6 Foundation Councillors: appointed by Diocesan Board of Education
2 Parent Councillors: elected by parents/carers of children attending our school
2 Staff Councillors: elected by staff (to include the Headteacher)
Each Councillor's term of office is 4 years
- ACADEMY COUNCIL REGISTER OF INTERESTS 2022-23
- ACADEMY COUNCIL TERMS OF REFERENCE
- ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE
- COUNCILLOR ATTENDANCE REGISTER 2021-22
- STANDARDS AND PUPIL EXPERIENCE COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE
Meet our Academy Councillors
Our Councillors (ID 1280)
Mrs Angela PhillipsChair of the Academy Council Category of Councillor: Foundation Term of Office: 01/09/2022- 31/08/2026 Committees served on: Standards and Pupil Experience Committee, Head's Review, Pay & Performa
Mrs Angela Phillips
My Name is Angela Phillips and I am the chair of the Academy Councillors. Along with my fellow Councillors, I set the startegic plan for the school, in line with the Bishop's vision, to ensure that all pupils can achieve and flourish in our school.
I am an experienced leader in Catholic education and look forward to working along side the staff, children and parents of St Mary's.
If you would like to know about the work of the Academy Council, please do not hesitate to contact me on email@example.com
Mrs J WalkerCategory of Councillor: Headteacher (Ex-officio) Term of Office: Commenced 06.09.2021 Committees served on: Pay & Performance Committee, Standards and Pupil Experience Committee, Admissions Comm
Mrs J Walker
Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I was thrilled and honoured to be appointed as Headteacher of St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy in 2021. Since then it has been my privilege to work with the Academy Council to ensure that our school continues to thrive and improve. The children at St Mary's are wonderful and inspire me every day.
Fr J HiltonCategory of Councillor: Foundation Term of Office: 1.7.22 - 31.6.26 Committees served on: Standards and Pupil Experience Committee, Discipline / Appeals Committee Position(s) of Responsibility:
Fr J Hilton
Fr Joshua Hilton is the Parish Priest of St Mary's Halifax. He was ordained in 2017 and has been in the parish since July 2022.
Mrs M NazParent Governor Category of Councillor: Parent Term of Office: 1.9.21 - 31.8.25 Committees served on: Standards and Pupil Experience Committee, Discipline / Appeals Committee Position(s) of Res
Mrs M Naz
When my daughter first started school in 2019, I knew I wanted to be a part of her educational life at St Mary’s. I decided to participate in any way I could and so started to attend the PTFA meetings and volunteer with events they held. As soon as the Academy Councillor role became available, I applied, and so here I am now. Knowing I can now be more involved in helping the school achieve its strategies and goals, is something I am looking forward to. I am very keen to help the schools multi-cultural and diverse community achieve all the offerings the school can provide them and also offer the children further opportunities.
Outside of this role, I work as a Project Manager for an IT firm and when I’m not working, I volunteer as a scout leader, enjoy gardening, reading, trying out new recipes and travelling.
Mr B NyamabuCategory of Councillor: Parent Term of Office: 1.9.21 - 31.8.25 Committees served on: Standards and Pupil Experience Committee, Discipline / Appeals Committee Position(s) of Responsibility: Link C
Mr B Nyamabu
Devoted listener, I advocate a school where children, staff and stakeholders relish the opportunity of building together a better community through the highest education standards. This can be achieved in a school where respect, equality, diversity, mutual support, creativity and safeguarding are embedded in the core values. In a fast-changing world, this endeavour must be regularly assessed and adjusted, to preserve what our children have already achieved and to progress further.
My educational background:
BSc Agricultural engineer
MSc Economics and Social Policy (Time Series Analysis and Forecasting)
Trained Psychotherapist (TEACCH based Behavioural approach of Autism + The Epilepsies awareness)
Mr V DaltonCategory of Councillor: Foundation Term of Office: 15.10.19 - 14.10.23 Committees served on: Standards and Pupil Experience Committee, Discipline / Appeals Committee Position(s) of Responsibility:
Mr V Dalton
I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor in October 2019. Two of my three children attended St. Marys when we moved to Yorkshire in 2001. The school was a welcoming and spiritual base which equipped them with the skills and confidence to progress and I am delighted now to have the opportunity to contribute to the life of the school.
I have spent most of my working life in education with my last post being Vice Principal at Barnsley College where I managed performance and funding. I look forward to using my skills to benefit the school.
I live in Halifax with my wife Julie. Our three children are now grown up and have launched their own careers. To relax I enjoy reading, going to live events and travelling.
Mr D EllisCategory of Councillor: Foundation Term of office: 01.02.23 - 31.01.27: Committees served on: Standards and Pupils Experience Committee, Admissions Committee, Discipline / Appeals Comm
Mr D Ellis
I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor at the beginning of 2019 and am delighted to be part of the Academy Council. My wife and I have been part of St Mary's parish since we moved to Halifax in 1986 and both my daughters were fortunate to be educated at St Mary's school.
After 30 years with P&G and Mars, in a variety of positions across Manufacturing, R&D, Marketing and IT, I recently retired and look forward to applying the skills acquired there to the benefit of the school.
Mrs H MellorCategory of Councillor: Foundation Term of Office: 25.09.2021 - 24.09.2025 Committees served on: Standards and Pupil Experience Committee, Admissions Committee, Discipline / Appeals Committee Posi
Mrs H Mellor
Knowing that my eldest son, Isaac, was starting school in 2017, I wanted to find a way in which I could participate in the life of St Mary's. To that end I am now a member of the Academy Council, having been appointed as a Foundation Governor from the start of the academic year, 2017/18.
As the years have passed, my son, Tobias, and my daughter, Leah, have joined St Mary’s and so I am looking forward to a long journey in helping the school continuously grow and improve.
My working background is in Education as I am a qualified primary teacher and I am also an active member of our Catholic community; I help to run the Children’s Liturgy that takes place during our Sunday Masses and I work with Miss Smith, Mrs Paquim and Father Martin to help the children of both St Mary's school and St Mary’s parish prepare for their Sacraments.
Mr D DysonCategory of Councillor: Staff Term of Office: 14.11.22 to 13.11.26 Committees served on: Standards and Pupil Experience Committee
Mr D Dyson
I am a qualified teacher and for the past 25 years, I have worked in various schools, many of them in the Leeds Diocese, as a class teacher, sports coach and most recently an ICT technician at St Mary’s.
Both my children used to attend St Mary’s and I have a long-standing affiliation to the school as a parent and a member of staff, so I am excited to begin a new role as a staff councillor. I am keen to use my experiences to help support our children and the school to fulfil its potential.
Mrs K GreenClerk to the Academy Council
Mrs K GreenI have recently moved back to the area after living in Liverpool for over 20 years. In Liverpool, I was a Governor at my son’s school, St Nicholas Catholic Primary School for over 8 years. Through this role and the experience gained, 3 years ago, I started to work as a Clerk to the Governors in Liverpool and more recently in Calderdale.My background is in art, working in museums, galleries and community settings devising and leading on creative learning programmes with young people, school, families and community groups.
Declaration of Interests for our Councillors
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