Members of the Governing Board
The Governing Body and it's Main Responsibilities
The governing body and it’s function groups are responsible for the strategic leadership of the school in partnership with the headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The governing body’s priorities are the attainment, progress and safety of pupils in the school the focus of which is detailed in each of its priorities in addition any that may be identified by Ofsted. The Governing Body achieves this in two ways:
• By supporting the Headteacher and SLT
• By holding to account the Headteacher and SLT
The main responsibilities of the governing body include:
• To monitor the school’s progress in the relevant priorities;
• To participate in the strategic leadership of the school;
• To ensure that strategies to improve the areas of responsibility to address any issues are detailed in the Developing Excellence Plan (DEP);
• To contribute to the DEP;
• To monitor and evaluate the relevant areas of the DEP;
• To contribute to the development and approve school policies;
• To ensure that governors do not involve themselves in the day to day management of the school, which is the responsibility of the SLT;
• To abide by the governor protocols concerning conduct and visits to the school.
The school is strongly supported by a skilled and experienced Governing Body, with robust systems in place for monitoring provision and practice, including data analysis, through the Education Performance Group.
Quality Mark Early Years Award
Any of the School Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governing Board through the school office.
Chair of Governors
I have been a school governor in Rotherham for seven years, serving on two different governing boards, including acting as vice-chair of governors.
I have worked in education for over thirty years. I trained to teach in secondary, and worked in schools in Sheffield and Rotherham for twenty years before moving into a post with Rotherham’s school improvement service. In this role I continue to provide guidance, support and training to schools across a range of areas including governance. I am also seconded, part-time, to Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer on their secondary PGCE programme.
As a parent myself, and a career educationalist, I really believe that schools can make a difference to the lives of children and young people. As a serving governor I aim to contribute to the leadership of Ferham Primary School in pursuing this goal within its community.
Vice Chair of Governors
I have been an additional governor at the school for 9 months. I was pleased to return to the school as a governor as I was employed at Ferham as a teacher in the 1980s.
My particular responsibilities include monitoring of pupil progress, SEND (Special Educational Needs/ Disability) and Pupil Premium.
I was employed as headteacher of a large Rotherham primary school for 13 years, and then worked for RMBC in school improvement for 6 years prior to retiring. My experience is very useful in helping the Governing Board to ensure the school continues to improve and strives for excellence.
Being a school governor is a rewarding role and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside and challenge school leaders to ensure that all children receive the best possible education and reach their full potential.
I have been employed at Ferham Primary since September 2010 and I was appointed as the Headteacher in January 2013. I have worked in Rotherham for whole teaching career as a primary teacher and as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Rotherham School Improvement Service.
Being a headteacher is a challenging but exceptionally rewarding role. I thoroughly enjoy my job at Ferham and feel proud to be part of the education of our children. Every day the children amaze me with their talents, resilience and learning. Our work with the Governing Board ensures that as a school we continue to make ‘Every day a learning day’ for all members of the school community and that ‘Every child is inspired to shine.’
Deputy Head/Staff Governor
I have been Deputy Headteacher at Ferham Primary School since April 2016. I have previously worked in schools in Birmingham and Luton and it has been a joy to work with children from so many backgrounds. Being a teacher at Ferham is extremely rewarding and I am lucky to work with such wonderful staff and children every day.
I have been a co-opted governor for 3 and half years. I have worked within schools since 1990 in a variety of support roles based around property maintenance from a school caretaker to a council senior assets officer. My particular area of responsibility within the govering body is Health and Safety. I currently am employed as a Soft Service Supervisor for the company that run the maintenance within the school.
I enjoy the role I have been given within the goverors and feel that the school should be an integral part of the community and should strive towards excellance when teaching the children.
I have been governor at the school for 12 years .I have a special interest in Safeguarding, Early Years education and parental involvement at the School.
I have worked in Early Years and Surestart Children’s Centres for 14 years. I use my skills and experience in areas such as; safeguarding children and families, child development, early yea’rs education, family learning, and community development to help the Governing Body ensure the school continues to improve and strives for excellence.
Being a school Governor is a rewarding role and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside and challenge school leaders to ensure that all children receive the best possible education and they reach their full potential.
I am carer for family and involved in many voluntary work projects such as being a school Governor now for 1.5 years. I really enjoy it as I want to put something back into education for future generations. I have had the privilege of going through primary, secondary, college and university. I want to be a positive role model for black and ethnic minority students. I bring to the school my education, work experience from blue chip companies, public, private and now voluntary sector. I have worked in catering, retail, warehouses, call centre, office, recruitment and marketing. I can bring to the Governing board a wide range of experience and ask relevant challenge to ensure the school is working for the pupils interest at all times
Sandra J Butterworth
To give an insight into my personal life, I am married and have four sons, all of whom have attended Primary and Secondary Schools within Rotherham Education area. My working life was in the legal profession and I have served as a Magistrate in Rotherham , Doncaster and on Appeals in Sheffield Crown Court. For a number of years, I served as Vice Chair for a local Primary School, currently I am serving as a Governor for a Secondary School, all of which has enabled me to gain the necessary experience to sit on School Appeals in Rotherham. Education plays a vital part of our young people’s lives, to give opportunities and development for their futures. As a serving Governor, I will strive to ensure that I not only assist the Teachers, but the pupils of Ferham Primary School, so that they can all achieve their true potential.
Clerk to the Governing Board
I have worked in education for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Initially completing my training as a nursery nurse and then a primary teacher I have worked in special school across the key stages, local secondary schools as a Head of Department and SENCO, FE and HE education which included the training of nursery nurses. In addition to this I have worked with the local authority Behaviour Support Service and my current role with the Learning Support Service. It was as a learning support teacher that I first visited Ferham and was more than happy to become a governor when the opportunity arose. I have a long standing interest in special educational needs and have completed both my post graduate National Award for SENCO and Specialist Dyslexia Teacher qualifications. I look forward to working alongside the staff and governors to secure the best outcomes for the children at Ferham.
I became a governor at Ferham In May 2019 and am delighted to be part of such warm and welcoming school community. Now retired, I worked for over 30 years in secondary schools in Doncaster and Sheffield at a senior level. Throughout my professional life, teacher training and development was an important element and my initial focus on English teaching has led to a lifelong commitment to improving literacy. I retain a firm belief in the importance of education and am convinced that it is key to a fulfilling and productive life. I look forward to supporting the school in all its work towards this aim.
Governor Attendance 2018-19