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 September 2020 can be found here.   Governor Information 2020

  • Mr Mike Eckersley
    Chair of the Governing Body
    LA Governor
    08/10/18 to 7/10/22

    I have been a governor for nearly ten years and Chair for two. 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. Both my children attended the school and I 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 running the local Air Cadets. My job as a Business Architect with cloudThing gives me useful skills and experiences that I can transfer to the job of being a governor. I am a keen distance runner and love being outdoors.
  • 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.  
  • Mrs Nichola Allerston
    Head Of School Market Rasen Site
    Co-opted Governor
    07/10/19 to 06/10/23

    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
    Co-Opted Governor
    08/10/18 to 7/10/22
    I am proud to serve as a Governor, initially since 2006, as a Parent Governor and now as a Co Opted Governor.
    Both of my children attended Market Rasen Church of England Primary from Reception through to the end of Key Stage 2. I have therefore been part of the School’s development and transition - working with two Headteachers and Senior Leadership Teams; the development of the School as part of a Federation; ongoing continued development of the School.
  • Mr Colin Horton
    Co-Opted Governor
    08/10/18 to 7/10/22

    I became a governor at Nettleton Primary in 2004, motivated by a desire to support and contribute to my children’s’ education and make a difference to their school. I am proud to be part of this dynamic team of governors who are committed to improving our Federation.  I believe we can make a significant contribution to this by developing a love of learning in children from all backgrounds. I am an Arboriculturist and Forester by profession with over 25 years management experience in the private and public sectors, working in both urban and rural environments. I have a variety of outside interests including running, squash and music.
  • Mr Andrew Howson
    Co-Opted Governor
    08/10/18 to 7/10/22

    I became a Governor in 2013 as our two daughters started their education at Market Rasen Church of England Primary School and I firmly believe that parent participation is key to the development of both schools within the Federation and their pupils. I am married to Joanne and we have lived in Market Rasen since 2008.  I am the Owner of a locally based ship management company and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. The role of Governor is challenging but rewarding and it is fascinating to get an insight into the effort and commitment needed from all concerned in order to provide a successful and stimulating learning environment.
  • Mr Marcus Hyde
    Co-Opted Governor
    07/10/19 to 06/10/23
    I have two children the younger of which is a pupil at Market Rasen Primary.  I served as an avionics and aircraft electrical technician in the Royal Air Force for 15 years. I currently work in digital communications and web design, and assist my wife Lesley with her business as an independent travel agent. I am a member of St. Thomas’ church Parochial Parish Council, where I am the parish news editor and manage the online presence of the church. I am an assistant football coach for one of the junior teams at Market Rasen Football Club. I also work as an adult volunteer with the Market Rasen Air Cadets. I joined the governing body in 2015, having previously been a governor at Market Rasen Primary School. I enjoy the challenge and the fact I am helping support my children’s education by ensuring the school provides the best opportunities for its pupils. As parent who regularly collects my youngest from school, I have a great opportunity to engage with parents I meet in the playground.
  • Mr Dave Walker
    Co-Opted Governor
    09/10/17 to 08/10/21

    My previous experience in both Procurement and Facilities Management help me to support the Federation on infrastructure and services.
    Having had two children progress onto secondary school after attending Market Rasen C of E, and one currently in the school. I am passionate about ensuring North Wolds Federation’s continued success.
  • 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
    07/10/19 to 06/10/23

    I live in Market Rasen with my partner Valerie, I am dad to two children aged 2 and 4, the oldest in Reception year at Market Rasen school and stepfather to two teenage children.  My day job is deputy director of public health in North East Lincolnshire where I lead of things such as health protection, immunisation and screening, disease prevention and health intelligence.  I am keen to use this knowledge and experience to help the federation maintain its focus on the health and wellbeing of all its children and staff.
  • Mrs Lydia Rusling
    Parent Governor
    14/11/2019 to 13/11/23

    Being a parent governor I hope to bring a positive contribution to the Governors at the North Wolds Federation by supporting communication between families and the school. I have children in Years 2 and 5 currently. 

    I have lived in Market Rasen since 2007 and have experience of being a governor at two other schools - De Aston and Lincoln Minster. I’ve been a member of several public and private sector boards throughout my career, and also established a community interest company with an independent board in 2018.  I’m currently employed as an Assistant Director for the East Lindsey and Boston Council Strategic Alliance with responsibility for economic development and growth. I’m interested in lifelong learning and education opportunities, and how they can strengthen the economic prosperity of a town. 
  • Mrs Kate Belt
    Co-Opted Governor
    03/01/18 to 02/01/22

    My family and I moved back to Lincolnshire in September 2016.  Both my children joined Nettleton Community Primary school following in their father’s footsteps!  I have been so pleased with my children’s progress, the schools principles and the teaching staff that I wanted to be able to give something back when I decided to stand as a Governor for the school. I became a Governor in January 2018 and I have really enjoyed my first year as a Governor and being able to be a part of such a great organisation.
  • Reverend Claire Walker
    Ex -Officio
    Having moved to Market Rasen as the Curate three years ago I have had lots of opportunities to experience the atmosphere, ethos and day-to-day life of the school. As a former teacher and with this time spent with the school I was delighted when appointed as Vicar of the Parish of Market Rasen that I would also be a governor of the school. I'm really enjoying working with the rest of the board and, of course, have a particular interest in the Christian Values underpinning the work we do. 

  • Mr Adam Shah
    Foundation Governor
    I have lived in Lincolnshire my whole life, born and raised near Spalding. My family and I had the pleasure of living in Market Rasen between 2018 and February 2020. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be appointed as a Governor for The North Wolds Federation, as the community is one which I feel I can give back to through this role. I am a qualified teacher myself so I am looking forward not only to learning more in my role, but to using my experience to help the school and the wider community. I also hope that my experiences with choral music and Church services will help me to uphold the ethos and values of the school.


  • Clerk to Governors
    Our Clerk to Governors is Mrs Louise Long who can be contacted on the following e-mail address:


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. This school is judged by Ofsted to be good with outstanding features including leadership and management and behaviour and safety. This school has excellent facilities including its own commercial kitchen and swimming pool. The school lives by its six Christian 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, educating around 85 children, 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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