‘Learning for Life.’

Governors

The role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body helps the school provide the best possible education for its pupils. It provides the Headteacher and the staff with support, advice and information, drawing on its members’ knowledge and experience.

The Governing Body has the responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness in the interests of the school and its pupils. The governing Body has the right to discuss, question and refine proposals – while always respecting the professional roles of the Headteacher and staff, and their responsibilities for the management of the school. In its turn the Governing Body answers for its actions, above all to parents and the wider local community for the school’s overall performance.

The Governing Body is made up of:

Current Governing Body

 

Kathleen Clark - Co-Opted, Safeguarding Link Governor

Kathleen Clark – ( Co-Opted, Safeguarding Link Governor) – email kclark@stocksbridge-nur.sheffield.sch.uk

I am a retired primary school teacher, having taught in several schools in the north of Sheffield for 38 years.

I have been proud to have served as a governor since November 2011, as we have a wonderful school with a caring, dedicated and talented staff, working in partnership with our children, their parents and carers.

I am in school on Wednesdays, when I volunteer as a classroom helper. I look forward to meeting the children and working with them. I try to attend school events so please come and have a chat or you can contact me through the school office.

Tamsin Bond- Co-Opted, Finance Link Governor

Mrs Tamsin Bond (Co Vice-Chair, Co-Opted, Finance & Attendance Link Governor) – email tbond@stocksbridge-nur.sheffield.sch.uk

I am a full time mother of two boys and a part time civil servant currently in a finance role at the Department for Education. I’ve lived in Stocksbridge since 2013 and joined the Governing Board in 2016 when my eldest son was in Y1. I decided to become a governor out of a desire to contribute to a vibrant and happy school where the children are always put first.

In addition to finance skills, I bring safeguarding experience to the board having previously worked as a qualified social worker. I have a strong belief that children thrive if they feel secure and confident in their environment.

I am happy to be contacted directly with any issues or ideas parents would like raised

Ann North - (LA), SEND and Early Years Link Governor

Mrs Ann North (Co-Opted, SEND and Stockbridge Junior School Link Governor) – email anorth@stocksbridge-nur.sheffield.sch.uk

Ann began teaching in 1965 working at Bradfield Secondary School and Loxley Primary before taking a position here at Stocksbridge Nursery Infants in 1976 where she remained until her retirement in 1997 (though she continued supply teaching here for a while afterwards). 

Ann was Deputy Head in 1980 when the Nursery opened and has taught across all age groups. Ann is very interested in Special Educational Needs provision, having helped to develop the schools SEN policy in the early 90’s and continues that interest today as a governor (a role she has held since 1998). 

Ann is proud of our school’s commitment to SEN provision and recognises how highly this work is regarded in Sheffield with members of our school staff involved in new initiatives across the region. Ann is particularly involved with the youngest of our children in the Nursery and Foundation classes and liaises regularly with our SEN Co-Ordinator.

Ruth Parker - Co-Opted, Vice Chair, CLA (Looked After Children)

Mrs Ruth Parker (Co-Opted, Pupil Premium and Looked After Children) – email rparker@stocksbridge-nur.sheffield.sch.uk

“I have been a governor here for several years, initially as a parent governor when my daughter attended the school. I have lived in the community for most of my life and am committed to ensuring our school continues to provide all pupils with a safe, inspiring and happy learning environment.

I am a qualified Human Resources professional, with experience in a variety of roles and industries. I am grateful for the opportunity to use the skills and experience I have developed, together with my experience as a parent, to contribute to the work of the governing body in supporting this fantastic school”. 

Governors are proud that Mrs Townsend represented our school in London this week to discuss school funding, alongside other Sheffield schools, and we recognise the continued hard work and commitment of all our fantastic school staff.

Matt Collins - Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

I have started as a governor this year and am keen to support such a vibrant and happy school.  I have 3 children aged 13, 11 and 4. Currently I work for Peak, the largest provider of alternative education in the area, supporting the delivery of adventure education.  I hope my experience with health, safety and alternative education will support the schools staff and leadership team.

Mrs Joanne Wilkinson - Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Joanne Wilkinson (Parent Governor, Curriculum and Data Link Governor) – email jwilkinson@stocksbridge-nur.sheffield.sch.uk

“I have been a governor since 2016.  I am a mum to 3 children aged 2, 8 and 10 as well as working as a primary school teacher.  My middle child has ASD which I hope, helps give me an insight into all aspects of education and how children learn.  I hope that I bring a perspective to the governors from a position of understanding how schools work and the obstacles that are currently in place in all schools, in order to support the staff and leadership of the school”.

Some of our Governors had the pleasure of attending the wonderful Mother’s Day Celebrations in school today. It is fantastic seeing the efforts that go into these events and the smiles (and occasional happy tears) on the faces of the children, and the grown-ups.

After the incredible hard work this term, as school closes for the holidays (probably can’t call them Easter Holidays when we’re not quite at Easter yet!), we would like to wish all staff, children and their grown-ups a lovely break, and also spare a thought for some of our staff that continue to work during the holidays, including our fantastic Mr Grocock doing some important jobs to make sure our school remains clean, tidy and safe for the children returning on the 15th April.

Caroline England-Woodcock - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2020 and have twin daughters at the school. I have a degree in Public Relations and have worked in both the private and public sectors. I hope my communication skills will enable me to be an effective governor. I am currently a stay at home mum and can therefore offer commitment and enthusiasm to the role. 

I look forward to supporting the school, to help the staff and every student in its care. I am happy to be contacted directly with any issues or ideas parents would like raised. 

Sarah Briggs - Parent Governor, Vice Chair

I am a very motivated and hardworking learning designer – working for a leading digital education company. I am a qualified teacher of science and have spent the last 10 years working in schools training teachers to design exciting skills curriculums. I am hugely passionate about education and the difference it can make and I have 2 post graduate certificates in Education. My particular interests are in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and maths), the arts and the skill of how to learn.

First children should enjoy learning. I have two children and I believe that school should be a place where all children love to go and learn and feel included. Stockbridge nursery and infant school is a fantastic school with dedicated teachers and I would love to play a part in supporting the school and parents in a role as a parent governor. I would be really keen to listen to parents’ ideas and concerns and work with the school to address these. I am really proud of our community in Stockbridge and also volunteer as a peer supporter for Stockbridge sling library where I am able to work with local parents and families and I would relish the opportunity to make a difference to our children’s education.

Eric Wright - Co-Opted Governor, Premises/Health and Safety Link Governor
I have been involved with the school since 1960 in a range of roles, starting as a pupil, then father, grandfather, governor and chair of governors for approximately 30 years.
I was previously a Works Manager in the Steelworks with responsibility for finance, safety, production and personnel.
I was chair of Governors during the transition of the School to a maintained School in the early 1990’s
It has been a pleasure being involved in a forward thinking and successful School.

Charlotte Proctor - Parent Governor

I am a teacher of SEND and Assistant Headteacher of Heartspace at Penistone Grammar School. I also have a daughter at Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School, as well as one at the Junior School. I have 16 years experience working with a variety of Special Educational Needs, teaching at specialist provisions in Sheffield, Wakefield and now more locally in Penistone. I am an advocate for good quality, inclusive and creative education for all and hope that this will put me in good stead to represent all of the children at Stocksbridge Nursery Infants and their families. I am passionate about our community and the people who live within it and will always strive to consider the best decisions for all. 

My background is also in Music and Drama, and I am a member of the Valley Music Festival Committee, Fox Valley Voices and Steel Valley Beacon. My degree is in Music and I did my teacher training as a music specialist. I strongly believe in the merits of music on pupil wellbeing, social and academic development.

It was a pleasure to be asked to stand as governor for Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School as it is such a positive and happy learning environment for all.