Oakworth Primary School and Nursery

Together We Learn, Together We Grow

Part of Bronte Academy Trust

Governing Body

The Oakworth Governing Body consists of 1 x Community; 1 x Local Authority; 1 x Partnership; 1 x Parent and 1 x Staff:

Governors' Welcome

On behalf of the children and staff, we would like to welcome you to Oakworth Primary School. We hope that you will find our website clear, informative and easy to navigate. It has been designed to give you a flavour of the vibrant life of the school, the work of our wonderful pupils and the quality education that we strive to deliver.  If you would like to know more about the school, you are very welcome to contact the School Office or to come and visit us. The children of Oakworth very much enjoy talking about and sharing their achievements and learning and we will all look forward to meeting you.


Jo Pagdin – Chair of Governors

I am delighted to be involved in the governance of Oakworth Primary especially as Chair of Governors.  Although all governors volunteer it is a great privilege to be able to support our local school and children.  I have 3 daughters all of which are current pupils at Oakworth Primary and I became a parent governor when my eldest daughter was in Reception, back in 2012. I am passionate about Oakworth Primary providing the best possible education for each and every child that attends our school and I have attended various governance courses, including the Governance Leadership Programme working closely with the Bronte Academy Trust personnel.    As Chair I endeavour to ensure that the work of the governing body is efficiently and effectively undertaken and is focused at all times enabling all our pupils to achieve their best, building on the relationships with staff, pupils and parents.

On a personal note, I am currently the director of a local recruitment agency, a business that I have been involved in for the last 20 years. Prior to that I have travelled the world whilst working on cruise ships and have been a long standing (and suffering) Bradford City supporter since I was a child.


Mark Curtis - Local Authority Governor

I was born in Keighley, and attended local schools before becoming an apprentice bricklayer at Keighley College. I returned to the College as a lecturer, until recently when my post was made redundant and I became a self-employed builder.

While working at Keighley College I developed many school and community based projects, including construction with primary schools, working with excluded pupils and school/college liaison.

I am a Magistrate on the Keighley and Bradford Adult and Youth Bench and this has given me an insight into the responsibility of holding public office in the legal system.

Until recently I have been a Trustee of the Sugden Alms Houses near Oakworth, which provides accommodation for elderly residents of the area. I am a trustee of the Drake and Tonson Trust which provides funds for children who attend Oakbank and Greenhead (University Academy Keighley) Schools.

My own children attended Oakworth School, and now my eldest grandson is following in their footsteps.


Celia Gill - Partnership Governor

I have lived in Oakworth all my life and have a long association with Oakworth Primary School having attended the school myself as did my husband and five children. I also have five young grandchildren.

I started as a Parent governor and am now a partnership governor.  I have seen many changes over the years with the school going from strength to strength.  I have worked at Oakworth Preschool Playgroup for 28 years and the majority of the children who attend move on to the nursery in the school therefore I have a particular interest in Early Years. I also help out at the local Rainbow group.

I look forward to the trust schools working together to continue striving to give children in the Worth Valley the best start to their education.


Chris - Godwin - Community Governor




Claire Shoesmith - Parent Governor

For the last 15 years I have been a Duty Manager at The Leisure Centre in Keighley. I enjoy reading, walking, cooking - eating it too, as well as socialising and entertaining. I am down to earth and I think easy to get along with. I am a hands on person and willing to help out where ever needed. I live with my partner Craig and our 6 year old son Oliver.

I became interested in school life when Oliver started Nursery at Oakworth Primary. We started on a journey together. I became part of the Parent Partnership where we were involved in linking home and school together, running writing competitions, Summer Stalls including recycling school uniform and working With the Parent Involvement Worker and Deputy Head.

An opportunity came up for school Governor, to which I applied and was amazed when I was elected!! Since then my knowledge and understanding of School life has developed and I am proud to be involved in the schools decision to form an Academy with Lees and Haworth Primary Schools.

Our schools have such an exciting future and I cannot wait to see what happens next.


Ruth Gavin - Staff Governor

I am the staff governor at Oakworth Primary School. I joined the governing body in 2019. This is my first year with Oakworth Primary School and am an Assistant Headteacher with Early Years lead responsibilities.