Governance Structure

Our school is part of 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 that the Trust Board is required to make all of 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.

Carleton Park J & I and The Rookeries J, I & N Schools Performance Review Board (SPRB)

The Carleton Park and The Rookeries Schools SPRB is a sub-committee of the Trust Board and has various responsibilities delegated to it through the Pontefract Academies Trust Governance Policy and Scheme of Delegation.

The SPRB of Carleton Park and The Rookeries is currently made up of:

Name Role From To Appointed by
J Cross Chair 12/03/2019 11/03/2023 Trust Board
M Neden Vice Chair 20/01/2016 19/01/2024 Trust Board
J Ayre Headteacher at Carleton Park J & I School 01/07/2018 N/A Ex-officio
R Grogan Headteacher at The Rookeries J, I & N School 01/09/2020 N/A Ex-officio
M Farrell SPRB Member 01/09/2016 31/08/2022 Trust Board
L Hatton SPRB Member 13/05/2019 12/05/2023 Trust Board
D J Leigh SPRB Member 04/02/2014 31/08/2022 Trust Board
N Loynes SPRB Member 20/01/2016 19/01/2024 Parent Elected
A Sharp SPRB Member 31/10/2016 30/10/2024 Parent Elected
A Worsnop SPRB Member 10/12/2019 09/12/2023 Trust Board

The Chair can be contacted at the following address:

Carleton Park Junior & Infant School
Moxon Close

or by email at


We feel privileged to be in a position of looking for new talent to appoint as our School governors for our School Performance Review Board. To find out more information on what the position entails or to apply, please click here.


Joanne Cross (Chair)

It is an honour and privilege to be the Chair of the SPRB at Carleton Park and The Rookeries. There is so much drive and energy from all involved with the schools to ensure that each child gets the very best start in their school life. I relish the opportunity afforded to me as Chair, to share my skills, interests and enthusiasm, and to build upon the excellent work that the schools have already been doing to ensure continuous school improvement.

Professionally, I have a background in education.  For 14 years, I worked at Castleford Academy where, as well as being a Science teacher, I played a lead role as Deputy Headteacher in transforming the school into the highest performing school in the Wakefield Authority and in the top 6% of schools nationally.

In addition to this, as a Local Leader of Education I have worked for the NEW Collaborative Learning Trust, where I project managed a Wakefield Authority school improvement project ‘diminishing the difference in literacy for disadvantaged learners’ across 13 underperforming schools, consisting of 10 primary and 3 secondary schools.

From September 2018, I have had the honour of being Head of School at Carleton High School.  Here I have enjoyed leading the school through a period of significant and transformational change, whilst working with dedicated staff, amazing students and their parents.  I am proud to say that in my first year as Head of School, Carleton High School has gone from a school in ‘special measures’ to being an Ofsted ‘good’ school in 12 months. This rarely happens in the educational world.  In addition, the Year 11 GCSE outcomes are the best in the school’s history, making Carleton one of the highest performing secondary schools in the Wakefield Authority for student progress and one of the most improved schools across the country.

My wealth of experience and knowledge on school improvement, Ofsted and data analysis, and the knowledge and skills acquired in my professional life are what I will now draw upon as Chair of the SPRB.  I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and I am passionate about high quality education, with each and every child reaching their full potential.

Nothing but the best is good enough for the children of the Pontefract community.

Michelle Neden (Vice Chair)

I am currently Vice Chair and Head of Finance for the SPRB, and it is a position I thoroughly enjoy. At times it is quite challenging, and although I no longer have children at the school I still feel I have a lot to contribute to ensure that 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 encourage staff 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 processes and procedures related to school governance.

Joe Ayre (Headteacher at Carleton Park J & I School)
I am local to Pontefract and attended Carleton Park J & I School as a child. I believe this link to the school is rare and increases just how much I care about the school and our town; providing the best education possible for all of our children is my unrelenting aim. In my time at Carleton Park I have been extremely proud of what we have achieved. The last 2 years have seen the school's best ever KS2 SATs outcomes, with a highlight being that 100% of our Year 6 children passed their Maths assessment in 2019. This helped take the school up to 2nd for KS2 results in the local authority and within the top 10% nationally. I firmly believe the superb achievement of our pupils has come through strong leadership and a buy in - from all staff - to our guiding principles. As a group of professionals, we all fully understand the responsibility in ensuring our children move onto the next stage of their educational journey secure in the core subjects, with a love and interest across the curriculum.
Richard Grogan (Headteacher at The Rookeries J, I & N School)
Having been teaching for over twelve years, five of which as a senior leader, I am delighted to have been appointed Headteacher of the Rookeries and to be part of the Pontefract Academies Trust, a Trust which has a reputation for transforming schools. I strongly believe with the support of the Trust, a strong leadership team and the dedication and commitment of our staff members, the Rookeries will become the exceptional school that the community deserves. Values are incredibly important to me. Put simply, I want every child at the Rookeries to flourish; to be safe, happy, to experience a wide range of learning opportunities and to leave our school engaged and confident learners. I want to be firmly rooted in our local community and to make a positive contribution to the lives of others. I want parents to send their children to the Rookeries with full confidence that they will make excellent progress, be loved and be excited to come to school each day.
Mike Farrell (SPRB Member)

I have a background in construction and when I retired, I was employed as a 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 Rookeries many years ago in the Reception class where I helped children with their reading. At this point, I was invited to join the SPRB. I was Chair of The Rookeries when it was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in March 2015.

I have been instrumental in appointing a strong SPRB 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 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.

Lucy Hatton (SPRB Member)

I grew up in Pontefract and returned to live here and bring up my family, following 4 years in Manchester to complete my degree. Both of my children attend Carleton Park J & I School and I am proud to support Mr Ayre and his team, both as a parent and through involvement with the SPRB.

I am an Educational Psychologist by profession and have spent 10 years working for a neighbouring Local Authority, supporting schools to develop inclusive practices, develop the skills of teachers and identifying Special Educational Needs for young people aged 0 to 25. I am passionate about inclusion and firmly believe that every child and family should be supported to achieve their aspirations.

Carleton Park provides a nurturing environment to children at every stage of primary education, whilst also setting high expectations and attaining positive outcomes. I value the opportunity to support the school to continue to grow and shine.

David Leigh (SPRB Member)

I am a geologist by profession and moved to Pontefract in 1978 when I joined the National Coal Board, based at Allerton Bywater. Carleton Park has always been close to my heart; my four children all attended the school between 1988 and 2003. I have been on the SPRB since 1989, including a spell as Chair.

My aim is to give something back to the school in return for the outstanding start it gave my children both educationally and socially, and I regard it a privilege to be able to help with fundraising and school functions, particularly the outings and residential visits with the children.

Nathan Loynes (SPRB Member)

I have lived in the same house on Carleton Park estate since I was 4 years old. I am extremely proud to come from Pontefract; I am proud of its history and its community spirit. I have a strong commitment to fairness and social justice, and this is reflected in my career experience and skills in local children’s services as a Social Worker. Learning is also close to my heart; for the last ten years I have been a University Lecturer.

Alongside full time working, I have continued to study and gain qualifications in my own time. Primary education is vitally important for children: done well, it is a golden opportunity to inspire children to find out more about their 21st century world and be the lifelong learners that they need to be to succeed in it.

Alexis Sharp (SPRB Member)

I am a member of the SPRB, supporting SEND. I have three children and my youngest daughter attends the school. I had 10 years experience as a Governor prior to joining The Rookeries SPRB. I was Governor at 2 schools and my responsibilities were within Finance, HR and SEND support. During this time we amalgamated the infant 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 public services for the last 28 years. I am FMAAT qualified and part ACCA qualified.

I have more than 10 years’ personal experience living with a child with disabilities. I am a parent trustee for the Wakefield & District Down Syndrome Group, 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. I am a Director of T21 Educational Care & Support Ltd, a Director of T21 Case Management Ltd and Managing & Financial Director of T21 Accounting and Business Consultancy Ltd.

Adele Worsnop (SPRB Member)

I have been a teacher at Carleton Park Junior & Infant School since September 2015. Throughout my time here, I have experienced many positive and successful changes in enhancing the curriculum we offer our children. I thoroughly enjoy being at the heart of children's education and supporting their academic and personal growth.

As the PE lead in school, my role is to provide opportunities for children to be physically active and enjoy a rich physical curriculum, as well as collaborating across the Trust to broaden and strengthen the curriculum we teach as a whole.

I am proud to be a teaching representative on the School Performance Review Board and look forward to positively impacting upon both Carleton Park & The Rookeries through this role.

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
J Cross Chair of SPRB Carleton High School Education Headteacher 01/09/2018 N/A
M Neden Vice Chair of SPRB Lloyds Bank Banking Employee 01/02/2000 N/A
J Ayre Headteacher at Carleton Park, J & I School None declared
R Grogan Headteacher at The Rookeries J, I & N School None declared
M Farrell SPRB Member None declared
L Hatton SPRB Member Local Authority - WMDC Educational Psychologist Currently fulfilling delivery of Educational Psychology services to PAT on behalf of WMDC (Service Level Agreement in place) 10/11/2019 N/A
D J Leigh SPRB Member None declared
N Loynes SPRB Member Carleton Park J & I School Education provider Child in school 2014 N/A
A Sharp SPRB Member Wakefield Parent Carer Forum Advice/support to parents, LA, CCG regarding SEND at Board level Co-Founder/Treasurer 01/04/2020 N/A
A Worsnop SPRB Member Carleton Park J & I School Education provider Teacher 01/09/2015 N/A

SPRB Membership & Attendance Summary 2020/21

From To Appointed by Meetings attended Out of a possible
J Cross (Chair) 12/03/19 11/03/23 Parent Elected 4 4
J Ayre 01/07/18 N/A Ex-officio 4 4
D J Leigh 04/02/14 31/08/22 Trust Board 3 4
N Loynes 20/01/16 31/08/22 Parent Elected 1 4
L Hatton 13/05/19 12/05/23 Trust Board 4 4
M Neden 31/10/16 19/01/24 Trust Board 3 4
R Grogan 01/09/20 N/A Ex-officio 4 4
M Farrell 14/08/12 31/08/22 Trust Board 4 4
A Sharp 20/01/16 30/10/24 Trust Board 4 4
A Worsnop 10/12/19 09/12/23 Trust Board 4 4
Left within the last 12 months:
A Johnson 31/10/16 18/12/20 Trust Board 1 2
R Simmons 13/05/19 05/10/20 Parent Elected 0 1