Leading, Inspiring, Nurturing, Guiding, Bringing Out the Best

Ling Bob J,I & N School Governors

Mr Simpson - Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

​In my teaching career so far I have worked in six primary schools in Kirklees and Calderdale Authorities. Prior to becoming Headteacher at Ling Bob, I was Headteacher at St John’s CE Primary Academy, Rishworth for 6 years. Before that, I was Deputy Head at Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick (now part of the ‘Brighter Futures’ academy trust). Working in a number of different schools has enabled me to gain a great deal of experience right across the primary range.

   Anthony Crabtree - Co-opted Governor (end of office 31/1/2019)

I took the opportunity to become a school governor when my son James joined Ling Bob 9 years ago. At the time I had no knowledge of the school system, other than my time as a pupil many years beforehand! Despite this lack of experience I was very quickly made welcome and encouraged to learn about the skills required to become an effective school governor. Ling Bob is a vibrant school with a committed leadership team and staff who work hard to deal with the many challenges faced – all with a genuine focus on improving the learning and social environment for the pupils. These were qualities that persuaded me to stay on as a governor after James left Ling Bob, moving from parent governor status to community governor. I now act as Vice-Chair of the governing body and am also Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Premises committee. I continue to enjoy my role, the personal challenges it offers and the opportunity to assist the school wherever possible.

   Claire Beverley - Vice Chair of Governors(end of office 14/5/2021)

I am a Co-opted Governor and my son is currently in Year 4 at the school.

I'm proud to say my son goes to Ling Bob and  being a parent governor means I can not only help my son with his education, I can also contribute to Ling Bob being the BEST School it can possibly be.

   Oliver Scholefield - Parent Governor (end of office 25/11/2017)

I have four children aged from 7-13, three of whom attend Ling Bob School.  We have previously lived in South Wales and Kirklees and so my children have attended a variety of different schools . I was very impressed with how the teachers and staff helped and supported my children when they started at Ling Bob and this, combined with my knowledge of other schools, prompted me to volunteer to become a Parent Governor.

  Cassie Turner - Parent Governor​ (end of office 31/1/2019)
I have been involved with Ling Bob School for the past 11 years. I have had many roles, these include being a parent, PA member, teaching assistant, out of school Dance Club Teacher and now Governor. I have watched my two oldest children learn and grow as they moved through this school and they have both moved on to high schools that suit them. I am now watching my youngest move her way through the school, gaining the same knowledge and confidence. I am currently studying at University to become a Midwife. While studying, I hope to help and support the school from within my new role as a Governor. I have joined a friendly, welcoming and very strong team of Governors, who wants the best for the school and each child within it. ​
   Caroline Booth - Chair of Governors (end of office 31/1/2019)

I am one of Ling Bob’s Co-Opted governors. Before joining the Governors, I had very little understanding of the primary education system, but in the last few months I have certainly learnt a lot and I am looking forward to learning a great deal more.  I have two children who attend Ling Bob, and I have always been very proud to tell people where they go to school.  I work full time in a neighbouring local authority as a specialist occupational health nurse, and a large part of my job brings me into contact with school based staff.  I firmly believe it is a Governors role to challenge a school to perform to the best of its ability and ensure that all pupils have the support they need to reach their full potential and enjoy their time at school.  ​

Jeanette Bolton - Staff Governor (end of office 18/1/2020)

I have worked at Ling Bob School for over 16 years. When I first joined Ling Bob, I listened to the children read and after several role changes over the years  I am now Pastoral Team Leader.  I am enjoying my role as Staff Governor and hope that I can use this role to further help and support the children of Ling Bob.  Ling Bob is a fantastic school to work for, the  children and staff make Ling Bob School a wonderful place to be.

Glen O'Donnell - Co-opted Governor (end of office 19/9/2020)

I applied to become a Co-opted Governor at Ling Bob as I have always believed that it is important to support my local community.  I have many years experience of working in community-focussed organisations, primarily from my 25-year career in social housing, but also from teaching in the FE sector and from voluntary work in youth  offending and community learning.  

Apart from having an 8-year old who attends another local primary school, I have limited experience in primary settings. However, I have transferrable skills and knowledge that I am keen to use to support the school as well as I can.

   Emma Taylor - Co-opted Governor (end of office 16/1/2021)

I’ve recently joined the team as a Co-Opted Governor, I’m a former pupil of Ling Bob Junior, Infant & Nursery School & when the chance arose to become a School Governor here I jumped at the chance! Other than being a former pupil my knowledge of the school system is limited however I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge & learning lots more. I currently work within HR Systems & have over 10 years HR & Payroll experience, which I hope will be beneficial to the rest of the Governors. Ling Bob holds great memories for me as a child & I’m looking forward to working with the school & Governors, contributing to Ling Bob being the best it can be.​


Hayley Browning - Co-opted Governor (end of office 1/9/2019)
I am the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for Warley and Pellon.  I work from Halifax police station as part of the Halifax West Neighbourhood Police Team. Working in partnership with Ling Bob School helps to identify problems within the community. Getting to know the pupils and parents and being a regular visitor is an important part of my role. Ling Bob is a vibrant school which is always a pleasure to visit.​

Lorraine Ackroyd - Clerk to Governors 

My name is Lorraine Ackroyd and I have recently joined the team as Clerk to Governors at Ling Bob Junior Infants and Nursery School. Along with experience of working as Secretary to Governors, I have previously worked as Clerk to Governors with other schools in Calderdale.  I currently work as Nominated First Aid and Administrator at a High School in Halifax. I enjoy the role of Clerk and I look forward to working closely with the Governing Body to provide help, advice and support. My impression of Ling Bob School is that it is warm, welcoming and friendly with a strong team of staff who work hard to achieve the success of the school and I very much look forward to working with them from now onwards.

There are currently vacancies for a LA Governor and Co-opted Governor at Ling Bob
   There are no Declaration of Interests from Governors for 2016/17.

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Being a Governor

What’s involved?

The following checklist gives a brief insight into what is involved in being a Governor at Ling Bob J I & N School


Your views are valued so please take part actively in discussion.

Attend meetings

Be an active member of committees

Prepare for meetings

Carry out agreed actions

Knowing the school – please refer to agreed protocol, using ICT and email protocol

​Visit the school on a regular basis


Actively participate in identifying and meeting training needs so as to constantly evolve as a Governing body

Support new Governors

Support and assist in the induction of new Governors

    Promote the school

    Really be involved in the life of the school

    Play a major part in school activities/development

    Equal Opportunities

    Actively demonstrate commitment internally and externally

    Personal interests

    If you have any interests declare them

    Deal appropriately with possible personal interests in relation to own child or grandchild if this is relevant

    Handling Complaints

    Be aware of procedures and act appropriately

    Don’t forget advice is always at hand!

    Meeting Minutes and Documents

    ​    Please ask at the School Office if you wish to see a copy of any of the Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes

    Documents     - Equality Objectives