Brighouse High: Dedicated school governor retires

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A long standing governor of Brighouse High School has retired.

John Heptonstall has been a member of the governing body for more than two decades.

He supported the school through foundation status and more recently through its conversion to an academy.

John’s background is in the field of accountancy and his work on the finance and premises committee has been invaluable to the school.

John was also link governor to the maths department.

Headteacher Liz Cresswell said: “John has given generously of his time, not only to attend governors’ meetings but to support musical events, school productions and awards ceremonies.

“John was also a regular member of interview panels and has been responsible for helping to recruit many of the existing members of staff at the school.

“John has always struck the perfect balance between challenging and supporting the leadership of the school. I will certainly miss his wisdom and guidance.”

John attended his final governors’ meeting on April 18.

He was presented with an engraved pen and retirement rose for his long service to the school.

His association with Brighouse High will continue.

He has two grandchildren who currently attend the school.

Students from Brighouse High entered the West Yorkshire Indoor Athletics Event at Richard Dunn Sports Centre last month.

The students were: Ryan Howard, Charlotte Hirst, Ethan Duckworth, Billie Lambert, Elijah Stollery, Bea Badilla, Jack Dunn and Tilly Brookes.

The students competed against other areas such as Leeds, Kirklees, Wakefield and Bradford at several indoor athletics activities, such as speed bounce, standing long jump, target throw, chest pass, high stepper, javelin and relay races.

Events were modified so that each and every student could take part, regardless of ability.

Each activity had its own scoring system and points were awarded for distance, time, number of bounces etc.

Points were also deducted for any deviations to the instructions given.

Every individual had at least one recorded attempt and their scores were recorded by the sports leaders, with medals awarded to the top performer at each event.

Bea and Billie were outstanding in the chest pass and speed-bounce events and were rewarded with individual medals.