How we work
We meet together as a full governing body every half-term. The governing body has also established a number of working committees. The committees are Learning & Teaching, Standards, Resources and Leadership. These committees cover the finer elements of governance, discussing in detail issues such as admissions, discipline and complaints, quality of teaching and much more. Each governor serves on one or more committees and in addition, has a specific area of interest – for example: safeguarding; school standards; or community issues.
Our school motto is “Moving Forward Together”. This is about everyone – parents, staff, governors and the wider school community – working in partnership to ensure that every child can succeed and reach their full potential. To achieve this, and to carry out our role as governors effectively, we need to know what issues are important to you (so we remain responsive) and ensure that you know what issues the governors are discussing (so that we remain accountable).
Keeping in touch
The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of school life. If you have a concern or a point of view to share, please come and speak to us. We are all contactable through school and are happy to discuss any issues or ideas you may have.
There are lots of ways of sharing your views with us. As many of our governors are also parents of children at school, so we can often be found around at the beginning and end of the school day. We will also be arranging specific opportunities and times throughout the school year to hear from you and keep in touch. Alternatively, you can always leave us a note at the school office or drop us an e-mail to the school address and we will get in touch with you.
Becoming a governor
Being a school governor is an important role but you do not need to have any particular skills, knowledge or experience to become a governor. What you need to bring is: a commitment to school life; the ability to work with others; patience and enthusiasm; a willingness to learn; a commitment to working openly and democratically; and, most importantly a willingness to spend what time you can offer getting involved in school life.
The most important thing to note is that governors are a team, not a collection of individuals or groups with separate agendas. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the school and the responsibility we share for its long-term success. In short, we have a common purpose.
Steven Johnson - Chair of Governors: Appointed 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2020
I have been Chair since February 2016 prior to this I held a position on the Governing body looking at the enrichment of the curriculum, I work as a civil servant and have been in this role since 1999, prior to this I worked in a microbiology lab as a food chemist.
As you may be aware I have played rugby most of my life and have had the honour to represent not only my county but also my country on numerous occasions. I love to see all the children in the school enjoy them selves and will do anything in my remit to ensure all are able to fulfil their potential whilst at Walton Primary Academy.
My personal goal whilst undertaking this role will be to see Walton achieve outstanding governance which in turn will help the school on the pathway to achieving outstanding outcomes for all.
I will always challenge and support the Headteacher and promote a culture of openness and fairness, whilst ensuring a safe and decent environment for those who attend.
Anthony Harpham Appointed 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2019
I have over 15 years’ experience of primary education as a teacher, coordinator, phase leader, Assistant Headteacher, Head of School and Headteacher in Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield and Kuwait. In all settings, the progress and outcomes for all learners has improved dramatically. I truly believe that I have one of the greatest jobs!
I place a huge emphasis on the role of governance and its impact on the outcomes for all learners. Governors should be part of the fabric of school life and constantly seek to challenge. Since arriving at Walton, I have worked with governors to identify key areas of strength and also areas of development through self-evaluation and a skills audit that have provided the school with an action plan for governance that will enable the school to develop outstanding leadership at all levels.
I am a huge music fan and attend many concerts and festivals. I love to travel and have travelled extensively in Europe, the USA and Asia. I enjoy cooking as a way of relaxing at the end of the working day.
Angela Fahy - Associate Governor - Appointed 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2019
I have been privileged to work in education since 2001, when I qualified as a teacher. My career has led me to develop specific interests in; encouraging and developing parental engagement with primary education, teaching early reading skills and fostering a lifelong love of reading, teaching children with special educational needs and also early years education.
I have spent most of my career working in Barnsley and have had several leadership positions in various primary schools including Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Early Years Leader, Deputy Head, Head of School and Acting Head. I moved to Wakefield in April 2015 to join Walton Primary Academy as Deputy Head and it is lovely to work in a school with such friendly and enthusiastic children. I am passionate about providing opportunities for all children to succeed and this is the core purpose of my role as Inclusion Leader. My aim is for all children at Walton to achieve their potential academically and socially, regardless of their differences and any barriers to learning.
I am an associate governor and my role on the governing body is to provide governors with information about the progress and attainment of specific groups of children and also outline the work school is doing to ensure that all children’s needs are being met. This year I am hoping to deliver some governor workshops on initiatives in school that ensure everyone feels included and safe, such as our anti-bullying work.
Jonathan Alton - Parent Governor - Appointed 6 November 2015 to 5 November 2019
I have two children who attend Walton Primary Academy and they love the school and I wanted give something back to the school community so I joined the governing body. Also, I want to assist the school in its efforts to make learning enjoyable and achievable for all the children.
I believe that a good education is of vital importance so that everyone is able to have options available to them in their life. The experiences of children in primary education has a huge impact on the lifelong learning journey of everyone in the community so I hope, as a governor, is to assist the school in its quest to continue to provide excellent learning opportunities for each child.
I have worked in education since 2001 and been teaching since 2004. This gives me a wide knowledge of education especially as I have worked in both post-16 and pre-16 education. In my current professional role I am involved in improving and promoting the standard of teaching and this aids me in my role as a governor at Walton. I have also been involved in community sports projects in the past and I currently run an annual charity golf event and my organisational skills are of benefit to the school’s governing body. However, I think the most important aspect that I bring to the governing body is that I am a parent as well as an education professional and I am able to see both sides of decisions regarding education.
Amanda Scholey - Community Governor - Appointed 4 February 2015 to 3 February 2019
I am a parent of three children who have all attended Walton Primary Academy. I have voluntarily assisted in school every Wednesday afternoon for the past five years, helping with reading and craft activities. I have also assisted at school events where needed.
I believe that every child is unique and that he/she should be able to develop within a happy, safe working and learning environment and have an ongoing educational experience in which they can achieve their full potential. Such an experience should involve parents, teachers and the wider community working in partnership to that end. From my personal experience Walton Primary Academy is striving towards this goal.
My employment background has allowed me to attain and develop skills in business, managerial, customer service, administration and the boundaries of confidentiality. Through all aspects of my employment and voluntary work I have developed the ability to communicate with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
My favourite subject is English for which I am link governor.
As a School Governor I am able to offer a range of skills and experience. I desire the best education for the children of Walton Primary Academy and the best working and learning environment for both staff and children alike.
Sarah Vause - Community Governor - Appointed 4 February 2015 to 3 February 2019
My two daughters attend Walton Primary Academy and it is a key part in helping them to be successful in their lives and achieve their hopes and ambitions in the future. I believe that all children, irrespective of ability or background, should have equal opportunities in education. I want to help the school to deliver value for money and achieve the best possible outcomes for the children. I have a genuine passion for continuous improvement and love to ask questions. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the school.
I have ten years of experience as an Internal Audit professional, providing independent assurance to Senior Managers in how they are managing their risks and can operate their businesses more effectively. I have worked in a range of regulated industries, spending 6 years with Leeds City Council, 4 years with Yorkshire Water and am currently with Centrica (British Gas). I have reviewed areas such as Business Continuity, Procurement, Contracts and Project Management, as well as conducting Fraud Investigations. I have audited a number of schools across Leeds and assessed their Financial Management Standards. I have a business degree and further education diploma with the Chartered Institute of Internal Audit, including other qualifications in areas such as Health and Safety. When I’m not at work, I enjoy running and am a member of Ackworth Road Runners.
Lois Smith - Staff Governor - Appointed 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2020
I have been a teaching assistant at Walton Primary for over 18 years; a role that stemmed from my being a parent helper, both at Walton Infants and Walton Junior School. I qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in 2005 and was promoted to Lead HLTA in 2013.
During my time so far at Walton, I have worked in all key stages; from Foundation through to Upper Key Stage 2. In 2012 I was asked to work in Class 9 with Year 6 children, after working in Key Stage 1 for thirteen years, which I then did for a year. That brought new challenges for me to say the least. Then, in 2013, I moved into a Year 5 – Year 6 class where I stayed for two years. I am currently working in Class 9 with Year 6 once again where I have been for the last eighteen months and thoroughly enjoying it; still.
I believe that not only should we be teaching children academic skills, but life skills too and that children should be celebrated and allowed to shine no matter what their skills or capabilities. I have very high standards and expectations of all those who are at Walton Primary Academy including children, staff and governors.
Giles McVicar - Foundation Governor - Appointed 21 September 2016 to 20 September 2020
I became a Foundation Governor in September 2016. Upon leaving school I started work in the banking sector with RBS, where I remained for all 21 years of my career before retiring in 2012. My final 10 years were spent working in business banking, where I held the position of Senior Business Relationship Manager for my last 5 years. Working with and supporting a varied portfolio of small/medium sized businesses, through some challenging economic times, gave me a good insight into effective business management. I hope to bring any relevant knowledge gained to the governing body and specifically the resources committee.
I have lived in the area all my life and my two sons have recently attended the school. Seeing them both absolutely thrive here convinced me to seek to join the governing body, enabling me to offer something back and help play a part in seeing every child flourish.
Having first hand experience in the area, I am also link Governor for SEN.
My interests include being a trustee of Walton Community library, involvement with a homeless persons charity, a keen golfer, walking my dog, gym, Pilates, and I enjoy playing and watching most sports.
Victoria Cocliff - Foundation Governor - Appointed 21 September 2016 to to 20 September 2020
My family have been in Walton for three generations. I love the close community, of which I see this school as the core. I am proud that my son and nephews attend Walton Primary Academy and I want to assist the school in going from strength to strength. I am passionate about children being all rounded, achieving their potential in all aspects of education, building their confidence and allowing them to discover their individual personalities.
I work for the Police Service and I have good knowledge and experience of a wide range of legislation, safeguarding and partnership work. I am also an actress and I feel the great work the school does around creativity for the children is important.