Governing Body

Mrs Surtees

Chair of Governors, Safeguarding and Leadership Governor

I became a Parent Governor in 2008 and in 2014 I became the Vice Chair of the Governing Body when Monkwood Primary School converted to an Academy. I have seen many changes and developments within Monkwood Primary Academy over the years and I am looking forward to what the future holds.

I have lived in Rawmarsh most of my life and all my four girls attend or attended firstly Monkwood Infants and Junior School, then Monkwood Primary School and now Monkwood Primary Academy. I am currently in full-time employment and work with the Education Services within the Local Authority. My working experience covers a wide range of experience from sales, accounting, marketing and graphics and even working as a barmaid which developed my communication skills with a wide range of customers.

In November 2015 I became the Chair of the Governing Body and my aim (as always) is to ensure that Monkwood Primary Academy offers the best possible start for our children ensuring that the time they spend in school is within a happy environment for them to learn, be healthy and feel safe so that they can achieve and aspire to reach their full potential.

Mr Madley

Parent Governor

I currently work as a Regulations Officer for the Environment Agency and have been a governor at Monkwood for 2 and a half years.

I became a governor as both my children attend the school and I wanted to be a part of creating a happy learning environment which gives them and all the children attending the academy the best education possible.

Mr Foster

Co-opted Governor

I was educated at Monkwood and Oakwood Tech after leaving school I served an electrical apprenticeship at Metro-Vicker/AEI. After serving my apprenticeship I then went to work in the Heavy Steel Industry.

I have been a school governor and chair for many years at both the infant and junior schools and have worked alongside the four headteachers the junior school has had. It is my intention to carry on representing the governing body and the school

Mrs Graham

Parent Governor

A while ago through my involvement with the Rotherham Charter, I was given the opportunity to work in a local school and meet with some staff, children and parents to look at developing genuine partnership working. It was really interesting to see things from all perspectives and made me want to get more involved in my own children’s’ school which is why I volunteered to become a parent governor in 2013.

My main interest is in SEN (Special Educational Needs), this is due to my work with Rotherham Parent Carer Forum, a charity that supports the families of children with SEN and/or Disabilities and works at a strategic level to improve the services that are provided for these families within Rotherham.

I am passionate about ensuring that all children at Monkwood Academy feel happy and included and are nurtured and supported to achieve their best possible outcomes. Also that parents are listened to and fully involved in any decisions that affect their child. I strongly believe that when everyone works together then that’s when a real difference is made and surely that’s what our children deserve.

Mrs Perceval

Staff Governor

I qualified as a teacher in 2007 from Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln with a first class honours degree in Education. I have worked at Monkwood Primary School for 6 years and have seen many positive changes over the last few years. I became English co-ordinator in 2015. My strengths are behaviour management and English.

I am passionate about helping every child that attends Monkwood Primary School achieve and succeed in all areas of the curriculum especially writing. My aim is to inspire children to use their imagination and creativity, where they become engrossed in story and want to become writers.

Mrs O’Dennis

Parent Governor

I became a parent Governor in 2017, I have been working with Adults with learning, physical disabilities as well as supporting individuals who have complex needs for over 15 years.

My son attends Monkwood Primary and he has a diagnosis of Autism, the school has worked with us a family to ensure that he gets all the support that he needs to fulfil his potential. This is the same for all the children that attend Monkwood. Growing, learning and playing together is what the children and the staff do at Monkwood and it is a pleasure to see this whenever I visit the school.

I believe that it is important for the school to have parents on the board of governors as they can speak voice the opinions of parents from a parent perspective.

Mrs Gladwin

MAT Representative

Hi, my name’s Jenna Gladwin I am the Special Needs Coordinator and Senior Leader at Rawmarsh Community School. I’ve worked with children and young people for fifteen years. All children need a champion but children with special needs often require support, guidance and someone to go that extra mile to meet their needs. My role as governor will be to gain a real understanding of daily life at Monkwood and use my experience within education to question and add to the progress of the school.

Mrs Mulholland

Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in 2017 and have a background of working in further education having gained a certificate in education in 2004 at Huddersfield University.  My own son attends Monkwood Primary School.  I have an interest in SEN and believe that when working together a broad and balanced curriculum can be provided for all pupils.

I think it’s important that the views of parents are listened to when it comes to decisions concerning their child and aim to represent those views.

Miss Machon

Clerk to Governors