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Rachel Curtis

Chair of the Governing Body


I am Rachel Curtis and I have been a Governor at Fagley for over 10 years now. I have been chair of governors for the last few years. I am not from Bradford originally, but came to work in Bradford in 1988 and have lived in Bradford since 2000. I now live in Idle. I am a social worker and work part time for Bradford Council. I have learnt so much about the world of children’s education through being a governor at Fagley, and I am so proud of the brilliant achievements of the children and all the staff who work so hard to make Fagley a great school.  I want the best for the children of Fagley!

My name is Fi and I am the Teacher in Charge of the Resourced Provision at Bradford Academy. My background is working with pupils with SEND, in particular, children with Autism and children with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health difficulties. I have taught across a range of educational settings ranging from EYFS to Key Stage 4. I taught in a secondary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) for five years, where I was the Head and Curriculum Lead for KS4. I have a strong passion for inclusion for all pupils, and I particularly champion those with SEND and / or mental health difficulties.

I joined Fagley Primary School as a governor because I am really proud of the work they do around inclusion, and amazed at the interesting, broad curriculum that they offer to all of their pupils. It makes it easier for our Resourced Provision pupils to be part of this school, and be in a mainstream environment that is always positive.

Mrs Briggs

Co-Opted Governor

Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee

I am now retired but have worked in Education for thirty five years many of which were based in Bradford. My last role was to serve as a School Improvement Partner to a school in Kirklees with a focus on using assessment to improve teaching and learning.

My role as Chair of Finance is to ensure that pupils at Fagley Primary are given the best possible education with a firm focus on using the school’s budget to provide the best outcomes for our children. I am very proud to be a member of the largest group of volunteers in the country and even more proud to be working on behalf of all pupils and staff at this outstanding school.

Hello my name is Elisabeth Hayward. I have been a parent governor at Fagley Primary School for about five years. I have two daughters at the school who are thriving and enjoying their time at Fagley.  

 My background is in financial services and project management, and I'm currently working as a Continuous Improvement Lead at a finance company.   

 I am committed to representing parents at the governing board and very much enjoy hearing about the hard work done in school to give our children the best possible outcomes. Please get in touch if there is anything you would like to talk about or for me to raise with the governing board.  

Mark Hippey

My background is Customer Service,  Operations and Logistics having worked in this area for over 20 years, culminating in leading all the operations for a large online French retailer. However, 6 years ago I changed industries to become Executive Director and CEO of a large youth organisation operating across the whole of Yorkshire including Bradford. We work with some of the hardest to reach young people in society. I am experienced in Finance, Safeguarding, Health and Safety and business development. I am looking forward to contributing to the continued success of Fagley Primary School

Amy Lock

Co-opted Governor

My background teaching, having taught in a number of schools across Leeds and Bradford. I am now working as a Primary Advisory Teacher for an educational charity that supports schools and communities to champion diversity, equality and cohesion. Specifically, I lead an intergenerational project whereby I support schools and youth groups to connect with their local care home for older people to create meaningful relationships between generations, bringing mutual benefits for all. 

I have recently joined Fagley Primary School as a governor and am looking forward to getting to know this fantastic school a little better and am excited by the quality of education and broad range of opportunities that are offered.  

Jonathon Metcalf

Parent Governor

Hello, my name is Jonathan Metcalf. I have a daughter who is thriving here at Fagley Primary as well as a teenage son who is working his way through high school. From leaving school myself I founded a successful retail business whilst at university which continued for almost a decade with the support of my partner Dani, who is also very much involved with the school as a teaching assistant. I now lead the payroll and pensions role at a local university but have experience in HR, law, finance and health and safety.


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