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A warm welcome to Howden Junior School in the historic market town of Howden. We are a successful and well respected school that has been recognised by Ofsted for its hard work and high standards. Our targets for learning are clear and all our pupils make good progress during their time with us. Our children find themselves in a busy and enthusiastic learning environment where there is always much to do, see and learn. Please have a good look round our website.

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Our School Governors

Judy Scargill, Headteacher
The Governors at Howden Junior School are made up of volunteers, who give their valuable time to support the effective running of the school. They are split into four categories: – Local Education Authority, Parent, Community and Staff. As part of the Staff Governors team there are representatives from teaching and non-teaching staff. I value the Governors tremendously and they play an important role in the running of the school. They have a ‘voice’ which is listened to and acted upon at all times. I consult with them over many different aspects sometimes as a full Governing Body or as a smaller committee. There are three main committees which are: — Personnel, Curriculum Committee and Finance and General Purpose. The finance committee meet on a regular basis to understand and approve how the budget has been spent. The other two committees only meet when appropriate.

Julie Palmer, Co-opted Governor, 4 year term, Chair of Governors
I have lived in Howden since 1997 and have a son who attends Howden Senior School. I have been a Governor since 2010 and was elected as Chair of the GB in October, 2012. I have taken up specific responsibilities as Child Protection Governor, Performance Management Review, and am also a member of the Finance Committee.
My past working experience has been from a commercial background, not an “education background” and it has definitely been an interesting “eye opener” so far as to how schools operate and balance all the many responsibilities and demands, changing and increasing daily!
I volunteered for a Governor role as I am passionate about trying to give not just my child, but all children, the best possible start in life with a good school experience and education.

Nick Dixon, Co-opted Governor, 4 year term. Sits on Finance & General Purpose Committee and Appeals, Curriculum & Pupil Discipline Committee
I have lived in Howden since 1994 and had two children in the Junior School in the last six years.
I’m a gradu­ate, and work at the British Library on projects to support UK Higher Education, so I appre­ciate the value of education.
As I have only recently become a governor, I am getting acquainted with the running of the school. The school is a really important part of the community, and I want to help it to give pupils the best possible preparation for their secondary education and their entry into the workplace.

Ingrid Haywood, LEA Governor, Vice Chair of Governors, Governor responsibilities for SEND, Performance Review Officer, and sits on the Pay & Personnel Committee
I live in Brind, just north of Howden. My two daughters and two step daughters love living in this area and have been educated locally. I am a Howden Town Councillor and have been for 15 years. I work hard for the Council but I am happy to spend some of my time to support the Junior School as a Governor and volunteer. The education of our children is so important and the support they receive in this school is second to none. It is great to be work­ing with such committed and caring people.
I am also HR Manager for a locally based company employing local residents and using local businesses. It is a flexible role meaning I can support the school when needed.

Debbie Wetherill, Co-opted Governor, 4 year term, sits on Finance & General Purpose Committee, Pay & Personnel Committee, and Performance Review
I became a parent governor in July 2011. I have a son in Year 5 and two daughters who both went to this school. The eldest is now at university and the youngest is in her Second year at Sixth Form College studying for A -levels. I have been coming into school to help, most weeks, for the past six years and have a keen interest in teaching and learning and how a school oper­ates. I currently sit on the Personnel, Performance Review and Finance committees and am a Health and Safety Governor.
I am a qualified accountant and work, four days a week, as an International Finance Manager for a large American company which has a site locally.
I am really enjoying being a governor at Howden Junior School.

Sarah Cawthorne, Parent Governor, 4 year term, sits on Finance & General Purpose Committee
I grew up in Asselby from the age of 4 and then moved to Howden when I married in 2002. I have 2 daughters age 8 and 2, my eldest currently attending Howden Junior School. I am self-employed and have run my own manufacturing business since 1999 in Halifax. I commute every day other than when I attend sales meetings around the country. I only recently became a Governor and am currently getting familiar with what is required of me and also how the school runs. I am looking forward to having more involvement with the School in future years and hoping I can contribute to its ongoing success.

Damian Sharp, Co-opted Governor, 4 year term, sits on Appeals, Curriculum & Pupil Discipline Committee
I have lived in Howden for around 12 years and my son has been at the Infant school and is now at the Juniors. I was asked to become a governor recently, and agreed because I felt it important to firstly understand how the school my child attends is operated, and secondly be in a position to give something back to the school that has given my son so much learning and life experiences – it is the least I can do. I have a lot to learn about being a governor and the school but there is an excellent team around me who will guide me through the initial stages.
Professionally I run a Web Design business based in Howden having previously worked for the Press Association for 20 years. In my spare time I run an Under-10 football team and also Howden Veterans Sunday league team as well as playing cricket locally.

Nicky Banyard, Co-opted Governor, 4 year term, sits on Pay & Personnel Committee
I was elected as a Community Governor of Howden Junior School in April 2013 having lived locally in Hook for the past 8 years.    As a Governor, I feel my role is to work with fellow Governor colleagues in ensuring that the School provides not only the best possible learning but also a sound grounding in life skills.  This equips pupils to enter secondary education with a firm foundation for their teenage years.
My previous experience was as a Governor of a Primary School in the Midlands.  This has been helpful in recognising the importance of the Governing Body in the planning and agreeing long-term aims for the school in line with central educational changes, whilst also taking into consideration the thoughts of staff,  parents and the community.
I have a background of working at a senior level in Human Resources , both in the private and public sector.  Working on a self-employed basis currently means that I am able to devote time to my role as a Governor.
I have a grown-up family as well as a granddaughter.

Paul Woodmancy, Parent Governor, 4 year term, responsibilities include Safeguarding, Pay & Personnel Committee, Performance Review and Appeals, Curriculum & Pupil Discipline Committee

Philip Drew, Staff Governor, 4 year term, sits on Appeals, Curriculum & Pupil Discipline Committee

Dina Westerman, Co-opted Governor, 4 year term, responsibilities for SEND and Finance & General Purpose Committee

Register of Governors’ interests – none to disclose.

School Council Members 2014-15

School council members for this year are:
Year Group/Class Chair Vice Chair
Year 6 H/B Erin




Year 6 A Jake




Year 5 T/W Charlie




Year 5 D Ronnie




Year 4 C Jack




Year 4 D Harry




Year 3 B Maisie




Year 3 L/W Henry





School Events Feed

Notice of Events – Autumn 2015/2016

Choir 3.30pm – 4.30pm (Wednesday weekly)

Netball/Football Club : 3.30pm – 4.30pm (Thursday weekly

30 Sept – 6.30pm—8.30pm Open Evening for Y6 children & parents at Howden School

7 Oct – Civic Society Awards 7pm

14 Oct – Harvest Festival 9am

15 Oct – Parents Evening 3.45 – 6pm

19 Oct – Family Portrait Evening

19 Oct – Parents Evening 3.45 – 7pm

19 Oct – Assembly – Shoe Box Appeal

21 Oct to 23 Oct – Y5 Residential to Edale

23 Oct – Break up for half term


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