As a governing body, all of the Governors of Glasshoughton Infant Academy are passionate about ensuring that the provision and education of each and every child is the best and stand by our school motto of:

‘Everyone deserves the best, Everyone deserves respect.

Although we all have many other commitments including jobs, hobbies and families, we dedicate time to visit school regularly where we meet the children and staff, attend 6 meetings a year and are present at events to support the hard work of the staff, children and parents.

Please see below details of our current Governors, a little about us, our role as a Governor and, if needed, how we can be contacted.

Phil Wagstaff

Parent Governor

 Chair of Governors

Finance & Premises Committee

Date of Appointment: 4.10.2012

Term of Office end date: 31.08.2017

I have lived and worked in the Castleford area for over 15 years. My first involvement with Glasshoughton Infant School (now Glasshoughton Infant Academy) was when I organised a voluntary Challenge project through my work as a Project Manager for Costain Ltd. At GIA we were able to enhance the outdoor learning and play areas.

I am married with two sons aged 10 and 6. My eldest attends Park Junior School and my youngest attends year 1 of Glasshoughton Infant Academy.

As a parent I expect high standards and am passionate about raising standards across all abilities whilst in a safe yet fun environment.

Most of my free time is based around my family whether this is taking them to rugby training or karate lessons. Any time that is left I can be found in the garden or trying my hand at DIY.



Barbara Townend

Executive Headteacher

Ex Officio

Finance & Premises Committee

Other governance roles:
Governing Body of Castleford Park Junior Academy

I joined Glasshoughton Infant school in January 2003 as Deputy Head Teacher with responsibility for a Year 1 class and the leadership role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and ICT. In 2006 I became Headteacher which I thoroughly enjoyed. Earlier this year I felt ready for a new challenge and was appointed to the role of Executive Headteacher for both Glasshoughton Infant Academy and Castleford Park Junior Academy.

My earliest employment was in the Public and Private sectors of Business Insurance.

When my two children were born I was amazed at how quickly young children learn and develop in to little independent people. This inspired me to go back to learning myself and I retrained as a Primary School Teacher. I have worked in state schools in areas of significant deprivation and also a Private school.

My drive is to be the best that I can be and secure the best possible educational and social experiences for our young children. Our motto is, ‘Everyone deserves the Best: Everyone deserves Respect’ and that starts at the beginning on entry to Nursery!

I try to keep fit by attending a local gym. I think family is a vital element in everyone’s life and I spend time with my family …walking, taking holidays at home and abroad and eating out! I became a granny for the very first time in July 2014 and that has started me on another amazing journey with little people!



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Anna Walker


 Teaching & Learning Committee

Finance & Premises Committee

Date of Appointment: 16.10.2012

Term of Office end date: 31.08.2017

I am Headteacher at Glasshoughton Infant Academy where I began my teaching career in 2005. I am passionate about giving children the best possible start that I can, with a great belief that children only get one chance at school and therefore they deserve the chance to be the best they can be.

I am currently Literacy subject leader, a subject a feel passionate about. For children to be able to access all other areas of the curriculum they need to be able to listen, to ask and answer questions, to read and to write. Literacy is the gateway to learning and we have to get it right.



Paul Phelps

Local Authority Governor

Teaching & Learning Committee

Date of Appointment: 31.8.1997

Term of Office end date: 31.08.2017

I am married with 2 grown up boys ( men) . I was born & have lived in Glasshoughton for nearly all of my life, which is quite a long time. In fact I have been living in the very house I was born in for a number of years now,( history lesson now over). I first became interested in becoming a school governor when my son enrolled at Glasshoughton Infant School. I did not want to just drop my son off and then pick him up at the end of the day and not know much about what went off in between. Being a school governor is very rewarding & you yourself learn a great deal at the same time. My grandson is now in school so I've been here a while, so you could say I'm enjoying the role. I would recommend it to anyone. Why not come & join us ?

I am a keen sports fan particularly Rugby League. I'm still playing with the Ossett & Bahtat's  Masters Rugby League teams & like to put some miles in on my bike.


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Kevin Patrick

Community Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Training Link Governor

Teaching & Learning Committee

Date of Appointment: 28.9.2009

Term of Office end date: 31.08.2017

Other governance roles:
Governing Body of Castleford Park Junior Academy

My association with Glasshoughton First School goes back to my own childhood! I attended the old school on School Lane in Glasshoughton back in the sixties. Then my younger sister came to the new school when it first opened in the mid 1970’s, and my own daughter, Laura attended this school from nursery in 2004. I enjoy being part of the school family and working in the community. I have been a governor since 2009. We are now part of the Castleford Multi Academy Trust and as governors we will maintain our individual strength as an outstanding school and continue to build a stronger and vibrant school community for the children of Castleford.



Paula Stones

Parent Governor

Safeguarding & SENCO Governor

Teaching & Learning Committee

Date of Appointment: 30.1.2014

Term of Office end date: 30.1.2018

I work for Wakefield Council in the role of H R Officer, since having children I work part time.

I am married and have three Sons, Jonathan (13), Jacob (11) and Elliot (7).

Most of my time is spent with my boys attending swimming, football and cubs. I also like to read and enjoy spending time with friends. I have always found school to be supportive and have helped my boys to be the best they can be. I look forward to my role as Parent Governor to help support School in providing an excellent education to each and every Child.



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Steve Wright

Community Governor

Teaching & Learning Committee

Date of Appointment: 9.6.2015

Term of Office end date: 9.6.2019

I am proud to have been appointed community governor at Glasshoughton Infant Academy.

I have lived in Castleford for the last 4 years, during this time my daughter has been a pupil here (now at Park Junior), along with my youngest son currently a pupil here. I have high standards when it comes to the education of children (especially my own) and feel that GIA meets pupils needs brilliantly.

My background lies in the great outdoors. I am currently an outdoor education mentor (bushcraft and survival instructor), qualified forest schooleader and beekeeper. I am currently involved with providing outdoor education sessions in the copse here at school.

I am married with 4 children, and spend most of my free time outdoors with the family in our caravan or tent.


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Paula Moules

Staff Governor

Teaching & Learning Committee

Date of Appointment: 2.12.2014

Term of Office end date: 2.12.2018

I have worked at Glasshoughton Infant Academy for 15 years. I have worked as a Lunch Time Supervisor and I am now working in Reception as a Special Needs and Teaching Assistant and am very proud to be working in an Outstanding school.

I am married with two children who also attended nursery and main school. I have always lived in Castleford so have a good community understanding. I have strong family values and believe that having a good education is a child's best start in life.

I enjoy family activities, eating out, going to the Theatre, taking my dogs for long walks and watching my son playing rugby league.


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Paul Beckett

Community Governor

Date of Appointment: 14.7.2015

Term of Office end date: 14.7.2019

I am the store manager of the Co-op store in Castleford town centre. I have been actively involved with Glasshoughton Infant Academy since the Co-op Group launched Green Schools Revolution back in 2006. This is an education programme that aims to inspire school children to engage with sustainability issues and think differently about the world they live in.
I am 43 and single, one of my favourite leisure time activities is photography. Photography for me is an escape from everyday life. It's a way to express myself and creativity.
My motivation as a governor is to ensure that Glasshoughton Infant Academy provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment.



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 Kathryn Law

Community Governor

Date of Appointment: 17.5.2016

Term of Office end date: 17.5.2020

 Other governance roles: 

Governing Body of Castleford Park Junior Academy

 I am Headteacher at Castleford Park Junior Academy and I am passionate about making sure the children of Castleford receive a worthwhile, inspiring education. As part of this commitment, I enjoy working with Glasshoughton Infant Academy to ensure this can happen right from the start of school life. Glasshoughton Infants School is a fantastic place of education that our Community is lucky to have. I am really pleased to be able to support and help with making it an even better place to be!



Charlotte Probert

Associate Governor (no voting rights)

Date of Appointment: 16.5.2017

Term of Office end date: 15.5.2021

 Other governance roles:

Governing Body of Castleford Park Junior Academy


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Barbara Hughes

Community Governor

Date of Appointment: 15.11.2016

 Term of Office end date: 15.11.2020

I have recently joined Glasshoughton Infant Academy's Governing Body as a Community Governor. I was born in Glasshoughton and have lived here for most of my life following a spell abroad and down South. I was a former pupil at the old Glasshoughton J and I school, and my daughter attended the present school. I believe in the value of the community in supporting each other to achieve best outcomes for all.

I have recently retired from my role within Wakefield Council Children and Young People's Service, and plan to spend more Governor time in GIA. I firmly believe that children deserve the best start possible in life and have the right to top class education. As a former Guide leader I believe children should experience as many varied opportunities as possible to prepare them for an enriched and fulfilling adulthood.

I am a keen walker, a lifelong Cas Tigers fan, I love travelling and curling up with a good read.

I look forward to working with Governor colleagues for the best interests of the children of Glasshoughton: they are our future, after all.

Faye Pease

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 1.4.17

Term of Office end date: 31.3.2021

I have recently been appointed as a Parent Governor at Glasshoughton Infant Academy, and I currently work as a Service Quality Consultant at a stockbrokers in Leeds. I have a good understanding of continuous improvement that I hope to share with GIA. 

I have two children who both attend Glasshoughton Infant Academy in year 1 and nursery.  

My reason for becoming a Parent Governor is to represent and champion the views of all parents.



Link Governors

Training Link Governor


Data Governor


Health & Safety

Mr K Patrick

Mrs P Stones

Mrs Stones

Mrs P Stones

Mr P Wagstaff

Early Years/Reception




PE Governor

Mr P Wagstaff

Mr K Patrick

Mrs P Moules

Mr P Beckett

Mr K Patrick








Full Governing Body Meeting Dates and Attendance Record 2016 /2017:

  Dates Attended



      Governors Name         20/09/2016     15/11/2016     17/01/2017     21/03/2017     16/05/2017     04/07/2017  
Mr Philip Wagstaff Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes  5 / 5
Mrs Barbara Townend Apologies  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes   4 / 5
Mrs Anna Walker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  5 / 5
Mrs Claire Wilson Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes  5 / 5
Mr Kevin Patrick Yes  Yes  Yes  Apologies    Yes 4 / 5
Mr Peter Roe Apologies  Resigned  N/A
Mrs Paula Stones Apologies  Yes  Yes   Yes  Yes 4 / 5 
Mr Paul Phelps Yes  Yes  Apologies   Yes  Yes 4 / 5 
Mr Paul Becket Apologies  yes  Yes   Yes  Yes 4 / 5 
Mrs Paula Moules Yes  Yes  Apologies   Yes  Yes 4 / 5 
Mr Steve Wright Yes  No Apologies   No No  1 / 5
Miss Kathryn Law Yes  Yes  Apologies   Yes  Yes 4 / 5
 Mrs Barbara Hughes - - Apologies  Yes  Yes 2 / 3 
 Mrs Avril Smith Yes  Yes  Yes   Yes  left employment 7.4.17 N/A
 Faye Pease  Yes  1 / 1
Mrs Charlotte Probert - - - - Yes    1 / 1



If you have any questions or any comments you would like to raise or share with the Governing Body they can be put in writing and addressed to:
The Governing Body
Glasshoughton Infant Academy
Newfield Avenue
WF10 4BH
Alternatively you can send an email to:
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This will then be passed on to the Governing Body, which they will deal with at their earliest convenience.

If you are interested in how to become a school governor and would like more information, please click on the following link:


Contact Details

Mrs. B Townend
Executive Headteacher
Glasshoughton Infant Academy
Newfield Avenue
WF10 4BH
Mrs. A Walker
Glasshoughton Infant Academy
Newfield Avenue
WF10 4BH
For all enquiries please contact Ms K Hebblewhite in the school office on:
01977 516343
Email addresses:

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