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Janice Curtin – Chair of Governors

Having spent over 30 years working in one of the biggest and most successful schools in the North of England, I am an experienced senior leader in education and financial management.  As a Life Member and ex-director of the National Association of School Business Managers I worked, until my retirement, with both Lincoln and Leicester Universities delivering their postgraduate School Business Manager programmes.    In addition to speaking throughout the UK, USA and China on the work I have done in schools, I worked with a National Leader in Education, assisting several schools across Yorkshire with improving their Governorship, Administration and Budget Planning.

These are challenging times for schools, as they come under increasing scrutiny from the Government to raise standards for all pupils and meet higher expectations from parents.  As Governors, we must respond to the demand of ensuring all pupils leaving Middlestown have had a happy and successful education.   The role and responsibility of the Governing Body are central to this aim.

As Chair, my specific task is to work closely with the Headteacher in expressing the vision of the school, its financial management and agreed priorities.

I am particularly keen to make contact with Parents and look forward to meeting many of you at school events and to listening to your views regarding the education of your children.

Graeme Genty (Vice Chair) – Parent Governor

I have lived in Wakefield since moving here from Lancashire, attending Bretton Hall College to undertake a teaching degree.  I have been involved in Primary education since 1996, first teaching at Netherton School before moving schools to Crofton, Ossett and finally to St. Chad’s Primary School in Brighouse where I have been the Headteacher for 7 years now.  I have a long association with Middlestown School with my daughter having been right through the school and a son currently in Year 4.  I sit on the National Executive Board of Headteachers at the DfE and was chair of the Calderdale Headteacher Association for 3 years.  I am a self-confessed gadget man, and a musician and it is therefore no surprise to read that my strengths are in ICT and Music.  Outside of work I love cycling and in recent years the school have supported me with charity rides such as the End 2 End in 2012 and more recently the London to Monte Carlo ride in June 2014.  Although work commitments prevent me from being in and around the playground very often, as a parent governor I would always be happy to be a point of contact for any parent who feels they need to speak to a governor about school related items.


Miss Tomlinson- Headteacher

As the Headteacher, I am automatically a member of the governing body.  Prior to working at Middlestown: I worked as Deputy Head and Year 5 teacher at Larks Hill in Pontefract; I was an Advanced Skills teacher and worked in Year 3 at Dane Royd School and my first school was Stocksbridge in Sheffield where I worked in Year 4, 5, 6. I was also the teacher governor in all of my previous schools.  Having been born in a village I feel a real affinity to Middlestown and love working with the children and parents of this community.

Kath Turner – (Chair of Resources Committee) Parent Governor

I moved to Middlestown when we started a family in 2007 and really wanted to get involved with the local school so I could understand more about my children’s education and be a part of the overall team that influences its direction and focus. Being a parent governor has given me an invaluable insight into what goes on behind the scenes and how much hard work is put in by the whole staff as well as the governors. The school has developed immensely in recent years under the leadership of Miss Tomlinson and there is now a very strongly focused and positive team looking after our children’s education.

In my previous life before children, I was an Operations Director of a Logistics Business where I was responsible for HR, Health & Safety and a large fast moving operation. I hope that my business experience can contribute and compliment to the various skills across the governing body. I enjoy being a part of the village community and also head up the Village Gala team, raising money for local causes.

David Rollin – Parent Governor

I have lived in Middlestown for most of my life and spent many happy years as a pupil at the school.  I now have 3 boys following in my footsteps and in 2013 thought it was the right time to give something back- and hence become a parent governor.  Under the leadership of Miss Tomlinson and with the support of her staff I think the school has a really good opportunity to move forward and be a part of the community that we can all be proud of.  The governing body has a key role to play in this, both in providing expertise and guidance as well as challenge to ensure we deliver on our goals.  I currently work for National Australia Bank and will be striving to complement our existing skill sets with wider business knowledge and financial expertise.

Sue Walker – Local Authority Governor

I am a local Authority Governor, having being recommended by a political party due to my work in the community. I have lived in Overton for 13 years since my retirement. As my working life included working for the Yorkshire Bank and the Leeds Building Society, I have been seconded onto the School’s Resources committee, as well as serving on the main governing body. I am also the Training Link Governor, informing other governors of training courses run by Wakefield Council. I also attend Council-run Governor briefings.

I am also part of the Coxley News team and I write about the School, listing its events and projects and successes in each issue to keep all the residents informed. I also write many other articles for the magazine.

My hobbies are gardening, (I have an allotment in Horbury and grow all varies of fruit and vegetables and I also enjoy my garden) walking, cooking and reading and meeting up with friends.  I enjoy my visits to school and seeing the children progress and hope that my presence as a Governor helps to move the School forward.

Margaret Wright – Community Governor

I have lived in Overton for 55 years and have always been involved in community life, of which was founding the 24th Wakefield Brownie Pack and attending Church. I have been a Governor since May 2010 and was reappointed in May of this year to serve as Governor for a further 4 year term of office. I feel very privileged and proud to be a Governor at the school, and part of a very hard working and successful team. I felt very proud of the Headteacher, all staff, supported by the Governors, who through all their hard work and dedication achieved a good result in the Ofsted Inspection. I take part in any fund raising events and I enjoy hearing Year 2 and 4 children read on a Wednesday and Thursday mornings.


During my working career, I worked for the Wakefield DC for 12 years, the West Yorkshire Probation Service for over 35 years. I attend St. Luke’s Church at Overton, where I am a server, and administer the Chalice at the Eucharist Services, Parochial Church Council Secretary for Middlestown and Netherton Parish, and chair of St’ Luke’s ladies circle. I do feel and hope that in my capacity as Governor I serve the school, support the Headteacher, staff and most importantly the children to the best of my ability.

Angela Gwilliam – Teacher Governor

I have been teaching at Middlestown since 2007, I have worked in Year 2 and Foundation.  I have always enjoyed working at Middlestown and I wanted to become more involved within the community and in the life of the school so I volunteered to become the staff governor.  My role is to liaise between governors and staff.

Other Governors

Katie Speirs – Community Governor

Mark Swallow – Parent Governor

Mervyn Bertalis – Community Governor

Hannah Young – Deputy Headteacher Associate Member)

I attend Governors meetings as an associate member because of my role as Deputy Headteacher. I have worked at the school for 4 years and am a teacher in Year 2.  I started my teaching in Hampshire, I then moved to a school in Calderdale where I was senior teacher and SENCo and then moved to Wakefield to work here.  I have a real passion for literacy especially reading and I am literacy co-ordinator.

At the weekends I like to play badminton, read books and go to the theatre. The rest of my time is spent with my family (my 3 young daughters keep me very busy!)

Julie Hirst – School Business Manager (Associate Member)

I am also an associate member of the Governing Body.  I joined the school as Business Manager towards the end of 2012, prior to this I worked in the banking sector for just under 20 years.  My role on the Governing Body is to provide updates on the Financial position of the school, Premises, Health and Safety, Human Resources and many other things.

And finally…

Should you wish to contact any of the governors, your views, comments and suggestions can be e-mailed to admin@middlestown.wakefield.sch.uk or alternatively, a message can be left for them at the school office.

Chair of Governors Address

Janice Curtin – 140 Moor Knoll Lane, East Ardsley, Wakefield, WF3 2AY