The role of the Local Governing Body (LGB) is “to ensure that the standards of attainment and achievement by the pupils of the Academy are high and maintained at the highest possible level”

(Focus Trust: Governance Handbook)

A Message from the Chair of Governors

I feel extremely honoured to be Chair of Governors of Birstall Primary, because I am part of a team of committed people – Parent Governors, Trust Governors and Staff Governors – who are contributing to the Academy’s continuing success story.

The LGB meets regularly to learn about what has been happening within the Academy. We hear from Mrs Hannam and the Senior Leadership Team who provide us with the information we need to be able to ask questions and challenge them about standards of attainment, pupil progress, safeguarding, pupil and staff wellbeing, budgeting, etc.  We hear from the staff who show us examples of how they are bringing the curriculum to life in their classrooms.  We also hear from the children themselves, through the Junior Leadership Team and members of the Pupil Parliament, who tell us about projects they have been working on.

Throughout the year we meet with staff and pupils to discuss how the Academy is progressing toward its improvement goals.

As I write this, I have just discovered that the Academy has achieved the Silver Award for SMSC, to go along with its silver awards in Primary Science and School Games.  Birstall Primary Academy is proud of its GOOD Ofsted rating and is always looking for ways to be even better and to give its pupils the best possible education.

Anne Pugh
Chair of Governors


Chair of local governing body
Name   Appointed by From To
Ms Anne Pugh Appointed by GB/board 01/09/2019 31/08/2020


Local governors
Name Appointed by From To
Mrs Nadia Sweryt-Hannam Appointed by foundation/Trust 05/03/2013 01/04/2020
Mr Richard Black Appointed by foundation/Trust 16/10/2014 16/10/2022
Mrs Michelle Cowen Appointed by GB/board 23/05/2016 22/05/2020
Mrs Jayde Weir Elected by school staff 12/12/2016 12/12/2020
Mr Dan Spencer Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Miss Caroline Harms Appointed by GB/board 07/10/2019 07/10/2023
Mrs Natallie Shuttleworth Appointed by GB/board 07/10/2019 07/10/2023
Mrs Shirin Jogi Appointed by foundation/Trust 07/10/2019 07/10/2023

Focus-Trust Governance Disclosure 2018 19

Governor Roles and Responsibilities can be found here:

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