Highbury School

Lower Edge Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 3LD

01484 716 319


Our Governors

The Governing Body carries out a very important job behind the scenes in supporting and challenging the school staff to improve the outcomes for children.


Governors have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


We carry out regular audits of our skills in the light of the skills and competences we need, taking account of the Department for Education’s Competency Framework for Governance. We update our knowledge through governor training events, reading, visiting school and presentations at our meetings.



Currently there are 9 members and all have voting rights on their committees and in the Full Governing Body:

2 parent governors (appointed by parents)

Mrs Gail Broadbent - Term of office – 1st December 2016 - 30th November 2020

Mrs Joanne Mitchell - Term of office - 20th June 2019 - 19th June 2023

1 Staff governors (appointed by the staff):

Mr Adam Medlock – Term of Office – 20th September 2017 – 19th September 2021

Mrs Debbie Sweet - Head Teacher

Austin Crowther - Local Authority appointment

 Co-opted governors (appointed by the Governing Body):

Mrs Christine Graham - Term of office 22ndJanuary 2020 -21st January 2025

Mrs Brenda Montieth – Term of office 3rd December 2018 – 2nd December 2022

Mrs Stella Spencer (Chair) – Term of Office 1st October 2016- 30th September 2020

Mr Kane Hellewell -  Term of Office 11 April 2019 to 10 April 2023


Our Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Bev Ashton 


Our work

Making minutes available is required under the School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 for maintained schools. Governors have decided that making governing board minutes available on the school's website is most transparent approach to this. 
Being a governor in Calderdale more information is available here
Contact:  Stella Spencer, Chair of Governors at chairofgovernors@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk


Register of Interests 

Mr Austin Crowther - Governor at Ravenscliffe High School

                                          Trustee of Friends of Highbury

                                          Trustee of Pellon Baptist Church

                                          IEB of the Trinity Academy

Mrs Christine Graham - Works in Highbury school one day a week.

Mrs Debbie Sweet - None

Mrs Brenda Montieth - Senior SEN officer BMDC.

Mrs Stella Spencer - A family member is a pupil at the school.

                                        A member of my family is in a relationship with a member of staff.

Gail Broadbent - Self Employed in childcare business.

Adam Medlock - None

Joanne Mitchell - Trustee of Friends of Highbury

Kane Hellewell - None

September 2020

Parent Governor vacancy

Closing date: 4pm on Friday 25th September.  Please see attachments below for further details.


 Highbury parent governor nominations invite.docxDownload
 Highbury parent nomination form.docxDownload
 Highbury School - The role of a Parent Governor.docxDownload
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 Standing Committee Members Academic Year 2019-2020.pdfDownload
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 3 FGB public minutes 11th June 2020 agreed with the Chair.docxDownload
 3 FGB public minutes 18th July 2019.docxDownload
 3 FGB public minutes 30th April 2020 (1) approved by the Chair.docxDownload
 3 FGB public minutes 6th February 2020 (3) approved by the Chair.docxDownload
 7 AGM minutes 12.09.19 (1).docxDownload
 FGB public minutes 24th Oct 19 (1) approved by the Chair.docxDownload
 Governor attendance summary 2019-2020(1).docxDownload
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