School governors lead schools, they don’t manage them. They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; to be critical friends to the school; and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions. Governors discuss and have input on:
The governing body often appoints sub-committees of governors to look at specific issues such as the school’s finance, staffing, curriculum and premises.
I have been a governor at Greenhill Primary School, Wakefield since 2002. Since 2009, I have been Chair of Governors. I enjoy being part of school life and everything that is involved. In my working life I was a medical trials researcher at the Department of Epidemiology, Leeds University. I also worked with victim support in Wakefield for approximately five years. In my spare time I enjoy short story and poetry writing.
Mr Martin Fenton, Headteacher
I have been headteacher at Greenhill Primary School since September 2009. I studied Primary Education at Bradford University and qualified as a teacher in 1997. I continued my studies through the Open University, gaining a Masters degree in Education in 2001. I have previously taught in three other primary schools in the Wakefield District. I am a Local leader of Education and in this role I have supported other schools in the Wakefield area. Prior to training as a teacher, I worked for the Civil Service and two large insurance companies. Away from school, I enjoy music, photography and gardening. I enjoy studying and my current challenge is learning Bridge.
I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and have been a governor at the Greenhill School for 5 years. I have extensive experience of being a governor in both primary and secondary schools.
I worked as a librarian – in a secondary school, further education college and university and for many years – before retiring in 2010. My 3 children attended Wakefield schools. I have had the privilege to serve as a Councillor for the local area since 2008. My year as Mayor gave me to see the opportunity to see the rich diversity and strong education offered in primary schools across the District. I’m proud of the work that we do here at Greenhill. I’m interested in reading modern fiction, exploring the local countryside, and improving my proficiency in pilates.
I was appointed as Community Member of the Governing Body in November 2013. I work in Wakefield for Oval Insurance Broking and head up their Education division where we advise schools, colleges and universities on appropriate insurance protection and risk management advice. Through this work I have regular contact with other educational establishments and present and work with other school governing bodies. I have a good understanding of changes in the world of education and relevant legislation. I am keen to support the school and its plans for the future. My other interests include: reading, cinema, cooking and watching sport.
I became a governor at Greenhill Primary School in 2015. My career was spent in the field of education, initially as a primary school teacher working in England and then in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East. I then became the UK manager of a European environmental award for schools and finally came to Wakefield where I worked for the Local Authority as the Healthy Schools Co-ordinator, before retiring in 2008. I'm interested in theatre and the arts. I'm a volunteer steward at the Theatre Royal in Wakefield and a room guide at Nostell Priory. I also help run Wakefield Film Society and am currently trying to learn Tai Chi.
I have been the Pastor of New Life Christian Centre in Wakefield for over 20 years now and have been coming into Greenhill school for around 15 of those years. I do numerous things such as the Christmas Roadshows, RE Lessons, Assemblies and an after school club each week. My wife is a school teacher so she can help me write lessons and assemblies that go along with the National Curriculum.
I love being involved with the community of Wakefield and so involve myself in a number of local schools, over 30 to be exact! I'm also the Chaplain to our local rugby team, Wakefield Trinity. I love going into the club one day a week and connecting with the players and going with them to their matches. I love being with people and find that Greenhill school is a fantastic place where we have some great, friendly teachers and staff. If you see me around, please stop and say hello! I would love to meet you and have a little chat.
I was appointed as Associate Member of the Governing Body, following my retirement from work in September 2011. My close association with Greenhill School goes back to January 1987, when I started clerking meetings of the Governing Body. In this role, I have learnt a lot about the school and its history. I worked as an Administrative Officer in the Education Departments of both Wakefield District Council and the West Riding County Council for a total of 43 years. My experience was varied and included working in School Governor Services, which developed my knowledge of school issues and, particularly, school governance legislation. My other interests include: reading, meeting friends, Leeds United, watching “soaps”, music of all kinds and dancing.