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Meet the Governing Body


Catherine Patel – Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities – Chair of Governors, Contact for Governor Training, Governor for the Arts

Background – Parent with a child at Upperthong and a child now at Holmfirth High School. Primary & Adult Education and Training, with specialisms in Art, Psychology and Wellbeing. Governor since 2009. Current term of office 01.04.15 –31.03.19

Carolyn Littlewood  –  Head Teacher/Staff Governor

Responsibilities:Member of Resources Committee & Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Background – See Staff section. Governor since 2008.

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Tom Branston - Staff Governor

Responsibilities: Member of Resources Committee

Background – Teacher in Y3. Responsibility for PE as the Primary Link Teacher with the Pennine Sports Partnership based at Holmfirth High School. Member of the PPSHE curriculum team. (Physical, Personal, Social and Health Education)


Alan Roe – Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities-Enterprise Governor,Member of Resources Committee

Background – Parent a child at Upperthong and one at Holmfirth High School. Higher/Further Education Lecturer in  Employee Relations, Trade Union Education. Governor since 2012. Parent Governor Oct 2012-Oct 2016 . Co-opted Governor November 2016-November 2020

Sarah Smith – Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities - Vice-Chair of Governors, Governor for Safeguarding,Child Protection & PREVENT, Looked After Children Governor. Governor for Humanities

Member of Resources Committee and Appraisal Committee

Background – Career within HR and in-house recruitment, Governor since 2013. Current term of office ends March 2019.


Kate Piatt - Associate Member

Background – Deputy Head Teacher, Year 6 Teacher, Deputy Safeguarding Lead. See Staff page.

Responsibilties: Member of Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Governor since 2014.


Steph Parker – Parent Governor                                          

Responsibilities - Member of Standards & Effectiveness Committee & Appraisal ommittee, Early Years Governor, Governor with Responsibility for English, Language &Communication. Background - Director of exhibitions and publishing company, enjoys outdoor time with Family. Parent with a child at Upperthong. Term of office 27.10.15 - 26.10.19

Andrew Hogley – Parent Governor

Background – a Financial Analyst who also enjoys cycling, gardening and rowing.

Responsibilities- Member of Standards & Effectiveness Committee, Governor for Special Needs & Equality, Governor for Maths and Science

Also Governor at Netherthong Primary School. Parent with children at Upperthong.

Governor here since 2016. Term of office 24.02.16 – 23.02.20


Charles King-Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilties: Member of Standards & Effeciveness Committee


Liz Bramley-Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities: Member of Resources Committee Governor from Ocotber 2016 until         October  2020

Background: I have lived in Upperthong  for over 20 years and have 2 children who have     been pupils at Upperthong School and loved it. It is therefore lovely for me to be part of         the school again! I have spent over 30 years working with adults and young people In the     criminal justice system, and am a qualified adult trainer and coach, with plenty of experience  of safeguarding children. I look forward to using my experiences  in  the governor setting.


Andrew Ashton-Parent Governor

Responsibilities - Member of Resources Committee, Governor For Pupil Premium.

Background - Parent of a child at Upperthong. Director of a graphic and web design consultancy. Enjoys family, mountain biking, design and more. Term of Office 1/12/17-30/11/21

Julie Harris-Parent Governor

Responsibilities: TBC

Background: Parent of a child at Upperthong. Clinical Safety Consultant who enjoys family time, beekeeping and singing. Parent Governor Term of Office 15/11/2016 to 14/11/2020.

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Danni Baldwin-Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office- 29/5/18-28/5/22

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