Meet Our Governors

Chair of Governors
 Mr D Barry
I first started teaching in 1975 at Hemsworth High School where I remained for 12 years.
From there I have done advisory work in Wakefield – Project Management in Barnsley.
I have worked throughout West Yorkshire, lecturing in higher education at Leeds and Huddersfield Universities. I have an MA in Education. I have also been an Ofsted Inspector for eight years. My involvement in School Governance originates back to 2008 at Kettlethorpe High School. I have been Chair of the school since 2010. I am currently a National Leader of Governance.
Although supposedly retired since 2009, more Governance commitments across Wakefield are occurring, which means less time for cycling, travelling, though my support for Middlesbrough FC (my hometown) remains protected.
Parent Governor
Dr S S M H Naqvi
My son attended Newton Hill Community School and I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2014. I have enjoyed working with the Board of Governors since being elected. I have worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS UK and abroad for nearly 15 years now. I am also involved locally and regionally in increasing awareness for Carers support in the community.
I became a parent Governor to support the school in developing a culture of inclusion and diversity, promoting equality, eliminating discrimination and harassment, promote positive attitudes and encourage participation for all.
I would endeavour to improve our children’s experience of school in their formative years and improve outcomes from the education system here.
Parent Governor
 Mrs H Speck 

I was recently appointed as a parent Governor at the beginning of 2016 and have enjoyed establishing myself in this new role; beginning to understand how I can add value and support the school in delivering a great experience for their pupils.

I have two children currently attending the school, with a combined attendance of 11 years, so I am fully integrated into the concept of a fully inclusive school, ensuring the pupils are both ready for learning and ready for life.  I have regularly attended ‘Friends of the School’ meetings for the past two years, volunteering to raise funds and offer my time to support events, so becoming a Governor seemed the next natural step.

For 25 years I have undertaken voluntary work with the West Leeds Gateway club. The club gives the opportunity for adults with learning and physical disabilities to come together and take part in weekly activities and socialise. I have served the club in several capacities including the last 5 years as Treasurer.

Hopefully I can support the school in continuing to produce pupils, who are able to maximise their potential, whilst embracing the culture of the schools 5 golden rules.
Co Opted Governor
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.

Assosiate Governor
Mrs L Bashforth

I joined Newton Hill Community School in December 2014 as the School Business Manager previously having a legal background. I am currently completing the Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management. 

My role at our school is very varied and I contribute to many areas including finance, payroll, personnel, premises and health and safety to name a few! 

I feel very privileged to work in such an exceptional school that has only the best interest of all children where all stake holders share the same ethos and vision with true passion.

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 C Neal

I have been a teacher at Newton Hill School since 2007 and joined the school’s Governing Body in 2011. I wanted to become a Govenor to gain a greater understanding of the school and find out what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to support teaching and learning and ensure that the children are receiving an education that is allowing them to leave Newton Hill as successful and confident individuals.

As a member of the Governing Body I have been a part of the Resources Committee, where I gained an insight into school finances, premises and health and safety procedures. I am now an active member of the Standards and Pupils Committee, where pupil’s progress and attainment is closely monitored to ensure that all children are achieving their very best.

I enjoy my role as school governor as I like being part of a team where every member brings their own skills and expertise. This varied knowledge and understanding means that the school is always developing and as a result, continues to be a successful establishment. 


Co Opted Governor
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.

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. 

Co Opted Governor
 Mr T Rigby

I joined the Governing Body of Newton Hill in March 2017 as I felt my experience and background in finance would be a positive asset to the Governing Body and as I am local to the area it is a good opportunity to give something back to the community.

I have worked in a variety of finance roles at Wakefield Council over the last 10 years. For the last two and a half years I have been in my current role of Senior Financial / Management Accountant within Children & Young People’s finance, specifically dealing with education funding. This has given me a good knowledge base and understanding of how schools are funded and the current financial challenges they face. I constantly keep up to date with changes to education funding so I feel I will be well placed to make sure governors and staff are regularly updated on any expected changes and the impact of any changes for our school.

I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards that being involved with Newton Hill will bring. Working together with governors, the Head Teacher, staff, parents and children I believe we will allow all children to fulfil their potential.