Gillian Hamer - Chair of Governors                                                                                         

It was after retiring from a Deputy Headship post on the outskirts of Huddersfield town centre that I was invited to be a governor at Scissett First School. For several years now, I have been privileged to be elected as Chair of the Governing Body.

The opportunities afforded to the children at Scissett C.E. Academy to begin to develop their academic, sporting, social and life skills are numerous. Classrooms are caring and exciting places to spend time in, always stimulating; staff well-prepared no matter what the ‘outside’ influences are.

During the recent eighteen months, time spent in school for all governors has been very limited… however contact with school leaders has been maintained  through ”Zoom” governing body meetings; for parents the school website has been an important information point. I know that you , as parents, have been very supportive of all initiatives to continue the momentum of your children’s learning.

I continue to serve on the governing body of Scissett C.E. Academy, trusting and hoping that the academic year of 2021 – 2022 will be much more stable for pupils, parents and staff alike.


Gillian M. Hamer – October 2021


Doyin Adegoroye - Vice Chair                                                                                                 

coming soon


Bart Cunningham - Head Teacher                                                                                           

I have been teaching for over 25 years. I trained to teach at Greenwich University and started my teaching career in Hertfordshire. I have been really lucky with the schools that I have taught in. Each has been challenging for different reasons, but they have also been very rewarding. I relocated to Kirklees in my 6th year of teaching. I became the Head Teacher of Scissett in 2020.
From the wealth of schools and opportunities that I have had, I have learnt a lot and want to continue building upon this. Being a Governor helps this happen; learning from those both in and out of education. It is a place where ideas and initiatives are discussed; where children are at the heart of the work that is done. All our Governors want the best for all our children and working together I hope that we can succeed with this.
Outside of school, I work hard to ensure that there is a balance of work and life. I always have some tickets booked for live music or theatre. And in the near future I look forward to returning to New York or Las Vegas when I have saved up enough!


Alison Baskeyfield                                                                                                                    

coming soon


Shauna Chesworth                                                                                                                      

Hi I’m Shauna Chesworth. I am parent Governor for Scissett CE Academy I was elected in 2023. My daughter attends Scissett Middle School and previously Scissett CE Academy. I also have a son at Scissett CE Academy. I am very honoured to be a part of the board of Governors and be a part of some fantastic schools in the Academy. I am also a Governor for Scissett Middle School. My specific role as parent governor at Scissett Middle School is to ensure we meet and follow the vision, values and SIP consistently. My background is finance and hospitality and I love a challenge! Most importantly I enjoy working with the children and the school to ensure the children get the best experience possible. 


Ally Jewitt                                                                                                                                  

My name is Ally Jewitt and I am delighted to be returning as a Foundation Governor at Scissett Academy.
I retired from Kirkburton Middle school where I worked as Learning Area Resource Co-ordinator for 12 years. Prior to that, I worked as an Additional Needs Learning Support assistant with children of all ages up to GCSE level.
I strongly believe in the school's ethos of kindness and respect and, in my opinion, Scissett Academy provides the encouragement and tools for each child to learn, develop and thrive in a safe, welcoming environment. My grandson is currently in Year 2 and my grandaughter in Year 6 at SMS. They have both enjoyed positive and happy experiences in school.
I am very fortunate to be the volunteer school librarian and I have to say wow! to the Year 5 librarians who have demonstrated such incredible energy and dedication. It is a pleasure to be part of this vibrant team.
As a school governor, I will always endeavour to give my full commitment and engage on all aspects of this role whilst promoting the well-being of all staff and pupils.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going out and about with my dog. I am an avid reader, movie fan and love all things theatrical.


 Rev Sarah Farrimond                                                                                                                   

coming soon


Charlotte Goodall                                                                                                                      

I have been a teacher at Scissett CE Academy since September 2016, after previously training here through the School Direct programme. Currently, I teach in Year 2 where I really enjoy teaching children our varied range of topics. During my time at Scissett, I have taught across Key Stage One and have taken on many different roles including co-ordinating PSHE, PE and Computing as well as being the link teacher for both the School Council and the PTFA. I am passionate about helping all children at our school succeed and I am always thrilled to help them develop their talents, whatever subject this may be in!

My role as staff governor is unique as it allows me the opportunity to make a real contribution to the strategic management of the school, providing an interesting and rewarding dimension to work. I am able to share a staff perspective with the governing body and also feedback on key items such as workload and wellbeing.

Outside of school, I enjoy running and exercising, and am an active member of KAL gyms and ACC Striders running group. I often spend my weekends walking my Yorkshire Terrier around the Yorkshire Dales and along the Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach. I love visiting the theatre and attending music events with friends – the West End is my favourite staycation destination!