North Featherstone Junior And Infant School

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Meet the Team


Richard Fox

I was born in Featherstone and I have lived here most of my life.

I currently work as a Building Surveyor / Estimator for WDH.  Prior to this I worked for WMDC for 21 years.  I have worked in most schools in the Wakefield district for over 23 years, offering advice and quotes for all aspects of building works 

Both my son and daughter attended NFJI.  They have now moved onto high school.

I have been on the Governing Body of NFJI for several years and I was responsible for the recruitment of the current Headteacher & other staff members.  I believe our school is one of the best in the Wakefield District.

In my spare time I enjoy watching Rugby League & Football, as well as spending time with my family.  We enjoy holidays & camping with friends.


Karen Kenworthy

My name is Karen and I am 41 years old.  I have lived in Featherstone most of my life but now live in Pontefract.  I have two children, my son attends North Featherstone J & I and my daughter attends Secondary school.  I too attended the same school in my much younger days, too long ago to remember!

A little bit about me… I work as a Senior HR Advisor for South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust (SWYFT) which is part of the NHS and I have worked there for 5 years.  The Trust in which I work offers mental health support to Adults and Children across a wide geographical area.  Prior to commencing my role with the NHS I worked for Wakefield Council for 13 years offering support to schools and Corporate Services.

I am also a school Governor at Crofton Academy which is a secondary school.   I was elected to be part of the Governing body in June 2019.   As part of my role as a Governor at North Featherstone  I am also the SEN Link Governor.

I feel that my skills set and my knowledge of schools enables me to offer the Governing body advice and support and I am keen to become involved with the continuing developments of North Featherstone J & I.

In my spare time I try to take time to go to the gym but family my two dogs keep me very busy. 

I look forward to continuing with my role on the Governing Body and continue to work with the school, children and parents!


Eddie Needham

I have been a governor of Wakefield schools, including infant, junior and secondary schools, for over 33 years.  At present, I am also a governor and Chair of Resources at Kettlethorpe High School.

Now retired, my career was in education and included being a secondary headteacher and subsequently Regional Manager for the community education charity Continyou, allowing me to combine work with supporting my beliefs.  This involved working with all the local authorities and many schools in Yorkshire and the Humber. 

"Every child matters" is a philosophy which I strongly believe in.

Craig Shepherd - Vice Chair

“It is an honour to have been Chair of North Featherstone Junior & Infant School since November and involved as a Parent Governor since 2017. The quality education of all children is extremely high on our agenda and we are constantly challenging the exceptional teaching and support team to do better for our children.

In my day job I manage a local impactful Charity that works directly with over 18,000 people per annum across a range of projects and therefore creating a positive outlook on life is my priority. I have two boys, who will both attend North Featherstone Junior & Infant School once my youngest starts in September. In my spare time, and as a family, we enjoy taking our caravan to different parts of the country and spending as much time together as possible.”




Darren Wood

I’ve lived locally in the area all my life.  I spent the first 20 years of my career working in the mining industry and the last 19 years working for the council / WDH.  In my present duties as an IT manager, I have a wide experience of creating business strategy, dealing with budgets, all aspects of HR and project work. 

I have had experience of being a governor in the past, whilst my children were at Junior and Secondary schools, during this time I felt I played a part, in helping to develop school governance and raise school standards and these are the skills I look forward to bringing to North Featherstone Junior and Infant School.

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.

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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. 

Alex Bennett

Hello, I am Alex Bennett a parent governor at North Featherstone J&I School.

I applied for the governor position because I have a genuine interest in children’s education and in giving every child the best opportunity to develop. I also wanted to be more involved in the school community.

I have lived in Featherstone all my life with the odd year out here and there for travelling and working abroad, but always found my way home again. I have been employed by West Yorkshire Police since 2006 and performed many front line and back office roles.

I have worked with children in a pastoral role both before my Police career and during in it. I have seen first-hand the problems children can have, and how much difference schools can make with having positive interventions with those children. I wanted to be a part of that also.

Whilst working with the Police I have been trained in Peer support as well as coaching and mentoring, these are skills that I hope to bring in to School and be able to support teachers and staff at all levels so that we can all get the best out of everyone, child and adult alike.

In my spare time I enjoy bike rides and hill walking with my Husband, Son, and dog. But more than that I enjoy family time together doing nothing in particular.


Yvonne Yeo

I have worked as a Teaching Assistance at NFJI since 2012 and gained HLTA status in 2015. I currently work mostly within Lower Key Stage 2.

Outside school I live with my husband and two children in Featherstone (a five-minute walk from school). My son is 19 and is in his first year studying Maths at University. My daughter is 11 and leaves NFJI this year to join St Wilfrid’s in September. We have two cats, two rabbits, a hamster and lots of fish. We own a touring caravan and enjoy going to different places on holiday in it. I have lived in Featherstone since 1998 when I moved from Leeds where I grew up.

I have been a Governor since 2008 and have been a member of several sub-committees during that time. The education of the children is important to me and I feel that as a Governor I can have a say in the running of the school. Also living near and working in the school means I can be an ear and voice for the community



Andy Preston

I have been a teacher for 9 years and I am now Year 5/6 teacher at North Featherstone J&I school. 

In my leisure time I love being active. I play football for Rothwell as well as going out on my road bike as much as possible. Within the summer months, I enjoy camping and travelling around the Dales walking with my friends. 


Andreana Crabb

I am Assistant Headteacher at North Featherstone Junior and Infant School, KS1 leader, Year 2, teacher, teacher for looked after children, deputy safeguarding officer and maths subject leader. I am passionate about maths.

I have been teaching for 16 years and I have taught in Key Stage One and Key Stage 2.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching Leeds United and I am a season ticket holder. I also like going to the gym and reading. I am learning to play the piano and guitar.

Kevin Parry

I started working at North Featherstone J & I School, as School Business Manager, in July 2016.  Before then I have worked in schools for 27 years in differing roles and believe have a wide range of knowledge to offer.

In my spare time, I enjoy to watch science fiction programmes and films, and spend trips away, with my wife and children, in our folding camper.