Governors

School Governors

School Governors help determine the strategic direction of a school, ensure pupils and staff are safe and challenge and support the school in tackling weaknesses and bringing about necessary changes.

Should you wish to become a parent governor please speak to the office staff who will be happy to advise you.

For more information or to apply to be a school governor please see the sheffield.gov.uk website - www.sheffield.gov.uk/education/schoolgovernors


Governors at Woodthorpe Community Primary School

Name Role / Designation
David Parkin Chair of Governors / Co-opted Member
Nicola Gregory Vice Chair of Governors / Local Authority Governor
Dave Smith Headteacher
Mark Smith Co-opted & Foundation Governor
Francis Reardon Staff Governor
Tracey Twelvetrees Foundation Governor
Grant Walker Parent Governor
Laura Brady Parent Governor
Linda Rowland Co-opted Member
Katherine Thacker Co-opted Member
Elizabeth Beighton Co-opted Member
Father Philip Knowles Co-opted Member
Karen Bister Deputy Head / Associate Governor
Ruth Mather Assistant Head / Associate Governor

Structure of Governing Body

1 x Headteacher

2 x Associate Governors

2 x Foundation Governors

1 x Staff Governor

2 x Parent Governors

5 x Co-Opted Governors

1 x LEA Governor

Agenda for Meetings of the Full Governing Body

Agenda for Meeting of the Full Governing Body
- Quality of Education Focus

Agenda for Meeting of the Full Governing Body
- Finance Focus

2016/2017 Attendance of Governors

We have got rid of the separate committees and now have 6 half termly governors meeting which all governors should attend.

Each half term is a different focus either finance or quality of education.

We had 5 meetings though 2016/2017 academic year.

Name Meetings Attended
Dave Smith 5 of 5
Karen Bister 5 of 5
Ruth Mather 4 of 5, 1 apology
Fr. Philip Knowles 2 of 5, 3 apologies
David Parkin 4 of 5, 1 apology
Mark Smith 3 of 5, 2 apologies
Kathryn Thacker 4 of 5, 1 apology
Linda Rowland 3 of 5, 1 apology
Nicola Gregory 5 of 5
Tracey Twelvetrees 5 of 5
Elizabeth Beighton 3 of 5, 2 apologies
Grant Walker 5 of 5
Laura Brady 5 of 5
Frank Reardon 4 of 5, 1 apology

Meet our Governors

David Parkin - Chair of Governors
Name Mr David Parkin
Category Chair of Governors - Co-Opted
Date of appointment 17/02/16
Term of office 4 years - 16/02/20
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Nicola Gregory - Vice Chair of Governors
Name Mrs Nicola Gregory
Category Vice Chair of Governors - LEA
Date of appointment 11/04/14
Term of office 4 years - 10/04/18
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Local Authority
Business and Pecuniary interests Delivery of HR services on a tracked basis to schools via Birley
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Mark Smith
Name Mark Smith
Category Foundation
Date of appointment 23/07/14
Term of office 4 years - 22/07/18
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them The City Community Learning Trust through the Governing Body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Karen Bister
Name Mrs Karen Bister
Category Associate (Deputy Headteacher)
Date of appointment 08/02/19
Term of office 07/02/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Ruth Mather
Name Mrs Ruth Mather
Category Associate (Assistant Headteacher)
Date of appointment 08/02/11
Term of office 07/02/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
David Smith
Name Mr David Smith
Category Headteacher
Date of appointment 07/06/10
Term of office  
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests Charity trusteeships (City Community Learning Trust)
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Kathryn Thacker
Name Mrs Kathryn Thacker
Category Co-Opted
Date of appointment 01/09/15
Term of office 4 years - 31/08/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Linda Rowland
Name Miss Linda Rowland
Category Co-Opted
Date of appointment 01/09/15
Term of office 4 years - 31/08/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Tracey Twelvetrees
Name Mrs Tracey Twelvetrees
Category Foundation
Date of appointment 01/09/15
Term of office 4 years - 31/08/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them City Community Learning Trust
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Frank Reardon
Name Mr Frank Reardon
Category Staff
Date of appointment 18/11/15
Term of office 4 years - 17/11/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them School staff
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Father Phillip Knowles
Name Father Phillip Knowles
Category Co-Opted
Date of appointment 18/11/15
Term of office 4 years - 17/11/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Grant Walker
Name Mr Grant Walker
Category Parent
Date of appointment 17/02/16
Term of office 4 years - 16/02/20
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Parents
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Laura Brady
Name Mrs Laura Brady
Category Parent
Date of appointment 17/02/16
Term of office 4 years - 16/02/20
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Parents
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Elizabeth Beighton
Name Mrs Elizabeth Beighton
Category Co-Opted
Date of appointment 17/02/16
Term of office 4 years - 16/02/20
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Appointed by the governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments Open door adult learning
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Previous Governors

Larry Angel MBE
Name Mr Larry Angel MBE
Category Chair of Governors
Date of appointment Over 17 years of service to the school
Term of office  
Date stepped down (if applicable) 17/02/16
Who appointed them Local Authority
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Catherine Sweeney
Name Mrs Catherine Sweeney
Category Co-Opted
Date of appointment 01/03/13
Term of office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 18/11/15
Who appointed them Governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Lucy Cox
Name Miss Lucy Cox
Category Co-Opted
Date of appointment 23/09/11
Term of office  
Date stepped down (if applicable) 18/11/15
Who appointed them Governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Helen Holton
Name Ms Helen Holton
Category Parent governor
Date of appointment 17/01/14
Term of office  
Date stepped down (if applicable) 01/02/16
Who appointed them Parents
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Sally Wilks
Name Ms Sally Wilks
Category Parent
Date of appointment 17/01/14
Term of office  
Date stepped down (if applicable) 01/02/16
Who appointed them Parents
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None