Barbara Cunningham - Chair of Governors
I am Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Moor End Academy and was a staff Governor there for 8 years. I previously worked in the Civil Service for a number of years before taking a career break to take care of my children.
I left school at 16 but have continued to engage in education throughout my life, taking a number of day-time and night-time courses, leading to being awarded a degree in Politics with History in 2003. I am currently learning how to play a guitar – but I won’t be performing in public anytime soon!
I am married with 3 grown-up sons and a granddaughter. I enjoy playing badminton, reading, listening to and playing music and supporting Newcastle United.
Jonny Mitchell - Vice Chair of Governors
I have worked in education for over 16 years, having started my career teaching modern foreign languages following a 4-year stint in Paris working as a translator for a multi-national accountancy company.
I have significant experience of school leadership as an Assistant Head and Deputy Head, as well as in the role of Headteacher at Thornhill Community Academy and in my current role as Principal of the Cooperative Academy of Leeds. In these roles, I work closely with Governors and Trust Boards to ensure high standards of education.
I also bring 5-years' experience as variously Parent and Local Authority Governor for a primary school in Pontefract, a role relinquished five years ago.
I was born and bred in Dewsbury, a mere stone's throw from the Academy, and still live in the town. I am keen to ensure Orchard has all the support and challenge required of Governors to raise standards for your children and prepare them for secondary school with the best education possible.
Susan Palmer - Principal
I was a Headteacher in Kirklees for over 5 years before joining Orchard Primary Academy as Principal. I have been in teaching for 18 years, having trained as a primary teacher.
I completed a BA (Hons) in English Studies at the University of Huddersfield and went on to train as a teacher, completing my PGCE at the University of Leeds.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my own family, reading and watching motorbike racing.
Roz Batley - Member Governor
I have many years of experience of school leadership, with particular emphasis on finance and business management in the secondary sector. I have had experience of Academy conversion, and is designated as a Specialist Leader of Education. I have had extensive experience of working on Governing Bodies in both the primary and secondary education. I have been a member of a primary Governing Body for 19 years and held the role of Chair there for over 10 years.
Jenny Moffatt - Parent Governor
I am orginially from Bristol and moved to Yorkshire 16 years ago to study a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern. I liked it so much I decided to stay.
I have lived in Chickenley for 7 years and my daughter attends Orchard Primary Academy.
I have had various jobs, but for the last 10 years I have worked in a children's centre for Leeds City Council looking after 2 to 4 year olds.
In my spare time, I enjoy all types of crafts, especially crocheting.
VACANCY - Parent Governor
A current vacancy exists for a parent governor in our school. If you are interested in applying please contact our Principal -Mrs Susan Palmer for more information.
Danielle Fisher - Staff Governor
I started volunteering at Chickenley Community School when I was just 18 years old. I have been with the school for the last 6 years, starting as a casual staff member, then becoming a support staff member, and then as a cover supervisor for 2 years. I completed HLTA training during this period and was successful in gaining my current position of Inclusion Manager in November 2014.
Being a Staff Governor is the next step in my career. I am very passionate about all of the children within Orchard Primary Academy being able to reach their full potential.
Before coming to the school, I completed a childcare course and A Levels in Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy.
Outside of school, I enjoy watching rugby, swimming and visiting friends and family.