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Primary School

Meet the Governors                                                                  




Andrew Hogley


I have been a governor at Netherthong Primary school since 2013 and in 2016 also became a parent governor at Upperthong. The role takes time but it is also hugely rewarding.

As a group we have a wide range of skills but by working together we are able to pool our experience to both support and challenge the school's leadership team.

We all want the best for all the children in the school and I believe our contribution makes a real difference.


Gary Keighley

Vice Chair

I wanted to become a governor to make a positive contribution to the school and the community and have been fortunate enough to become a member of the team.

It is vitally important that the Governor team is a critical friend to the School Leadership Team to ensure the children receive the best education possible in a safe and fun environment and that is what is at the heart of Governorship. I feel really proud to bea  member of the team and take great satisfaction in the knowledge that I am positively contributing to the children's success.

Karen Flynn

I was elected as Parent Governor around 15 months ago when my daughter had just started in reception. I wanted to be involved in school life and particularly in steering the direction of the school and ensuring high standards were continually strived for.  It has been a steep learning curve as I had no background in education, but it has really given me such an insight into how schools are run and managed and the constant work that goes on in the background.

My role as a Governor has given me an understanding of how children are assessed and monitored both internally and at a national level and has given me opportunity to be involved in various committees and panels giving me some very transferable skills.


Di Kaye

 My husband and I have lived the Holme Valley for over 30 years; we have three sons and one daughter.  My varied hobbies include swimming, and I still teach swimming part time within Kirklees.


Good education in vital for every child, enabling them to achieve their full potential, and I feel very privileged to be part of the Netherthong School community, serving on the governing body.


Emma Spragg

It is a privilege to be part of the Netherthong governing body, and having been a parent here since 2013, I want to be able to contribute back to the school and provide assistance wherever possible.


I am a corporate solicitor by profession, and feel that my skills and knowledge will benefit the governing board.


I am determined to support Netherthong Primary in any way I can, for its future, and the future of our children


Claire Helm

 It has been a pleasure to be part of the Netherthong Primary School community for the last seven years and in that time I have loved helping out in school and playing an active part in Reading Friends and Parent Voice. It has been a privilege to share the fantastic commitment and dedication to our children and I was so proud to be invited to join the governing body.

 Experiencing the hard work and enthusiasm that the Governing body displays for each and every member of the Netherthong school community has been really inspiring. Being able to make a difference is very rewarding and I hope to be able to do this, especially for those children with additional needs.

I would encourage anybody who is interested in joining to find out more about becoming a part of this great team.


Chris Wood

I completed a BEd. at The College of Ripon and St John. My course was Education and Professional Studies, with American Studies as a subsidiary subject.

I started my teaching career in a large primary school in Stapleford, just outside Nottingham. Three years later, I relocated to Edinburgh due to my husband’s job and began working for Mothercare as a store manager.

After approximately 4 years at Kirkroyds, I became Deputy Head at Shelley First School and then 3 years later became Head Teacher at Kirkroyds in September 2002!

In January 2013, Kirkroyds federated with Wooldale Junior School and I became Head Teacher of both schools. In April 2019, I will be retiring and I am looking forward to becoming involved in a set of new ventures!

In my spare time, I enjoy walking my greyhound, reading and holidaying in France.

Alyson Lindley

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve on the governing body during the last few years. I am proud and happy to work as a member of staff at Netherthong, and within my various roles, feel to be part of the team in all areas.

I work with teachers, support staff, parents and of course the children. Being a governor enhances my knowledge of how the school works which I find interesting, and likewise I am able to contribute knowledge of day to day life, systems and procedures in school within the governor's meetings. I always work with enthusiasm and in the best interests of pupils, staff and governors.

Emma Barker

Being part of the governing body is both a privilege and insightful.

As staff governor, I am able to communicate and celebrate all the amazing learning and enrichment opportunities that happen in school. I feel well-supported and encouraged by our other knowledgeable governors who take a genuine interest in what happens in our school - both now and in the future. This is a very proactive, welcoming governing body which offers challenge and assistance to staff in equal measure.

Beth Cooper

Netherthong Primary school is a special place for me.  I attended this school as a child and have been doing the school run with my own children since 2005.  I have been involved with the PTA for many years and acted as PTA chair for three. During this time I helped to set up our school library and for the past four years I have volunteered as school librarian every Wednesday.  I have also been part of the Reading Friends scheme for many years and have seen first hand the effectiveness of one to one reading with children.

I love being in school and working with the staff and children and I'm excited to start this new role as a governor.  I know I have lots to learn and I'm looking forward to new challenges