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Crossley Street, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 6RT



Crossley Street Primary School

Inspiring today to achieve tomorrow.

Welcome to our Governors Page


The Governors are an enthusiastic and proactive team of volunteers who work to support the head and staff in achieving the best possible outcomes for all our pupils whilst maintaining a happy, safe and inclusive environment. 


Our full governing body comprises of:

  • 1 Head Teacher
  • 1 Local Education Authority
  • 1 Staff
  • 3 parent
  • 2 Foundation
  • 4 Co-opted (we currently have 3 co-opted governors and 1 vacancy)


Our core functions are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, the wellbeing of the pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is effectively spent


We hold regular full governing body meetings, committee meetings, attend governor training and have regular contact with the Headteacher and Senior Management Team. All governors also take part in school visits which are often focused on elements of the school development plan.


Contacting Us:

Should you wish, having communicated fully with the relevant staff and Head Teacher to contact the Governing Body, please write to the Chair, either by a letter marked ‘Confidential’ left at the School Office or by email to


Meet the Governorsa

Richard Meadmore  - Chair of Governors  (Foundation Governor)

I was elected as a parent governor in 2006 and was offered the opportunity to become a co-opted governor when my initial term expired. In September 2019 I was fortunate enough to be elected as chair of Governors. I sit on our Curriculum, FGP, Buildings H&S, Staffing and Remuneration committees as well as getting involved in numerous projects.

Gavin Hirst - Head Teacher

I first joined Crossley Street in 2009, before taking over as the Deputy Head and SENCO in 2011, and 6 years later, in September 2017, I began my current role as Head Teacher. I have been a part of this committed governing body since I first joined the school all those years ago! I look forward to working together to take the school forward and continue to provide the best possible primary experience for all of our pupils.





Judith Appleton – Vice Chair

I have lived in Wetherby for most of my life and have 1 child at Crossley Street and 1 at Wetherby High School. I was elected to the governing body in 2015 and sit on the Finance & General Practices and H&S and Buildings committee. I have special responsibility for Attendance & GDPR. I am also Secretary of the Friends of Crossley Street (PTA).  

Rachel Roylance – Vice Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)

I was elected as a parent governor in 2011 and was pleased to be co-opted on to the governing body in 2016. Both of my children joined the school in nursery and have progressed through the school. I sit on the curriculum and remuneration committees and have special responsibility for governor training. My special interests are sport and active lifestyles, I am therefore very enthusiastic about developing the schools outdoor provision.


Carolyn Burland   -  Parent Governor

It has been my great privilege to work alongside such an enthusiastic & professional team since June 2013 when I became a parent Governor. I have lived in Wetherby this time since 2006 but actually attended Crossley Street in the early 1970’s for a term. My son started Crossley Street Nursery in 2008 and my daughter followed in 2012. I sit on the Curriculum Committee, am designated as SEN Governor and associated with Year 2. I have been involved with the PTA since 2009 and was chair for 7 years until recently. I work full time in a completely different industry but there are many common skills which are transferable to educations and sometime it’s good to see things from a different perspective.

Janet Gregson – Co-opted  Governor

I have been a Governor at Crossley Street for over 10 years, and I am proud to be associated with such a successful school. I am a retired HR Manager and use that experience to support the Governing body. I am Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and serve on the remuneration and staffing Committee. I am the governor responsible for Pupil premium and Equalities. I also serve as a governor at Harewood CE Primary School.

Suzanne Richardson – Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in January 2018 and am proud to be associated with such a successful school. My career has involved working in Banking and Finance for almost 20 years and latterly in Higher Education in roles such as Head of Faculty and Chief Operating Officer. In addition I was a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Reviewer and draw on that knowledge and my varied experience to support the Governing Body. I now work part time as an Educational Consultant developing and delivering business related training to SMEs. I am linked to Year 4 and very much look forward to working with them throughout the year. I sit on the FGP & Buildings Committee.

Hannah Grannon - Co-opted Governor

I began my teaching career in Liverpool and have since gained experience teaching abroad in a British school in Athens, teaching across KS1 and KS2. I joined Crossley Street Primary School in 2017 as the Year 6 teacher and Literacy Coordinator. I am very proud to be part of our outstanding school and I am delighted to have joined the Governing Body in 2018.

Viv Bryden – Parent Governor

I have lived in Wetherby for eight years and our daughter has attended her primary phase of education very happily at Crossley Street. I have worked in education for 26 years teaching, predominantly in London in both mainstream and specialist settings. I now specialise in supporting schools to meet the needs of pupils with SEND in mainstream schools in Wakefield as an Advisory Teacher. I currently sit on the curriculum committee.

Gillian Laverty – Staff Governor

I started my journey at Crossley Street Primary School in September 2017, where I was immediately keen to get involved in all aspects of school life and to learn as much about the school as possible. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work as part of the Governing Body and as Assistant Head Teacher, to help to maintain our 'Outstanding' status. I currently sit on the FGP committee as well as being involved in staffing and other projects.


Governor Meetings

Each year we hold 4 Full governing body meetings, 3 Finance and general purposes committee meetings, 3 Curriculum meetings and 3 Buildings and H&S meetings. Staffing, Head Teacher performance management and remuneration meetings take place as required. The chair of governors also meets the head teacher and other key members of staff on a regular basis. Should any further details of our meetings or procedures be required please feel able to contact the chair of governors by e-mail to or by leaving letter in a sealed envelope in the school office.