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Meet the Governing Body


Catherine Patel – Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities – Chair of Governors, Contact for Governor Training, Governor for the Arts

Background – Parent with a child at Upperthong and a child now at Holmfirth High School. Primary & Adult Education and Training, with specialisms in Art, Psychology and Wellbeing. Governor since 2009. Current term of office 01.04.15 –31.03.19

Carolyn Littlewood  –  Head Teacher/Staff Governor

Responsibilities:Member of Resources Committee & Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Background – See Staff section. Governor since 2008.

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Tom Branston - Staff Governor

Responsibilities: Member of Resources Committee

Background – Teacher in Y3. Responsibility for PE as the Primary Link Teacher with the Pennine Sports Partnership based at Holmfirth High School. Member of the PPSHE curriculum team. (Physical, Personal, Social and Health Education)


Alan Roe – Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities-Enterprise Governor,Member of Resources Committee

Background – Parent a child at Upperthong and one at Holmfirth High School. Higher/Further Education Lecturer in  Employee Relations, Trade Union Education. Governor since 2012. Parent Governor Oct 2012-Oct 2016 . Co-opted Governor November 2016-November 2020

Sarah Smith – Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities - Vice-Chair of Governors, Governor for Safeguarding,Child Protection & PREVENT, Looked After Children Governor. Governor for Humanities

Member of Resources Committee and Appraisal Committee

Background – Career within HR and in-house recruitment, Governor since 2013. Current term of office ends March 2019.

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Steph Tully - Parent Governor

Responsibilities - Member of Resources Committee, Complaints committee and Pupil Premium Governor.

Background - Parent of 1 child at Upperthong.  Solicitor in the area of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.  Enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

Term of Office - Mar 2020 - Mar 2024


Kate Nussey - Associate Member

Background – Deputy Head Teacher, Year 6 Teacher, Deputy Safeguarding Lead. See Staff page.

Responsibilties: Member of Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Governor since 2014.


Steph Parker – Co-Opted                                         

Responsibilities - Member of Standards & Effectiveness Committee and Appraisal committee, Health & Safety  Governor, Governor with Responsibility for English, Language & Communication. Background - Director of marketing consultancy, enjoys outdoor time with Family. Term of office 27.10.19 - 28.10.23  

Morgan Wilson - Parent Governor 

Responsibilities - Member of The Standards and Effectiveness Committee. 

Background - Parent of 2 children at Upperthong. Owner of a local training and media production company. Enjoys family time, the outdoors and getting stuck into a project    

Governor term of office 2020 - 2024. 

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Hannah Eastwood - Parent Governor

Responsibilities - Chair of Resources Committee, Early Years Governor, eco schools award, English, Communication and language.

Background - Parent of 2 children at Upperthong.  Osteopath and practice owner in Holmfirth.  Enjoys running, reading and spending time with my family.

Term of Office - Nov 2018-Nov 2022

Sarah Durdin

Sarah Durdin - Parent Governor

Responsibilities - Member of Resources Committee and SEND Governor.

Background - Parent of 2 children at Upperthong. Manager in local government. Enjoys time with family, exercising, being creative either sewing or cooking.

Governor term of office 2019 - 2023.

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Julie Harris-Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: Chair of Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Background: Parent of a child at Upperthong. Clinical Safety Consultant who enjoys family time, beekeeping and singing. Term of Office: from  16/11/2020

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Thomas Bray - Parent Governor

Background - I’ve got a degree in electronic engineering but my work passion is for product design and technology.  I’ve owned my own architectural lighting company and now focus on smart Internet Of Things based control. Out of work I like to fix things, especially things with engines, cycling and spending time with family.  I’ve got 3 children at Upperthong School. 

Term of Office - from March 2021 - March 2025


Danni Baldwin-Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office- 29/5/18-28/5/22

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