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Governor pen portraits

 

 

 

Mrs Gill Fletcher

 Gill Fletcher

I am a retired teacher and  have lived in Darrington since 1988 and am a foundation governor representing Darrington church and a member of the church choir.  Along with music I also enjoy a variety of sporting activities.

My son attended Darrington School and I have served on the governing body previously as a parent governor.

In my role as foundation governor, I run Darrington Collective Worship Committee,  which is made up of pupils from all years .We work to promote Christian values within the school and the local community and to foster links between church and the school.

 We also take a lead in promoting activities related to our link with Buhemba primary school in the Diocese of Mara in Tanzania .

As a member of the Standards and Pupils committee, I aim to work tirelessly to assist staff, parents and governors in ensuring that all pupils of Darrington School receive a world class education and move on to secondary school as happy, confident, resilient people with a lifelong love of learning.

 

Mrs Michelle Wraith

I am currently in my third year as a co-opted governor having previously served a four year term as a parent governor.

I am a part time supply teacher at Darrington school working in all year groups but mainly Team Eagles. Prior to this I was an Education Consultant working with both Education Bradford and Andrell Education. For most of my teaching career I have also been a member of the Senior Leadership team including a short time as Acting Deputy. I have lived in Darrington for twelve years;both my sons attended this school and have many happy memories of their primary school years.  Some of you may know me from my time running the local ‘mums and tots’ group a number of years ago now or for my volunteer work with the Feast & Fayre committee.

As a governor I am chair of the Pupils and Standards Committee and have responsibility for matters related to the ‘Governor Development Plan.’ For the past seven years I have also led the school council which I have thoroughly enjoyed and we have raised lots of money for charities through various fundraising activities.

 

Mr Ian Brown

Hello I am a co-opted Governor to Darrington C of E Primary School.

I am a proud Yorkshire man who lives in Pontefract with my wife and have a strong link to Darrington through my family.  Both of my grandchildren have either attended or are attending the school and a grandchild who is not at school yet.

I am retired from full time work but do lots of things that help the local and wider community. For example, I was a magistrate until I reached the mandatory retirement age serving in Pontefract, Wakefield and Leeds.

Before I retired, I had a long career at Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Water. I am a qualified accountant by training.

I have been a school governor since my own two children were at school. My first Governor role was at Halfpenny Lane School in Pontefract as a parent governor. When my children left junior school I was elected as a parent Governor and then at Kings High School. I left both these roles in 1991.

In 2002 as part of a Government initiative I took a Governor role at a school in Doncaster that had just gone into Special Measures. After some difficult decisions and hard work by the staff and Governors the school was rated good three years later, and in 2010 outstanding and again in 2015. It has now converted to an Academy and been joined by two other schools. I am still very much involved in that school.

In my spare time I am a keen gardener, like making our home habitable, enjoy Nordic walking, getting afloat and most of all family life.

Mrs Sybil Leach

I am a foundation governor representing Darrington Church and long time resident in the village.  I am a retired primary teacher.  I am married with two grown up children and three grand-daughters.   I am buddy Governor to team Tiger.

Mrs Paula Quinn

Hi there.  I am lucky to be the proud Mum to three wonderful children, Paddy, Erin and Bertie who attend Darrington school.  I wanted to become a governor to support our school to be the best it can be!  I am loving my time on the governing body and am finding the staff and other governors to be a very supportive team.  As an experienced primary school teacher with a love of anything creative or maths based, I find myself in the lucky position to be one of the parent governors at Darrington school.  I strive to make a difference to anything I do so please do come and say hello; hopefully I can help with your questions or queries.

Mr Pete Batty

I am just starting my second 4 year term as a co-opted governor. My children, Megan and Reuben, both attend Darrington School and my wider family have had strong links with the village and School since moving to Darrington in the 1950’s.
I now own and manage our family farming business which operates in the village and neighbours the school. Using that business knowledge I sit on the resources committee and can often be found helping at PTFA fund raising events.
I feel passionate about our pupils enjoying school and creating happy memories that will stay with them forever whilst getting a first class education.
Sport is something I am interested in and I run an after school football club and associated team.
Being a  buddy governor for Team Tigers, I also love being asked to come in to class to give my annual talk about food production, farming, the environment and of course tractors!!
I really enjoy being part of the school and helping the pupils at Darrington thrive and succeed.

 

 

Mrs Kerry Miller

I’m very proud to have twins boys attending Darrington and wanted to offer any help I might give to the school as a parent governor. My back ground as general management and business owner mean I’m able to help the school ensure they meet their strategic objectives in terms of health & safety and budgetary requirements as well as being able to give support in terms of project and facilities management. My beautiful boys keep me busy when I’m not at work but otherwise I love cooking and entertaining family and friends. 

 

 

Mr Dale Skelton

 

Hi, having recently had the pleasure of joining the school Governing Body my aim is to use the knowledge and experience I have gained outside of the school environment to proactively support the school wherever and however I can be of service. I grew up locally and currently have a child studying at the school, so I have a vested interest in helping the school recognise and consolidate its current best practice and hopefully strive for continuous incremental improvement.

Most of my working life has been expended in the field of health and safety and management, predominately working in the power generation sector. Whilst not an immediate comparator with the education sector, it has however allowed me to gain experience in such areas as health and safety, auditing, emergency planning, data analysis and budgeting. I am also experienced in dealing with external agencies such as the HSE and the EA. I am fully committed to assisting the school in meeting its obligations and objectives, whilst it manages the increasing challenges that modern-day schools have to contend with.

 

 

  Miss Rebecca        Goodall

Hello! As a proud parent of a child attending this school, I am keen to support and contribute to the school’s strategic future.
With a background in business, marketing and more recently in education (as an experienced primary school teacher), I’m particularly interested in curriculum development (with a speciality in maths and MFL) and ways to optimise progress for all children.  I am excited to join the governing body and am looking forward to working together to help the school shine as brightly as it can for the benefit of each and every pupil.
 

 

 

Mr Andy Tagger

My wife and I moved to Darrington in 1983. Since then, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the very many opportunities to participate in Village life.

I’ve been on Darrington Parish Council for many years and – amongst many projects – I’m particularly pleased to have helped lead the installation of the replacement ‘character’ street lighting. I have run the Darrington Garden Club (every 2nd Wednesday of the month – 6pm at The Kyte’, All Welcome!) since 2006 along with the Darrington Garden Competition and, latterly, Darrington Open Garden Week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being the ‘MC’ for almost 25 years at the Annual Darrington Feast and Fair and most recently led the Darrington Air Crash 75th Commemoration Project. Although now VERY happily retired, I did start my long teaching career at Pontefract Boys Secondary – later, Carleton High School -where my now wife and I wrote and directed many of the school musicals.