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My name is Carol Waters. I am the Chair of Governors for the Federation. I have a lifelong interested in both schools in the Federation of Berry Brow and Newsome Schools.  I attended Berry Brow as a child when it was an Infant and Junior School, as did both my sisters and my brother.  My son also attended both Berry Brow and Newsome Junior Schools.  I have been a Governor at one or both of these schools since 2011. I have also helped take assemblies at Berry Brow. This area is at the core of my heart, which is why I am on the committee to bring Berry Brow Carnival to you every year.  I have also taught for 36 years, and so think all children should have the best possible education.


My name is Claire McCartney and I am the Vice-Chair of Governors for the Federation. I have been the Early Years Governor for a number of years due to my vast experience as a Nursery Manager and I am also the Safeguarding Governor. I am a parent whose child as attended both Berry Brow Infants and Newsome Juniors so therefore I want the best for both schools in the federation, so that the children get the best possible education and experiences to enable them to achieve in not only their school life but also in their personal lives.


I'm Mark Shotter, a parent governor with two children in the federation. I attended both schools myself and want to see them thrive, both for my own boys and all the children who are lucky to attend! I am a primary teacher myself and have worked in education for 12 years, so I bring both a parent and teacher perspective to our governors' meetings.


Julie is the local vicar and has 3 churches in Newsome, Armitage Bridge and South Crosland. She has lived in Huddersfield since April 2018 but her roots are farther north in Durham. Julie is the Well-Being Governor.

Before becoming a vicar Julie had an eclectic mix of jobs including building motorways, running a hospital department, working for the Environment Agency and running a pub! During those years she was involved in running youth clubs and after school activities as her children grew up.


As a vicar Julie has worked in a very deprived area of Liverpool before moving to Cambridge; but her northern roots called her back to work in and serve families who don’t always find life easy.


She has sat on governing bodies for many years and believes that being part of the community is vital to her role in the church and making a commitment to serve the families in those communities is essential.


Julie is passionate about giving every child the same opportunities to grow and learn and to show them that they are capable of achieving great things if they put their minds to it! She feels privileged to be a part of Berry Brow Infant and Nursery School as it goes from strength to strength!


I am Katherine Burke, I will be a familiar face from around school to most of you. I work at our Early Years and Key stage 1 site at Berry Brow. I am a  Staff Governor for the Federation. I teach in Reception and love to be learning outside with our wonderful Berry Brow community and getting creative with our youngest learners. I am passionate that if children get the very best start in their Early Years this will lead them on well to flourish in their time in Key stage 1, into Key stage 2 and onto further education. 


My name is Mrs Helen Porter,  and I am a staff governor, for the federation.  

I have worked in primary schools for over 20 years, and I am enthusiastic about my role as a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant (H.L.T.A.).


I have worked at Newsome Junior for almost six years, and the children of Newsome inspire and energise me every day.  As a new governor I aim to develop my skills and knowledge, so I am empowered to be an active voice for the children and staff of our key stage 1 and 2 sites. 


Currently, I attend (part time) the University of Huddersfield where I am studying at the School of Education and Professional development.  The degree has taught me transferable skills which enhance my practice in the classroom and for my governor role.  I believe I am placed in a unique position as HLTA, as I work across Newsome Junior and know the children and staff well.


I would like to mention that both my grandchildren attend KS1 and 2 and are very happy at school.


Looking ahead, I look forward to developing in our children a lifelong love of learning and expectation that the federation will continue to go from strength to strength.



I am delighted to be a new co-opted governor for Berry Brow and Newsome schools having joined only recently in November 2021. I enjoy dedicating my time supporting the school, visiting (when covid permits) and ensuring best use of resources as chair of the finance committee. Professionally, I qualified as an accountant but have worked in all aspects of corporate provision within the healthcare sector, ultimately, I am really comfortable with numbers and linking this back to the aims and ambitions of the school as I do in the workplace. I work predominantly from home which gives me the freedom to spend time supporting the school as governor and I look forward to visiting more when things return to normal to be able to see the school in action and meet the staff and pupils. I live locally in Huddersfield, have two children and a dog who keep me very busy (providing taxi services) in my spare time.  



Hello. My name is Sara Edmundson and I have been a co-opted governor here at the Federation since October 2021. I am Chair of the Wellbeing Committee, which is an important committee in ensuring that the physical health and mental health of our pupils and staff is supported by the school. Ensuring that all children have the maximal opportunity and support to achieve their best is very important to me as a governor.


I have a healthcare background and I currently work in higher education in a leadership and management role. I am also the Chair of Governors at another school in Kirklees and I have been a governor at that school since 2016. I live in Huddersfield with my husband, son, and dog. We enjoy trips away in our campervan whenever we can.