292 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS17 6SX



Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Primary School

With Mary, we put Jesus at the heart of our work, love and learning

Governor Information

The Governors of Immaculate Heart have a general responsibility for the leadership of the school but do not take Decisions about its day to day running.  This responsibility lies with the Headteacher.

 The Governing body has specific responsibilities in a number of areas including:

·        Catholic ethos of the school;

·        Curriculum and conduct of the school;

·        Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN);

·        Overseeing the school budget;

·        Appointments and disciplinary procedure in regards to staff;

·        Admissions, discipline and attendance of pupils;

·        Community and parish use of the school.

Contacting the Governing Body

All Governors can be contacted c/o the school.

The Governing Body

Register of Interests - click here

Attendance at Governor meetings 2015/16

 Chair :  Miss A. O' Brien

I obtained BA and LLM degrees and practised as a solicitor, specialising for many years in employment law and am now retired.   I have been a governor of many (Catholic and non-Catholic) schools over the past 36 years.  For eight years, I sat on the management committee of an Education Action Zone in West Yorkshire, and am now on Leeds City Council’s School Admission Appeals Panel, and sit on the Interim Executive Board of a school in Tadcaster.  I am also a director of the Leeds Diocesan Trust and was awarded the title Dame of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II.   My aim as a governor is for our school to be outstanding in all aspects and to maintain its Catholic heritage.

Headteacher: Mrs. A. M. Phillips

I am delighted to be the Head of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and look forward to working with pupils, parents and staff in the years ahead.

I believe strongly that all children should enjoy their learning and have high expectations of what they can achieve so that they can succeed in the future. This is only successful when school and parents work in true partnership together.

Foundation Governor: Fr. T. Wiley

I am Parish Priest of Saint John Mary Vianney, which incorporates the Catholic Churches of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Saint Paul, the Apostle. I am a regular visitor to both schools, along with Fr. Josh Hilton. As part of our visits we spend time with the children in Y3 helping them prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion.


Foundation Governor: Miss. J Pulham

I live in the parish and have had connections with the school for over 20 years. My 3 older adopted children all attended and my foster daughter is now a pupil. My background is Special Education. I taught severely disabled children for 37 years and have fostered children with additional needs for more than 30 years. This is my second term of office as a foundation governor at the school. I now have the time to fully commit to the role and can use my skills as a teacher to offer help and advice to pupils who have additional needs.

Foundation Governor:  Mrs. M Cabry

 I was born and brought up in this parish and I am actively involved in many aspects of parish life. In addition to this role as a Foundation Governor, I am a Parish Catechist and a Minister of the Eucharist.

Having worked in schools across the Diocese of Leeds for 38 years, I recently retired as the Head Teacher of a Catholic primary school.

Since retiring, I have become a grandparent which has reignited my deep interest in Catholic education. I hope that this interest, coupled with my vast experience, will help and support the staff and children at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School.


Foundation Governor: Fr. Joshua Hilton

 Fr. Josh has been the Assistant Priest in St John Mary Vianney Parish since September 2017. Fr Josh was ordained on 25th March 2017. He has a keen interest in the education of our pupils.





 L. A. Appointed Governor: Mr. A Charlwood

I am an experienced school governor, having served as a governor at Brownhill Primary Academy since 2004, including 5 years as chair. As a chair of governors I have appointed a new head teacher, overseen the conversion of the school to a sponsored academy and contributed to the leadership of the school as it moved from as requiring improvement to being judged good by Ofsted. As a governor at Immaculate Heart, I want to put that experience to good use in the service of my local community. I live in the parish with my wife and two children, the oldest of whom is a pupil at the school. In my day job I am Professor of Human Resource Management at and head of the Work and Employment Relations Division at the University of Leeds. 






Parent Governor: Mr A. Lock

I live in Moortown and became a Parent Governor in 2010. I’m married to Zoe and have three daughters, two of which are pupils at the school. I am currently a Director at The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, a national regeneration charity, and develop programmes that; support people back into work and training; provide positive activities for young people; create volunteering opportunities and develop community projects that improve health. My aim is to use these skills and experiences to add value to the running of the school and my aspiration is to build on the positive relationships the school has developed with parents and the wider community.


Parent Governor: Mrs. A. Probert

I have twin boys in year one, who are growing up quick and very much enjoying their school days. I believe strongly in the value of education, as the foundation for dreams and the means to achieve them.

When not refereeing a busy household, I’m a chartered accountant with over 10 year’s experience of advising businesses on their financial strategy; helping achieve the best outcomes for the money available. Combined with a degree in business administration and educational studies, I have a variety of skills and experience to contribute.

I’m committed and keen to participate actively in the life of our school and church; you may have seen me as a regular reader at mass on Sunday. I’m a ‘people person’, very approachable and will work hard on behalf of fellow parents to ensure our school settles for nothing less than the best start in life for all our children.
















Teacher Governor: Mr A. Wilkinson

 I have been a teacher at IHOM since 2010.  I am currently a Year 5 teacher and I'm also the PE Coordinator for the school. As a teacher and parent I want to ensure that we provide the best opportunities for all the children in IHOM. This would be my priority as a Governor to ensure that IHOM faces the challenges of education in the 21st Century proactively.