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 Roper, 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.
Helen Walker – Chair of Governors
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.
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.
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.
I join the team at Ashwood as teacher of Y5 and as SENDco – leading the great work the school already do, as well striving to support children and families.
Here is a little bit more about me…
I’ve worked for the Trust since 2018 and have over 17 years’ experience supporting and teaching in both primary and secondary school. I have worked with lots of different age groups of children throughout Rotherham, from EYFS to Year 11. I have been involved with different children under a rainbow of different needs. A huge part of that experience has involved working with children with ‘superpowers’, a quality that carries a label of S.E.N.D. supporting the difference and ensuring equality of their needs. I have experience working with children with a range of difficulties and challenges when facing the adventure of education and life. I truly enjoy teaching all different ages of children and the adventures it brings.
What does the Governing Body do?
The work of the Governing Body is carried out for one purpose only and that is to give the children the best possible start in their school life by providing the very best in terms of the education they receive. The Governing Body is made up of the Headteacher, and members of the school community and wider Wickersley Partnership Trust where possible. The position of school governor is a voluntary one, but it demands a high level of commitment, both in time but also responsibility as the decisions made directly affect the children.
The Governors work closely with the Headteacher and meet regularly. Decisions are democratic, with all governors being given as much information as possible to aid them in that decision-making process, ensuring lively often lengthy and healthy discussions prior to decision making. Their work is focused around teaching and learning and in ensuring the school is offering the best possible values for its pupils.
The Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities, they can only act together, they cannot act as individuals.
Governors are appointed to help:
- Decide what is
- Set standards of
- Agree targets for continual school
- Interview and select
- Monitor and engage with teaching and learning
School Governors can be:
- WPT members
Become a School Governor
Do something inspiring today – become a school Governor. Make a difference and develop your own skills!
Wickersley Partnership Trust consists of a group of thirteen Primary and Secondary schools predominantly in Rotherham. The children and young people it serves are aged from three to eighteen and total almost seven thousand! Each school is supported by its own community based Local Governing Body made up of parents/carers, local community representatives and businesses.
Schools across the country require people to volunteer as Governors on their Local Governing Bodies. Despite the fact that an estimated 250,000 people volunteer in this way each year, there is still a shortage.
So, why not give back and help give children and young people the best start in life, whilst developing your own skills in a way which can benefit your career. We like to think of it as a win-win situation!