North Featherstone Junior And Infant School

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Meet the Team (page under construction)







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.










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.










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.









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.







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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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Lucy Whale

I’m SENDco and UKS2 leader at North Featherstone Junior and Infant school and this is my 9th year here.  So far, I have taught in all the different year groups within KS2, but currently teach in Year 6 – Oak Class.  

In my spare time I thoroughly enjoy country walks and taking photographs of the things I see.  I’m also a Liverpool fan and love going to Anfield to watch them play, whenever I have the opportunity.  







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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