Savile Park Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan


Click on the links below governors attendance;



Head of Governors








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.

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

School Data Protection Officer

Terms of Office – 15.11.16 – 14.11.24

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.

Ajmera Haq – Co-opted Governor

Terms of Office – 14.07.16 – 13.07.24

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.

Lauren Heptinstall – Staff Governor

Terms of Office – 21.11.19 – 20.11.23

No Additional Business Interests

Lauren has worked at Savile Park as a class teacher since 2017, she joined as an NQT and has worked across both sites. Recently, she qualified as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator and is working with the team to support children across school. She wants to ensure that children reach their full potential and feel safe and happy while at school. As well as this, her role as a teacher, means that she has the issue of staff well-being very much at heart. She aspires to be an asset to the school, dedicating her time to be a proactive and effective staff governor. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys arts and crafts she makes a variety of different things, from designing and making greetings cards to sewing.

Rukhsana Maqsud – Parent Governor

Terms of Office – Dec 2021- Dec 2024

No Additional Business Interests

I have lived my whole life in Halifax and pride myself on my Yorkshire heritage. I studied my History degree at Huddersfield where I also completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I have always had a passion for History and could only envisage teaching as a profession.  I love my work and definitely understand the impact a good teacher can have on the lives of children.  My students nominated me for the Examiner Yorkshire and Humber teacher of the year award in 2014 where I was a runner up, which reflected their belief in me as I was also their Progress Leader. A quotation from a student reflects my expectations of myself and my students ‘She works really hard for us so we can achieve well’.

As soon my son started to attend Savile Park I knew I wanted to be as involved in his education as I could and my Parent governor role has allowed me to achieve this.  I believe my experience brings positive and strategic points to the governing body. 

In my spare time I enjoy travelling around England as well as other countries.  Our family enjoys the cultural experiences of different countries trying different foods and enjoying how people around the world live.  I have personally recently discovered walking instead of going to the gym as many people have and I am loving the physical and mental benefits walking brings.

Mrs Saleha Hollingsworth – Co-opted Governor

Terms of Office – Feb 2021 – Feb 2023

No Additional Business Interests

Ms Rabab Riaz Co-Opted Governor

Terms of Office – Nov 2021 – Nov 2025

No Additional Business Interests

Natalie Booth – parent governor

Former Governors 

Mr Mohammed Ikhlak – Parent Governor

Terms of Office – Dec 2021- Dec 2024

No Additional Business Interests

Ken Robertshaw –  Chair of Governors

Terms of Office – 09.12.15 – 08.12.23

Additional Business Interests – Disposal of confidential school waste









Penny Hutchinson

Terms of Office – 12.11.18– June 2019 (Resigned)









Steve Archer

Terms of Office – 07.11.17 – 06.01.20(Resigned)









Janet Patchett(Resigned)

Janet was a staff governor.

Amy McGarry – Parent Governor

Terms of Office – 15.11.16 – 07/09/2020 Resigned






Jayne Edwards – Co-opted Governor

Terms of Office – 21.04.16 – 01.09.20

Asima Akhtar – Parent Governor

Terms of Office – 15.11.16 – 14.11.20

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.