Thorpe Primary School

Where we all can shine

0113 3368760

Dolphin Lane, Thorpe, Wakefield,
West Yorkshire, WF3 3DG

Meet our Governors


Mr Mike Britton - Chair of Governors

Mike has been a member of the governing body at Thorpe since early 2014 and became Chair in July 2016. Since joining the governing body he has attended a variety of training courses designed to equip governors with the skills required and has taken on responsibility for PE and Sports funding. Mike is proud of his connection with the school and is determined to keep the momentum going and support the school on its way to outstanding. 

Mike has two girls in KS2 at Thorpe Primary School.  They are making great progress whilst thoroughly enjoying their time at school.

Outside Mike’s role on the governing body, he works in agriculture, is interested in all things mechanical and loves being an active part of family life.


 Mr Matthew Griffin - Vice Chair

Matthew has been a Governor at our school for over 6 years and during this time he has overseen many significant and positive changes. He makes regular visits to the school and works closely with the Senior Leadership team to ensure the school continues to make improvements on its journey to outstanding. Matthew has particular focus on teaching standards, maths and pupil progress.

Matthew has four children who have all successfully passed through the school.

Beyond his role of Governor, Matthew has a keen interest in sport, films, and playing dad's taxi, as well as supporting the local authority with raising governance across other schools.


Mr David Smith

David joined the Thorpe board of governors in early 2014. He is the chair of the board’s teaching and learning committee and has particular responsibility for the Early Years Foundation Stage. David has two children at Thorpe Primary School, one of which is in Year 3 and the other Year 6, making fantastic progress and thoroughly enjoying their time at school.

Outside of his role as school governor, David enjoys spending time with his family and is a lawyer for a large international law firm.


 Mr Mark Goodwin

Mark was appointed onto the board of governors in early 2014. He is the chair of the Resources Committee and member of the Teaching and Learning Committee which utilises his experience having held a number of Finance and Data Quality roles within a large high street bank. His particular school development focus is on sustaining outstanding outcomes in reading, writing and maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling together with the development of special educational need provision within the school.

Mark has two children in Key Stage 2 who really enjoy school, have made great friends and are making fantastic progress.

Outside of school he enjoys playing golf and badminton when parenting duties allow!


 Mr John Templeman


John has been a member of the governing body since the fourth quarter of 2016.  Although having only very recently joined the governing body, he has accepted responsibility for Health & Safety and Equalities.  He is currently arranging to attend several training courses to ensure that his existing knowledge in these areas can be related directly to a thriving and forward thinking primary school. 

Coming from a family connected with teaching, John is passionate about ensuring that every child has an opportunity to shine and make learning constructive, yet fun.
Outside of school John works for an independent, multi-disciplinary construction and property consultancy in Leeds. John loves spending time with his family and enjoys reading, walking the family dogs and studying old buildings.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin

Lisa became a governor at Thorpe Primary School in February 2015, but she is not new to school governing having been a governor at Robin Hood Primary School for nearly ten years and she was a governor at Meanwood Primary school prior to that.  She has also represented the community in Thorpe as a local Councillor for the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward on Leeds City Council since 2004.  She is a member of Thorpe Primary School’s Resources Committee and sits on the local school Cluster which provides support services to the schools across the Rothwell area including Thorpe.

Lisa has two primary school aged children and knows how challenging it is to juggle being a busy parent with a busy day-to-day role.  Lisa is a full time Councillor currently leading the city’s Public Health, Adult Social Care, Sport and Active Lifestyles responsibilities at Leeds City Council and she Chairs the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board which brings together the NHS, Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector and Council directorates responsible for providing and commissioning the Leeds’ health and social care services.


Mrs Jo Gardner - Staff Governor

 Jo was elected as a staff governor in September 2019.  She is passionate about her personal and professional development and has lots of training planned for the coming months to ensure she is fully equipped to fulfil her governor responsibilities. 

 Jo first came to Thorpe as a parent volunteer in 2016 after a long career in the private sector and quickly realised that she had found her vocation, becoming a permanent teaching assistant soon afterwards.  She is a member of the Thorpe Primary School Pupil Support Committee with a particular responsibility for Pupil Premium. 

Jo has a daughter in Year 6 at Thorpe and outside of school enjoys all things creative and ornithological.


Clare Kennedy

Clare has recently joined the governing body at Thorpe, and will be attending various training courses to get her up to speed with everything she needs to know about her governor role and the education system. Clare has joined the governing body as she has a particular interest, at this point in her life, to give something back to the community. Clare doesn't have any children of her own, but has two teenage step sons who live with her part time. Clare's day job is as a Head of Human Resources for a large UK bank, so she is particularly keen to help on anything related to resourcing and staffing.

Outside of work Clare plays netball, goes to the gym, loves travel and has recently completed a charity trek in Cambodia raising money for Mental Health UK. 


Useful Links

Governors code of conduct

Thorpe Primary School Governor Constitution

Thorpe Behaviour Principles Written Statement

Thorpe Primary School Governing Attendance List 

Click here to view the minutes of the latest Governing Body Meetings

Click here to view the minutes of Governing Body Annual Statements

Click here for more information on how to become a governor