The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Rookeries Carleton Junior & Infant School

Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Governance Committee- Our School Governors

Chair of Governors- Mike Farrell

I have a background in construction and when I retired I was employed as Project Manager. During my working life I worked on a number of educational buildings and leisure facilities. One of my contracts involved spending 18 months in Dubai.

I started volunteering at the The Rookeries many years ago in the Reception class where I helped children with their reading. At this point, I was invited to join the Governing Body. I was then appointed Vice Chair of the Governing Body and then became the chair of the new Governance Committee.

I was the chair when The Rookeries was awarded the ‘Good School’ status by Ofsted in March 2015.  I was part of the Pontefract Education Trust prior to Pontefract Schools application to become a member of the PAT (Pontefract Academies Trust)

I have been instrumental in appointing a strong Governance Committee and interviewing and appointing a great number of staff including the current Head of School.   

I have attended numerous courses on behalf of the School and the Trust. I take my role as Chair very seriously and am totally committed to raising the standard of education for all pupils and keeping them safe at all times. I take part in lots of school activities including activity days in school, trips and generally volunteering in classes.  

Vice Chair of Governors- Michelle Neden

I had been volunteering at The Rookeries for a short time when an opportunity to apply for a position was advertised for Governors to take up an interim position, with support from the Interim Executive Board; six years later I’m still here. I am currently in the position of Vice Chair and Head of Finance for the Governing Body. It is a position I thoroughly enjoy, although at times it is quite challenging, and although I no longer have any children at the school I still feel I have a lot to contribute to ensure all of the students attain their full potential.   

In my work life, I have been employed by Lloyds Bank for the past 18 years in various positions, including Customer Relations, Complaints Manager and currently as a Mortgage Case Reviewer responding to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Lloyds have recently begun an initiative to support governing bodies across the UK, offering training courses and information to promote their staff into taking up volunteering opportunities where they feel able to give their time, and the benefit of their knowledge, to their local school. This has been a great help to me personally, providing insight and guidance on up and coming process and procedures related to school governance.   

Alan Johnson

I attended Castleford Grammar School and then Leeds Polytechnic and Salford College of Technology to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor. I worked in construction/project management for all my career until I retired in February 2017

I spent the last 23 years in Higher Education, working in the Estates Departments of both Huddersfield and Leeds Universities where I was responsible for managing many large construction projects - both new build and refurbishment. I am an avid rugby league fan and a staunch supporter of Castleford Tigers. I joined the Rookeries School Governance Committee in September 2015 and am Governor with responsibility for Health and Safety

Parent Governor-Anna Knee

I am a parent governor at The Rookeries and have two daughters who attend the school.  After leaving Carleton High School I attended New College in Pontefract before studying a degree in Sports Studies and Physical Education at York St John University.  Whilst at University I started to work with children with special educational needs in sport.  This led to me starting my teaching career at Communication Specialist College, part of Doncaster Deaf Trust, where I am now in my twelfth academic year.  I teach students who are Deaf or hearing impaired as well as those with communication and learning difficulties, such as Autism.  I use British Sign Language daily at work and I am Level 2 qualified, however this is something I hope to improve in the near future.  Although my background is Physical Education, I now teach a variety of subjects linked to personal and social development and work experience.  I work part time so I do have a good work-life balance, this has enabled me to become a school governor and make good use of some of my spare time. 

Alexis Sharp

I am a parent governor at The Rookeries, supporting SEND. I have 3 children, my youngest daughter attends the school.  I have 10 years of experience as a parent governor prior to the Rookeries. I was at 2 schools and my responsibilities were within Finance, HR and SEND support. During this time we amalgamated both the Infants and Junior schools into one new school. It was a very exciting project.

I work full time as a Financial Accountant with the manufacturing industry.  I have also worked in Manufacturing Retail Construction, and the Public Services for the last 28 years. I am FMAAT qualified and part ACCA qualified.

I have over 10 years personal experience living with a child with disabilities. I’m parent trustee for the Wakefield & District Down Syndrome Group; the charity where I organised and successfully won £50,000 for The Peoples Project in 2016 for the charity.  I currently manage 3 qualified therapists and run Speech and Language therapy sessions for 25 children with Down’s syndrome once a month since 2015. I am a Director of T21 Educational Care & Support Ltd, a Director of T21 Case Management Ltd, a Managing & Financial Director of T21 Accounting and Business Consultancy Ltd.