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The Role of a Governor


School Governors are people from the school/local community who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They must be aged 18 or over at the time of their appointment. They are elected to serve on the Governing Body for a set period of time.


Governors come from all different backgrounds and all have various knowledge and experience needed to help the Head Teacher make the right decisions for the school.  Together they are known as the Governing Body. 


Governors have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.


The Governing Body

The Governing Body at Rawmarsh Ryecroft Infant School has a total of 11 Governors: 

The membership is as follows:

2 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
The Head Teacher
1 Staff Governor
6 Co-opted Governors


This is called the Constitution of the Governing Body.


The Governing Body is responsible for the conduct of its school, education of pupils, Safeguarding, Health & Safety and must promote high standards of educational achievement for all pupils. They achieve this by setting the following framework:

>   Setting suitable aims and objectives
>   Agreeing policies, targets and priorities
>   Monitoring and reviewing aims, objectives and policies to ensure targets are   

Governing bodies are required to meet formally a minimum of three times a year. 


Governors attend Full Governors meetings each term and many other supplementary meetings related to Finance, premises, Staff and Curriculum.


At Ryecroft we do not have separate committees – all Governors participate in and are responsible for all decisions made. Meeting dates are set in advance and meetings generally last between two and three hours.

Each Governing Body has a Clerk who will organise meetings, ensure Governors receive relevant up to date information and produce accurate minutes from each meeting held.

Mr Michael Bramall

Chair of Governors (Co-opted)

Appointed - September 1991

Term of Office - 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 100%


I am a former pupil of the school and have lived in the local area all my life, the majority of time being in close proximity to the school.

I became a member of the governing body over 25 years ago when my younger son was a pupil at the school. Both of my sons as well as my wife attended the school.

I have a wide knowledge and experience of the issues relating to school governance. I was also a governor of Rosehill School for 12 years, the majority of which was as Chair

Now retired, my working career was spent in technical, educational and managerial positions in a number of organisations which provided me with varied experiences that have proven to be invaluable for my role as a governor and as Chair. My jobs included 20 years as senior lecturer/ head of division at a further education college. The last 10 years of my working life were spent managing the research governance function at an NHS hospital.

I have a strong affinity to the school and produced a booklet on the history of the school as part of the centenary celebrations held in 1993. 



Mrs Carolyn Smyth


Appointed -March 2011

Business Interest - Governor at Rosehill Junior School

Attendance 2019/2020 - 66.7%


I have been teaching in South Yorkshire for over 30 years, having completed my training at the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education. I have taught children across the Primary age range, although my love and specialism has always been children within the Foundation and Infant age phase-so for me being Head teacher at Ryecroft really is the best job in the world!


Over my career, I have held a variety of leadership roles, including SENCO, Key Stage 1 phase leader, Deputy Head Teacher, Acting Head teacher and now Head teacher of Rawmarsh Ryecroft Infant School. I have been Head teacher at Ryecroft since March 2011-a school at the heart of its local community.


During my career, I have helped to support and develop staff, working in partnership with them as a colleague and mentor and I am proud to say that a number of them are now successful leaders in their own right. 


I have extensive experience as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator and have supported the parents of children with a wide range of different needs helping them to obtain successful outcomes for their children.


Prior to coming to Ryecroft I served as a teacher representative on another Governing Body for a number of years.


Mrs Kate Blythe

Staff Governor

Appointed - March 2010

Term of Office - 20.02.18 - 19.02.22

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 100%


I am in my 15th year of teaching with the last 6 years spent as Deputy Head at Ryecroft. Previously I have worked for 2 other local authorities and in 3 diverse primary schools. For the last 10 years I have been part of school leadership, co-ordinating literacy, maths and ICT alongside other subject areas. I have also been the Special Needs Co-ordinator and led whole school projects and national initiatives


My specialism is Key Stage 1 and in particular Year 2 where I currently teach. Being a governor at Ryecroft allows me to give a teaching staff perspective to the governing body whilst supporting them in maintaining a current picture of how the school is moving forward.  


Mr Martin Wagstaff

Co-opted Governor

Appointed - March 2010

Term of Office - 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Business Interest - Headteacher at Rosehill Junior School

Attendance 2019/2020 - 33.3%


As Deputy Head and Head Teacher of Rosehill Junior School, I have been proud to serve the local community for more than 20 years.


I feel proud to be a governor of both Rosehill and Ryecroft schools and I am committed to collaborating with colleagues, families and other partners to ensure excellent opportunities and achievement for all our children.


Father Alan Parkinson

Co-opted Governor

Appointed - October 2009

Term of Office - 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 66.7%


Born in 1940 in Lancashire and brought up in a one parent family, I trained as a teacher at St John's College, York and taught for thirty years in Liverpool, Brighton and Sheffield. I finished up as Head of Department. Then appointed as Diocesan Advisor for RE and Worship. I qualified as an Ofsted Inspector. I served on many governing bodies and became Assistant Provost at Worksop College. I support the Arts teaching and give some help with Religious Education. Having been  the local parish priest for 8 years, I am able to bring my pastoral skills to the school, to support staff, both teaching and non teaching, parents and children.


Mrs Julie Tate

Co-opted Governor

Appointed - January 2013

Term of Office - 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 100%


I joined the governing body in 2012 and became the designated SEN governor. I currently work as a teaching assistant in Foundation Stage, part of my role involves supporting children with special educational needs and ensuring that all their needs are met. All children including those with SEN are well supported within the school.


I am currently a teaching assistant in the foundation stage, which I thoroughly enjoy. I work hard to ensure children reach  their full potential regardless of their background and individual barriers to learning.


Before becoming a teaching assistant I worked for Rotherham Health Authority for 13 years in Podiatry and then Sterile Services. Volunteering at Ryecroft whilst my son was in reception prompted my decision to pursue a career as a teaching assistant and I am proud to be part of the school!


Although I am not originally from Rawmarsh I have lived here for the past 15 years and I have one son who was a pupil at Ryecroft.


Mr Stephen Jones

Co-opted Governor

Appointed -2017

Term of Office 08.02.17 - 07.02.21

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 100%


Mr C Oxer

Co-opted Governor

Appointed - May 2017 by the governing body.

Term of Office - 06.02.20 - 05.02.20

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 66.7%



Mr N Quhill

Co-opted Governor

Appointed - March 2018 by the governing body.

Term of Office - 06.02.20 - 05.02.20

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 66.7%



I have lived in Rawmarsh for the past 5 years, and have a child currently attending Ryecroft Infant School.  As well as being a parent I am also a multidisciplinary practitioner with experience in government departments, local authorities, charities and community organisations. I have many years’ experience of working successfully within the public sector to achieve shared goals and visions. I am hoping that I can bring my public sector experience into a local setting in support of the community that I live in.


Miss N Davies

Clerk to Governing Body

Appointed - November 2017 by the governing body

Term of Office - 13.11.17 - Present

Business Interest - No business/pecuniary/material interest(s)

Attendance 2019/2020 - 100%


I joined Ryecroft Infant School as a Receptionist/Clerk to Governors in November 2017.


I have lived in Rawmarsh all my life and have a child who currently attends Ryecroft school and a child at RCS.


I have over 20 years experience working in administration working in a variety of roles and am thoroughly enjoying my role here at Ryecroft.