Part of Bronte Academy Trust

Governing Body

The Oakworth Governing Body consists of 2 x Community; 1 x Local Authority; 2 x Partnership; 2 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!

Trevor Olsson - Vice Chair & Community Governor
Oakworth Primary is a two-form academy converter school and founder member of Bronte Academy Trust. We also have our own sixty place Nursery which ensures that children receive an excellent start to their education. We are very proud that visitors to our school comment positively on the high-quality teaching and learning, caring ethos and outstanding behaviour that they observe. It is the school’s priority to provide a stimulating environment where children grow and develop in safe and supportive surroundings and become equipped with skills for life-long learning. Children at Oakworth are recognised as unique individuals, with specific talents and needs. We promote high standards in all areas and work tirelessly to provide a varied and creative curriculum and memorable school experiences that foster a love of learning and make our classrooms hives of activity and enterprise. As a village school, we also aim to work in close partnership with parents and the local community. We welcome many visitors into school to support and enhance the children’s learning and you will regularly see us out and about in the locality, making full use of the stimulating environment and encouraging pupils to develop their citizenship.


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.


Revd. John Rogers – Partnership Governor
I am very proud of our local school, Oakworth Primary and it’s a real privilege to be a part of such a fantastic team of governors and staff. I was invited to become a Partnership Governor after moving to the village in 2008 when I became the local Vicar. Oakworth Primary is an integral part of our local community and I am proud because that community spirit remains evident throughout the whole school where every child matters. For the majority of my working life I worked in the building trade, so I try hard to not be like what some people imagine a vicar to be. I have a passionate interest in motorbikes, photography and all things technical. And whilst I’m not a member of the Hell’s Angels, you might catch me riding carefully round the village.


James Place - Parent Governor

I lived in Oakworth for eight years before moving to Saltaire in 2017. My daughter is a pupil at Oakworth Primary where she started in nursery.

I have worked within the social housing sector for 13 years. I am currently employed by a national housing association, working between their Burnley and Bradford offices. Since leaving school I have continued my self-development by achieving two Degrees’, one in Housing and another in Business Management as well as a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

This is my first step into the world of governance and it as a fantastic opportunity to influence educational standards. As a parent I have perceived the school to be good at what it is striving to achieve, as a parent governor I now have an opportunity to support these aims. I am excited to be more involved and working within a good team.


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.


Megan Harrison - Staff Governor

I am the staff governor at Oakworth Primary School. I joined the governing body in 2017. I have been teaching at Oakworth for 2 years now as Year 1 teacher.

I have always wanted to work with children and I have a great passion for teaching. I graduated from Edge Hill University in 2014 where I gained valuable experience in different settings including the Isle of Man.

In my spare time, I am a keen singer and member of a pop choir. I also volunteer for Allerton Cat Rescue where I have been raising money for several years.

Being a member of the governing body enables me to have an excellent relationship between staff and governors alike.