Savile Park Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan










Norman Barton – Chair of Governors

Terms of Office – 28.06.15 – 27.06.19

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.

Ken Robertshaw – Vice 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. 

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.

Steve Archer

Terms of Office – 07.11.17 – 06.11.21

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.

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.

Debbie Pettiford – 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 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.

Janet Patchett

Terms of Office – 01.10.15 – 30.09.19

No Additional Business Interests

Following a long career in a banking environment, I have had the best job as a Teaching Assistant for the past 5 years in such a positive and caring school. I have experience in working 1:1 with various children, SEN, HI and children with little or no English. In my other role as Midday Supervisor I am hit with challenges on a daily basis but am caring, show concern and understanding. My roles are very challenging
but rewarding. I have been a Governor for over 2 years ensuring children are all happy, safe and secure as this is an important part of their education. After a long week I enjoy spending time with my ever expanding family and eating out with my husband.

Attendance record September 2018 – July 2019

Attendance record September 2017 – July 2018

Attendance record September 2016 – July 2017

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.







KS1 Dress Rehearsal at Heath
Dec 17 @ 10:30 am
KS1 Nativity Performance
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
KS1 Nativity Performance at Heath
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Classroom Christmas Parties
Dec 20 @ 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm