Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Meet Our Governors
We have a full board of governors who work closely with the school to ensure that the children are getting the best education possible,
John Allott –Vice Chair of Governors
John’s background is in social care. Initially working for Wakefield Council as a social worker and social work manager, he subsequently became self-employed and is presently the Manager Partner of a dementia care unit.
He is a Director of Leeds Care Association and the dementia representative on the Leeds Integrated Dementia Board.
John's other interests include education (he is a governor at two local schools), community development (he is a Director of Eastmoor Community Project) and sport (he is an active shareholder at Wakefield Trinity and an original member of Huddersfield Town Blue and White Foundation).
John welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the work of Pinders Primary which he sees as a genuine community school, striving hard in every way to achieve the very best possible outcomes for our local children and their families.
Georgina Darling- Chair of Governors / Parent Governor
I live in the area local to Pinders Primary with my husband and three children. My eldest daughter is 4 years old and attends Pinders Primary with her younger sister, who is 3 years old. My youngest child is a boy aged 2 years.
Whilst my hands are kept quite full by them I also returned to education last year after leaving college in 2011. This decision to return led to my acceptance in to University to study BA(Hons) Primary Education (Accelerated Degree).
It has always been my ambition to be a teacher; I feel very passionately about education, effective teaching and the belief that every child deserves to have an engaging, exciting and supportive school experience and so when I was approached by Mrs. Somerfield and I was asked if I would like to be a parent governor I was very excited to take up the position.
I am working very hard to do my part as the Vice Chair of Governors to meet the ambition that is shared by all the Governors ,staff and students of Pinders Primary. Together we aim to create a Pinders that is expanding and strengthening, providing the kind of environment that supports every child in a successful school career.
Catherine Eaves- Parent Governor
Stuart Heptinstall- Mayor- Local Authority Governor
I have lived in the Wakefield all my life . I started my education at Manygates Infants School before attending Sandal Magna Junior School until the family moved to Eastmoor. I completed my last year in junior school at Heath View Junior School. The secondary modern school I opted for was Manygates Senior Secondary Modern.
On leaving school I applied for a mining craft electrical apprenticeship with the National Coal Board at the age of fifteen. On being accepted on the coal boards scheme , I started work at Park Hill Colliery, After completing my indentured apprenticeship I qualified to work as an electrician on the surface and underground in the mining industry.
I am married to Christine and have three children , two boys and a girl .All three were educated at Heath View Junior and Eastmoor High School as it was known then. We have seven grand children, whom we have been fortunate to see grow up in the Wakefield area.
Due to the closure of the mining operations in the Wakefield area I transferred my place of employment to Riccall mine in the Selby area in 1983, but decided to travel to the Selby coal field to work. Being a member of the local mines Mines Rescue team, Fire Fighting team and having studied at Leeds University adult education centre (industrial history & industrial law) for two years whilst at Park Hill Colliery. I took the decision to change my function in the mining industry from electrical to safety.
So on starting work at Riccall mine I established the two Mines Rescue teams required at that mine. I continued my further education by returning to Barnsley collage and gained City & Guild certificates Safety Officers , Fire Officers Dust Officers , Noise Officers and was responsible for the safety function of that mine on behalf of the mine manager, until I took early retirement whilst employed at Riccall mine as the Mines Safety Officer. My appointment of Local Authority Governor over thirty years ago at Pinders Primary Junior & Infants school was a way of being involved with the future citizens of our area . Having been involved with all kinds of community work over the years and gained experience in local politics , residents groups and social groups I am really pleased to play a part in bringing the school and community together. I attend Governors meetings, training sessions and work with other governors and staff to improve the academic and life skill qualities of our future citizens who will need to reach theirpotential for use in their society.
Catherine Somerfield - Co Opted Governor
I first came to Pinders Primary School in September 2003 as a student from Leeds University and I have never left! I have been employed as a teacher at the school for over 13 years, mainly teaching in our Early Years Foundation Stage. Throughout this time I have been a member of the senior leadership team as well as working for the local authority as an advanced skills teacher - supporting practitioners in other schools. I have also been a phonics leading teacher for the local authority too. From September I have gone back to being a classroom teacher, working with our Nursery class. Working part time has allowed me to spend more quality time with my 2 young children - a balance which I'm very much enjoying.
Neil Hardwick - Co Opted Governor
I have lived in Wakefield all my life (making the big move from Wrenthorpe to Outwood in the early nineties), attending Junior and Infants as a child.I currently work for the council as a Finance Manager and in my spare time play golf and manage a local junior football team.
I have two boys, the eldest is Tom who is 18 and in his first year at Huddersfield University and his brother James, aged 16 is just about to start an Accountancy Apprenticeship in the next couple of weeks, both went
to Ledger Lane School in Outwood. The support they received at school was essential in ensuring that they reach their potential and make the most of their abilities.
Consequently, when I was asked to be a governor I was excited and happy to do anything I can to support the school, and it will provide me with the opportunity to see all the work that goes on to make sure that all
of the children get the chance to meet their potential.
Rev Rob Drost- Co Opted Governor
I moved to Wakefield in September 2016 to take up the post of Methodist Church Minister at three Chapels: Kirkhamgate, Wrenthorpe and Trinity Wakefield. Trinity is just behind Pinders School. Before coming to Wakefield, I was the Chaplain at Sheffield Children's Hospital and Minister at Millhouses Methodist Church. I am a "JNC" Nationally Qualified Youth Worker and spent many years as a Manager at the children's charity "Barnardo's" working with Key Stage 4 young people who had been excluded from secondary school. I pop into school to take some assemblies and some of the classes come over to church at key festivals and to have tours of the building - some remember it from when they were in pre-school.
I am married to Rachel and we have 4 children. Our eldest has autism and is living in supportive housing in Rotherham. Our middle two are at University - one studying International Politics and the other Fine Art. Our youngest is in Y11 and heading towards his GCSE's. I really enjoy engaging with children & young people and am looking forward to seeing them grow and develop through the hard work of the whole school staff."
Craig Fraser - Deputy Headteacher - Co-opted Governor
I am the Deputy Headteacher at Pinders Primary School. I have now been here for just over two years, having left an acting headship at another Wakefield school.
I continuously set high standards for myself, my colleagues and the pupils in my care. It is my firm belief that the learning environment must be of an exceptionally high standard, whether it be displays or learning resources. It undoubtedly sets a precedent for the children to aspire to. Having pride in what I display, means the children will take pride in what they display to me, whether it be a piece of work, a practical activity or behaviour. My displays are always fun and interactive; I use them in order for children to scaffold their own learning, creating independent, self-motivated learners. Education and learning should be fun and interactive, as well as informative - never a chore.
Throughout my teaching career, I have always sought opportunities to advance my knowledge of educational philosophies and practices. As part of my Teacher Leadership Responsibility of Connecting Classrooms, I was selected by the Lead Modern Foreign Languages Advisor for the Wakefield Authority, to take part in a project of both cultural and intellectual exchange with a range of Chinese Schools. A head teacher and I were involved in creating an English Classroom in China with the purpose to show the pedagogy of English learning in a range of formal lessons, which were observed by teachers from across the Wuhou District. As part of this programme, 200 head teachers, as well as educational ministers of both Chengdu and Beijing, observed a lesson I produced using our cross-curricular and creative approach. Furthermore I have taught in Norway and America, showcasing the english education system as well as teaching a hobby of Rock climbing.
Naeem Formuli - Parent Governor
Armaan Khan - Co opted Governor
I have lived in Wakefield all my life and I have also attended Pinders Primary school as a child.It was a great pleasure to be asked to join the governing body last year. I became a governor as I wanted to know more about how the school worked, how decisions were made and how I could help and make a difference within the school.
I am involved in many different local community groups and charities. I am also a student at Sheffield Hallam University studying Politics.
What our governors say....
" Children showed confidence whilst speaking in a mock debating scenario"
Stuart Heptinstall (20/10/17)
Pupil Premium meeting:
"Greater insight into PP criteria of application. Also the importance of families applying"
John Allott ( 9.11.17)
The remembrance assembly was;
"Moving and memorable way to reflect on life and the sacrifice of war"
Rev Rob Drost
"Everything was planned and everyone followed it brilliantly. An atmosphere of calm and peace was created. Everyone seemed to truly remember the soldiers."
"The children were brilliant for the duration of the event and all played their part in the presentation"
Stuart Heptinstall. ( 10.11.17)