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Walgrave Primary School


Our Governors serve across two schools as part of the Walgrave and Pitsford Primary Schools Federation.

Our Governors meet at least once a month and oversee the work of both schools. We have several working parties or committees in addition to the ‘Full Governing Body’ these include Finance and Personnel, Headteacher Performance Management and Standards and Progress.

Any vacancies in the Governing body are advertised locally and applications are invited from members of the community as well as parents.


Role Name 




Alan Denton

Alan has served as Chair of the federation since its adoption in November 2014. Prior to that, he was Chair at Walgrave Primary School. Alan runs a successful leadership and coaching development company and is currently undertaking work with the school. This has been declared as an interest and Alan has no direct working influence on the project.
Vice-Chair Barry Mathew Barry is a parent at Pitsford Primary School and joined the Governors in November 2014. He was elected to Vice-Chair in September 2016. Working in the education industry for Oxford University Press, Barry is passionate and dedicated in making the school an amazing place for all children to have the learning experience they need. Finance and Personnel
Headteacher James Ayton James is the Executive Headteacher at both Walgrave and Pitsford Primary Schools.

All Committees

Co-Opted Lydia Lingley Lydia has worked in education for the past ten years specifically the F.E. sector. She has an interest in special educational needs and disability and a degree in Disability Studies. Lydia currently works as the SEND lead at Tresham College of F.E. and H.E. and is the additional learning support manage with responsibility for 30 staff.

Standards and Progress


Finance and Personnel

Co-Opted Steve Bonnell Steve runs a successful electrical company, enabling him to advise on certain areas of Health and Safety. He is sometimes called in to undertake works, and as such this has been declared as an interest. Health and Safety
Co-Opted Bridget Naidu Bridget has been co-opted governor since 2014 and prior to that was a staff governor at Walgrave Primary School. Bridget lives in the village of Walgrave and taught at the school for 25 years. She has a particular interest in Early Years education and is passionate about giving all children the best possible start in education. She is the Early Years Governor and also works closely with Muddy Boots Pre-School providing liaison between the Governors and the Pre-School. Standards and Progress
Staff Mike Pennington Mike is the Deputy Head at Walgrave Primary School and has over 15 years teaching experience across Primary Schools in Northamptonshire. Standards and Progress
Staff Gill Hanrahan Gill is an extremely experienced Teaching Assistant with many years experience in schools. She is also the Child Protection Governor.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Sara Myles and she can be contacted on bursar@pitsford.northants-ecl.gov.uk