Pinderfields Hospital

Pupil Referral Unit

Management Committee

Minutes from all Management Committe meetings are available on request.

 Olive Hughes - Chair - I was appointed as Associate Member of the Governing Body of  Pinderfields Hospital, following my  retirement from work in September 2011. This was  followed by my appointment as a full Governor.

 When the PRU was established in 2013, I was appointed as a member of the Management  Committee  and later elected Vice Chair then Chair.

 I worked as an Administrative Officer in the Education Departments of both Wakefield  District  Council and the West Riding County Council for almost 44 years. My experience  was varied and  included working in School Governor Services, which developed my  knowledge of  school issues and,  particularly, school governance legislation.

 My close association with Pinderfields Hospital School /PRU goes back to January 1987,  when I  started clerking meetings of the Governing Body. In this role, I have learnt a lot  about the school and  its history.

 I am married and my other interests include: reading, meeting friends, Leeds United,  watching  “soaps”, music of all kinds and dancing.



 Fiona Law- Vice Chair - SEND Member -  I was appointed to the Management Committee following my  retirement from WMDC, where I held the position of Service Manager, Education Psychology and  Assessment Services.

 I have worked as an Educational Psychologist in Wakefield since 1985.  During this time I have  worked closely with, what was, Pinderfields Hospital School when the base was at Pinderfields  General Hospital, through the changes to become a PRU and the change of location.

 I have three grown up sons who are all very different.  I am proud of them all.

 I enjoy living in Horbury, walking, social activities with friends and foreign travel.

 I look forward to maintaining my links with Pinderfields Hospital PRU and making a contribution to  the Management Committee.

 Helen Mumby - Head teacher, Pinderfields Hospital PRU - I became head teacher at  PHPRU in September 2016 after being assistant head for 2 years.

 Prior to this, I spent 11 years working as head of science and assistant head at Highfield Special  Needs High School in Ossett.

 I therefore possess a vast experience of working with students with a wide range of additional needs.

 I did not become a teacher until I was 39 which gave me experience of working out of  education  enabling me to share experiences with students to support them in looking at  careers. I was a Senior  Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer for the Public Health  Laboratory specialising in Virology for 10  years, and I then became a registered child  minder during the week and a Scientific Officer on a  weekend when my youngest child was  born.

 I have two grown-up children, two dogs and a tortoise.  In my spare time I like to sing and go to the cinema.  I love bling and sparkle in my  life.


Jo Kershaw - Community member.  I am the parish priest of St Anne's church in Wrenthorpe, just down the road from the Wrenthorpe Centre. Working with children and young people, and supporting other community institutions is a big part of my job, so I was delighted to be approached to serve on the Management Committee.  Before I was ordained, I studied and taught German at university, and lived and worked in Germany.  

I am originally from central Scotland.  My interests include photography, science fiction, knitting, and cycling.  I am married to Jonathan Bish, parish priest in St Mary Magdalene's Outwood.



 Rebecca Dorman - Parent Member - I became a parent governor at PHPRU in October 2016. I am a part-time teaching assistant at a primary school and work with children with a wide range of abilities.  I am married with three children, who tend to take up all the rest of my spare time.

 When I do get some "me time" I enjoy socialising with friends, doing arts and crafts, going to the cinema and taking my border terrier Jake for walks.


 Sue Sharp - LA Member - my background is in teaching  and I have taught in both   mainstream  and  specialist provisions working with children from nursery through to year   6.  My passion for  working with SEND developed from the beginning in particular working   with children with ASD and I was fortunate to be  chosen to set up  set up the first   mainstream Autism Resource  within Wakefield.

 I moved over time into advisory work across schools in the district later  taking   responsibility for Advisory services and specialist resource provisions . I was service   manager for Inclusion and assessment and during this time worked with  PHPRU on a   number of pieces of work to benefit both the school and the provision for the local   authority  

 I am currently the Service Manager for SENDSS in Wakefield which allows me to be   involved  in both managing teams and a range of strategic work related to SEND and   continue to work with the Headteacher of the PHPRU  within a number of projects

 Out of work I am a keen trail runner  and cyclist… mainly on a variety of tandems, when I   am not being active I have 2 small grandsons who also keep me on my toes .




Member Vacancy - information to follow


 Kath McKnight - Non Teaching Member - I started working at Pinderfields Hospital PRU   in September 2010. Prior to this I had worked as a Lay Chaplin at St Wilfrid’s School for   two and a half years. Before that I had attained my degree at Leeds University and a PGCE   at York St John. In my earlier life I was the Payroll Manager for a large construction   company in Edinburgh so my career path has been quite diverse. 

 I am a widow with two grown up children. In my spare time I enjoy walking with friends.

 I am also very involved as a volunteer with The Compassionate Friends, a charity for   bereaved parents.


 Diane Cameron - Observer - I have previously served as an Associate Governor but now  act as Observer on the Management Committee.  I started at PHPRU in a part time  administrative support role with a background primarily in finance and progressed to my  current position of Business Manager.

 I provide full reports at each meeting to include a range of issues: finance, health & safety,  repairs and school visits etc as well as highlighting subjects for future discussions.

 I am married with two grown up children and have a keen interest in most sports.  I play  netball in an adult league and swim.  To develop my hobbies further I am currently learning  to knit and paint.



Adrian Boyer - Head Teacher Representative  - I am currently Head of Silcoates Primary School (HMC), responsible for children from the ages of 3-11, I have been in this role since Sept 2009. Previously I was Head at Fulneck Junior School, where I spent nearly three years. Before that I was Head of Ratcliffe College Junior Department (ages 5-11) for 6 years. My subject specialisms are in Geography and PE and I have always had an active interest in Primary Mathematics, and Sports Coaching.

I am also currently a serving as an Independent Schools Inspector and have inspected many schools over the past 12 years.


 Chris Rollinson - Community Member -  I originate from the Castleford area, where my parents still live.  I   was raised with what I believe are strong working class values of: hard work, respect and honesty.   Prior to teaching I worked for a company that manufactured PET bottles and closures supplying the   drinks and beverages industry.  My role within the company was that of Quality Engineer where I   used process statistics to optimise product output, whilst maintaining product quality.

 In 1999, I took a career change into teaching and qualified in 2002.  I spent 13 years teaching across   KS2 settings, progressing through roles such as: Classroom Teacher, Subject Coordinator,   Assistant   Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.  My teaching within the primary sector gave me both a   breadth and depth of pedagogy.  Since June 2015, I have taught at The Springfield Centre, KS4 PRU.   I was initially based at the SESKU Satellite Centre in South Kirkby where I taught Functional Skills   maths and English.  In 2017 I moved to oversee the running of The George Centre, in Lupset.  I   currently work at The Crofton Site where my role is that of Lead Practitioner - Data.  Whilst here I   have developed a range of student attainment analysis tools, and spreadsheets that furnish teachers   and Senior Leaders with accurate information that they need to make decisions that are aimed at   having the most impact upon outcomes for students. 

Outside of school I am married and have three children who are a constant source of joy to my wife   and I.  I enjoy watching sport, particularly my beloved Castleford Tigers and I played both rugby   league and rugby union at amateur level in my younger days.  I also have a love of music which   extends into playing the guitar and piano.

  Catherine Smith - Teaching Staff Representative