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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 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




Mrs Kerry Miller




Mr Dale Skelton








  Miss Rebecca        Goodall








Mr Andy Tagger