Normanton Altofts Junior School

Our Governors

The role of the governor is an important aspect of any school.  A Governing Body’s role is to act as a critical friend to the school, challenging and supporting its strategic work in relation to its school improvement priorities.


Our Governing Body is committed to continual improvement and the development an maintenance of high standard and quality in all aspects of school life.  The full Governing Body meets each half term in school and the committees meet once a term. All our Governing Body have successfully completed the DBS and section 128 checks.



Corrie Fielding (Chair)

Corrie Fielding is our Chair of Governors and also Safeguarding Governor.  Initially joining the Governing Body in October 2019, she became Chair in January 2020. She sits on all supporting committees. After a career in teaching involving senior leadership at primary, secondary and Trust level Corrie is now an Education Consultant running her own consultancy with a partner, specialising in support for all educational settings with Safeguarding and Pastoral issues. Corrie has previously been a governor and Interim Board Member in several other schools, including Chair of an Interim Board and also current sits on another governing body in a safeguarding governor capacity. Passionate about improving educational outcomes for local children Corrie lives in Wakefield with her husband, two secondary age sons and their dog Luna.  They spend their free time involved with junior football and cheering on their beloved Burnley Football Club.

Craig Fraser (Headteacher)

My name is Craig Fraser and I am the headteacher at Altofts Junior School. It is such a pleasure to be involved in Altoft's journey. I have a passion for pedagogy and how children learn. I have been a headteacher of 3 schools across Wakefield and each one has been extremely rewarding. 

 I believe in celebrate success and encourage all children and adults to aim high and strive to fulfil their potential. 


​Jane Sinclair (LA Governor)

Jane Sinclair has been a governor at Altofts for over ten years and is the Local Authority governor. Before retirement, Jane worked in secondary schools for over 31 years. She started work in Wakefield and then moved to the East Riding of Yorkshire where she was a Pastoral Deputy Head with responsibility for Special Needs Education, Child Protection, PSHCE and teacher training. She was also an Acting Head Teacher for a period of time. Jane also worked for the Open University for 7 years as a tutor on it's MA course for educationalists, dealing with small scale research projects in a wide variety educational settings. After retirement, Jane has maintained her interest in Education by serving on Admission Appeals panels and by being a governor. During her time as a governor she has undertaken training run by the LA and the school and has served as Chair. She is currently the SEN governor. Jane lives in Wakefield.


Fiona Blackstone (Teacher Governor)

I started teaching at Altofts Junior School in September 2011.  I am in my second term as Staff Governor and it is a role which really allows me to work with our staff and families to ensure that our school provides the best educational experiences for our pupils. I am the School's SENCo and i am passionate about inclusion and believe that every child has access to the same opportunities to reach their full potential. 


Tracy Missions (Parent Governor)


Jaqui Spedding (Co-opted governor)

Jaqui Spedding joined the Governing Body in September 2020 as a co-opted Governor.  She sits on the Standards Committee and is Lead Governor for English which includes reading and writing. Jaqui has a strong educational background in the primary sector which includes teaching across the primary age range, being a senior leader in school and most recently supporting schools and teachers in the role of Assessment and Moderation lead at KS1 and 2 for Wakefield Local Authority, during which time she was also an external moderator for KS2 writing for the Standards and Testing Agency. Jaqui lives in Wakefield with her husband.


Emma Dixon Child (Parent Governor)

Emma joined our governing body as parent governor in September 2020 and is also our Health and Safety governor representative, alongside sitting on our pastoral committee. Emma currently works at Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School as Administrator / Designated Safeguarding Lead. Prior to this role, Emma worked for a number of years in construction compliance management. Emma is currently also a parent governor at Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School and has also worked as clerk to governing bodies for schools within the Waterton Academy Trust.


Liam Petitt (Maths Governor)

Liam Petitt is our Maths Governor . Liam joined in the summer of 2021 and sits on the Standards committee as well as the general governing body. Liam has been teaching for 14 years and has been staff governor at a previous school. He currently works for Trinity MAT with West Yorkshire Maths Hub and White Rose Maths. Over lockdown you have heard Liam’s voice as he wrote and recorded the Year 2 Home Learning material. Liam wears many different hats in the educational community, he is an SLE, Professional Development Lead and KS1 Moderator. Determined to bring fun and a deep level of understanding to maths for local children Liam lives in Altofts with his wife and two young children. The family spend their free time walking, cycling, swimming and playing board games.

Constitution and declaration of interests.2021-2022

 Altofts Junior School Board of Governors Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2021.pdfDownload
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 Committee Structure and Membership Sep 2021.pdfDownload
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