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 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.
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 over 10 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 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.
Jean Ashford, Associate Governor
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.
Mrs Emma Wright, Parent Governor
Bethan Woodhead, Parent Governor
I strongly feel a school should be a community to participate in. I am dyslexic and dyscalculic and, despite obvious difficulties, I loved school. My disability raised my resilience and as a governor I would like to help other struggling children. I have been a civil servant since 2007, currently a policy adviser at the Department of Education. My passion for education policy started at university, where I wrote my dissertation on target driven education in primary schools. I enjoy the arts and gardening, but mostly I love exploring with my son.
Riffat Hussain, Parent Governor
I am a self-employed solicitor , running a busy consultancy. I like to spend time with my family and keep fit through martial arts. I became a governor so that I could have an active involvement with my children's school and make a contribution to the whole school community.
Louise Nelson, Co-Opted Governor
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.