On behalf of the Governing Body, I welcome this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Governors undertake to ensure that your child(ren) will receive a sound primary school education.
The Role of a Governor
School Governors are people from the school/local community who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are elected to serve on the Governing Body for a set period of time.
Governors come from all different backgrounds and all have various knowledge and experience needed to help the Head Teacher make the right decisions for the school. Together they are known as the Governing Body.
The Governing Body meets at least once each term. These are open meetings where parents may attend (except during discussions concerning matters of confidentiality). Notice of the dates, times and agendas of Governors meetings will be placed on the Parents Notice Board.
Meet The Governors
Chair of Governors — Sarah Blackwell – Co-opted Governor
I grew up in Thurcroft and continue to live here with my family and have been a parent governor since 2004 when both my children were attending Thurcroft Infant School. I spent many happy hours helping in school and still enjoy coming into school to join the activities, the last activity was being ‘interviewed’ by the School Council.
I am very excited to have been appointed Chair of Governors and am looking forward to the challenge as I feel the experience gained over the years will enable me to take on my new role by continuing to help and support the school to the best of my ability.
Vice Chair of Governors — Margaret Carr – Co-opted Governor
I am very pleased to be a governor of this school and especially Vice Chair of the Board as I can continue being involved in school life, after retiring as Learning Mentor and later Teaching Assistant. I enjoy many pastimes, one being going off with my husband in our touring caravan but I am always ready to come back to school to listen to children read or join in the class activities and see the amazing opportunities given to the children.
Carolyn Smyth – Co-opted Governor
I recently retired from my role as Headteacher in another local Infant School, so I feel that I bring a good understanding of the unique attributes, requirements and factors of an Infant School. I am proud of my work in education and keen to continue to ‘give something back’ to both the future of the school and to the local community. I think that the Infant stage of education including EYFS is of paramount important because it forms the foundation for future learning and development. Relationships and attributes at the start of a child’s career influence their future development and confidence.
I have experience of the role of a Governor in more than one setting so am familiar with all the requirements and expectations of this role.
I have worked in South Yorkshire for the whole of my teaching career. I have taught children throughout the whole of the Primary phase and have a lot of experience in supporting children with special educational needs and abilities. I have actively participated in a number of Ofsted inspections and have a working understanding of the framework and its requirements.
I believe all children should have their needs met and be safe and have worked with many children, families and multi-agency professionals to ensure that this is the case.
I look forward to supporting the school and its community in any way I can.
Lee Parker – Foundation Governor
I am very excited to have joined the Governing Body of Thurcroft Infant School. As a Year 6 teacher and Maths leader at Laughton Junior and Infant School, I hope to use my skills and experiences to make a positive contribution to the learning at Thurcroft. Not only do I have a passion for teaching, I also have many hobbies that keep me occupied in my spare time: long-distance running, gardening and reading. I also enjoy walking my dog, Kal. When I do visit school please stop to say hello and share your learning with me.
Rachel Idell – Foundation Governor
I am delighted to have been appointed as a member of the Governing Body of Thurcroft Infant School. As a Year 2 teacher, assistant headteacher and SENCo at Kiveton Park Infants, I am hoping that I will be able to bring my knowledge, skills and experience to benefit the school.
I grew up in Aston and after living away for a few years, I now live in Swallownest, where my husband and I have raised our sons. I love being outdoors, hiking, running, cycling and playing golf. I also enjoy travelling and visiting different cities around the world.
I look forward to supporting the school and its learning community.
Holly Crownshaw – Parent Governor
I am happy to have been appointed a parent governor at the school, I have two children who currently attend the school so have a good insight into their learning, education and happiness. I have also had the opportunity to attend parent activity mornings which gave me a great insight into the classroom life and the kinds of learning that takes place.
I am also studying a part time a degree at the Open University in Primary Education with the view of being a KS1 teacher in a few years. Last year I spent a lot of time in school volunteering for my studies which I thoroughly enjoyed and hope to do so again.
Gail Sargent – Staff Governor