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Horsforth Featherbank Governing Board

Welcome to the Governors' section

School Governors have an important and responsible role in the management of schools. The Governing Body meet regularly to discuss issues and plan strategy for the school. The “behind the scenes” roles are vital for the school to progress and improve.

All governors are encouraged to play an active and participating role. The governors are drawn from all walks of life and represent the local community, parents and political parties.


The structure of the Governing Body is as follows:


Category                                               No. of Seats                  Appointed            Vacancies                             


Co-opted Representatives:                         5                                     5                                 0

Head Teacher                                             1                                     1                                 0

LA Representatives                                    1                                     1                                 0

Parent Representatives                              4                                     4                                 0

Staff Governor Representative                   1                                     1                                 0


Name Role Responsibility Term of Office
John Millar - Chair LA Representative

Resources Sub-Committee 

Health & Safety, School Improvement Advisory Visits, Complaints & HT Performance Management.

24/12/2017 - 24/12/2021
Lorraine Scudder  Head Teacher

Resources Sub-Committee

Teaching & Learning and Pupil Support Sub-Committee

01/01/2016 - 01/01/2020
Claire Bottomley Parent Representative

Teaching & Learning & Pupil Support Sub-Committee

Early Years and Foundation Stage, Humanities & Mfl subject Governor

19/01/2017 - 19/01/2021
Patrick Buggy Parent Representative

Teaching & Learning & Pupil Support Sub-Committee 

Attendance, Arts subject Governor

19/01/2017 - 19/01/2021
Marc Eatough - Vice Chair Co-opted Representative

Resources Sub-Committee (Chair)

Sports Funding & Pupil Premium, Governor Training,  HT Performance Management, PE subject Governor

24/09/2014 - 23/09/2018
Carlie Newton Parent Representative

Resources Sub-Committee

 Science subject Governor, HT Performance Management
19/01/2017 - 19/01/2021
Becky Hayes Co-opted Representative

Teaching & Learning & Pupil Support Sub-Committee 

Child Protection & Safeguarding, Computing subject Governor

01/11/2017 - 01/11/2021
Lara Rule



  15/05/18 - 15/05/2022
Carol Jackson Staff Representative Resources Sub-Committee 01/03/2014 - 01/03/2018
Jordan Young Co-opted Representative 

Resources  Sub-Committee

Pupil Premium, RE & PHSCE subject Governor

19/04/2017 - 19/04/2021
Chantel Horsbrough Parent Representative

Teaching & Learning Sub-committee (Chair)

English subject Governor

01/01/18 - 01/01/22
Darren Rose Co-opted Representative   19/01/2017 - 01/11/2017
Julie Moss Co-opted Representative   19/01/2017 - 28/09/2017
Gill Cook Co-opted Representative  
  15/09/2016 - 31/07/2017
Cllr Brian Cleasby Co-opted Representative   01/04/2015 - 19/01/2017
Polly Hutton Parent Representative   05/12/2012 - 04/12/2016
John Siddall Co-opted Representative   01/04/2015 - 01/11/2016
Sherrie Morgan Co-opted Representative   01/04/2015 - 31/07/2016
Sharmin Khan Parent Representative   14/10/2015 - 30/06/2016
Phil Stewardson Parent Representative   12 /12/2013 - 11/12/2017
Simone Si Mohamed Co-opted Representative   01/11/2017 - 01/06/18
Elana Shalkowski Co-opted Representative   01/11/2017 - 01/09/2018


Governor Visiting Policy and Guidelines

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors 1 John Millar – Chair of Governors I have lived in Horsforth since 1991 and work as a programme manager in the public sector. As Chair of Governors, I ensure that Governors have good oversight of school activities and plans and am pleased to be working with such a good school. With my spare time, I like to keep fit and am a keen watcher of new films and most sports and an enthusiastic world traveller when money and time allows me!
Meet the Governors 2 Marc Eatough: I am a co-opted Governor and have been on the Governing body since autumn 2014. My wife and I moved to Horsforth in 2006 and we have two sons, Harry (Year 3) and Charlie (Year 1), currently at the school. With both my children at Featherbank I wished to become more involved with the school and their education. Becoming a governor is a great way to apply my professional skills to hopefully make a positive difference and help ensure the future development and continued success of the school for the pupils. I grew up in Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby before living in both Newcastle and Southampton. I am an economic and policy analyst with nearly 20 years of experience in public policy design, development, appraisal and evaluation, including for government departments. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and most sports, in particular football, tennis and rugby. I also enjoy reading, gardening, family walks and trips to the seaside.
Meet the Governors 3 Carlie Newton: I am parent to Maia, Alina, and Eddie, and they all attend Featherbank. Being a governor is a way for me to give something back to the school for all the support they give my children. I have a background in finance and management, and am able to use these skills in my role. As a family we all like the outdoors, and love getting away from it all biking or walking, or getting out on the water in our kayaks
Meet the Governors 4 Claire Bottomley: I was delighted to become a parent governor at Horsforth Featherbank Primary School in January 2017. With a son in Year 4, and another in Reception, it is a great opportunity to help support the school and better understand how it works. My background is in journalism and I currently run a magazine for families in Leeds. I grew up on the Yorkshire Coast, near Whitby, and I like to visit and enjoy my new hobby of paddle-boarding, when I get chance!
Meet the Governors 5 Patrick Buggy: I wanted to be a Parent Governor as it is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the running of a fantastic school. My son started in reception last year, and we're looking forward to his little sister starting at Featherbank in a few years’ time. I am a keen musician and arts graduate, so naturally, I work in finance! In my day job I budget, report, strategise and meet with directors, advisers and providers, always with a mind to strictest confidentiality. Through music I have invaluable experience in coaching and teamwork. From an early age I learned to adjust, to be patient, to be pragmatic and to work objectively, and to push myself and encourage others to achieve great team results. I have previously volunteered as a teaching assistant working with youth ensembles at the Kirklees Music School. I left this behind with a move to Horsforth and a growing family, but the skills I learned remain and have proved invaluable ever since. I am very pleased that my son is attending this school with a headteacher and governing body with very high expectations. Cillian’s mummy and I have been delighted with his time at Featherbank so far and, as a parent governor of the school, my only agenda is to see the already high standards of Featherbank Primary School continue long into the future.
Meet the Governors 6 Carol JacksonI am very happy to represent our staff team on the Governing Body at Featherbank. I have worked at the school since July 2003 and been the School Business Manager since April 2007. During my employment at the school I have seen the school change from a very successful Infant School to an equally successful Primary School. My role as Business Manager is to support the headteacher to provide leadership in all aspects of finance and administration and as a governor to support the school to continue to provide a safe and happy environment in which all our children can learn and grow. I enjoy working at this lovely school and love to see the children celebrate their achievements and develop into confident young people. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and walking. I like to travel, socialise with friends and family and have fun.:
Meet the Governors 7 Jordan Young:As a former pupil of Featherbank, it seemed only natural to become a governor and give back to the school that gave so much to me. I graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Music so I understand the benefits of a musical education from an early age. I work for an MP so I am up-to-date with government policy and can best advise the Headteacher and the Governing Body how best to lobby the Department for Education for school improvements.
Meet the Governors 8 Esther Patterson: I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be a co-opted governor of Horsforth Featherbank School. My son was a former pupil of the school so I have many fond memories of his time here and my experience of being a parent at the school. For many years I have been an active member within the Horsforth community and recognise the importance of fostering strong links between the school and the local area. I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the future development of Featherbank School and its place within the wider community.
Meet the Governors 9 Chantel Horsbrough: As a Featherbank parent, mum to Keira and Zachary, I am impressed with the high standards and core values of school. To represent the voice of parents, as a governor is an honour. I see this as an opportunity to work in collaboration with school to get the very best provision for all of our children. I am an experienced school leader and hope to use my teaching and school improvement background to actively support and strengthen the partnership between school, parents and the wider community. I hope to assist school in providing a safe and nurturing environment where all of our children can thrive.
Meet the Governors 10 Lara Rule: I am so pleased to have joined the governing board at Featherbank Primary School. I have become increasingly involved with the school over the last four years. Initially as the Horsforth Walk of ART community festival organiser, then as a parent and now as a teacher and governor. I have always been struck by the dedication of the staff and I am continually impressed by the team spirit and drive for excellence in the school. My background is based within the field of clinical psychology. Having worked in a residential school and across wider mainstream schools in order to support children affected by moderate to profound learning disabilities, severe epilepsy and autism, I am especially interested in how the needs of children are met in school to ensure that they are able to thrive in their learning environment. More recently, as the organiser of the Horsforth Walk of ART I am passionate about ensuring schools are a centrepoint of their community. I want to see children actively engaged in and using their local environemnt. On a personal level, I am actively interested in environmental issues, sustainability and art.
Meet the Governors 11 Becky Hayes - I have worked in Education for 12 years after Graduating at Goldsmiths University in London. I have worked in many different schools, doing many different roles, but moved to Leeds 8 years ago. At present I work as a year 6 Teacher and am also part of the Senior Leadership Team in a two form entry Primary school in Meanwood. This is my second time of being a school Governor and I am pleased to be able to offer my support to Featherbank Primary School. One of my skills is in computing and online safety. I love finding out about new apps and how they can benefit us, but I also enjoy a good game of 'Doodle Jump'. I have taught Year 6 for 5 years and am very clued up on SATs. My favourite part of being a teacher is putting on the class production. I have a Degree in Performing Arts and love to see the children build in confidence through Drama. I feel I can use my expertise to support Featherbank Primary to be the best that it can be.