• White Lee Road Batley West Yorkshire WF17 8AS

Tony Pruchniewicz

Chair of Governors (NLG)

I have been a Governor at various local schools for over 20 years, having lived in the area for over 35 years and just recently joined the GB at Fairfield in November 2016.

I qualified as a National Leader of Governance (NLG)  4 years ago and have visited many mainstream and special schools throughout the North of England. In that role I have been able to coach Governors and Headteachers through challenging situations. I bring these experiences and skills to benefit Fairfield School to aid the existing highly skilled Governors and staff to enhance the teaching and learning experiences that our students deserve.

Aimee Helie

Staff Governor

I'm the newest member of the Fairfield governing body, taking up the Teacher Governor role in September 2020. I teach down in the Early Years department, and love having fun with the class every day. I'm a big advocate for play based learning, and active learning in the real world. I also help to co-ordinate PE across the school. After finishing a primary teaching degree at Leeds Trinity, and teaching in multiple schools (even one in Australia), I fell in love with Fairfield in 2018. The school has such a family feel, with staff giving pupils the best opportunities and experiences possible, which I knew I wanted to be a part of. Outside of school I enjoy going on adventures and bouldering. On the weekends I also work as a PA for a little friend called Lizzie, who is 10 and has cerebral palsy - we love getting out and about!

Donna Johns

Children Looked After, Safeguarding & EYFS Pathway Link Governor

I am the newest governor of Fairfield school having been appointed in early 2017.  I have worked for Lloyds Banking Group for over 15 years and through various roles have experience of financial management, strategy and risk, and people management.  I am enjoying the challenge of bringing my skills and experiences to a very different kind of environment!

Outside of work I am an active supporter of the charity Memusi Foundation which funds schools in a very remote region in Kenya. In addition to fundraising I have visited Memusi school twice in the last few years and have been privileged to meet and spend time with the children that attend the school.

 I have two children aged nine and six and seem to spend any remaining free time I have ferrying them between various activities.

Mike Neild

Health & Safety. Well-Being

I first joined the Fairfield School Governing Body in 2002 as a Parent Governor when my son first went into the early years department. He is now in his final year and I am still as committed as I was on day one to challenge and question the Senior Leadership Team. My background as an Insurance Claims Investigator has been useful to enable me to act as a Critical Friend. I remain an active member of the Resources Committee providing input into both Finance and Health and Safety Issues.

I was involved in the selection process of the last two Headteachers. My priority when making key decisions has always been to ensure that we offer the best environment we can for students to fulfil their potential. I will always encourage any student, parent/carer or staff member to raise any concerns/suggestions with the overall aim to continually strive to produce the most effective learning environment that we can. I was elected Chair of Governors when we moved to the new school site however, I stepped down from the position in 2011 following a period of ill health.

I have recently enrolled onto a NEBOSH (National Examination Board of Occupational Health and Safety) to study towards a Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and plan to use this knowledge to evaluate and further improve site safety where possible.

Lisa Hall

Staff Governor

I have worked at Fairfield School for the past three and a half years as an Intervenor, supporting a student who is deaf and blind, In September 17 I was successful in taking on the role of Multi-Sensory Impairment Champion.  I am also part of the Health and Safety team.  

I have previously worked with adults with learning disabilities for the past ten years within Kirklees Day Services and Private Sector and have also worked within a Private Day Nursery.  


Parent Governor

I've recently been appointed a Parent Governor. My son joined Fairfield 4 years ago when we moved to Yorkshire. I work as a lunchtime supervisor at the school.

My previous roles since leaving school I've been  a Secretary of a private school in Oldham for 16 years,  after which I left to run my own Gentleman's Outfitting Business.

My spare time is taken up caring for my son, I also enjoy gardening, cooking and holidays and weekends in our Motorhome. 

Leanne Watts

Parent Governor

I am a full time mum and I also have two part time jobs. In one job I work in accounts and in the other I am a Lunchtime Supervisor at my local school. I have recently become a parent governor here at Fairfield School. My daughter attends Fairfield School and her progress is excellent. I consider myself to be a kind, caring person. I am a good listener and always look for the best in others.

Mandy Farrar

Safeguarding Governor

I have just been appointed Safeguarding Governor and feel privileged to have been asked to work with the Safeguarding Team at Fairfield School.

I currently work as the DSL (Designated Senior Leader), and Wellbeing Officer at Diamond Wood Community Academy in Ravensthorpe where my role is to support staff, students and parents with any issues that cause barriers to learning, i.e. child protection issues, behaviour, attendance, social and emotional issues etc.

My working experience has been in child health and I have worked within the Children's Community Nursing Team offering continuing care to children with complex needs. I have also worked at Hollybank school as a Residential Care Officer, but over the last 15 years have worked as a Safeguarding Officer in main stream education. Throughout this time, I have built up links with social care, the police, health and many other agencies that support me in my role today. I believe very much in working alongside families, building up relationships where they feel supported and encouraged to make change where necessary.

Every child has the right to access what they need to have a good life and I hope to put my experience to good use to ensure Fairfield School remains a safe space for the children and young people to learn and develop.

Yasin Lorgat


I live local to Fairfield School and I am delighted and privileged to become a governor here. I have worked with children and families over a number of years within the voluntary sector, youth service, careers service and the education service. I am currently employed by the education safeguarding service working with schools and out of school settings. I am hoping to bring some of my knowledge and understanding of the current demands in education to support the staff and students at Fairfield School to ensure the best possible outcomes for all.

Kate Bottomley - Occupational Therapist

Kate Bottomley