The Governing Body is made up of individuals who are representative of different sections of the academy and the local community. Some are elected by parents and staff while the rest are appointed by the Trust; their term of office lasts for 4 years, after which they will need to be re-appointed if they wish to continue being a Governor. The Board of Governors works with the principal to secure the delivery of education in the school suitable to the needs, ages and abilities of the pupils. Becoming a governor is a way of contributing to your local school and learning new skills.

Who can become a school governor?

An outstanding Governing Body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school or academy. OFSTED (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools clearly demonstrate effective leadership and management, of which Governance is a vital part.

As a Governing Body we are continually looking out for individuals who are committed to seeing Christ Church Upper Armley CE Primary continue to improve so that our children gain the necessary skills they need to be able to make aspirational choices in the future. We need people who are able to look at our academy strategically, who are able to support the leadership but also provide appropriate challenge. Our purpose is always to help the academy improve its performance, and therefore improve outcomes for the children in our community.

In particular, we are looking for individuals who can provide an important link with the local community, as well as having business and management skills and experience. You do not need to be an expert in education, but someone who is not afraid to consider issues and ask questions that will challenge and hold the academy leadership to account.

In turn, we hope that becoming a Governor will enable you to strengthen existing skills and develop new ones, as well as providing an opportunity to contribute positively to the children and families in our local community.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, and would like to know more, please contact one of the people listed below:

Mrs Helen Pratten - Executive Principal                                                                  
0113 2757877

Who we are

Peter Laurence (Chair of Governors)

Trust-appointed Governor

Term of Office: 17 October 2018 – 16 October 2022

Contact Address: Mr Peter Laurence, Chair of Governors, Christ Church Upper Armley CE Primary School, Theaker Lane, Leeds, LS12 3NU

Emma Crossley

Trust-appointed Governor          

Term of Office:23 April 2020 – 22 April 2024

Helen Pratten    

Trust-appointed Governor/CEO Executive Principal (Primary)

Term of Office:01 September 2018 – 31 August 2022

Philip Arnold      

Ex officio Governor (Incumbent)

Term of Office:10 November 2020 – N/A

Sam Collier          

Ex officio Governor (Head of School)

Term of Office:01 September 2018 – N/A

Sarah Coltman

Trust-appointed Governor

Term of Office:12 February 2020 – 11 February 2024

Sue Furniss

Trust-appointed Governor

Term of Office:19 February 2021 – 18 February 2025