Governors are the largest volunteer force in the county and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

The Governing Body

We are fortunate to have an active and committed group of Governors who meet regularly to monitor and discuss the direction of school improvement. One third of the Governing Body is made up of parent governors meaning all parents in school have the opportunity to stand for election as parent governors as and when a vacancy arises and to take part in the voting process. The minutes of every governing body meeting are always available to read in the Governing Body Meeting Minutes file just outside the school office.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Andrew Rabbitt who may be contacted via the school office or at

Governors are responsible for setting the school’s policies, monitoring and evaluating the school’s performance, ensuring accountability, approving the budget, and making the key decisions that guide the running of the school. They work closely with the Head Teacher.

Some key areas are outside of the Governors’ remit such as the admission of pupils to the school which is controlled by Bradford Council.

The Governance of the school is split up into committees which have specific remits in the management of the school. Over time, Governors often take up different roles and learn more about the school and contribute in different ways. The committees cover Curriculum, Personnel, Finance and School Improvement.

A Governor is often referred to as a “critical friend”, offering support to the staff and Head teacher whilst aiming for continuous improvement.

Please note that the minutes from Governors’ meetings are located in a file at the school office.

Chair of Governors (Parent Governor) Mr A Rabbitt
Vice Chair/LA Governor Mr H Lorimer
Clerk to Governors Mrs H Osman
Parent Governors Mr P Craggs
Mr D Burke
Mrs S Healey


Co-opted Governors Mrs S Kennedy
Mrs J Smith
Mr D Bruce
Rev P Willox
Headteacher Mr G Hartford
Staff Governors Mrs C Stephenson


All governors can be contacted via the school office.

Find out more about our Governors here.

To contact the governors either write to the Chair of Governors, Care Of Ben Rhydding Primary School or email Your email will be forwarded to the Chair of Governors to deal with

School Governor Person Specification

School Governor Role Profile

Governor Recruitment

Parent Governor Election Forms

Register of Governor Interests

Register of attendance 2015-16

Register of attendance 2016-17

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