Wycliffe CE Primary School


Saltaire Road, Shipley, BD18 3HZ | Tel: 01274 584779

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Governors List

To download a full register of interests, structure, terms of office, attendance and those who have served at any point in the last 12 months on the Board of Governors at Wycliffe CE Primary School, please visit the BDAT website Business/Register of Interests page and download the relevant document.

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Any correspondence to the Chair of Governor should be sent to Wycliffe CE Primary School via the email address below.

CHAIR: Mr G Denison (Gary.Denison@bdat-academies.org)

I joined the Governing Body in September 2018 to help the school on its journey to be a good school for both students and staff. I am a trust appointed chair, with responsibilities for SEND, safeguarding, leadership and management. My background is 22 years in governance in secondary, primary and special schools. I have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 3 foster children to keep me busy. When I have free time I enjoy watching sport, including my son playing rugby league.

VICE CHAIR: Rev John Butler

I am Associate Vicar at St Paul’s Church, Shipley and I serve on the Local Governing Body as the representative of the parish church.
I have a special interest in finance, religious education and collective worship.
I also serve as the Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body.



I am the parent of two children who attend Wycliffe and have been a Governor since my eldest started the school in 2016. I am also the Executive Headteacher of two ‘outstanding’ Bradford  Nursery Schools with a particular passion for early education. My goal is to improve outcomes for all of Bradford’s children and am proud to have been a part of Wycliffe’s journey of rapid improvement over the past few years. I am very much looking forward to our continued success in the future – working together to make our school the very best it can be!


I am Staff Governor and Health and Safety Link Governor, I joined the Governing body in October 2018 as previously been a Parent Governor at Titus Salt School and wanted to be able to give more to the school I am proud to work at. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Wycliffe for over ten years mainly in KS2 but having the privilege of covering throughout the school and getting to know our children and work with them from Reception through to them leaving us in Year 6. Been in based in school puts me in an excellent position as Health and Safety Governor as I am on site to monitor H&S within school and help to ensure school is a safe place to be for all.


I am a parent governor and joined the governing body in January 2019. My son had recently joined the school and I wanted to get involved in school life. I felt that my experience as a finance director and company secretary for a small local housing association would be helpful to the governing body. I’ve learned a lot through being involved, so far, and I’m keen to help the school go from strength to strength with new leadership and as part of the BDAT academy trust.


I am a parent governor Wycliffe, with one child currently a pupil at the school. My role is to support and challenge senior leadership to ensure accountability, effectiveness and clarity of vision and ethos within our school community.

TRUST GOVERNOR: Mrs Karen Webster

My name is Karen Webster and I have joined Wycliffe Governing body in September 2021. For the previous 6 years I was headteacher at ‘Woodlands CE Primary School’ (BDAT). Over the summer this year, I have taken the decision to return to the classroom to gain a better work life balance and follow my heart back into  face to face teaching for the last few years of my career. I am currently teaching a Y1 class at ST Philips CE Primary Academy (another BDAT school).

I felt my previous experience in education would be of benefit to a governing body and school, such as Wycliffe, to support them in their journey. Over the last few years I have seen the hard work and dedication from both the Senior Leadership Team and staff at Wycliffe to move their school forward. I share this passion for teaching and the wellbeing of pupils and staff in school.

My name is Lauren Firth and I work at Woodlands C of E Primary school which is part of the BDAT trust. I have taught in education for a total of 7 years so far and have taught every year group within primary. I have a Masters in Education and currently lead and teach in the early years unit at Woodlands. By becoming a governor, I feel that I can bring new ideas and support staff in curriculum development.


CLERK : Mrs R Van der Boon