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Governor pen portraits




Mrs Gill Fletcher

I have lived in Darrington since 1988 and I am a foundation governor representing Darrington church. I enjoy singing in the church choir, swimming, playing tennis and cycling.

My son attended Darrington School and I have served on the governing body previously.

Having recently taken early retirement from teaching in a secondary school, I am now in a position to make time to be part of a proactive governing body and look forward to meeting pupils, parents and staff during school hours as well out of school hours! 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 a co-opted governor having previously served four years as a parent governor. I am a part time Education Consultant, specialising in raising standards in writing. Prior to this I was a primary school teacher in Bradford and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  I have done some occasional supply work in school over the last couple of years across all year groups. I have lived in Darrington for the last ten years and my son is currently in Year 5 whilst my eldest son has just started at Secondary school having been at Darrington for 7 enjoyable years.  Some of you may know me from my time running the local ‘mums and tots’ group a number of years ago now! I am buddy Governor to Team Meerkat, chair of the Pupils and Standards Committee and have responsibility for English, Maths and matters related to the ‘Governor Development Plan.’ For the past three years I have led the school council at Darrington which I have thoroughly enjoyed and found really rewarding.


Mr Barrie Penrose

I am a parent governor and the current Chair for the school’s Resources committee. Both of my daughters, Maggie and Annie, are pupils at Darrington School giving me a vested interest in how the school is run. I am the buddy Governor for Team Tiger and have subject responsibility for Maths and Science.

Outside of school I am a director of a company which provides employee health and wellbeing services to both the public and private sectors. My main focus is business management but I also have a personal and professional interest in positive psychology, mindfulness, fitness and nutrition.

I am an ex police sergeant with experience in most areas of policing including neighbourhood policing. Part of this role was to build strong partnerships with a number of schools and youth service groups, ensuring better handling of youth related problems and increased danger awareness and safety education.

I hold a number of values but am particularly passionate about providing the opportunity to learn and ensuring the school is run with fairness and integrity.


Mr Laurie Dale

Currently a project manager for O2, my background includes IT support, Systems Analysis and a qualified Estate Agent!  I'm passionate about working with people of all ages.  I've previously taught karate, mentored teenage school children and been a reading buddy in another school.  I'm a coach, helping people with their personal development, and mentor apprentices who are new to O2.   I am Buddy Governor to Team Eagle and my curriculum responsibility is Computing. 

If you want to talk about anything to do with the school or governing body, feel free to get in touch, I'd love to hear any ideas or feedback you might have.

Mr Andy Tagger


Mr Adrian Birden

Hi, I’m Philip’s Dad and I’ve been a school governor for 6 years, first at Kirk Smeaton Primary, now here at Darrington since the start of 2016. I used to teach at sixth form and now I’m a private tutor and examiner in A Level Psychology.

I actually wanted to be a primary school teacher and I think that early years education is where children should be given the time and support to build their confidence and develop their skills, academically & socially, in preparation for the ‘tough stuff’ that comes later. It’s quite clear to me that Darrington School is very capable of providing that balanced and solid foundation for our children.

Mrs Paula Quinn


Mr Pete Batty


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.

Mr Ian Brown