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Meet the Governors


Terry Sigsworth

Community Governor

Hello! I first became involved with Birdsedge School through working at the out of school club, when it started up in 2002.  I really enjoyed working with the children of the school and loved that it was small enough for everyone to know and care for each other, which creates a special identity for the school and a wonderful learning environment.  I soon joined the governing body to help with the running of the school. Although I left the out of school club around 10 years ago to work on the canals, I still enjoy being on the governing body. I am educated to postgraduate level, and both my parents are retired teachers, so am well aware of how important learning is to giving children the best start in life. I have two children of my own.


Sarah Van-Haazel

Community Governor

I have been a co-opted Governor since September 2015 and also have a child in school.  I believe that Birdsedge is a lovely school that encourages children to learn and develop in a warm, caring environment.   I would like to give something back to the community, so I hope to be able to use my background in finance to help the school in any way I can.

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Mrs C Littlewood

Acting Headteacher





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Mrs Claire Thompson

Community Governor

Hello!  I have two boys currently at Birdsedge; one in class 3 and one in class 1.  I believe that our school is a very special school with a caring ethos that nurtures our children as well as challenging them to achieve their best.  I was honoured to be asked to be a governor, and hope to support our school in moving forward, facing the educational challenges that come our way. I have a keen interest in ensuring that all pupils achieve to their individual potential.  I have been a secondary school teacher for 17 years, initially as an English teacher, before specialising in autism.  I am currently the teacher-in-charge of a specialist provision for pupils with autism in Kirklees.  I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to learn within the right environment and with the best support for their individual needs.

Mr Luke Basarab-Horwath

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Phil Hanson Governor

Phil Hanson
Chair Of Governors

I joined Birdsedge First School Governing Body in 2017. I have extensive experience as a Governor, having previously served for many years for Primary and Secondary schools in the local area.  I am a retired Probation Officer by profession. In my spare time I am a very keen runner and coach with Holmfirth Harriers, and enjoy spending time with my children. 


Gaynor Leadbeater
Vice Chair of Governors

I am a headteacher at a local school and have worked in schools throughout the Holme Valley and Shelley Pyramids during the last 19 years.  As a teacher I have taught classes from Reception to Year 6 and as an outdoor specialist worked with children up to age 19 on climbing and caving activities.  I spent a period of my teacher training working in the education system in Finland.  I have one daughter who is also a keen caver.  I love dogs, unfortunately I don’t have one at present due to my work schedule.   When I left school I did not plan to become a headteacher or a Governor but being in a position that provides the opportunity for each child in your school to become the best they can be is extremely rewarding.

Sarah Rhodes
Parent Governor

As a parent of children at Birdsedge, I have an overall interest in the school. As a regular volunteer, and once a Lunchtime Supervisor, I have gained an insight into the school and its pupils. I am also an active member of the Friends of Birdsedge. Prior to having children, I was a Senior Occuptaional Therapist, responsible for assistants and junior staff. This role required good leadership skills and a strong ability to communicate well, especially when dealing with complex patient needs. I feel that my previous roles have given me a good range of skills and knowledge of the school which I can bring to the Governing Body. 

Monica Spark Governor

Monica Spark

Staff Governor

Hello my name is Monica Spark and I joined the Governing body of the school in Septemeber 2018. I am currently the Class 3 teacher and have responsibility for English ,PE and Music at the school. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges of being a teacher and feel very privileged to do such an important job with such amazing children. Outside of school, I have four children who are almost grown up and making their way in their chosen pathways. This means I have slightly more free time and feel able to represent the staff on the Governing Body and help to drive the school forwards ensuring the needs of the children hold  centre stage.

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Sarah Greene
Parent Governor

My name is Sarah Greene, and became a Parent Governor in September 2018. I have worked in education for many years, and also served as staff Governor at the school where I currently work. I have particular experience in Safeguarding, Child Protection and Children with Behavioural issues.  I have one child at Birdsedge, but have had 5 children throughout the school during the last 17 years. I am a play worker at the Out of School Club and fell well placed to represent parents because of my knowledge and experience.

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