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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Burnley Road Academy Governor page!!!!!  This page gives you an insight into the role of your academy governors, who your academy governors are, and details of how you can get involved.

Academy governors are responsible for a wide range of activities and provide a key link between the academy, local community and parents.  Governors make decisions to ensure the academy performance meets the highest standards, continually strives to improve, and creates the best working environment to ensure our children and staff enjoy academy life and maximise their potential.  Our three main roles are:

(1)    Strategic: setting long-term aims and strategies for academy improvement.

(2)    Critical friend: supportive but challenging critique of our academy’s work.

(3)    Accountability: responsible for providing the best possible education for our pupils

To do our job governors are split into two teams Curriculum and Finance.  Teams meet termly and both feed into a full governor meeting each term.  In addition, other working parties meet as required to complete specific tasks, for example performance management governors will meet to discuss the Head’s performance agreement.


Register of interests

Click here to view our register of interests.

Record of attendance at governing body meetings

Click here to view attendance records for members of our governing body.


Governor calendar

Governors get together to discuss the school on a regular basis. All documentation relating to governor meetings is available for viewing.  Ask in school for details.

How to become an Academy Governor

Governors are drawn from different parts of the community; the governing body comprises of parents; staff; Local Authority employees and volunteers from the local community.  This mix helps to ensure the Governing Body has a sufficient diversity of views and experience, but it doesn’t mean Governors represent a particular category.  For example, Parent Governors do not represent the parents of the school and do not report back to them.

Governing Body Appointments:

(1)   Parent Governors are selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and are drawn from parents and carers of children at the school.

(2)   Staff Governors are selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.

(3)   Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.

(4)   Community Governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent Community interests. 


Your governors



Mr Roger Haynes (Chair – Board of Directors, Finance & Staffing)

Responsibilities: Director, Finance & Staffing, Performance Management, Health & Safety, Foundation Stage

Type: Community Governor

Date of appointment: 22/09/2015

End of term: 19/09/19

Background:Director of Fischer and Haynes, a local building company.

Mrs Clare Cope (Headteacher)

Responsibilities: Director, Curriculum & Audit, Finance & Staffing

Type: Headteacher Governor

Background: When I was a child and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up I always said I wanted to be a teacher. Although I had a range of part time jobs whilst studying, nothing changed that overriding ambition. I qualified as a teacher from Liverpool University in 1993 and I’ve been teaching ever since then. I spent eight years as the Deputy Head at St. Mary’s in Littleborough and then became Headteacher at Christ Church Junior School in Sowerby Bridge. In September 2014 I became the Head teacher here at Burnley Road Academy and I am really enjoying the role. It’s a very friendly and welcoming school to work in and the children are brilliant!

Mrs Karen Donlan

Responsibilities: Director

Type: Staff Governor

Date of Appointment: 2016

Background: Teaching Assistant in Year 6.

Mrs Amanda Leggett

Responsibilities: DirectorCurriculum & Audit, Finance & Staffing, Year 2

Type: Community Governor

Date of appointment: 22/09/2015

End of term: 21/09/19

Background: I grew up in the town of Stockport. I started my education at the local nursery attached to the school just like Burnley Road Academy, at my secondary school I held the post of Head Girl. I left school and went to work in a travel agency, attending college one day a week and went on to complete a Degree in Law. My job has enabled me to travel to many destinations worldwide. I reside in the local area and attend Ward Forum meetings held every few months. My one piece of advice is, IF YOUR FACE WANTS TO SMILE LET IT - IF IT DOESN’T MAKE IT!!

Mrs Rebecca Holmes 

Responsibilities: DirectorYear 5 Teacher, Curriculum & Audit, IT/Website

Type: Staff Governor

Date of appointment: 22/09/15

End of term: 21/09/19

Background: Reception class teacher and Foundation Stage Manager. Also taught in Year 1.

Mrs Caroline Naylor  (Chair - Curriculum & Audit, Vice Chair - Governors)

Responsibilities: DirectorCurriculum & Audit, Literacy, SEN, Safeguarding, Performance Management, Foundation Stage, Year 1

Type: Parent Governor

Date of appointment: 12/10/15

End of term: 11/10/19

Background: I grew up in Suffolk and moved North in 1993 when I went to University. I began my teacher training at Calder High in 1997. My first teaching post was in Batley and I returned to Calder High in 2002 where I worked until 2007 when I was appointed as the PSHE Education Consultant for Calderdale MBC. This role in school improvement allowed me to really build up knowledge of primary education across Calderdale. In 2011 returned to full time teaching the same year I became a Governor. I have two children at Burnley Road. I believe in comprehensive education and that all children should have the ability to reach their potential in a climate of respect and care.

Mr Ben Oubridge

Responsibilities: Director

Type: Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 2016


Mr Scott Patient 

Responsibilities: DirectorFinance & Staffing, Curriculum & Audit, IT/Website, Year 5, Appeals Panel, Governor Development, LAC/Pupil Premium

Type: Parent Governor

Date of appointment: 12/10/15

End of term: 11/10/19

Mr Ted Theaker

Responsibilities: Deputy Head, Assessment, Literacy, Year 6 teacher

Type: Observer

BackgroundMr Theaker is an awesome teacher because he is very helpful. I think he is really energetic as he always on the go, helping pupils in class, in the playground and anywhere around the school. He is a very confident, positive teacher and is really wise. Lots of pupils from the past have told me that he is amazing and I definitely agree!

As well as the Y6 Teacher, he is our Deputy Head. He has had 12 years teaching experience: before he came to Burnley Road he had worked at 3 other schools but before he became a teacher he had been a baker and also a boiled sweet maker at Joseph Dobson’s. When he was 11 he started playing basketball and represented England when he was 17.

We always have fun with Mr Theaker in class because he makes boring lessons like Maths really, really fun. He is also amazing because he lifts people’s spirits when they feel down. He acts very professionally and organises great events such as trips, discos, book weeks, science weeks and much more. Mr Theaker wanted to become a teacher to help children reach their potential and he has definitely done that.  By Emily and Jay, Class 6

Mr Karl Boggis

Responsibilities: DirectorYear 3, Finance & Staffing

Type: Community Governor

Date of appointment: 26/11/13

End of term: 25/11/17

Background: Having moved to Mytholmroyd from Hebden Bridge when I was four, Burnley Road was my school. Mytholmroyd has been my life from then on, where my business is and where my family live. Burnley Road Academy is in my ward on Hebden Royd Town Council, and I want to help the Governors maintain the levels of learning, care and teaching that make Burnley Road Academy the choice for my family.

Mrs Sally Finnegan (Clerk of Govenors)

Responsibilities: Ensuring smooth running of board

Date of appointment: 01/06/98