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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.

C Thompson

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. 

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.

S Greene

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 felt well placed to represent parents because of my knowledge and experience.

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