Governing Body

Governor Pen Portraits

Helen Walker
Chair of Governors

I am currently a project manager within the South Yorkshire Futures programme Team at Sheffield Hallam University. South Yorkshire Futures is a partnership committed to improving education and raising aspiration for young people in South Yorkshire – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme, led by Sheffield Hallam University and backed by the Department for Education addresses the educational attainment and wellbeing of learners and aims to develop a dedicated and talented workforce to support them.

I am also a UK Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association which is a national organisation which aims to support students make informed decisions when considering studying at Higher Education Level.

It is through my work that I became a school governor, having signed up to the inspiring governance service. My aim is to utilize my skills, experience and passion for learning in working with the governing board and everyone associated with Ashwood into building and maintaining an outstanding school.

Philippa Benton
Staff Governor

I am currently the Year 6 teacher at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary school. I have worked at the school since September 2016, where I worked as the Year 5 class teacher. Prior to working at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, I worked at three schools within the Sandhill multi-academy trust.

Before beginning my teaching career, I graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French. After completing my degree, I studied my primary PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University.

Dawn Butterworth
Clerk to Governors

I have worked in the administration field for 20 years.  I worked for an Engineering Consultants for 6 years at their offices in Doncaster, Nuneaton and Stoke on Trent.  I then became PA to the Chief Executive for Doncaster West Primary Care Trust until 2006 when I moved to 2010 Rotherham Ltd as PA to the Chief Executive.

I then undertook various admin roles after the Housing Department transferred back to the Council in June 2011.  In September 2011 I took voluntary severance and decided to stay at home to look after my two sons.

In addition to this I started as Clerk to Governors at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School in 2010, with a short break in 2011/12 for maternity leave, and then at Thrybergh Primary School when the schools became part of the Ashwood Multi Academy Trust in July 2014.

Nicki Goodwin

My husband and I moved to Rawmarsh in 2008. In 2010 we set up the RE Team and had the tremendous privilege since, to be supporting all the Rawmarsh Primary Schools and RCS in delivering the Christian aspect of the RE Syllabus through interacting Assemblies, RE Lessons and Godly Play sessions. Alongside the RE Team, we are also Senior Leaders of Arc Church, which we launched here in Rawmarsh in November 2017.

Early on in our RE Team journey, I was invited to be a community governor at Rosehill Juniors, stepping down when we welcomed our foster son into the family in 2014. 

Earlier this year I was invited to consider becoming a Governor once again here at Ashwood.  

I hope together with the rest of the governing body we can continue to support the staff team in meeting the individual needs of all children through the broad, engaging and well-balanced curriculum at the school.

Jamie Muntus

I am new to the role of Parent Governor for 2017. I have 3 children in Rawmarsh Ashwood School. My hope is that I can have a guiding influence on the development, learning and inspiration of young people who pass through this school.

I am looking forward to the challenges of working alongside the rest of the board to maintain Rawmarsh Ashwood’s already high reputation.