Chair of Governors
Welcome from the Chair of Governors
On behalf of the Governing body, I am delighted to welcome you to Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School.
I am extremely proud to be Chair of Governors at such a wonderful school that provides such a caring and positive environment at the heart of the local community.
Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met, and that planning is both aspiring and realistic. We are here to support and encourage our Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and all school personnel so that pupils have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve. As Governors, we consider our most important role to be the safety, welfare, and education of our pupils.
Our governors come from a range of backgrounds and include parents / carers, staff, and co-opted members from both the local community. We have a variety of different skills, but we could not do our job without the expertise of our fantastic Head Teacher Mrs Marshall, Leadership Team, and all the amazing staff at Ashwood.
We try and visit school as often as possible to see for ourselves how well the school is functioning. We do this by observing lessons, talking to pupils, meeting with staff, and attending school events. If you ever see us in school please do come and say hello, but if you would like to contact me before then please speak to the headteacher or school office. As parents and carers, you are very much part of the whole school community and your opinions and comments are very valuable to us.
We are always looking for new governors, you do not need any specific skills or qualifications just an interest in getting involved, commitment and some spare time to give. You will part of a team that work together and support each other. Please do consider becoming a governor, it is a worthwhile opportunity.
We all want to give your children the best possible chance in life to succeed and I believe with the right commitment from everyone, the governors, the staff and yourselves, we will forge a dynamic partnership that will enable this to happen.
Governor Pen Portraits
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 (was Scott)
I am currently the Year 5 teacher at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary school. I have worked at the school since September 2016, where I worked as the Year 5 class teacher before becoming the Year 6 teacher for 3 years. Prior to working at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, I worked at three schools within the Sandhill Multi-Academy Trust. I am currently the literacy lead for the school, designated looked after children teacher and KS2 lead.
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.
I am passionate that all children can succeed and thrive during their time at Rawmarsh Ashwood and I hope to further drive forward standards at Ashwood whilst working alongside the governing body. I aim to represent the voice of all children and staff attending Ashwood within my role as staff governor.
I am a school governor as my daughter is a student at the school and I therefore want to ensure that the school is delivering high levels of performance and providing the best possible learning experience and environment for all students.
I have worked for the local authority for 17 years which has provided me with substantive experience in safeguarding, mental health, crime and anti-social behaviour, child exploitation and support to vulnerable individuals.
I am always exploring opportunities for service development, generating efficiencies and ensuring value for money. I want to utilise my skills and experience to support the school on its continuous improvement and development journey.
As Safeguarding Lead I want to ensure that we are proactive in identifying potential issues, intervening at an early stage and preventing safeguarding matters and will ensure that effective procedures are embedded throughout the school.
Vice Chair of Governors
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.
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.
Parent Governor (Co-Opted)