Meet the Governors


Dr Margaret Culshaw - Chair Of Governors (Co-opted)

Appointed Chair of Governors 13 July 2021.

I have worked with the Governors of Scholes School to support staff, parents and pupils for the past five years and 2022 – 23 is my second year as Chair. This a year of opportunity for Scholes school and I am proud to have been elected to remain as Chair of the Governors and to work with the new Head to move the school forward.

I live locally and recently retired from the University of Huddersfield where I developed and led the Pharmacy courses, working with the University and professional bodies to ensure high standards and to enable students to achieve their ambitions.

Prior to the move to full time teaching and academia, I juggled teaching postgraduates at Leeds University and working as a prescribing advisor for the GP practices in the South Huddersfield area with the demands of my own family.

I have lived in Holmfirth for 24 years, so I am no longer a newcomer. Prior to moving to Yorkshire, I worked as a pharmacist in NHS hospitals in Cheshire and the Midlands for 20 years so I offer a range of experience from some very different organisations.

My motivation for being a Governor is to use my skills and experience to ‘put something back’ into local education. Both my grown-up children have been educated in local schools and have had every support and opportunity to develop both personally and academically to meet their ambitions. I want to contribute to every child having the early education which will support them to achieve anything to which they aspire.

Mrs Jane French - Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted)

Appointed Vice Chair of Governors 13 July 2021.

My husband and I have lived in the village and been associated with Scholes J & I school for 30 years. My three children all attended this school and are now happily married with children of their own. I was a teacher at the school for nearly 20 years, (teaching mainly year 6) and held responsibility for Maths and became part of the the school Senior Leadership Team. I retired from my role in August 2017. 

In September 2017 I became a governor of the school and I am pleased to continue being part of a school that has always been a happy and friendly environment, which holds individual interest at heart. It was a pleasure to work in this school and I look forward to being part of its future development and success. 

I am the lead for Achievement and Curriculum. 


Mrs Tabetha Painten - Governor (Staff)

Awaiting profile

Mr Peter Ward - Governor (Parent)

I am married with one child who is currently in Year 1 at Scholes J & I. I have just joined the governing body as a parent governor. 

I am delighted to support the school in anyway I can especially in regards to health and well-being as I currently work at Wakefield Council as an Health Improvement Specialist for Schools. 

I look forward to my time as a governor and watching my child progress through the school. 


Ms Alison Lowe - Governor (Parent)

I live in Scholes and have done so for the last 11 years. Two of my children currently attend Scholes J & I and I have one who has moved on to Holmfirth High.

I have been teaching for 20 years in various situations and I'm currently working as a Trainer in Legal IT.  Consequently, I am passionate about education and what it can offer both young and old.

I am active within FOSS and I am delighted to be one of the Governors. I look forward to helping our school become the best it can be.

Mr Martin Woods - Governor (Local Authority)

I am married, with 2 boys who have both attended Scholes J & I School.

I have been on the governing body for the last 9 years.I am the Chair of the Resources Committee as well as the Safeguarding Governor.

We live in the village and feel that Scholes School is a real part of the community. I feel that the Head teacher and all the staff are doing an excellent job.They are always ensuring the highest levels of education. As a former parent I am proud to be associated with the School. 


Anthea Ainley - Governor (Co-opted)

My husband and I have lived in Scholes for nearly 40 years and both our children went to Scholes J &I School during which period I was an active member of the PTA. 

After graduating in English Language and Literature I taught English, French and art in Cameroon for 2 years with the International Voluntary Service. I then resumed my studies, completing a Master of Arts degree in archaeology. My first career was in Museum Education in Kirklees and then, after starting a family, I joined the Inland Revenue (HMRC). I retired in 2010.

 Since then I have continued as a magistrate on the W Yorkshire Bench in both Family and Adult courts. Other interests, apart from family responsibilities, include volunteering with the National Trust, walking, art, local history and going to the theatre, often with members of the Holme Valley U 3a, reading and singing in a local ladies choir.

I am keen to encourage children to involve themselves in all the arts, which have the potential to enrich the whole of their lives one way or another, and delight in their natural and historical environment.