Broomfield SILC

Governing Board

Parent Gov Poster

The Broomfield school governors are collectively called the governing body.

What does the governing board do?

Governors link the school with the community, and play a key role in the effectiveness of the school.  The governing board’s job is to look at all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure it is achieving its full potential as well as working with the Principal and Senior Team to provide strategic leadership and accountability.

ie Governors core strategic functions are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; 
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 The school motto ‘Investing in Individuals, Transforming Lives’ reflects the ethos of our school as a community where we value the contributions of all pupils and staff.

The governing body supports this motto by observing, listening and challenging all aspects of school life. It does this so that the decisions that it makes are well informed and contribute towards the continuing success of the school. The governing body also plays an important part in the Ofsted inspection process by demonstrating their knowledge of the effectiveness of the school.

The governing body ensures that resources are well used, so that every child and young person has the best possible experience. Performance data is checked to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is excellent. Policies and procedures are reviewed to ensure the wellbeing of everybody in school – both pupils and staff.

Broomfield Governors Annual Statement 2020-21

Code of conduct

All governors sign up to a code of conduct which sets out a number of principles which guide how the governing body operates, ensuring that it is consistent and fair.

The governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility and it is only the full governing body which has corporate legal powers and duties. 

Click to view a copy of the governing body Code of Conduct.

All governors have read the statutory guidance for schools about Keeping children safe in education, which is published by the Department for Education.

Who sits on the governing board

The governing body comprises volunteers who are committed to doing their very best to support the school, its pupils and staff. Governors are part of the school team, and come from all walks of life, with a wide range of different skills and talents. Some governors have had a long association with the school, whilst others are more recent appointments. All governors share a vision for the school to continue to improve, offering the best education and experience for all of its children and young people.

One governor explains why they got involved. Her thoughts are shared by the other governors:

'We ... know how challenging the behaviour of our young people can be, but with it comes the great rewards of each and every small progression they make and the knowledge that we have helped them on their journey to reach their full potential. To be able to send a child to school knowing they are happy to be there; in a safe environment that is able to meet the child's needs. Providing them with the appropriate methods of teaching to enable them to reach their true potential.'

The Governing Board

The governing body comprises community, local authority, parent/carers and staff governors. 

Governing Board


Who are the governors?

To give you a better idea of who the governors are, they have been invited to describe their backgrounds and experience.

Jane Addy- Chair of Governors


I joined Broomfield’s Governing Body in April 2021 having recently taken early retirement from working as a Management Consultant in the areas of leadership, management and business performance.

I have previously been a Governor at both primary and secondary level (Maintained and Academy Trust) and also involved in multi agency and Family Support provision. In addition to this I volunteered for 3 years at a Care Farm that supports adults with special needs.

Since September 2021 I have also had the pleasure of taking over as Chair of Governors and am looking forward to working more closely with the school team; continuing to ensure that all of our learners are thriving and achieving in the school environment.

Register of Interest- None Declared 

Simon Crockford  Co-opted Representatives

Simon Crockford

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant working in financial services with extensive experience in Reporting, Forecasting and Business partnering. A key part of the required skill set is the willingness to challenge, ability to understand complex issues and to have high expectations for performance.

Being a Governor provides me with an opportunity to put something back having benefitted from the education system myself, being the first from my family to go to University.

Register of Interests: None Declared

Phil Chan  Co-opted Representatives

Phil Chan

I am the Neurodiversity Commissioning Lead for Leeds working for the council and NHS Leeds. My role involves developing adult services and support for neurodivergent people including autistic adults and those who are diagnosed with ADHD.

Previous notable roles have included being part of the senior management team of an independent speech and language therapy organisation and also a funding coordinator in SEN team at Leeds City Council. These roles worked to support children and young people in Leeds.

I am Leeds through and through so it is great to be involved with one of the great specialist settings in the city. I hope to bring my passion, knowledge and skills to this governor role.

Register of Interests: None Declared

Matthew Hunter  Co-opted Representatives

Matthew Hunter

I am a Solicitor based in central Leeds. I specialise in incentives law and corporate governance and advise global businesses on their internal governance structures, particularly in relation to remuneration matters. I bring my legal skills and broad experience of advising corporate clients to the governing board and look forward to supporting the Broomfield community.

Register of Interests: None Declared


 Angie Simmons:  Co-opted Governor  24/02/2021


I have been a governor at Broomfield School since the autumn term in 2020. Prior to that I worked as an early years advisory teacher working with children from 0 to 5 years with identified special educational needs (SEN) in homes, nurseries and schools. My previous jobs include being a class teacher, SEN coordinator in a school, working as part of the SEN and inclusion team in Leeds as an early years coordinator and working as a speech and language therapist for the NHS. I worked with children in education for over 30 years and retired in April 2020.

In addition to acting as a governor I have undertaken other volunteering roles such as mentoring pupils and making face visors for the NHS. In the rest of my spare time I try and keep fit and healthy by attending a gym and walking. I also pursue various leisure activities usually involving holidays, reading, and visits to the theatre and cinema.

Register of Interests: None Declared

Emma Blackmore- Staff Representative


My name is Emma Blackmore, I am the Pupil Welfare Team Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for our school. I have worked full time in the education sector for over 15 years so have experience & knowledge of the education system. I have a strong belief in ensuring every opportunity is available for our pupils to promote their holistic growth.

Register of Interests: None Declared




The governing body normally has four full meetings a year. All meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk who provides guidance and support to the governing body.

There are also two sub-committees, each of which meets once a term to discuss specific issues in more detail. The sub-committees are focussed around:

  • teaching and learning
  • resources

21/22 Governor attendance info

last updated March  2022



The governing body welcomes compliments, comments and complaints about all aspects of the school.

  • Compliments and comments

Please contact the chair of governors, Jane Addy c/o Broomfield South SILC

  • Complaints

If you have a complaint about an aspect of school life, in the first instance please try to resolve the matter with a teacher or the school principal. The governing body only becomes involved in a complaint once these channels have been used. A copy of the school's complaints procedure is available under ‘Policies’ on the school web-site.

At Broomfield South SILC we are constantly striving to improve and develop the provision for our pupils and staff. The governing body will continue to work hard to support and challenge the school in achieving this goal.