About us

The North Wolds Federation was created on July 1st 2014 as a natural progression of the collaboration between Market Rasen Church of England Primary School and Nettleton Community Primary School, two schools that passionately believe in the power of school to school support to benefit the children of Lincolnshire.

The aim of the Federation is to deliver an outstanding education to the children of both our schools.

We also offer support to schools outside of our Federation and are working with the Equate teaching school on the LEAP project. We can also offer pupil premium reviews for school.

The two schools share a Governing body, an executive Head Teacher, a School Business Manager and specialist staff including our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Subject Leaders.  Both schools benefit from the buying power of the Federation, joint training and professional development. Each site has its own Head of School who ensures the school runs excellently on a day to day basis. Whilst the schools share a lot, they  both retain their own distinctiveness and the things that make them special.

The children from the Federated schools have the opportunity to learn, work and play together throughout the year. Examples of this include shared sports days, exciting educational visits, cross school projects and WOW Curriculum days.

The Governing body is made up of members from both school communities. No matter their geographical location, they are responsible for, and passionate about the education of all of the children in the Federation.

If you are interested in sending your child to one of our schools, working at one of our sites, brokering school to school support, or joining our Federation please use the Contact us page and we’ll be happy to speak to you.


The North Wolds Federation has a Governing Body that are responsible for both schools. They are absolutely committed to ensuring that the children in the Federation receive the highest quality education. Governors meet several times a year to make decisions regarding the strategic running of the Federation. In addition the these meetings governors attend meetings regarding resources, curriculum and community and quality and standards.

Statutory information regarding the Governing Body as of January 2017 can be found here.   Governing Body Information 2016

  • Mr Mike Eckersley
    Chair of the Governing Body
    LA Governor
    01/07/14 to 30/06/18

    I have been a governor for nearly 7 years and I really enjoy my involvement with the school and the opportunity that it brings to help the school be the best that it possibly can be. I still have a child at the school and firmly believe in the need for parents to be involved in all aspects of the school community. I am married to Rachel, and we moved to Market Rasen in 2008 from Manchester. Since that time I have been active in the town on Market Rasen Round Table, and also on the Civilian Committee of the local Air Cadets. My job as an ICT Consultant with Capita gives me useful skills and experiences that I can transfer to the job of being a governor. I am a keen walker and love being outdoors.
  • Dr Kirsty Miller
    Vice Chair of the Governing Body
    Co-opted Governor
    Link Governor
    01/07/14 to 30/06/18

    I have three children who all currently attend Market Rasen Church of England Primary School. I work as a lecturer at the University of Lincoln, researching in developmental psychology and motor skills. As a governor I appreciate the opportunity to support the school, to help our children to achieve their full potential.
  • Mr Andrew Smith
    Executive Headteacher
    I am proud to be the Executive Headteacher of the North Wolds Federation. Having held a number of teaching positions in West London and Lincolnshire I became headteacher of Market Rasen Church of England Primary School in September 2010 and then of Nettleton Community Primary School in January 2013.  I am really proud of what our teams have achieved in both of these schools.   Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my two young children and watching Formula 1.
  • Mr Tony Parkinson
    Foundation Governor
    15/07/14 to 14/07/18

    I was asked by St Thomas Church if I would be willing to be appointed as a foundation governor, this coincided with my son starting at our school, he has since left and is in his final GCSE year at De Aston.
    Yes, I have been a governor for some years. I was pleased to be reappointed to the governing body of the federation, I feel this is the best way forward for both schools.
    I had the honor of chairing the governing body at Market Rasen and now the federation, I continue to learn and build experience, and enjoy helping any way I can with all the exciting developments that are happening at both schools in the federation.
    I bring  experience from my involvement in the church (having been churchwarden for some years), and from my business life, having been self employed and now managing director of a sales/supply company.
  • Mrs Nichola Allerston
    Head Of School Market Rasen Site
    Co-opted Governor
    01/07/14 to 30/06/18

    I was appointed as Deputy Head Teacher when I first came to the school after working in schools in Lincoln and Cambridgeshire in management roles. As Head of School, I am involved in the day to day running of the school and teaching small groups and individual children.
    As a member of the governing body, I have the opportunity to be involved in the decision making to ensure that we provide the best opportunities for all of our children.
  • Miss Claire Smith
    Federation Staff Representitive
    03/01/17 to 02/01/21

    I started working at Market Rasen Church of England Primary School as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2014 and have been very proud to see how much the Federation has grown and developed in my time here. I think it is a privilege to be able to work with our children and alongside other staff to achieve the best we can every day. When I am not at school I can normally be found with my local Guide unit where I am a Guider, working with the Youth Group at the church I attend, or out running.
  • Mr Cliff Buck
    Parent Governor MRCPS
    01/07/14 to 30/06/18
    I am a Father of two, with one child still at our school. My day job involves the sales and marketing of agricultural machinery with my spare time being taken up with family time, coaching junior rugby at Market Rasen Rugby Club and helping Market Rasen Round Table to raise funds for local causes.                                                                           
    I am now into my second term as a Parent Governor at our school. My five years governor experience has been both challenging and rewarding. I am very proud of the wonderful children we have and the fantastic progress our school has made.
  • Mr Colin Horton
    Co-opted Governor
    01/07/14 to 30/06/18

    Colin Horton became a governor at Nettleton Primary in 2004 and was chair from 2006 until 2013.
    I became a governor to support and contribute to my childrens’ education and their school. I believe education during a child’s formative years is crucial to their future development, and though both of my children have left primary education I continue being a governor.
    I am currently chair of the quality and standards committee and proud to be part of a dynamic team of governors committed to improving the standards of primary education in our federation. 
    A forester by profession, I currently work in the public sector and have a degree in ecological science and post-graduate qualifications in arboriculture and urban forestry.  I have a variety of outside interest including running, music and brewing.
  • Mr Andrew Howson
    Co-opted Governor
    01/07/14 to 30/06/18

    I became a Governor in September 2013 as we have two children at Market Rasen Church of England Primary and I believe that parent participation is key to the development of both schools within the Federation. I am married to Joanne and we have lived in Market Rasen since 2008.  I am the general manager of a Grimsby based ship management company and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. I am also Secretary of Covenham Water Sports Association.
  • Reverend Steve Johnson
    Foundation Governor
    Reverend Steve Johnson is Vicar of Market Rasen, Lissington, Legsby and Linwood. Ordained in 2005, he served a Curacy and became Associate Priest in North Staffordshire. Previously I was part of the ministry team in Louth. A key part of my interest at Market Rasen Church of England Primary School is the Church-School links which have built up over the years. AT the School I am a member of the Curriculum and Community, and Standards Committee. I have always had a keen interest in education and it’s power to make a difference in the lives of young people. Initially graduating a Physics and Education, I worked as a Secondary Science teacher before spending some 15 years in Senior Leadership including working as a Secondary Headship. I am also a qualified section 5 Ofsted Inspector, and support the Diocesan Education Team as a School Effectiveness Adviser.
  • Mr Marcus Hyde
    Co-Opted Governor
    12/10/15 to 11/10/19
    I am married to Lesley, a former MRCEPS and De-Aston pupil. We have two children both attending MRCEPS. I previously served as a governor at Market Rasen before the Federation was established. I am a qualified aircraft avionics and electrical technician, and served 15 years in the Royal Air Force. I support my wife in her travel business which we run from home. I am a member of the Parish Church Council at St. Thomas’ and editor of the parish news publication distributed by the church. I am also a leader in the Children and Young Persons Groups at St. Thomas’. A regular on the school runs, that presence affords me an engagement with parents which is useful in ensuring effective governance and creating an environment in which to deliver the best possible formative education to the pupils of the North Wolds Federation.
  • Mr Dave Walker
    Co-Opted Governor
    09/10/17 to 08/10/21

    As someone who has had one child progress through the school, another leaving in a year and a one starting. I am passionate about ensuring the school’s continued success. I believe that I have real-life transferrable skills suitable to the position and would like to help contribute to the school’s continued success and the community. I moved back to Lincolnshire 8 years ago from Kent and live with my wife Jacolynne and 3 Children (Mia 14, Bailey 10 & Jackson 3).
  • Mr Richard Alderson
    Co-Opted Governor
    09/10/17 to 08/10/21

    I am a governor for the North Wolds Federation having been appointed in late 2017.
    Previously I was a governor of Bishop Burton College where I served for 12 years, including a period of 4 years as Vice Chairman.
    I live in Nettleton, next door to the school, where I have lived for 26 years, and I work as an agricultural business advisor in a Consultancy in Brigg.
    I am a churchwarden of St John the Baptist Church, Nettleton, and also do lay work in the Methodist Churches in our area.
  • Mr Geoff Barnes
    Co-Opted Governor
    05/10/15 to 04/10/19

    I moved to Lincolnshire from my home in Liverpool in 2008 when I was appointed Deputy Director of Public Health for North East Lincolnshire and have lived in Market Rasen since 2014.  My family includes my partner Valerie, stepchildren Ben and Eden and baby Winston. 
  • Mrs Kate Belt
    Co-Opted Governor
    03/01/18 to 02/01/22

    Awaiting Information
  • Clerk to Governors
    Michelle Walker

    I have been Clerk to the Governors since 2000 at Market Rasen C.E. Primary school and have worked in 4 other local primary schools during that time utilising my Administration and Pupil support skills.  The experience and skills gained during this period are invaluable to my current role within the Federation. 
    In my private life, I am married to a local farmer and have two sons who are both in higher education. I enjoy travelling, reading and walking.

Market Rasen C of E
Primary School

Market Rasen Church of England Primary School caters for over 300 children in the beautiful town of Market Rasen. The school is judged to be “Outstanding” by the Diocese of Lincoln and “Good with Outstanding features” by OfSTED. This is a highly attaining school with excellent facilities including its own swimming pool. The school lives by its six key values of commitment to achieve, respect, caring, co-operation, honesty and fairness.

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Nettleton Community
Primary School

Nettleton Community Primary School is a small school nestled in the idyllic Lincolnshire Wolds. The school is judged to be “Good” overall by OfSTED with safety being judged as “Outstanding.” This school has a wonderful small school community feel whilst still being ambitious, forward thinking and innovative. This school is very proud of its key values of happiness, commitment to achieve, farness, respect and co-operation.

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