Holy Trinity had been open for 6 months when I became a governor and I was elected as Chair in 2019. I grew up in Athersley (North and South) I still live locally. From personal experience I know what opportunities a good education can bring and I want every child at Holy Trinity to reach their potential.
My working life has been spent in the NHS as a qualified nurse and in managerial roles, working initially in Barnsley General Hospital and in the community. In my NHS roles I have worked closely with children’s and adults social services. I know that pupils with better health and wellbeing are more likely to achieve better academically. The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn. That’s why all the staff and Governors at Holy Trinity fully support the Holy Trinity Mission Statement.
Hallam Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor for Hallam Diocese. I live in Barnsley and worship at Holy Rood church in the centre of town. My whole career has been in Catholic Education; I was a teacher in the Primary Sector for 37 years, 17 of which was as the Head teacher of a Primary school in Sheffield, until my retirement in 2016. I am married and have two children, who are both now married and have their own children. Excellence in education is vital for the future of our children and young people, coupled with my Catholic beliefs and experience, I endeavour to support Holy Trinity in its mission to deliver this to the students in our care.
Leeds Foundation Governor
I have been a school Governor for 26 years, initially as a parent Governor then as a foundation governor at Holy Cross Deanery Primary. I was a member of the temporary governing body, involved with the building of the new school which became Holy Trinity as Holy Cross was one of the primary schools to become part of the new school. It was a privilege to be involved with the development of the school from its inception. I have worked as a Civil Servant for 46 years and worship at St. Helen’s Athersley.
Leeds Foundation Governor
I have been a governor at Holy Trinity since 2013, firstly as a parent governor and then as a foundation governor for the Diocese of Leeds. I am an Assistant Principal at an alternative provision academy in Doncaster where I am responsible for Key Stage 4 students, safeguarding and whole school mental health and wellbeing. I hold a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning. I am the chair of the teaching and learning committee at Holy Trinity and the link governor for Safeguarding and attendance.
Father Brian Bell
Leeds Foundation Governor
To introduce myself, I am Father Brian Bell, Vicar of Saint Paul’s Monk Bretton And a foundation governor at the Holy Trinity. As a former teacher myself, it’s a privilege to be able to continue serving the world of education, albeit in a different capacity, and I’m always impressed, as a governor, by the levels of commitment and enthusiasm of the teachers, staff and pupils. I feel very fortunate to be serving in an academy where the distinctively Christian ethos really does make a difference to the learning environment and outlook of the pupils. As a model of shared denominational oversight, the academy has a huge amount to offer in respect of ecumenical practice.
The Governing Body itself benefits from a diversity of membership, which brings with it a range of skills, all of which can be used creatively to support the ongoing life and work of the school. Key decisions involving education, finance, buildings and staffing are made in cooperation with the Headteacher, and we have both the responsibility and privilege of ensuring high standards are maintained and developed. I would, however, see as absolutely crucial to our role as governors a striving to ensure that each and every child in the school reaches his or her fullest potential, academically, spiritually and generally as a young person.
I have been a Parent governor at Holy Trinity since May 2019, I am a mum of two girls both, one in the Foundation stage and the other in Primary. I have worked for the NHS for the past 15 years, working for a Mental Health Trust and my current role is with NHS Blood and Transplant. As part of my role I want to represent the parents and ensure that our children have the best education, opportunities and experiences that they deserve whilst at Holy Trinity. I hope to build and strengthen the relationships between the school and the parents. The Ethos of the school is to ensure that positive relationships between pupils, staff, and parents form the basis of a successful and happy experience for all members of our school community, I would like to encourage this with parents.
My name is Mel Watkin I am the mother of two children who attended holy trinity, my eldest is in secondary and my youngest primary phase. I was recently elected as the new parent governor and I look forward to working with both school staff and parents. I am a qualified school nurse and my biggest passion is supporting young people and children holistically ensuring that they are able to reach their full potential. I believe my passion for working with young people will set me in good stead to fulfil my governor role and I look forward to building strong therapeutic relationships with all involved.
I have been the Archdeacon of Pontefract since 2008. Before coming to this post I was in parochial ministry for 28 years serving in the Diocese of Manchester in Ashton-under-Lyne, Oldham and Stretford and then in the Diocese of St Edmunds Bury and Ipswich serving as the Vicar of St Mary-le-Tower, the Civic Church of Ipswich. I am married to Moira, who is a Teaching Assistant and German specialist, and I have three adult sons. I have active interest in schools and believe that church schools should be models of Christian community, supporting the staff and wanting nothing less than the very best for the pupils and ensuring that they thrive and flourish.
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