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Meet Our Governing Body

Each school in the country has a governing body made up of a group of people who are from various occupations and backgrounds, this is with a view to them all contributing a diverse range of skills and experiences to the successful running of the school. It is responsible for setting the aims and objectives for the school and agreeing monitoring and reviewing policy targets, priorities and performance. It also, in partnership with the headteacher, controls the budget.

Chris Sutcliffe – Chair of Governors

Deputy Group Finance Director.

My children attended Crossley Fields (a very long time ago!) and I wanted to understand education and try and put something back into the community and society.

I enjoy travelling and am currently half way through my quest to visit all 50 US states.

Janet Forde

I have been in my present role as a Co-opted Governor of Crossley Fields since 2013. I am a retired primary school teacher with 45 years experience of teaching across all age ranges of children in the nursery, KS1 and KS2 sectors of education. My last role was that of Deputy Headteacher at Crossley Fields so I know the school well and feel that I can still make a positive contribution to the continued success of the school. My particular interests are maths, data and assessment, to which ends I chair the Standards and Progress Committee and the Foundation Stage Working Party and am the link governor for maths. I am passionate about achieving the absolute best for all children at Crossley Fields and see myself as a critical friend to the school.


Jackie Darnbrough
I have been a governor for 25 years starting at Wellhouse First School. I believe that all children should have equality of opportunity to have their educational needs met. This is why I became a governor. I worked for Kirklees Council for 27 years supporting children in schools. I am a qualified teacher and qualified social worker.

I write poetry and paint pictures. And I believe in treating ALL with care compassion and respect.

Rachel Supuk

I am one of our Parent Governors with two wonderful daughters in KS1. I have always had a passion for learning and education; being on the Governing Body allows me to use my enthusiasm to support the school to enhance the academic progress and wellbeing of all the students. I am a qualified human rights solicitor and owner of Excel Academics, a tutoring service operating in the local area.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family and friends and will never turn down a trip to a good theme park! If you see me around school, please introduce yourself as I would like to get to know as many parents as possible.

Paul Bates

I am a Co-opted school governor at Crossley Fields J&I School. My job role outside of school is  Asbestos Services Director at MCP Environmental LLP. Being a governor is a fantastic chance to develop my skills in a unique environment. My skills can help the school to achieve optimum compliancy from a SHE perspective.

My hobbies and interests are spending time with my children; five-a-side football and running.

Mohammed Zakeer

I have been serving as a governor at Crossley Fields J&I school for more than ten years. Initially my wife and I signed up as a parent governors when our sons attended the school, they are now both at university. I have a background in IT infrastructure and IT management so I have worked very closely with the school over many years for developing and improving the IT provisions within the school. I am a member of the resource committee and we have a daughter attending the school. I enjoy hiking, cycling and working on general car mechanics. I’m involved in various voluntary roles and initiatives mostly related to community cohesion. Being a governor I find is an excellent way to give back to the committee and the test of every decision is always about how this helps our children flourish and achieve more.

Mehrun Mohamed

I have been associated with Crossley Fields for 14 years. I initially served on Crossley Fields Parent Staff Association many years ago and then subsequently decided to join the governing body , as I wanted to take a more active role in assisting school. I currently have one child still at Crossley Fields.

I initially served in the capacity of parent governor for a few terms but now I serve as a LEA governor. I am currently on the Standards and Progress Committee. As I am also a primary school teacher, I am passionate about provision of outstanding education for children everywhere. I really enjoy voluntary work and the role of governor allows me to serve the community.

I enjoy hiking, running and travelling the world.

Laura Booth

I am the Crossley Fields School staff governor, I am a fairly new member of staff as I was appointed January 2018. I volunteered for this role as I felt it would be interesting and give me a greater insight of how the school is run and also enable me to gain knowledge of the sub committees. I also believe that by pursuing this role it allows me to give something back to the wonderful school in which I work.

I have worked in education for over 10 years throughout this time I have had several roles to which I have thoroughly enjoyed but most of all I want to enable the children the best possible chance at succeeding.

In my spare time I like to go the gym, manage my senior football team and play cricket.

Gemma Fellows

I have two daughters, one in year 2 and one that has now left Crossley Fields, and have been interested in becoming more involved in school for a while now.
Although I am new to role of parent governor, I have been a primary school teacher for the past eleven years, seven of which have been in mainstream school and am currently the Assistant Head Teacher at a pupil referral unit.  As a governor, I am part of the Attendance and Inclusion committee and feel I can offer a positive contribution in this area given my experience and understanding of Special Educational Needs.  I am passionate about giving children the best possible opportunities to make progress not just academically but socially and emotionally too. I enjoy spending time with my family and taking our dogs out on long walks.

Governing Body and Committee Structure

Full Governing Body Attendance Record

Minutes of Last Meeting

Register of Business Interests for School Governors

Governors can be contacted by leaving your contact details at the school office.