Governors

The PRU Management Committee (Governors) monitors procedures and standards within the unit.  Calderdale PRU Management Committee is represented by members from the Local Authority, Staff, Parents and the Community.

Clerk to the Management Committee: Mrs Carol Carpenter

Email: carol.carpenter@pru.calderdale.sch.uk

Membership

Mr Phillip Hannah Staff
Mr Garry Best Staff
Ms Heidi Wilson Local Authority
Cllr John Ford Local Authority
Ms Carol Stone Local Authority
VACANT Local Authority
Ms Liz Broadley Community
Rev John Hellewell Community 
Ms Danielle Worthington Community
Ms Lesley Phillips Community
Mr Ben Lewis Community
Mr James Starnes Community
VACANT   Community
VACANT  Community
VACANT Parent
Mrs Maxine Garbett Associate Member 

Our Management Committee Members

Heidi Wilson

Heidi works for Calderdale Council and is responsible for the Housing Service. Her housing role involves her: making decisions about new housing developments; deciding what kind of housing is required in the borough over the next few years; provision of housing advice and; providing temporary accommodation for those who have no home of their own. She has been a member of the PRU’s Management Committee for a few years now and is currently the Chair of the Management Committee. Heidi is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and a Director at Calderdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Liz Broadley

Liz is the Vice Chair of the Management Committee and a member of the Curriculum and Improvement Committee.

She works for North Halifax Partnership, a community organisation which runs 10 Sure Start Children’s Centres in the the Lower Calder Valley and North & East Halifax. Her work has included getting local services to work together with local people, and she is particularly interested in all young people in Calderdale getting the best start in life.

Other voluntary commitments include Pennine Magpie. She lives in Calderdale and enjoys making things – particularly clothes and furnishings.

John Hellewell

John is the vicar at Christ Church, Mount Pellon and St. Augustine’s Church, Halifax, and has been there for the last 13 years.  John is also a governor at two primary schools, St Augustine’s CE (VA) J & I School and Christ Church Pellon C of E VC Primary School.  John is a trustee for the Charities St. Augustine’s Halifax, Christians Together Calderdale and Happy Days Ministries UK, as well as chairing the local authority group that oversees R.E. and Collective Worship in Calderdale schools.

His job as a vicar keeps him busy, doing baptisms, weddings and funerals, as well as supporting the work of the St. Augustine’s Centre which, among other things, does a lot of work with asylum seekers and refugees in our area.

He is married with three grown up daughters, and in his spare time enjoys playing Horizon Zero Dawn and Fallout 4.

Maxine Garbett

Maxine was a teacher for 37 years.  She started her career as a Special Needs and RE teacher in Batley. She then spent 16 years at a school in Dewsbury as head of RE and latterly as a Head of Year. She started at Calderdale PRU as Teacher in Charge of KS4 in 2002 and later became the Deputy Head before retiring in 2017.

Maxine is also the Chair of Trustees for the HOPE Community Village, based in Kerala, India.  The charity is completely run by volunteers in this country, so Maxine is often organising fundraising events around Halifax.  Maxine is also a co-opted Governor of Moorside Primary School and Rishworth School.  Since her retirement, Maxine has become the Chair of The Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative (BAC) in Calderdale.

Councillor John Ford

John has lived in Calderdale all his life.  He was first elected to Halifax Council in 1968, where he has served on Calderdale Council for over forty years.  John was Chairman of the Education Committee on many occasions.  He was also Leader of Calderdale Council for five years.  John worked in the aerospace and fabrication industry until the year 2000.

Committee Membership:

Appeals Panel (Substitute),  (Substitute) Ward Forum – Elland (Member)

Working parties:

Academies Working Party (Member) Calderdale Children’s Social Care Improvement BoardCalderdale Employment & Skills Board (Member),  (Member) Regulation 44/Recommendation 41 Visits.

Outside bodies:

Member of the School Admissions Forum.

Representative Governor of: Copley Junior and Infants School, Holly Bank School,  Salterhebble Junior and Infants School.

Danielle Worthington

Dani has taught in three outstanding primary schools since gaining QTS in 2006 working in areas of social deprivation and with EAL pupils.  Prior to gaining QTS she worked for Calderdale’s Looked After Children Education team supporting primary and secondary pupils across a range of schools including the PRU.  She has 9 years teaching experience across all year groups. She has eight years middle/senior management experience, with responsibility for SEN, curriculum and assessment. Dani is an experienced Deputy Head teacher and has completed the “Go for It” course for pre NPQH graduates and the Emerging Academy Leaders course in 2015.  Areas of Expertise include: Leadership and Management of FS/KS1, SEN and Inclusion (including child protection), Assessment & tracking, Data analysis, Curriculum development and Performance Management. Dani has written business and development plans in consultation with other stakeholders linked to specific school action points. In her role as SENCo, Dani monitored the attainment and progress of children on the SEN register and that of other vulnerable groups ensuring all children have the opportunity to experience success. Dani has held responsibility for the performance management of both teaching and support staff; including mentoring, training and coaching skills within the school and partner agencies. She has provided school to school support for schools in Calderdale, Bradford and the East Riding of Yorkshire and provided short term support to a local school through a National Support School offer as Head of School and is currently Head Teacher at Moorside Community Primary school.

Lesley Phillips

Lesley is a qualified teacher and youth worker whose professional career spans more than 40 years. She has vast experience of working with young people in a range of different educational settings.

Combining the formal practice of teaching academic subjects in the Secondary School sector with the more informal approach of youth work has given Lesley great insight into the challenges, successes and rewards of working in education.

She works relentlessly to create and sustain opportunities for young people to realise their full potential and to support and encourage them in doing so. This underpins all of her work.

She has undertaken extensive training over many years including: key aspects of teaching, youth work, safeguarding, promoting positive emotional health and wellbeing, behaviour management, first aid; and other “child-centred” approaches which have positively informed Lesley’s practice, and facilitated the on-going development of her skills.

Lesley is currently Head of Pastoral Care and Behaviour and The Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding at Lightcliffe Academy.

Carol Stone

Carol has spent many years as a Youth and Community Worker, and Youth Service Manager in several different authorities. In Calderdale she worked on the development of Connexions, managed the  Youth and  Play Services, led on Children and Young People’s Voice, and was an Early Intervention Manager. She was a Joint Chair of the Vulnerable Young People’s Panel and has a commitment to improving opportunities for young people. Now retired, Carol is a Vice Chair of the National Youth Agency, a director of the Regional Youth Work Unit, and is interested in art and literature.

Ben Lewis

Ben has previously worked at St Catherine’s Catholic High School, Samuel Lister Academy and Halifax Academy. He is an experienced Education Consultant with several years’ experience. His primary specialism is Attendance, Welfare and Behaviour.  He is Managing Director of BCL Consultancy Ltd who provide specialist education support to schools and academies across Yorkshire and Lancashire.  Ben has a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in supporting and advising all types of educational settings including Pupil Referral Units and understands the daily challenges staff and pupils face within these settings.

As well as being a Member of the Management Committee, Ben has previously been on the Governing Board at Elland C of E school and also at Beech Hill School.  He has completed The Chair’s Development Course and has experience of sitting on IEB panels.

Ben has a passion for education and his core values are in ensuring every child maximises their full potential.

James Starnes

James is a Newly Qualified Teacher having completed his teacher training in Halifax. Previously James has held a number of governance roles including Trustee to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union and Governor to Leeds Beckett University. James’s specialist area of expertise revolves around Computer Forensics and Cyber Security with additional interests in IT Governance.