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Kath Turner – Parent Governor (Acting Chair of Governors)

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.

Miss Tomlinson- Executive 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.

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.

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.

Cheryl Ashcroft – Teacher Governor

I have recently been voted in to the Governing Body as the teacher governor by the staff at Middlestown and I am looking forward to taking on my new role.

I have worked at Middlestown as Senior Teacher and SENDCo since September 2015 and during this time have worked in Year 1. I am the school Designated Safeguarding Lead, Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, Music Leader as well as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. I have successfully completed my Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs as part of this role.

Before coming to Middlestown, I worked in other schools in the Wakefield Authority as well as spending 9 years teaching in a school in Leeds as Literacy and Key Stage 1 leader. My move to Middlestown was due to being ready for a new challenge and I was lucky enough to find a school which is close to my home. It really is a great team to be a part of.

I live locally with my husband, 2 young girls and dog. Family life keeps me busy. I also enjoy reading, travelling and playing netball, which has been a passion of mine since being at school myself and I have even set up a Middlestown staff team.

Other Governors

Mervyn Bertalis – Community Governor

Adam Gombocz – Parent Governor

Julian Gallagher – Parent Governor

Hannah Young – Head of Academy 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 by post:

Chair of Governors
Middlestown Primary Academy
Cross Road
West Yorkshire