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  Meet the Governors

Joanne Poole

My name is Joanne Poole, I am the Headteacher of Home Farm Primary School and also a member of the Governing Body. As Headteacher I advise the other governors about the day to day work of the school. This helps the governors make important decisions about the curriculum we offer, the way we allocate spending, which staff we appoint and other strategic decisions for which the Governing Body are responsible.

Colin Fieldhouse

My name is Colin Fieldhouse and I am the Chair of Governors at Home Farm Primary School, having joined in December 2016. In addition to being Chair, I serve on the curriculum and resources committees. I live locally and have 2 children at Home Farm, both of whom are thoroughly enjoying their time here. Away from school, I'm a former primary school teacher now working at a primary computing company. I am enthusiastic about creating the best possible environment for the children who attend Home Farm and the staff who work there, and I am enjoying collaborating with the governing body and staff as we work to achieve that goal.

Tracy Isherwood

My name is Tracy Isherwood and I am the Clerk to Governors at Home Farm Primary School, I am employed by the School Governor Service and I work with the Governors to help the school continue to be the good school it is. 

About 20 years ago I was a member of support staff at the school and both my children who are now adults went here, we all have fond memories of our time at Home Farm. 

I am looking forward to working with the Governors and the school staff and hearing about the success of the children during their learning journey. 

Kat Halpin

My name is Kat Halpin. I have worked at Home Farm Primary since it opened in 2006. I started at Home Farm as an NQT and I'm now Assistant Head. During my time at Home Farm, I have taught across the school from Reception to KS2 and have been the school's SENDCo since 2014.

Karina Walker

My name is Karina Walker. I started at Home Farm as an NQT 6 years ago and have taught from Reception all the way through to UKS2, I am currently teaching in Year 6. I am currently the History Coordinator at Home Farm as well as the school’s Curriculum Lead. I support the SENDco with our wellbeing and mental health initiative as well as taking a lead with Pupil Voice.

Louise Hurley

My name is Louise Hurley and I am the Local Authority Governor at Home Farm, I also serve on the Resources Committee. My little boy also attends Home Farm Primary.

I currently work as a School Business Manager in a Primary School and have 17 years experience of working in primary education. Over the years I have served on other Governing Bodies. As a school governor I am keen to make sure that all pupils have a positive experience and achieve their full potential. I am excited to be part of the Home Farm family involved in key decision making to ensure that all stakeholders grow and flourish.

Claire Seavers

My name is Claire Seavers and I am a SEND Governor at Home Farm Primary School.  I am committed to ensuring the ongoing success of learners that need extra support and I am eager to ensure every child is seen for whom they are – an individual.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

I am dedicated to supporting the school to make certain that no student is denied opportunity, treated less favourably or left behind because they have extra support needs.

I have a background in teaching with well over 10 year’s experience.  The majority of that experience has been in the Early Years, but I have taught across the whole of primary at one time or another.  As a teacher, and as a parent to 5 year old twins, I understand the importance of ensuring our children’s educational experience is a positive one - the well being of our young people is paramount!  I am happy to challenge things that don’t feel right and I am delighted to have this opportunity to work and support Home Farm Primary School as they continue along their journey of success!

Carolyn Jowett

I am a retired teacher who lives locally. I volunteer at University of Bradford, as a Friend of Westwood Park, a Friend of  Littlemoor Park and the children and community coordinator at Queensbury Life Church. 

Chantelle Dunbar

My name is Chantelle Dunbar and I became one of the Parent Governors at Home Farm Primary at the end of 2020. Seeing the way the staff run the school and the way they handled the initial lockdown made me want to be involved more within the school.

I have 3 children, 2 of which still attend Home Farm. Having been part of the Home Farm community for almost 10 years, I believe I’ve seen and been involved with lots at this school, for me to be able to fulfil the role to the best of my ability.

Having just completed my SEND and Psychology Diplomas. I have a lot of interest within these areas at Home Farm, however I’m looking forward to getting to know all aspects of the schools running.

I’m excited to be apart of the team and seeing where Home Farm goes in years to come.


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