Meet the Team









Michelle Cunnington

I am the very proud head teacher of North Featherstone J & I School, leading a highly skilled, dedicated and committed team. 

I am extremely passionate about the education of children and believe that it is my duty to ensure the children have the very best education and experiences we can possibly provide so that they are life-long learners.

In my spare time, I thoroughly enjoy going to the theatre, seeing as may shows and musicals as I can with my daughter and my friends.   I also enjoy reading and I’m a very keen gardener




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Mandy Mattison

Currently I am a school business manager at and Academy in Castleford and have 16 years’ experience of working within schools.  I have experience of Health and Safety, Budgets and Human Resources within an educational setting.


I personally attended this school and I am from Featherstone so the school means a lot to me personally as do the children and families within Featherstone.  I will work hard to ensure that the school has the support I can provide to help it continual move forward to ensure better outcomes for all those who attend.













Jayne Clarke

Jayne has worked extensively across all phases and sectors of education, including Special needs, Primary, Secondary and Adult learning.  In 2014 she achieved the TES National Headteacher of the Year award, the following year becoming an NLE, having moved her school to an Outstanding OFSTED judgement and further supporting other schools across the city.

She has worked at Executive and Director level across Yorkshire and Humber for many years and was a founding member of the Bradford Primary Partnership. Jayne is currently supporting vulnerable schools on the East Coast.

Jayne has served on a variety of Trust and Governing Boards and in addition to moving many schools forward on their improvement journey as a substantive leader, she has also been accountable for that improvement journey as a member of a Governing Body or Trust board.

One of Jayne’s proudest achievements is developing and supporting many staff teams and leaders to achieve their potential and in so doing, securing more good schools where more and more children and young people can thrive and enjoy an excellent education.  Jayne passionately believes every child has an entitlement to an excellent education and always places herself at the heart of making that possible for as many children and young people as possible




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Emma Swann

I have worked in education for 21 years, teaching at various schools in and around Castleford.
I am currently the Deputy Headteacher at Three Lane Ends Academy.

I am the daughter of a miner and grew up in Featherstone - I am still very passionate about my roots
and where I come from.

I have three children of my own who are all now in or entering their teenage years – which brings
new adventures to us as parents on a daily basis! We also have a springer spaniel called Douglas who
keeps us very busy with his desire for long walks and ball!

I love running – I have entered 4 marathons over the years and was lucky enough to have taken part
in the London Marathon in 2018! An amazing experience!

As a Featherstone girl, I am excited to be a member of the governing body for NFJI – giving
something back to the community that I know and love










Tim Kitson.

I am currently the European Procurement Director for a FTSE 100 company with a young nephew who has just started school and a niece who will soon follow. Originally from South Yorkshire I have worked for several global organisations all over the world and I believe I bring a valuable skill set to the role of governor which would not only benefit the school financially but also having led diverse teams to meet key objectives.

I am passionate about all sport but most notably rugby and keen to contribute to the local community now that I have settled in the area. I look forward to the opportunity to maintain and enhance local education for pupils.






Paul Hale

I am a parent of 2 children at this school

Our family have attended this school over the last 99 years so this school means a lot to me.

I am the Health and Safety Link Governor for the school.   I intend to make the school the safest environment we can for our children.

I am a very open person, so feel free to talk to me about any school matter when you see me.

A lot of you may already know me in the community through my links with Kingscroft Hotel where I compare and DJ.

I am a local businessman with a Wedding Supply Business, which I really enjoy doing as I like to see people happy and enjoying life just as our children should when in our school.   I am the local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for where I live and like to be involved with the community, either by planning street parties for our families, helping neighbours or attending shows and schools with our American police cars.






Victoria Walton
I am a parent of two children at North Featherstone Junior and Infant School and I also own a small nursery in Pontefract, so children's education is very close to my heart. I have just completed my BA(Hons) in Early Childhood and Education and I am currently working towards achieving my Early Year’s Teacher status.
I am the Early Years Governor and SEND Governor, both of which are passions of mine, so I am pleased to be able to further my own experience in these areas and to help others with my knowledge.




Helen Blackburn