Governors

Strategic Vision

Stradbroke Primary School's motto is "Learning for Life".

In keeping with that motto, the Governing Body's vision is to provide our children with a safe, happy and healthy learning environment that gives them a passion for learning, the confidence to tackle challenges and the ability to be a part of their wider community. We do this by continuous investment in our staff, creating an environment they want to work in and by engaging not only with our children, but with parents and the wider community so that they work with us to ensure the success of the School and all its pupils.

Role of the Governing Body

The 3 main functions of the Stradbroke Primary School Governing Body are:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school (i.e. where do we want to be and how will we get there);
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

More details of the Governing Body and the role it plays at our school can be found in the Governing Body Statement 2015/16.

Governors at Stradbroke Primary School

Chair of Governors Natalie Swallow
Vice-chair of Governors Scott Dyball
Headteacher: John Sitch
Deputy Headteacher: Stephen Nash
Parent Governor: Natasha Huggins
Local Authority Governor: Lynn Rooney
Co-opted Governors: Naseem Howley
  Rachel Hines
  Chloe Aspinwall
Staff Governor: Kathryn Cockayne

Link Governors

Our Governors are also linked to various roles within the school. These are:

  • Training - Rachel Hines
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding - Daniel Hines
  • Special Educational Needs - Lynn Rooney
  • Health and Safety - Scott Dyball
  • Data - Natalie Swallow

A full breakdown of roles and responsibilities for all our Governors is available to download in our List of Governor Committees and Responsibilities 2016/2017.

Meet our Governors

Natalie Swallow - Chair of Governors

Name Miss Natalie Swallow
Category Chair of CSPC committee - Co-opted
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Rainbows leader of group run in the school
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
Governor Statement
I was a pupil at Stradbroke and have lots of fond memories of the school. This was one of the reasons why I became a Parent Governor when my daughter was in Y2. When my daughter was due to leave Y6 in 2014, and my time as a Parent Governor was up, I was very happy to be asked to stay on as a LEA Governor.
The school is a wonderful place and I'm proud to be a member of the Governing Body. Supporting staff is very rewarding, as is celebrating the progress that every child makes.

Lynn Rooney

Name Cllr Lynn Rooney
Category Local Authority Governor
Date of appointment 01/09/12
Term of office 4 years - 31/08/16
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing Body
Committee member Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Trustee of Stradbroke and District Community Association
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
Governor Statement
I'm the mum of three teenagers who all attended Stradbroke Primary School. I became a Local Authority Governor fourteen years ago, shortly after the birth of my twin sons, as education was something I had always been passionately interested in.
I have been a councillor for six years, representing Richmond Ward (which includes Stradbroke). I am keen that all children in my ward get a good education at their local community school, and being a school governor allows me to influence this positively.
Areas of school life that I have taken a particular interest in over the years have been the curriculum, and special educational needs.

Chloe Aspinwall

Name Mrs Chloe Aspinwall
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 15/7/15
Term of office 4 years - 14/7/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body & staff
Committee member Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Teacher in School
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

Rachel Hines

Name Mrs Rachel Hines
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 15/7/15
Term of office 4 years - 14/7/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body & staff
Committee member Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Teaching Assistant in School
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) Married to Daniel Hines (Governor)

Scott Dyball

Name Mr Scott Dyball
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Child in School
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

Naseem Howley

Name Mrs Naseem Howley
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Runs Community Centre on school site
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

John Sitch

Name Mr John Sitch
Category Headteacher
Date of appointment Not applicable
Term of office Not applicable
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote Yes
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

Kathryn Cockayne

Name Mrs Kathryn Cockayne
Category Staff Governor
Date of appointment 14/06/2016
Term of office 4 years - 14/06/2020
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Staff election
Committee member Curriculum, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
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

Natasha Huggins

Name Mrs Natasha Huggins
Category Parent Governor
Date of appointment 14/06/2016
Term of office 4 years - 14/06/2020
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Parent election
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Child in school
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

Stephen Nash

Name Mr Stephen Nash
Category Staff Governor
Date of appointment Not applicable
Term of office Not applicable
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote Yes
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

Previous Governors

Daniel Hines

Name Mr Daniel Hines
Category Vice chair - Foundation
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable) 12/10/17
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Wife in School
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) Married to Rachel Hines (Governor and Teaching Assistant)
Governor Statement
I have had the chance to be a governor at Stradbroke School for the past 12 years. Although it is a responsibility to be a governor it can also be a real pleasure, I have met during my time at the school, some really inspirational teachers and hundreds of brilliant children.
As we don't get paid, each governor is involved with the school because we care, not only about our own children, but each child who comes through the door every morning. As I have observed the teachers going about their job of teaching your children the same goes for them too, they care deeply for the children in their care and want the best education that can be provided for them. It's great to watch the children as they progress through Stradbroke, how they change from tiny infants to well rounded people, and the way they treat each other in a kind and thoughtful way. The school tries to instil in each child a good code of conduct to take them through senior school and into later life.
If you think that you have something to offer the school you should consider becoming a governor yourself, you will have to attend some meetings during the school year, but you will find it very rewarding to say the least.

Beverly Nicholson

Name Mrs Beverly Nicholson
Category Additional Governor
Date of appointment 14/06/2016
Term of office N/A
Date stepped down (if applicable) July 2017
Who appointed them Governing Body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Interim Director of School Improvement at Learn Sheffield
Governance roles in other educational establishments Executive Headteacher at Halfway Junior and Shortbrook Primary Federation
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Hayley Wilson

Name Mrs Hayley Wilson
Category Foundation Governor
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable) 30/4/17
Who appointed them The City Community Learning Trust through the Governing Body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
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
Governor Statement
I am an LEA Governor on Stradbroke Primary's Board of Governors. I am a solicitor and heard about the opportunity to become a Governor through the solicitors firm I was working at.
I decided to become a Governor in order to become more involved in my local community and was offered the chance to be a Governor at Stradbroke Primary. This worked out really well because I live 5 minutes away from the school. I have now been with Stradbroke for 3 years and am loving every minute of it.

Joanne Senior

Name Mrs Joanne Senior
Category Parent Governor
Date of appointment 04/02/13
Term of office 4 years - 03/02/17
Date stepped down (if applicable) 03/02/17
Who appointed them Parent election
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Child in School
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
Governor Statement
I decided to become a parent governor 18 months ago when my children started at Stradbroke Primary School in Year 4 and Nursery. As I was new to the school and the area, I felt that this would be a fantastic opportunity to get involved and give something back to the local community.
I wanted to continue to support the excellent work that was already being done by the staff, children and governors at this brilliant school by supporting and playing a part in improving all of our children's education, as I feel that this is one of the most important roles we have as a parent.

Martin Fallon

Name Mr Martin Fallon
Category Executive Headteacher
Date of appointment N/A
Term of office N/A
Date stepped down (if applicable) 28/02/17
Who appointed them Governing Body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Headteacher at Mosborough Primary School
Governance roles in other educational establishments Headteacher at Mosborough Primary School
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Eleanor Creary

Name Ms Eleanor Creary
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable) 31/01/17
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
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 Johnson

Name Mrs Helen Johnson
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 15/07/15
Term of office 4 years - 14/7/19
Date stepped down (if applicable) 30/09/16
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
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

Robert Mellor

Name Mr Robert Mellor
Category Headteacher
Date of appointment Not applicable
Term of office Not applicable
Date stepped down (if applicable) 31/08/16
Who appointed them Governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests Headteacher of school
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

Emma Gill

Name Mrs Emma Gill
Category Associate Governor
Date of appointment Not applicable
Term of office Not applicable
Date stepped down (if applicable) 31/08/16
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

Andrew Wynne

Name Mr Andrew Wynne
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 15/07/15
Term of office 4 years - 14/7/19
Date stepped down (if applicable) 10/11/15
Who appointed them Governing body
Business and Pecuniary interests Employed by Sheffield CC managing a traded service
Governance roles in other educational establishments Vice Chair of Governors at Ballifield Primary School / Governor at Springfield Primary School
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Susan Barker

Name Mrs Susan Barker
Category Staff
Date of appointment 29/03/12
Term of office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 15/07/15
Who appointed them Staff election and 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

Samantha Halliday

Name Mrs Samantha Halliday
Category Parent
Date of appointment 28/01/14
Term of office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 16/06/15
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

Susan Beeley

Name Miss Susan Beeley
Category Chair - Community
Date of appointment 04/12/12
Term of office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 26/02/15
Who appointed them Parental election
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

Pauline Hallam

Name Mrs Pauline Hallam
Category Community
Date of appointment 12/05/11
Term of office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 11/05/15
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

Victoria Wallace

Name Mrs Victoria Wallace
Category Parent
Date of appointment 27/01/12
Term of office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 12/03/15
Who appointed them Parental election
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

Pecuniary Interests

Pecuniary interests are declared on each Governor Profile (as displayed above). A detailed list of Governor Business and Pecuniary Interests can also be downloaded separately.

Governor Attendance

We are very fortunate to have a governing body of dedicated individuals. All our governors are volunteers drawn from a variety of environments, many are professionals juggling busy work schedules, others are involved with local government and local community enterprise and most have busy family lives.

These commitments (and illness) can sometimes prevent individuals from attending all of their scheduled meetings however, they remain committed to their role within school and we are pleased to confirm that all governor meetings are well attended, while many governors also visit Stradbroke during our school hours to observe and support the learning and development of the school.

You may already have had the opportunity to catch up with 1 or 2 of them at our Open Evenings.

Governor Attendance Register 2015-16

School trips

Daniel Hines - Vice Chair of Governors

During my time as a governor at Stradbroke, I have the chance to go on a vast number of school trips, from Year 1 right up to Year 6. I find them very enjoyable as do the children, it's also a great way to get to know them. They are the most important people in the school after all.

A lot of planning goes into a trip, the venue has to be booked and paid for, transport has to be arranged, but most important of all, a risk assessment has to be done to make sure all the children on the trip are kept safe and secure. This can mean a teacher visiting the site to check it out to make sure it's suitable. It's also important that children with any needs are taken care of, and that their day is made as enjoyable as possible.

School trips are important because it gives the children a chance to gain experiences and knowledge they wouldn't get in the classroom, to see and touch things they wouldn't normally be able to do. To me, it's wonderful to see the look on a child's face when they get to touch and hold, or see something they have only seen in a book or on television.

You don't have to go far either, one of the most interesting places is right here in Sheffield at Weston Park Museum. Although it's the nearest place we visit it's also one of the best. There is so much to entertain and fascinate children, from tiny ants to giant woolly rhinos, with everything in between, it's well worth a visit in the school holidays, and best of all it's free.

I hope to go on lot more trips in the future, I think I have been on round about 60-70 so far, and on all them I am impressed with the way members of staff go about making the day as good as can be for the class.

School trip to Murton Park

I went along with the children from Yr 4 recently to be Vikings for the day at Murton Park near York. We all had a wonderful day and learnt a lot about how the Vikings lived as fierce warriors and farmers.

The staff at Murton go out of their way to make the experience as exciting and fun for the children as possible, sometimes it's hard to say who is having the best time the children or the staff. The children took turns at being warriors, wood gatherers, potters and house keepers.

We all had to dress up as Vikings, and we learnt a few words of Viking, we ate our dinners in the banqueting hall with the great lord. The children had to entertain him with some pretty awful jokes, while Mrs Staves was put in the stocks and had water poured all over her.

It's a great learning experience for the children they get to do and see things that can't be done in the classroom, on the way back I asked what they thought of the park, and everyone said it was brilliant.

A big thank you to Miss Hastings and Miss Hughes for letting me go on the trip and be part of a great day.

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