Horsforth Newlaithes

Primary School

At Newlaithes, we have a team of 14 Governors who work closely with the Head Teacher and the senior leadership team to drive excellence in the achievements of all children. As a school that has family and community values at it’s heart, we welcome parents and carers as part of the Newlaithes ethos and strive to lay strong foundations for the children, ensuring that they are given the necessary skills and confidence that will stay with them, not only during their education, but for their life. Through positive challenge and encouragement, the governing body supports the strategy of the school to provide confident leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. Our three core functions are to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; hold executive leaders to account for educational performance of the school and performance management of the staff; oversee the financial performance of the organisation, reduce waste and ensure money is spent appropriately.

We are fortunate to have a wide variety of parent, teacher and co-opted governors all of whom are professionals in their own field, naturally bringing an incredible mix of skills and experience to the governance table. If you would like to find out more about the governing body at Newlaithes, then please ask to make contact via the school office.


Mrs H Pemberton

Chair of Governors

List of Governors

Mrs H Pemberton (Chair)
Mrs J Blacoe (Headteacher)
Mr A Rowney (Associate)
Dr M Simpson
Mr P Carney
Mrs J Atcheson (Staff)
Mrs C Ellis
Mrs B Seth (Associate)
Mrs H Hart
Ms K Downes
Mr C Johnson
Mrs H Black
Miss M Hughes

“Governors are strong ambassadors for the school…and bring a wealth of skills…They have a good understanding of the school’s academic and social priorities."

"The school has built successfully on previous good practice…There is no complacency here, just the ambition of all staff to ensure that the school continues to improve."