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Wainstalls, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 7TE


Wainstalls School

Together We Can

Governing Body


Wainstalls School Local Governing Body:


Bo Scholefield (Parent Governor)


Vice Chair:

Mrs Jill Leicester


Parent Governor:

Mr Andy Taylor

Mr Bo Scholefield

Mr Dean Jepson


Staff Governors:

Mrs Linda Waugh

 Miss Becky Shaw

Mrs Nicola Harvey


Co-opted Governors:

Mrs Jill Leicester

Mr Chris Henry

Mrs Sharon Crouch



Mr Steve Slade


The term of office for any governor is 4 years, with the exception of the Headteacher.

Any of the Governors can be contacted through the Clerk to Governors, at the school address.


Declaration Register of Interests for the Community Partnership Advisory Board (click here)

i-Trust Education MAT Scheme of Delegation (click here)

 Bo Scholefield (Chair and Parent Governor)

Mary and I have one remaining son at Wainstalls, our twin boys having moved to Secondary School this summer and my three daughters came through the school in the 1990's when I was previously a Governor. Apart from a short spell at York, I have always lived locally on Luddenden Dean and attended the school when it was much smaller. As a Chartered Surveyor I worked for the Environment Agency and previously Calderdale MBC. I gave this up to be a self-unempolyed farmer with Native Breed Cattle and Sheep. One aim is to bring the School closer to the Wainstalls Community. Another is to value, retain and nurture the high quality staff that we are so lucky to have. Through this we will deliver an Outstanding Standard of education for todays pupils and those yet to come. My claim to fame: Twenty five years ago I came up with the line... “Together We Can”





Andy Taylor (Parent Governor)
I am originally from Bradford, my family and I moved here a few years ago after falling in love with the area. We have 2 children at Wainstalls, Isla and Dexter.  One of the reasons for choosing Wainstalls was our belief in the ethics of the school, along with the aims and objectives, which all help to develop each child into a well-rounded individual. Another thing that appealed to us was the size, a small village school where the children could all get to know each other.

I work in strategic procurement for BASF. Part of this role requires negotiation skills and analytical thinking, along with systematic and pragmatic problem solving – and I don’t mind asking awkward questions!
Out of work I enjoy listening to and playing music. As a family, we all enjoy the outdoors, going for walks or just being out and about in the garden. Another important thing in my life is good coffee.

  Linda Waugh (Principal)

At Wainstalls School we work very hard to best serve our pupils, their families and our local community. We consistently strive to create a welcoming, safe and happy environment where all children, staff and visitors are valued and respected. We encourage a sense of pride, purpose and a positive approach to learning where everyone works together with enthusiasm and confidence. We aim to nurture academic, personal, spiritual and social development within a caring and challenging ethos so that all of our pupils can achieve.

At Wainstalls School we are incredibly proud of the achievements of our pupils and we have again been recognised as one of Calderdale’s highest achieving schools. This is made possible through the dedication and commitment of our fantastic team of staff and governors and amazing support from parents and local community.





Chris Henry (Co-opted Governor)
I feel honoured to have been asked to join as a member of the governing body of Wainstalls school. I have lived in Wainstalls with my wife Tracy since 2006, we are as close to the school as you can probably get, living at Newholme Cottages at the bottom of Tree Lane.
My background is Banking & Finance, and as a Chartered Accountant I spent 24 years leading teams providing Commercial & Finance support to various divisions of Lloyds Banking Group (Formerly Halifax Bank). Since 2013 I have been running my own Business & Wealth Coaching Operation whilst my wife Tracy runs a successful Property Business.
Schools these days are effectively sizeable business concerns. I am looking forward making sure the expertise & systems we use to grow businesses are applied to developing & supporting the staff, the leadership team and the pupils of the school to achieve their stated Vision.
My passion outside of business is local sport, and I'm proud to have played an active part in bringing football back to Wainstalls, by helping make the former Wainstalls Cricket facilities (next to the Crossroads pub), available for use for local sport (currently junior football). No doubt facilities which the school can and will make use of in the very near future.'

 Becky Shaw







Les Priestwood




Jill Leicester

I am a new member of the governing body of Wainstalls School, although I have had a personal connection with the school for many years as both my children, Harry and Phoebe, attended. 

I wholeheartedly supported the school as a parent, fully believing the staff and governors positively enhanced my childrens' education, enabling them to have a tremendously enjoyable, happy and productive time as pupils here.  Now they have moved on to secondary school, I am keen to stay in touch with Wainstalls school and hopefully give something back in return. 

I live just across the road and am proud to be a member of the Wainstalls community.  I was Head of Expressive Arts at Calder High School for many years, and latterly was Director of Arts at Brooksbank School.  I now teach part time in local primary schools as well as running a property renovation business.  I hope I can offer both educational and buildings related advice to the governing body, supporting both staff and students.