'The school is a calm, harmonious place where pupils grow and become increasingly mature.' OFSTED 2016'Teachers are trained well and have good subject knowledge.' OFSTED'Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.' OFSTED 2016'The ‘One World, One School’ ethos ensures that pupils are taught to respect and be tolerant of other faiths and cultures.' OFSTED 2016' The curriculum is carefully designed to enthuse pupils and create a love of learning.' OFSTED 2016'The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.' OFSTED 2016‘Good behaviour and supportive relationships result in learning proceeding smoothly’ OFSTED 2016

Our Governors

Meet Mr Melvyn Blackband

  (Chair of Governors)


After a long career in education, as Headteacher of two schools, local authority inspector and Ofsted senior inspector, I have now retired. Becoming a Governor, and now Chair of Hugh Gaitskell Primary School, has been a real pleasure, especially as over the last year we have seen the school grow and flourish and amply rapid our high expectations.

I have always been passionate about disadvantaged pupils and those with special needs and it has been wonderful to see those groups of individuals have developed.

A little about me: I have two daughters both of whom have two children. My wife sadly died in 2014. I am involved with my local church and I volunteer support at Leeds Civil Court.

Mr Melvyn Blackband




Meet Mr Eddie Leatham 

My name is Eddie Leathem. I was born in Glasgow in 1948, moved to London in 1958, married and then relocated to West Yorkshire in 1976.

I have one son, Joseph (aged 27) and one grandson (aged 1).

Most of my primary education was at St Columbia R.C. Primary School in Maryhill, Glasgow. My secondary school was at St Francis R.C Secondary School in London. I left school aged 15 and was apprenticed as a print finisher at The Baynard Press, attending day release courses at the Camberwell School for Arts and Crafts and The London College of Print.

I am now retired from work after 50 years in the printing trade. These days, I am an active member of the Labour Party, have 

 I am currently Vice Chair of Hugh Gaitskell Primary School's Govering Body.

Mr Eddie Leathem



Meet Ms Aftar Waris


I was born in Burton Upon Trent in Staffordshire where I also started my first school based job at a local Primary School at the age of 19.

After 3 years, I decided on a change of career so in 1998 I began my University Studies for a Degree in Law, graduating with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2001, whilst also continuing to work as an ESOL Lecturer for Staffordshire County Council. I completed my Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Birmingham and then commenced my career in the legal profession in 2003 initially with the Legal Services Commission and then with a well-known National Law Firm with whom I also secured my Training Contract and went on to qualify as a Solicitor.

I initially specialised in Professional Negligence claims, which brought me to the Leeds Office of the Firm that I worked for. I have lived in Leeds since 2007, albeit I have worked across Yorkshire including a 3 year stint in York where I began specialising in Clinical Negligence claims. I continue to specialise in this area of law.

I am married and have two sons, a 9 year old and a 7 year old both of whom are pupils at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School.

I joined HGPS as a Parent Governor in September 2016 and am a Member of the Joint Review Group and also the Finances Committee. I am the Governor that oversees Equalities and Child Protection/Safe Guarding at the School.

Ms Aftar Waris

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

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 Governor Type  Name  Responsibility Term of Office Register of Business & Personal Interest
 Head Teacher Mrs Kathleen McNulty    
  Dr Melvyn Blackband

Chair of Governors 

Special Educational Needs/ Pupil Premium


24/09/15 - 24/09/19

Form completed- N/A

 Parent Ms Aftar Waris


17/05/2016 - 17/05/20

Form completed- N/A

 Parent Ms Nabila Akram  Performance Management   Form completed- N/A
Co-opted Mr Eddie Leathem  Vice Chair of Governors 08/07/14 - 08/07/18 Form completed- N/A
LA Representative Mr Peter Aves   17/05/16 - 17/05/20
Staff Ms Karolina Gieleta-Bak Training Governor 08/07/14 - 08/07/18 Form completed- N/A
Staff Mr Michael Dudziak   27/03/17 - 26/03/21 Form completed- N/A
Associate Mrs Jacqueline Padgett Deputy Headteacher -
Associate Miss Chantelle Hudson Deputy Headteacher -
Associate Mrs Kerry Seymour   -
Associate Mr Simon Bulmer School Business Manager -


Our Committee Groups


Joint Review Group

Mrs Trish Lowson (School Improvement Advisors)

Dr Melvyn Blackband

Mrs Kathleen McNulty


Pupil Support Committee

Mrs Sarah Belton

Mr Eddie Leatham

Mrs Kathleen McNulty


Resources Committee

Mr Eddie Leathem

Mrs Kathleen McNulty

Mr Simon Bulmer














Scheduled Meetings


Full Governing Body Meetings

24th September 2015

21st January 2016

26th May 2016

 28th September 2016

24th November 2016

Resources Committee

12th November 2015

25th February 2016

5th May 2016

13th October 2016

2nd February 2017


Pupil Support Committee

5th November 2015

31st March 2016

9th June 2016


Joint Review Group

12th November 2015

14th January 2016

10th March 2016

8th September 2016

3rd November 2016

7th February 2017



 Governing Body Meeting Attendance Register