Meet Our Governors

Chair Of Governors
Ms J Hopwood

I am delighted to be a new governor at Newton Hill.

I have worked in education for over 25 years both in Wakefield and Kirklees, having taught across the age range from Nursery to KS2. I currently work in a Primary School in Kirklees.

My responsibilities on the governing body are Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding, two areas in which I have a wealth of experience.

 I believe that governors play a crucial role in the life of a school by supporting the staff and children whilst also acting as a critical friend. I look forward in supporting Newton Hill on their journey of development.

Vice Chair Of Governors
Mrs A Doughty

I have joined the Governing body as a member of the local community, step parent of 2 current pupils and hopefully future parent when it is time for my little girl to start school.

I have been teaching for many years and am in a privileged position to be able to say I have taught every year group from Reception to Y11, so I have a good understanding of how children develop through their whole school experience. During this time I have taught a wide range of subjects and had responsibilities across both primary and secondary education. I am hoping that this knowledge and understanding will support my role of governor and assist the school in its development.

I have lived in Wakefield since 2012 and am proud to be a member of the Newton Hill Community. 

When I am not working I am usually enjoying time with my friends, family or slightly loopy dog!

Co-opted Governor
 Mr R Barron

With a degree in Geography I have taught at primary, secondary (both grammar and comprehensive ) and adult education levels. After 10 years teaching I moved into education administration in Cumbria where amongst my schools’ liaison duties I found myself clerking several primary, secondary and special school managing/governing bodies.

A change in career direction brought me back to Yorkshire working with The Sports Council (now Sport England) but continuing my interest in education have served as a Governor at Wrenthorpe Primary, Horbury School and Wakefield College.

 At The Sports Council I undertook several roles which included facility work in both an advisory, strategic role and project development. I was part of a small team which developed systems for the assessment of major bids to the Sports Lottery Fund. In practical terms I was heavily involved as the Sports Council lead in the development of the brief, through the design, construction and early management stages of both the National Cycling Centre and the National Hockey Centre.

Finally I worked in North Yorkshire with the Young Peoples Directorate where using my knowledge of education, sport and construction I was responsible for a national Big Lottery Fund project aimed at improving facilities for sport and PE. I guided 18 projects from initial brief through to completion.

Co-opted Governor 
Miss C Spedding 

I have joined the Governing body as a member of the local community, previous pupil of the school (a long time ago!) and current teacher within Kirklees. I have lived in Newton Hill the majority of my life and have a keen interest in my community.

I have a breadth of experience within my school as the current Year 2 teacher, Safeguarding lead and SENCo as well as carrying out various other roles such as PE co-ordinator, NQT mentor and Teacher Training Mentor. I work with children every day and know the importance of promoting the love of learning, independence and curiosity.  I am hoping that the knowledge and experience I have gained in my 8 years of teaching will support my role as a governor.

Hopefully I will be able to offer support and assist Newton Hill in developing further and I look forward to doing so.  

Head Teacher
 Mrs C Wheatley

I was delighted to be appointed as Headteacher of Newton Hill Community School in 2015.

It is a real privilege to be Headteacher of such a vibrant, exciting school. Our school thrives on a culture where everyone is committed to making a real difference to the children in our care. The children are at the heart of every decision we make to ensure they have the very best possible start to their education, developing personal aspiration and a lifelong love of learning. 

I will endeavor, working alongside supportive parents, staff and governors, to provide a safe, healthy and happy environment for every child to fulfill their potential.

Co-opted Governor
Mrs C Luck

I have worked at Newton Hill since 2002 and I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Governing body since 2008. I have worked across all Key Stages and I am currently on the Senior Leadership Team as Assistant Headteacher and SENCO.

I have always had a keen interest in education and a passion for providing all children with the best opportunities. Joining the governing body has given me the opportunity to explore this further. Being a governor has helped me to gain a further understanding of education and a more strategic overview of our school. My role as staff governor means I provide a link between the staff and governors. I contribute to regular meetings, provide reports and feedback as well as contribute toward new ideas and agenda items.

We are lucky at Newton Hill to have such a range of interests and expertise amongst our governors. This means we are able to bring different dimensions and viewpoints to our work to help and support us in becoming the best that we can possibly be.

Co-opted Governor
 Mrs B Pharo

"Ready for learning - ready for life" is a powerful school motto that I will stand by as a parent governor. I am proud to serve as part of the Newton Hill governing body because children are at the heart of every decision made.

My personal reasons for joining this position include: feeling more involved in my local community and proactively enhancing children’s learning environment.

My peers describe my personality as sociable, approachable and honest, with this mind hopefully other parents/local residents will feel able to voice their thoughts/concerns openly. At 27 years old I hope to bring a fresh new approach to school governing with my school years not that far behind I can quite easily reflect on my own school experience as well as adding diversity to the long serving governors. 

My professional background includes completing my IT degree in an apprentice position and working in the industry, I hope to bring this aspect of my training to the school board. With being a full time parent at the moment  I feel I can offer more time and dedication to the school.