Purpose sub-committee. I have served alongside four Headteachers, three of which I was part of the selection and interview panel.
We enjoy an excellent relationship with staff, children and parents. The school is judged to be very good and on the cusp of becoming outstanding. We share a vision with the Headteacher to bring out the very best in each pupil and also nurturing gifted and talented pupils. We also got to great lengths to develop and care for Looked After Children. We are proud to ensure a safe and happy environment for all.
It is the most rewarding position in all my life. One of the main reasons for success is the support and involvement of parents. I enjoy meeting and greeting parents, carers and children on the path on Friday mornings, along with Mrs Macdonald, our Parent Inclusion Worker. I regularly attend events at school and hope parents come and join us in the future at coffee mornings or as volunteers in the school.
Mrs Chris Guy - Parent Governor - Health, Well-being and Environment Committee
Hello – my name is Chris Guy and I am a Parent Governor of the school and have two boys who attend the school. For the past three years I have been a full time foster parent, so have a particular interest in looked after children. Prior to becoming a foster parent I worked full time in the local NHS for 35 years, primarily in Human Resources. I have been married to Iain for 26 years and live in Denholme.
Just like every parent at Cullingworth Village Primary School, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best they can. As parents we need to support the school but when necessary we should also put the school under tough scrutiny to help to ensure excellence is being delivered in all aspects across the school.
About a year ago I became Parent Governor at the school. Parent Governors are part of the Governing Body mix along with teachers, other staff and other community representatives. I believe that parent governors have a special role, and should try to assess issues and decisions from the point of view of parents/ carers and families. This is not the same as representing individual parents’ view but about making sure that parent/carer perspectives are always considered.
I also recently became a member of the Health, Welfare and Environment Sub Committee and the Staff Discipline & Dismissal and Appeals Committees.
I think Cullingworth Village Primary School is an excellent school, delivering high quality learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom. It continually strives to deliver excellence for a brighter future for all its children and was given a grading of ‘outstanding’ in behaviour and safety of pupils and ‘good’ overall from OFSTED in December 2012. The current expansion plans provide the school with additional opportunities to deliver excellence to a greater number of children.
I believe that the first few years of a child’s education are crucial to their later academic achievements and – just as importantly – to the development of social and other life skills. School staff are on the frontline of this work but the Governing Body works in the background to support staff as they implement government policy usually with very limited budgets. The Governing Body also hold the school leadership to account as they make strategic decisions about the future direction of the school.
I help out doing reading with children at the school three mornings a week in year 1. I am always happy to have a chat and help anyone if I can.
Mrs Kim Wharton - LEA Governor, Curriculum & Achievement Committee
Hi, my name is Kim Wharton and I have been a governor for the past five years. I first became interested in joining the Governing Body because I wanted to be more involved in my children's school. I felt that having over twenty years experience as a primary school teacher would bring some professional knowledge and expertise into the role.
As a primary school teacher, I feel passionate about children being provided with an educational environment where they can thrive and reach their full potential. It is very rewarding offering a positive contribution to a school where staff and pupils work extremely hard and I feel that the governing body provide a good balance of support and challenge to Mrs Sutcliffe and her hardworking team.
Mr Andrew Hagyard - Parent Governor - Finance, Staffing and General Purpose Committee
I am very much a local boy, my grandfather lived in Cullingworth; I was born in Keighley and went to school in Bradford. Education has changed significantly since I went to school. Children today learn from a wide variety of different media and the traditional classroom led learning is now only a small part of this.
As a father of five, two of whom currently attend Cullingworth, I am very keen that children are able to benefit from all aspects of school life; be it academic, artistic or social. I am looking forward to working with the school to increase the children's understanding of, and participation in, school activities.
Mrs Alison Nunn - Parent Governor - Health, Well-being and Environment Committee
Hello I'm Alison Nunn and I have been a resident of Cullingworth all my life. My son is the fourth generation of my family to commence his educational journey here at the school.
My background includes working in the finance industry at management level in a wide variety of roles, including Treasury, Property and all aspects of project work from a Retail perspective. After a career break I now work for the National Health Service in an administrative role.
I am delighted to be able to offer a parental perspective on the governing body thus helping to support this wonderful school to shape and develop its future.
Mrs Annette Twigg - Parent Governor - Health, Well-being and Environment Committee
I have a daughter in Year 6 at Cullingworth primary and I am a resident of Cullingworth. I have lived in Bingley and the surrounding area most of my life.
I have been a police officer for over 23 years and have worked in the Safeguarding Unit for the last 4 so I have experience with multi-agency working, child protection, vulnerability and safeguarding in general. I spent many years previously on the Mounted Section and still ride at large scale events and football matches when required.
I have become a governor as I hope my background will help to contribute to the continuing success of this fantastic school and want to lend my support wherever possible to the staff, parents and of course the children.