Savile Park Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan


Ken Robertshaw –  Chair of Governors

Terms of Office – 09.12.15 – 08.12.19

Additional Business Interests – Disposal of confidential school waste

Ken is a native of Halifax and was a Police Officer in town for the majority of his service. He joined the governing body in 2010 and is the current Vice Chairman. He is the lead governor for Personnel and has been involved in the recruitment of many of the current staff.
Ken is a member of the Rotary Club and is heavily involved in the education side of their programmes. He likes to travel and meet people and is a keen motorcyclist. He also has a lifelong passion for exploration and outdoor activities. He is especially keen on children getting the best out of their school years as they can and strives to ensure that the school is the best it can be. 

Debbie Pettiford –  Vice Chair of Governors    (Co-opted Governor) 

School Data Protection Officer

Terms of Office – 15.11.16 – 14.11.20

No Additional Business Interests

Debbie joined the board of governors in September 2017 when her son, Raees, joined Savile Park (Heath Site). She was co-opted to the board of governors due to her legal background having practised as a solicitor for six years. She currently works in Higher Education running the distance learning Graduate Diploma in Law for a private university. Debbie was interested in becoming a governor as she wanted to ensure that she was as involved with Raees’ school as much as possible. Being a governor has allowed her to be involved with the way in which the school is run and to assist with the board in support and challenging the Head and the staff at Savile Park in order to ensure that it continues to be an excellent place for our children to learn. In her spare time, Debbie coaches All Stars Cricket in the summer at Copley Cricket Club. She also enjoys going to the gym, playing squash and tennis, travelling, food and listening to music.








Norman Barton – LA Governor

Terms of Office – 27.06.19 – 27.06.23

No Additional Business Interests

Norman trained as an auditor in London and as a management trainee with an international travel company before becoming a secondary school teacher. He spent more than 30 years working in education as a teacher, headteacher, inspector and advisor. Norman has been a governor at Savile Park since 2007 and loves every minute.

Ajmera Haq – Co-opted Governor

Terms of Office – 14.07.16 – 13.07.20

No Additional Business Interests

Ajmera was born and bred in Halifax! She joined the board of governors in July 2016. She has a daughter who started at Savile Park in 2014.
Ajmera has worked for a major bank all her adult life doing a variety of roles. She has been a Lead Project Manager for over 10 years and has gained a number of skills including managing a large budget, managing colleagues including dealing with Personnel issues and leading a project from start to finish. She has had to deal with a number of risks and issues and ensuring these are managed to conclusion. She wanted to become a school governor as felt her skills would be valuable in such a role and she is passionate about giving back to the local community. In her spare time, Ajmera enjoys working on a variety of arts & crafts as well as exercising.

Asima Akhtar – Parent Governor

Terms of Office – 15.11.16 – 14.11.20

No Additional Business Interests

I am a primary school teacher and have a passion for teaching and learning. As a parent governor I envisage a positive parent /school link as well as supporting staff and the school to move from strength to strength. My hobbies include baking cakes for family and friends. I also enjoy exploring the outdoors with my children.

Jayne Edwards

Terms of Office – 21.04.16 – 20.04.20

No Additional Business Interests

Jayne is a staff governor here at Savile Park. She has worked at Savile Park for 9 years across school. Jayne is one of our Assistant Headteachers and Special Educational Needs Coordinators. She currently teaches in Year 6.

Amy McGarry – Parent Governor

Terms of Office – 15.11.16 – 14.11.20

No Additional Business Interests

Amy became a governor in November 2016 after being a successful candidate in the parent governor election. She is mum to two boys currently in key stage 1 and 2 at the school. Amy is a part time environmental health officer specialising in food safety, infection control, health and safety and animal welfare. She has been doing this for nearly 14 years. She wanted to become a school governor because she wanted to work more closely with the wonderful staff and governors at our outstanding school and she strongly believes that parents/carers have an important role in our children’s education. The school moto of ‘Nurturing a love for learning, life and one another’ resonates strongly with her.

Former Governors 

Penny Hutchinson

Terms of Office – 12.11.18– June 2019 (Resigned)

No Additional Business Interests

Penny was born in Nairobi, Kenya and moved to the UK in her mid teens, she worked for a major UK Bank until she retired last year.  Her last role in the Bank was IT Director for Change.  Penny’s role entailed a great deal of travel, management of large financial budgets, leadership of people, process and technology change, which required detailed risk management and adherence at all times to  stringent financial regulation.

Penny is a member of the Rotary Club and sits on the Youth Committee.   In addition she is occupied with delivering leadership and management coaching / training.   Penny has two children, one in secondary education and one studying at York University.

Penny is keen to use her time to help make the experience for school children as beneficial from all aspects as it can be.

Steve Archer

Terms of Office – 07.11.17 – 06.01.20(Resigned)

No Additional Business Interests

All Steve’s working life has been in education in Leicestershire, Shropshire, Suffolk, Cambridge, Bradford and Calderdale. He retired from his second middle school headship in the Bradford area over 25 years ago but carried on working in the classroom in 2005 mainly supporting and teaching English. For the last 12 years he has been in adult education, teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) with adults from all over the world. Steve has been involved in Savile Park Primary School for the last 10 years, both as a group teacher and as a governor. He loves working with both children and Adults.

Janet Patchett(Resigned)

Janet was a staff governor.




Governor Attendance Record September 2019- July 2020

Governor attendance record 18-19

Attendance record September 2017 – July 2018


Governor Newsletter – Feb 2019

Governors Newsletter March 2018

The Role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors main three roles include:

Strategic – The governing body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.
Critical Friend – A governing body should work with the Headteacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges face in managing a school.
Accountability – A school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The governing body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the learners. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school. The governing body is answerable to parents, the wider community and the local authority.
School governors are drawn from different parts of the community. This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category “represent” that group on the governing body. The different categories of governor are as follows:

Parent governors

Elected by parents to serve on the Governing Body

Staff governors

To include the Head Teacher if they wish to be a governor. Remaining staff (both teaching and non-teaching are represented) governors are elected by other members of staff at the school via elections.

Authority governors

Local Education Authority ( LEA ) governors are appointed by the LA . LAs can appoint any eligible person as a LEA governor.

Co-opted governors

Appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests. They can be persons who live or work in the community served by the school, or persons who do not work or live close by, but are committed to the good governance and success of the school.