Windmill Church Of England Primary School

Windmill Church of England School
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Our Team of Governors

The school governors are a dedicated group of people who ensure that the school is providing your child with the best possible education. Some of the Governors are parents who are fairly elected by parents of all children in the school. Parent Governors serve a four year term. 

Schools are encouraged to have a range of skills on the Governing Body to ensure that they are fully equipped to serve the best interests of the children. Below are some short 'pen portraits' about members of our current Governing body.  

Chair of Governors - Lynn Alvy

I am Chair of Governors of the governing body of Windmill Church of England Primary School.  I started as a school governor at the Infant School in 2004 and became Chair in 2005.  I was Chair of the temporary governing body overseeing the formation of the new school.

I have lived in the local area for nearly forty years and am an active member of St. Saviour’s Church.  Both my children attended the infant and junior schools, then our local high schools, before going to University. 

My background is in primary education and I was headteacher of a large nursery, infant and junior school before becoming an Ofsted inspector and tutor for teachers in training at the University of Leeds.  I was also a church school inspector in the former Wakefield Diocese for some years.  During my career I taught children from Early Years through to Year 6 and I have a Master’s Degree in Education.  Although now retired, I am still passionate about education and believe strongly in the importance of ensuring that all children are provided with high quality opportunities to succeed.   

I am excited about the changes that are taking place at our new school.  Our motto ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve,' effectively encompasses the vision we share. As part of the school team I will continue to work hard to give every child the best chance to achieve their potential.


Foundation Governor - Rvd Lesley Mattacks

I am pleased be on the Governing Body of Windmill School as Vicar of St Saviour's Parish. Before ordination into the Church of England I was a Secondary School teacher specialising in Religious Education. In my pastoral role I have been involved in transfer arrangements between primary and secondary school. Since moving into Parish ministry I have enjoyed being more involved with younger children and seeing their sense of awe and wonder develop as they grow. I have a Master's Degree in Religious Education.

The link between Windmill School and St Saviour's Church is very important and I want to encourage this to flourish as we work to make our school welcoming to all children in our community.

Foundation Governor - Naomi Bracewell

Foundation Governor - Justine Young

Parent Governor - Daniel Blyth

I am a former pupil of the school and have lived in Birstall and Howden Clough all my life. I am married with two children, my eldest child, William, started at Windmill Church of England Primary in September 2013 and my daughter, Emilia, will join the school in 2016.

I stood for the position of Parent Governor in June 2014 and was duly elected to the board. This is my first experience of working within the public sector and I look forward to bringing fresh ideas and unbiased opinions to the school governing body. My background comes from owning and operating a fireplace company, which I co-founded in 2001. Although new to education and the practices within, I am very experienced in Human Resources, finance, purchasing , Health and Safety and day to day operations, all of which I have performed in my career within the private sector, and still implement today.

As well as sitting on the governing body, I have accepted the responsibility of Health & Safety and have joined the Resources Committee, which is responsible for the finance and operation of the school. It is this area where I believe I can be best utilised and I am enthusiastic about driving Windmill Primary forward to provide the best possible education for all our children.

Parent Governor - Eve Idle - Chair of Standards and Effectiveness committee

I am a working mum of two boys. My eldest son attends Windmill C of E Primary School and is currently in Key Stage Two. My youngest will be part of one of the near future cohorts. I therefore have a vested interest in the development of the school and am keen to play a part in enriching the experiences of the children within it. As a parent I believe it is vital to understand and have a positive influence on our children’s education.

I come from a teaching background and have a range of experience in the Early Years and Key Stage One. I am currently undertaking a new role as Lead Teacher for literacy in the school where I teach. Through this I will endeavour to bring my experiences to support and develop Windmill C of E Primary School as a successful, new school. 

Staff Governor - Naomi Neul

I am the staff governor of the governing body of Windmill Church of England Primary School. I joined the school in September 2015, in the first instance as Year 5 Class teacher and Curriculum Leader. I am now a Year 6 Class Teacher and lead Maths, Science and Curriculum. I came to Windmill from another school within the partnership, where I also held the position of staff governor. During my time as a teacher I have taught from Early Years to Year 6 and have had varying experience in leadership including Computing and P.E alongside the positions I hold now. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Windmill so far; it is a pleasure to work for a school and be a part of a governing body which strives so hard to provide the best opportunities for its children.  

Co-opted Governor - Stacey Chapman - Chair of Resources committee

I am a Regional Operations Manager at LV Insurance which involves managing the Huddersfield office of over 300 colleagues.  I have experience of managing areas such as financial budgets, change initiatives, cultural programmes and complex people management issues.  My background is in HR and Operational Management with a professional qualification in Personnel & Development (MCIPD).

I have 2 children at Windmill C of E Primary; Tom in Year 5 and Daniel in Year 2. My hope is that my acquired skill and experience throughout my career will help to generate fresh ideas to support our school’s growth, development and success.

Co-opted Governor - Zoe Drury - Vice Chair of Governors

I am currently a full-time mum to Luke (aged 8) and Ella (aged 3). Two years ago, whilst Luke was in Reception, I was asked if I was interested in becoming a Parent Governor for Brownhill Infant School. I had previously attended the 'parent involved' activities and enjoyed assisting wherever possible and felt that this was a good opportunity to get further involved in the school. I served two years as a Governor for Brownhill Infant School and subsequently was on the Temporary Governing Body for Windmill Primary School. I am now a Co-opted Governor on the permanent GB for Windmill Primary School.

In a previous life I was a Deputy Service Delivery Manager monitoring Service Level Agreements and a team of engineers, who provided both software and hardware support to First Direct & HSBC Banks.

Co-opted Governor - Paul Wilkinson

I am a Branch Director for Santander with 20 years banking experience covering a range of responsibilities, and it was following work I completed within the school helping to increase children’s understanding of Money, that I was asked to join the Governing Body

I live locally and I’m married with two children, Olivia, who is 7, and Aimee, who is 5, both of whom attend the school, which gives me a vested interest to ensure we make the right decisions regarding the future of the school. The role of Governor gives me the opportunity to add my experience to further enhance the great work currently going on and give our children the best possible start.

Co-opted Governor - Ann Midgley

I am the governor with responsibility for the learning and progress of ‘Pupil Premium’ and disadvantaged pupils. 

I retired on 31st March 2012 from the headship of a large primary school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The school was host to a Resourced Provision Unit for 20 pupil with significant special educational needs. I had been at the school for 12 years and had previously worked in a wide range of schools for a total of 35 years in different local authorities.

I have a great deal of experience within the area of school improvement, when I took up my headship the school was categorised as a 'failing school', there were no areas of strength. The final judgment made by the Local Authority school improvement partner July 2011 was that the school fitted the Ofsted description of ‘Outstanding’.

In addition to my headship, I have supported a range of schools over the last 17 years. This support has been both formal, as a Consultant Leader and School Improvement Partner and informal as a mentor to head teachers with particular need. I have worked with schools from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Outstanding’ and all have had challenges which I believe I played a part in tackling. 

I have been a governor for more than twenty years, as a teacher governor, a headteacher governor and a Local Authority governor. I am currently a governor at two other schools and am on ‘Standards and Effectiveness’ committees. I believe passionately that ‘schools are for children’ and that every child must be given all support necessary to become confident, resilient and successful. 


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