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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 Academy Improvement, Performance Management and Resources. 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 issuesWorking together

Our school motto is “Together We Learn”. 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.

If you wish to enquire or get in contact with us regarding any issue, then please email: 

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

Normanton Junior Academy Governors Committee Structure

Academic Standards Committee
(Formally known as the Governing body)
Mr Beedle - Chair
Mrs Younis - Vice Chair
Mrs Simpkins Mr Wheeler Mr Coman
Mr Clarke

Mrs Wood

Mrs Sleeman-Hiscock
Associate Governors
Mrs Waddington
Mr Berry


Our Governors

Name: Mr Beedle

Category of Governor: Chair of Governors

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 02.10.2018

Term of Office: 2018-20 

Responsibilities: Chair of Governors

I am proud and privileged to have been appointed as Chair of Governors at Normanton Junior Academy from October 2017 following a year as Interim Chair. I am struck by a real desire from everyone involved with the school to provide high standards of education and care for each and every pupil.

As Chair of Governors I lead a team of governors who work closely with the headteacher, Trudie Southward, the Senior Leadership team, teaching and support staff, all of whom are committed to creating a vibrant learning community in which all pupils are supported to make the most of their individual talents and abilities. Together, we constantly strive to make improvements for the benefit of all, thereby creating a school of which everyone can be proud.

The support and involvement of parents in their children’s education is of vital importance in helping them to be the best they can be and I look forward to meeting as many parents as possible through various events during my period of office.

I have previous experience as a governor at my daughter’s primary and secondary schools, and also as a  school staff governor.  Normanton Junior Academy is a member of the Waterton Academy Trust. This is an exciting development in which the pupils, staff and governors from schools across the Trust partnership are working together, sharing ideas and good practice to enhance the educational experiences of all the children.

My professional background is in the field of education. I worked in schools for 34 years becoming an  Assistant Headteacher in a large comprehensive school in Wakefield where I was responsible for the training and development of the school workforce (both teaching and support staff colleagues). During this time I was able to extend my professional knowledge, understanding and experience through undertaking part time secondments at a local level with the Wakefield Council’s School Improvement team, and at a national level with the General Teaching Council’s Teacher Learning Academy. From September 2011 to July 2014 I led the Wakefield Partnership for Initial Teacher Training as the partnership manager during which time the partnership gained a national reputation for its high quality provision for training teachers of the future.

I retired from full time working in the summer of 2014 but I have maintained an interest in education working on a part time basis for Leeds Trinity University as a link tutor for their teacher training programme, and also undertaking a role as an external examiner for other teacher training partnerships both locally and beyond.

Outside of education, despite retiring from playing myself, I have maintained a keen interest in aa wide range of sports. I am a season ticket holder at Leeds United and a supporter of Castleford Tigers. I enjoy listening to music of all genres and play the drums and guitar. I also enjoy travelling and visiting other areas of Britain and countries abroad, and enjoy spending time in the garden.

I have high aspirations for Normanton Junior Academy and am committed to helping the school to continue on its rapid improvement journey.

Name: Mrs Simpkins

Category of Governor: Foundation

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 19.10.2016

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: Training

I am a teacher with over 20 years of experience working with children from foundation to year 6. I specialise in teaching writing. 

I applied to be a governor for two reasons, firstly so that I could contribute to the ongoing development of Normanton Junior as an excellent school, and secondly to give me a different perspective on how a school creates the best possible learning environment for everyone. 

I'd like to be able to share my experience and expertise to support staff, pupils and fellow governors in creating a school that sits at the heart of the community and gives every child the chance to succeed. 

I sit on the improvement committee where I hope to be able to utilise my extensive literacy experience (teaching, leading, coaching and moderating) to help shape how the committee will challenge the school to aim even higher.

Outside of teaching I have two young daughters (primary school) who occupy most of my time and, whenever possible, I like to run and I am learning yoga. 

Name: Mr Wheeler

Category of Governor: Foundation

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 01.08.2015

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: Training

I was appointed as a Governor about a year ago as the school was going through the process of conversion to academy status. I decided to apply to be a governor on learning that the school had been placed in special measures. I have a child at the school and another who will  attend in due course. I want to contribute to the school and hopefully play a part in improving the school for current and future pupils and staff.

I am a member of the resources committee and have taken on the role of Training Link Governor. This involves finding out about governor training offered by the local authority and ensuring my fellow governors were aware of the resources that are available to them.

I have worked in IT for over 20 years in both the public and private sector. I currently work as a supervisor for an IT Services company.

I am interested in current affairs, history and sport, especially rugby (both codes).

My term of office is due to end in 2019.

Name: Mrs Waddington

Category of Governor: School Business Manager

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 19.10.2016

Term of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: School Business Manager

I feel fortunate to be School Business Manager at Normanton Junior Academy, working alongside likeminded dedicated staff whose main focus is to make a difference to the lives of all young people who are part of our school community.  Being an associate member of the governing body, functioning in partnership with other members adds dimension and focus within my SBM role.

My position within this team is to provide governors with a detailed understanding of finance, health and safety, safeguarding, premises, website and HR. I welcome and encourage robust challenge as this provides governors with clarity, confidence and belief in our strategic systems.

Name: Mrs Southward

Category of Governor: Headteacher

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 01.08.2015

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: Headteacher

Since qualifying as a teacher in 1997, I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of primary school settings, in five different Local Authorities around the country. Working in a school setting means that every day is different, and my role as Head Teacher at NJA is never boring! Although I have only been in post at NJA since January 2015, I feel very privileged to be doing something that I love for a living and I look forward to seeing what the future at NJA has to offer.

Over the years, my experience has led me to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real-life activities, and this is something that drives everything that I am trying to achieve at NJA.

I also believe that strong relationships with parents and the wider community are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through their school life, learning the life-skills required for a successful future. So I am delighted to be working together with the governing body to ensure that we all make a positive contribution to the lives of pupils at Normanton Junior Academy.

Name: Mrs Younus

Category of Governor: Co-Opted

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 01.08.2015

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities:    Vice-Chair/Trustee

Sports Premium/Attendance

Being a mum of two young children and an Assistant Headteacher in a large Junior school in Kirklees, I feel that I have acquired an  in-depth knowledge in improving children’s education and supporting any school. During my teaching career I have seen many  changes in the education sector but one thing will always remain the same - we are not here to teach the children what to think but HOW to think! I care about improving children’s educational attainment and want to contribute to the community where I live. I am not afraid to ask questions...I am driven by achieving the best life outcomes for the children in our care. I have a keen interest in data analysis and tracking the progress and attainment of pupils. I am a writing moderator for the local authority and often will support other schools in improving outcomes in writing. It is very important for children to be exposed to new, exciting and innovative learning experiences which they will be able to utilise in years to come.
I have lived in the local community for the last 16 years and both my children have attended local schools. So far I have enjoyed my role as a Governor and am willing to support Normanton Junior Academy in whatever way I can to ensure the school continues to develop and reach its full potential. 
In my spare time, I like playing pool and cricket. I'm a massive fan of the cinema and love watching psychological thrillers. Bringing up a teenage daughter occupies most of my time as it can be demanding at times!

Name: Mrs Sleeman-Hiscock

Category of Governor: Parent

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 01.08.2015

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: Pupil Premium

I currently work at Wakefield Council. I have three children; one child is now in high school, one child attends Normanton Juniors, and one child is in All Saints Infants. This has given me the ability to become more involved with school that a lot of parents are able to. As a family we enjoy camping especially near the beach and spending time with our friends and family.
Giving children the best educational experience is very important to me. To achieve this I think developing an enthusiasm for learning along with having fun combined with first rate teaching is essential within a school. This should hopefully encourage our children to become happy, confident grown ups with lots of opportunities and choices for their future. This is what I want from education for my own children as I'm sure you do too. These are the reasons that I wanted to get more involved with Normanton Juniors Academy initially volunteering to be on the parent forum after the school went into special measures. This role changed over time when the IEB was running the school and becoming a governor when the IEB ceased their involvement with the school seemed a natural step.

Name: Mr Coman

Category of Governor: Parent

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 03.10.2017

Term Of Office: 2017-21

Responsibilities: Maths

Name: Mr Berry

Category of Governor: Associate Member

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 15.03.2016

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: Deputy Headteacher 

Name: Mrs Wood

Category of Governor: Staff

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 01.08.2015

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: Maths

Name: Mr Clarke

Category of Governor: Staff

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 01.08.2015

Term Of Office: 2015-19

Responsibilities: Health and Safety

I have been a teacher at Normanton Junior Academy for over ten years now and it has been my privilege to work alongside a very talented and dedicated set of staff and students in all that time. I joined the Governing Body after the IEB handed over and I am very keen to work on it after the conversion to an academy as staff governor with responsibility for health and safety. As a member of staff and the local community, I want to see our school continue to thrive for the next generation of children who will be coming through our doors and do all I can to help ensure they get the best possible experience in their short time with us. 

Away from school, I love spending time with my family and have a keen interest in the performing arts; particularly all forms of music and drama. I also enjoy reading, history, current affairs, and following the lows and not quite so lows of Castleford Tigers. 

Previous Governors:
Name Date Appointed Term of Office
Mr Winn 01.08.15 2015-16
Mrs Cook 01.08.15 2015-16
Mrs Cavell 01.08.15 2015-16