New chairwoman for Spen school

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Kath Pinnock has passed on her duties as Whitcliffe Mount’s chairwoman of governors after 14 years.

Headteacher Jennifer Templar expressed gratitude to the Cleckheaton councillor and said she had “mixed emotions” about the handover.

Sue Rumbold, who was elected to the governing body in 2008, took the position in a pre-planned transfer on Monday, September 15.

Coun Pinnock said: “It has been a privilege to serve for so long but I feel the time is now right, as the school enters another exciting phase in its development, for a new chair to take over.

“I am incredibly proud of the school and the amazing work it does to ensure the best possible opportunities are afforded to every young person in our community.

“I know Sue has the skills and the passion to be a very effective leader and I wish her every possible success in the role.”

Mrs Rumbold joined as a parent governor. In her professional life she is chief officer for Children’s Services at Leeds City Council andhas previously worked in Kirklees’ health sector.

“The school has gone from strength to strength in recent years – as was highlighted in our ‘Good’ Ofsted report last December – and I want to see that development continue,” she said.

“I believe very strongly that schools have a responsibility for the overall development of students, preparing them for further learning and employment – much more than just exam results.”

Miss Templar said: “There is some sadness for me as Kath has been an invaluable source of support. At the same time there is also an air of excitement as we welcome Sue to begin a new chapter.”