Our Board of Governors meet six times per year to discuss the operational management of the school, and how this enables the school to meet its overall aims. The Governing Board is involved in all aspects of school life, from Health & Safety audits, setting policies and plans to staff appointments, fundraising activities and curriculum updates. The Board of Governors is made up of a combination of school staff, parents and other skilled professionals who have a comprehensive skill set between them to ably and effectively manage the school. 



Mr Andrew Sweetmore - Chair of Governors

Andrew is a Co-Opted Governor and was appointed as the Chair on the 12th November 2018.

Andrew is an Engineering Manager at a large US based textile manufacturer.  In his spare time Andrew is a RAF VR(T) staff pilot at 10 Air Experience Flight, teaching air cadets the basics of flying.  Andrew has a keen interest in aviation in general as he used to be a gliding instructor and examiner at RAF Central Gliding School.  He also enjoys running when he can find the time!

Andrew was prompted to become a school governor when his eldest joined the school in 2017. It was a good opportunity to get to know the school better and enable him to contribute to helping all children reach their potential. Andrew has specific skills and expertise to help the leadership team to strategically steer Cornholme School. 

Andrew is related to the Deputy Headteacher.  He has no other interests to register.

Ms Carolyn Shimwell – Vice Chair of Governors

Carolyn is a Co-Opted Governor and was appointed as the Vice-Chair on the 17th October 2016.

Carolyn is an Occupational Therapist working with stroke victims in their own homes.

In her spare time Carolyn enjoys fell running.  She decided to become a school governor when her eldest child started Nursery at Cornholme, to get to know the school and to become more involved in the running of the school. 

Carolyn has no business, personal or other interests to register. 



Mr Alan Scott

Alan is a Co-Opted Governor  and was appointed on 7th December 2015.

Alan was born and raised in Derby and trained as a teacher in Leeds in the early 1970s. He taught in middle and primary schools in Leeds and was a Deputy Headteacher of a large, inner city, Leeds primary school there. He went on to become the Headteacher and stayed in that role for 10 years before his retirement.

Alan lives near Haworth, West Yorkshire and his interests include walking, golf, football and travelling the world with his wife, Kay.

Alan has no business, personal or other interests to register. 


Mrs Zoe Ogden

Zoe is a Parent Governor and was elected on 16 July 2021.





Mr Chris Newiss

Chris is a Co-Opted Governor and was appointed on  30th September 2019. 

Mrs Lynsey Hartley

Lynsey is a Parent Governor and was elected on 15th March 2019. 

Lynsey is employed by Calderdale MBC, she has no other interests to register.




Mrs Joanne Aherne

Joanne is a Staff Governor and was elected on 1st December 2021.

Mr Tony Lloyd

Tony is a Co-Opted Governor and was appointed on 28th September 2020. 

Born and raised in Southport, Tony graduated from St. Martin's College, Lancaster in 1985, and has lived and taught in East Lancashire since then. He has taught in primary schools throughout East Lancashire, has been responsible for a number of curricular areas throughout his career and has been an Assistant, Deputy and Acting Headteacher. Although now retired, Tony continues to enjoy teaching as a supply teacher, a couple of days a week. Tony is keen for every child to enjoy and thrive in education, and for that education to be tailored for each individual's needs. He is looking forward to supporting the Cornholme School community as much as he can. 

A wife, three dogs, the garden and a caravan all help to keep Tony busy. He's looking forward to their next cruise. He enjoys swimming and cycling, and would love to love running, but has only got as far as Week 6 of Couch to 5K.

Tony has no business, personal or other interests to register.




Mrs Liz Hinchliffe

Liz is our Governance Professional, she is not a member of the  Governing Board but is responsible for administrating meetings and ensuring that we are legally compliant with regards to statutory documentation. 

2020 - 2021 Governor Attendance Data

2019 - 2020 Governor Attendance Data

2018 - 2019 Governor Attendance Data