Meet Our Governors

Chair Of Governors
Mrs J Hopwood

I am delighted to be the Chair of Governors 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. My most recent role was as a Head teacher in Kirklees.

 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.  As the Chair of the Governing Body, I work closely with the Headteacher and other governors to support the school in providing every child with a successful educational experience at Newton Hill.  

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 
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.  

Co-opted Governor
Ms E Thorpe

I joined the Governing body in late 2020 as a first time Governor. I have worked as a team leader in an environmental chemistry laboratory in Wakefield for the last five years, working in a highly regulated industry means I am quite used to bureaucracy and working within a system.  I am hoping to bring my managerial and scientific skills to support Newton Hill and the vision for its pupils.


I am an active STEM ambassador and have supported local Wakefield secondary schools with CV and interview preparation, as well as mentoring aspiring scientists with extra-curricular projects. Seeing Newton Hill’s dedication for the students as a governor has given me even more appreciation of education and teaching, and the wider curriculum not just STEM.

Head Teacher
 Mrs C Wheatley

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.

Parent Governor

Miss S Baines

I am a first time Governor joining in late 2020.  I have 3 children, 2 who went to Newton Hill and are now in secondary school and 1 currently in year 1.  I became a Governor to give something back to the local community and the school hoping to use my professional accountancy skills and finance knowledge gained from working in the NHS for over 15 years.  With the NHS being public funded it is similar in its policies and procedures and having experience in dealing with this will help in the Governor role.  I work in a mental health Trust and are keen to see that good mental health and wellbeing is supported and promoted within school.

Parent Governor
Mrs N Glover

I joined the Governing body in late 2020 as an elected parent governor and I have 2 children who attend Newton Hill Community School.

I have a breadth of experience across several organisations within Business Operations, including HR and recruitment, financial management, business planning, risk management, health and safety and project management.  My experience over the years have given me a great insight into understanding just how significant a child’s early years are in shaping their future life.

I have seen what a great school Newton Hill is and I became a Governor to utilise the breadth of skills and experience that I have to support the school and to give something back to the community.  I very much believe that the Governor role is a supportive role whilst providing alternative viewpoints, holding the senior team to account where needed, ensuring value for money and most importantly striving to continually improve and develop the school for the benefit of all pupils, both now and in the future.