Tony Pruchniewicz - Chair of Governors (NLG)
I have been a Governor at various local schools for over 20 years, having lived in the area for over 35 years and just recently joined the GB at Fairfield in November 2016.
I qualified as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) 4 years ago and have visited many mainstream and special schools throughout the North of England. In that role I have been able to coach Governors and Headteachers through challenging situations. I bring these experiences and skills to benefit Fairfield School to aid the existing highly skilled Governors and staff to enhance the teaching and learning experiences that our students deserve .
Gary Denison - Vice Chair of Governors (Safeguarding)
I am honoured to be on the Fairfield governing body, having been a governor for over 20 yrs I feel my experience can be put to good use, to help make the school a safe, envigorating, fun haven for all our children. I have one child who attends Fairfield, I am presently Vice Chair and I am theTrust Governor, representing the school within the Spenborough Cooperative trust. My wife and I are Foster carers for Kirklees.
I started at Fairfield School in September 2005 as a class teacher. I am now Head of Early Years and Key Stage 1 Department and I am on the Governing Body as a Staff Governor. I applied to work at Fairfield because the job description just sang out that children are at the heart of what we do and I manage a staff team who are greatly valued and share that commitment to children and their families. I also have a role as one of two NUT reps in the school enabling communication so that we can keep moving forward together as a whole team.
I am the newest governor of Fairfield school having been appointed in early 2017. I have worked for Lloyds Banking Group for over 15 years and through various roles have experience of financial management, strategy and risk, and people management. I am enjoying the challenge of bringing my skills and experiences to a very different kind of environment!
Outside of work I am an active supporter of the charity Memusi Foundation which funds schools in a very remote region in Kenya. In addition to fundraising I have visited Memusi school twice in the last few years and have been privileged to meet and spend time with the children that attend the school.
I have two children aged nine and six and seem to spend any remaining free time I have ferrying them between various activities.
I first joined the Fairfield School Governing Body in 2002 as a Parent Governor when my son first went into the early years department. He is now in his final year and I am still as committed as I was on day one to challenge and question the Senior Leadership Team. My background as an Insurance Claims Investigator has been useful to enable me to act as a Critical Friend. I remain an active member of the Resources Committee providing input into both Finance and Health and Safety Issues.
I was involved in the selection process of the last two Headteachers. My priority when making key decisions has always been to ensure that we offer the best environment we can for students to fulfil their potential. I will always encourage any student, parent/carer or staff member to raise any concerns/suggestions with the overall aim to continually strive to produce the most effective learning environment that we can. I was elected Chair of Governors when we moved to the new school site however, I stepped down from the position in 2011 following a period of ill health.
I have recently enrolled onto a NEBOSH (National Examination Board of Occupational Health and Safety) to study towards a Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and plan to use this knowledge to evaluate and further improve site safety where possible.
I have worked at Fairfield School for the past three and a half years as an Intervenor, supporting a student who is deaf and blind, In September 17 I was successful in taking on the role of Multi-Sensory Impairment Champion. I am also part of the Health and Safety team.
I have previously worked with adults with learning disabilities for the past ten years within Kirklees Day Services and Private Sector and have also worked within a Private Day Nursery.
I've recently been appointed a Parent Governor. My son joined Fairfield 4 years ago when we moved to Yorkshire. I work as a lunchtime supervisor at the school.
My previous roles since leaving school I've been a Secretary of a private school in Oldham for 16 years, after which I left to run my own Gentleman's Outfitting Business.
My spare time is taken up caring for my son, I also enjoy gardening, cooking and holidays and weekends in our Motorhome.
I have been involved in education all my working career working in schools in Leeds, Wakefield and Dewsbury until my retirement at the start of this year. For the past 19 years I was Associate Head teacher at a local comprehensive school with particular responsibility for Pupil Welfare and Support. I hope that I can now use those experiences I gained in school leadership for the benefit of all at Fairfield School.
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