Our school is part of the Pontefract Academies Trust.
The Trust was created under the provisions of the Academies Act 2010, as amended by the Education Act 2011. Its structure of governance is constituted under the Articles of Association. The Trust is an exempt charity by virtue of the Charities Act 2011.
The Funding Agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Trust sets out the terms and conditions on which grant is made. The Trust Board is responsible for ensuring that the conditions of grant are met. As part of this process the Trust is required to have in place appropriate arrangements for sound governance, financial management, securing value for money and accounting, and for using public funds for the purposes for which they were intended by Parliament.
This Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its schools. This does not mean the Trust Board is required to make all the decisions itself. Some decisions can be, and are delegated, including to SPRB, delegated officers, and other Trust Board established committees. The Scheme of Delegation sets out the framework which the Trust Board has approved.
Orchard Head J, I & N and Halfpenny Lane J, I & N Schools Performance Review Board (SPRB)
The SPRB help to make both schools safe, fun and productive places. The SPRB is made up of parents, staff and other members of the community who all have an interest in the schools and work hard to ensure that our students can make the most of their ability.
If you’d like to contact our Chair, please do so in writing via the school office or alternatively by email SGCChair@orchardhead.patrust.org.uk.
The SPRB is currently made up of:
|T Craven||Chair||Trust Board||17/05/2017||16/05/2021|
|J Mitchell||Head of Orchard Head J, I & N School||Ex-officio||01/01/2019||Not Applicable|
|J Parkinson||Head of Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School||Ex-officio||01/09/2017||Not Applicable|
|Joanna Carr||SPRB Member||Trust Board appointed Staff Member||13/05/2019||12/05/2023|
|C Moore||SPRB Member||Trust Board||30/01/2014||31/08/2022|
|L Hodgett||SPRB Member||Trust Board Appointed Parent||16/11/2015||15/11/2019|
|D Harrison||SPRB Member||Trust Board||19/03/2018||18/03/2022|
|C Twist||SPRB Member||Trust Board Appointed Parent||19/03/2018||18/03/2022|
|A Small (Dransfield)||SPRB Member||Trust Board Appointed Parent||19/03/2018||18/03/2022|
I’ve lived in Pontefract all my life, and I am married with two adult sons. I’ve worked for Wakefield District Housing for over 30 years in a variety of roles – currently working with children and young people, helping them to maximise their potential – and I’m a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. I was previously a Governor at a school in Airedale, however I moved to Orchard Head and Halfpenny Lane in order to work with the community I know best.
I play football every week, enjoy running (having completed the London Marathon and the Great North Run seven times), and I’m a keen supporter of Featherstone Rovers.
Having grown up in the Wakefield area, I have always remained a local person, studying A-Levels at New College Pontefract and successfully completing my degree in Education at Leeds Beckett University. From there I completed my Graduate Teaching Programme within a school in a suburb of Leeds and then entered my teaching career in an area of Wakefield with severe social deprivation. After developing my craft within the classroom, I quickly secured the position of a phase leader of upper Key Stage 2. As a middle leader, I was part of the team that secured an outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2013 by increasing expectations of staff, improving outcomes for pupils as well as raising the aspirations of the pupils.
Following this, I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher of Larks Hill Junior and Infant School and supported the school through a transitional period of staff changes however maintaining a good Ofsted outcome in 2015. Since 2017, I have been the Head of School at Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant and nursery School. I am passionate about serving my local community to help all pupils aim higher with their aspirations and to provide them with the best platform to succeed. Since being Head of School, we have continued to improve outcomes and ensure children move on from Halfpenny Lane as well rounded individuals.
Having been to school in Castleford, West Yorkshire, I went on to study a teacher training degree with History at Leeds Trinity University. After a four-year degree course, I started working at Orchard Head J, I & N School. At the beginning of my career, I worked in several years groups. I have been an Early Years teacher for the last 10 years, which I am extremely passionate about. I believe that all children are entitled to the best start in their education.
I have been part of the Senior Leadership of school for the last 5 years and I am committed in ensuring that outcomes improve rapidly and that all children attend school and we have high expectations of them. Recently, I have become the Inclusion Lead, which has enabled me to support our children and families. My areas of specialism include: Early Years, safeguarding culture and practice, improving attendance and managing behaviour to create a positive climate for learning. I joined the SPRB in June 2019.
Having lived in the Pontefract area for most of my life I have a real interest in the education and experiences available for the children in our area. I have served on the governing body since 2014 in various roles as chairs of committees and Vice Chair.
My particular interest is Early Years as I am Assistant Head and Early Years Leader at a school in the local area and wished to use my expertise to support my children's school as a Governor. In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and baking.
I am a retired Headteacher from a school in Leeds. I have interests in music, fishing and motor biking. I am also part of an amateur dramatics society and I enjoy performing different plays. As I am able to, I enjoy coming into the schools to work with the children and support in any way I can.
I went to Larks Hill J&I School and The King’s School, and have lived in Pontefract all my life. I’m married, and have two daughters who attend Halfpenny Lane.
I’m an Early Years teacher and have been for 16 years. I’ve always worked in the same school (Snaith Primary School), and have taught in both the reception and nursery classes. I really enjoy music and singing, and playing the piano. I also like to go on bike rides with my family.
I have lived in Pontefract for over 10 years. I have two young children at Halfpenny Lane and now that my youngest is at nursery I have more time to get involved with the schools. I’m a qualified accountant and have worked for the NHS for 17 years in various roles. I currently work at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group as Senior Finance Manager supporting their NHS contracts.
In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy swimming, music and theatre.
SPRB Current Register of Business Interests
|Role||Name of business or organisation/educational organisation||Nature of business or organisation||Nature of interest||Date of appointment of acquisition||Date of cessation of interest|
|T Craven||Chair of SPRB||Wakefield District Housing||Housing Association||Social Investment Manager||21/03/2005||N/A|
|J Parkinson||Head of Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School||None declared|
|Joe Mitchell||Head of Orchard Head J, I & N School||None declared|
|Joanna Carr||Staff Member of Orchard Head J, I & N School||None declared|
|C Moore||SPRB Member||None declared|
|L Hodgett||SPRB Member||Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School||Education provider||Child in school||2012|
|D Harrison||SPRB Member||None declared|
|C Twist||Chair of SPRB||Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School||Education Provider||Child in School||2012 and 2014|
|Snaith Primary School||Education provider||Teacher||September 2009||N/A|
|A Small (Dransfield)||SPRB Member||Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School||Education provider||Child in school||2015 and 2018|
SPRB Membership & Attendance Summary 2018/19
|From||To||Appointed By||Meetings attended||Out of a possible|
|T Craven||17/05/17||16/05/21||Trust Board||1||2|
|L Hodgett||16/11/15||15/11/19||Trust Board Appointed Parent||2||2|
|A Small (Dransfield)||19/03/18||18/03/22||Trust Board Appointed Parent||2||2|
|C Twist||19/03/18||18/03/22||Trust Board Appointed Parent||2||2|
|D Harrison||19/03/18||18/03/22||Trust Board||1||2|
|Left within the last 12 months:|
|F Richardson||30/01/14||15/07/19||Trust Board||2||2|