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.




Jaqui Spedding (Chair)

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.


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)

My name is Tracy Missions and I am a Mum of 4 children.  I work for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and have worked for the NHS for over 15 years. I started out in the Health Visiting Service and have also worked alongside the School Nursing Team for a while. 

My 2 youngest children currently attend Altofts Juniors and one of my older sons attended Altofts 10 years ago so I have had a long standing relationship with the school. I feel I am lucky to have the chance to be involved with the school now on its current journey of improvement. 

 In my spare time, I love to listen to music and spend time reading or watching a good series/ film. I also spend time gaming with my two youngest on our Nintendo Switch consoles. We also have 2 Labradors that the children love taking for walks. 


Emma Dixon Child (Vice-Chair & 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.


Mark Chester (Co-opted Governor)

Mark is a new Parent governor, who works as a National Account Manager for AQA. Mark has worked for AQA for 9 years, working across the largest secondary schools across Yorkshire, Hull and East Riding. He worked as a secondary PE teacher for 5 years, and is also a former professional rugby union player, which saw him travel to New Zealand, Italy, Canada and Scotland, before returning to England in 2012. 


Hannah Diplock (Co-opted Governor)

My name is Hannah Diplock and I am a mum of 2 children.  My oldest who is now nearly 14 attended the school and my youngest is currently in year 3.  I qualified as a nursery nurse nearly 30 years ago and have always worked within Early Years settings as holding different positions ranging from Nursery Manager to Childminder and most recently in an Early Years unit within a local school. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family visiting different places within the country in our touring caravan and I have recently taken the opportunity of spending time looking after my health by visiting the gym as often as I can. 

As my daughter has nearly 4 years left at the school, I am looking forward to supporting the school and teachers to reach its full potential.


Constitution and declaration of interests.2021-2022

 Altofts Junior School Board of Governors Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2021-2022 .pdfDownload
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