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Normanton Junior Academy

Together We Learn

01924 891 546


How we work

We meet together as a full governing body every half-term as the Academy Standards Commitee to discuss various aspects of the school's management and organisation. From time to time, the governing body also establishes working groups to review and develop specific aspects of school policy. Each governor undertakes a specific area of responsibility related to a particular area of interest such as safeguarding, pupil progress, attendance and welfare, and aspect of the curriculum.

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).

Waterton Governance

For more information about the governance of the Waterton Academy Trust, visit:

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 some of our governors are also parents of children at school, 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

AcademY Standards Committee
(Formerly known as the Governing body)
Mr Beedle - Chair
Mr Coman - Vice Chair
Mrs Southward - Headteacher
Mrs Simpkins Mrs Milner Mrs Sleeman-Hiscock

Mr Barret

Miss Furness 



Associate Governors
Mr Berry Mrs Tintor 


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 / Safeguarding

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: English

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 Coman

Category of Governor: Vice Chair/Parent

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 03.10.2017

Term Of Office: 2017-21

Responsibilities: Maths

I have been a Governor at Normanton Junior Academy since Oct 2017 and was delighted to become Vice-chairman a year later. I have previously been a Governor at 2 other schools and thoroughly enjoy the role. 
My day job is in Leeds where I work in Finance having worked in that sector since I finished my education.
Away from work I enjoy spending time with my family. I am an avid follower of football, cricket and snooker.

Name: Mrs Sleeman-Hiscock

Category of Governor: Foundation

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: 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 Milner

Category of Governor: Foundation 

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 29.01.2019

Term Of Office: 2019-23

Responsibilities: Curriculum

During my working career I have enjoyed working for a lot of different companies including ASDA and First Direct bank, mainly in administration. My final job was with Wakefield Local Authority as coordinator of their outstanding teacher training programme. I was proud to be part of a programme providing excellent teachers for the whole teaching profession. Following the closure of the programme in July 2017 I decided to make the most of taking early retirement.

I am looking forward to my role as a Governor for Normanton Junior Academy where I hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the whole school and support the improvement of education of all children.

Since leaving work I spend quite a lot of time at the gym. I also spend more time on my crafts particularly knitting and cross stitch embroidery. When the weather allows, I also love spending time in the garden.

I have been married for 42 years and have two children, two nutty cocker spaniels and three goldfish, hiding in the pond full of frogs. My husband was a BT telephone engineer who now enjoys home brewing and cycling. My daughter is a secondary school science teacher and my son is a bar manager at a local restaurant.

Name: Mrs Tintor

Category of Governor: Associate Member

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 19.03.2019

Term Of Office: 2019-23

Responsibilities: Training/ CPD

I started as Senior Administrator at Normanton Junior Academy in September 2018 and recently put myself forward to become an Associate Member of the Governing Body.

As a mother of three young children, two of whom are pupils at NJA, I am passionate about children receiving the best education and start in life and as my new role of Associate Member, I am looking forward to playing a part in this.

I have taken on the responsibility of Training link within the Governing body and I will be responsible for looking into and booking training that is available for Governors.

I previously worked as Team Support Specialist for the sales team at YPO, which is where I was inspired to move into working in schools and when a position came up at NJA, I knew it was perfect for me.

Out of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and dog, walking and family holidays. I am also the team manager for my son’s rugby team, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Name: Mr Barrett

Category of Governor: Foundation

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 19.03.2019

Term Of Office: 2019-20

Responsibilities: Attendance

My working career was spent in Banking and Financial Services, predominantly with Yorkshire Bank, First Direct and HSBC. During this time I undertook many different and varied roles, some administrative and some managerial. One of my roles with Yorkshire Bank included visits to local schools helping to promote a "savings culture" via their School Bank Scheme. 

My last role prior to retirement in December 2017 was with a Financial Services company near Wakefield, where I provided a comprehensive research and report writing function for a number of Financial Advisers.

Due to my working background I anticipate bringing a different perspective and skill set to the role of Governor, and am looking forward to working with the team to help support the School in providing the best possible outcomes for the children. I firmly believe that every child is entitled to have the opportunity of a first class education, and I will strive to help achieve this goal.

From a personal perspective I have been married for almost 39 years, and have a grown up son and daughter. 

I enjoy sports, especially cricket and rugby and played local league cricket for a number of years. Music is also another great interest and I attend many concerts each year. I am a member of The National Trust and English Heritage, and whilst holidaying in the UK like to visit their properties to learn and understand more about the history of our country.

I'm also active in a local support group who provide help and guidance to people who've suffered the catastrophic effects of flooding in their homes/property.   

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: Miss Furness

Category of Governor: Staff

Appointing Body: Normanton Junior Academy

Date Appointed: 19.03.2019

Term Of Office: 2019-23

Responsibilities: Community Links