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Governance is a wonderfully rewarding and stimulating form of volunteering. What could be more satisfying than playing a part in ensuring the children of Flushdyke Junior and Infant School get the best possible education?


We strive to be equipped to deal with the endlessly changing face of education. Your Governing Body work with the school’s strong leadership team and staff, to continuously improve every aspect of our children’s education, safety and happiness at Flushdyke Junior and Infant School.


As Chair of your Governing Body I am part of a team, deciding on things jointly and sharing responsibilities for the decisions we make about the overall direction of the school. We work closely with the Head Teacher to set policies, targets, development plans and much more in order to keep school standards at a high level. We constantly aim to make the very best use of the school budget for the benefit of the children’s education.


All our Governors are supported by the Local Authority who provide information and regular training.

In hugely challenging times governance is not always easy, but so worthwhile.


Mrs J Lawton – Chair of Governors

Meet Our Governing Body


I was welcomed into Flushdyke’s governing body when our eldest son was in the school’s nursery ten years ago. As a full-time working Mum I found it gave me a great insight into our school and education. I feel I have been able to make a real contribution to the school and community through using my skills I have gained in my career as a sales director managing budgets, motivating a team and working with different sized businesses. The Staff and children have always made me very welcome on visits to the school and always have given their time generously, sharing all the great work they do.

Jane Lawton – Chair

I am partner of a local Solicitor’s practice and am also a Director of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I sit on the board of Trustees at Wakefield Theatre Royal and am Vice President of the Wakefield and District Law Society. I applied to become a Governor at Flushdyke School when my eldest child started in reception. Because of my job, I would have very little interaction with school if I was not a member of the Governing body. My experience of the school has always been and remains to be extremely good, the school has a fantastic atmosphere and all of the stakeholders fully buy into the ethos of the school. The staff are dedicated and always strive to improve the outcomes for the children. In the time that I have been a Governor ,I have taken on the role of Vice Chair and I also sit on the Finance and Resources committee and the Strategic Committee. I feel like I am giving back to the school that has provided my children with an outstanding education and introduction to learning.

Tim Welton – Vice Chair

I joined Flushydyke’s governing body in 2017 with the ambition of supporting governors, teachers and pupils in creating the perfect learning environment. My current role within financial services allows me to share my knowledge of managing budgets and financial planning. This enables me to ensure the strategic direction of the school, encouraging both teachers and pupils to reach their full potential. I strongly support the schools ethos of high educational standards, behaviour and development, and look forward to building on the school’s current success.

James Coyle

I have been a Governor at Flushdyke School for the past six years and have enjoyed sharing my skills and experiences with the pupils, staff and contributing to the strategic planning of the Governing Body. My background in education and social care has proved useful and particularly relevant, as is my current position as a local businessman. I am keen to work amongst the other governors and enjoy sharing vision, challenge, support and aspirations in order to help our pupils to succeed and thrive.

Peter Hunter

I am a managing director of an event management company and also a director of Wakefield Bondholders Ltd.  I sit on the committee at WACCL, which raises money in aid of local young people’s charities in the Wakefield district, and also a strong supporter of Wakefield Theatre Royal.

My daughter is a pupil at Flushdyke J & I School and I joined the governing body in 2019.  Being a Governor allows me to get a real insight of how the school runs and I can safely say that our staff and pupils always give 100% and in many circumstances going above and beyond.  I feel that I can bring my expertise of management, regulation and safety into an educational setting and help to keep the already high standards excelling at Flushdyke.

Daniel Smith

I think that Flushdyke is an excellent school, which provides high quality learning opportunities. I believe the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their later academic achievements and their development of social and other life skills. I am an experienced teacher, particularly in the early years and key stage one and in my role on the governing body I hope to help Flushdyke maintain the high standards that I feel it has.

Alison Spalding

I am the Assistant Head teacher here at Flushdyke School. Being part of the governing body is both a privilege and insightful. As a staff governor, I am able to communicate and celebrate all the amazing learning and enrichment opportunities that happen in school. I feel well-supported and encouraged by our other knowledgeable governors who take a genuine interest in what happens in our school – both now and in the future. This is a very proactive, welcoming governing body which offers challenge and assistance to staff in equal measure.

Jenny Barnett

I decided to become a parent governor in 2021 after my son started at Flushdyke’s school nursery in 2019. I thought it a good way to become involved in the development of such a wonderful small school. I work as an NHS Occupational Therapist which lends itself to ensuring I have the right skills to support the governing body in achieving their goals for our children. I’m looking forward to getting to know our school community better over my term.

Jenny Cooper

I have always been very keen to support Flushdyke School since my son first joined in 2015, both of my children are now pupils. I became Chair of Friends of Flushdyke, the charitable organisation that raises funds and organised activities for the pupils of the school and their families.  As elected Parent Governor I look forward to bringing my experience and HR skills/knowledge as Business Manager for a well established Finance & Accountancy Specialist Recruitment business to work alongside the rest of the governing body in ensuring Flushdyke School achieves its strategic objectives while continuing to deliver, what in my opinion are already very high standards it has in all areas.

Karen Pitchforth