Governing Body

Hayley Odemis (Small)

Hayley Odemis

Chair of Governors 

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.

Mr Dave Howlett-Wright

David Howlett-Wright 

Co-Opted (Teaching Staff) Governor

I have recently come into my position at Monkwood Primary School having a prior background in secondary Music for 6 years.

I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that Monkwood is quite possibly one of the best schools in the country. The teaching team are incredibly devoted to the best attainment for their children whilst ensuring to nurture their well-being.

I am proud to be part of Monkwood and hope as a governor, it will give me the chance to work cooperatively with the school and Trust to create an even better learning environment for the pupils which attend.

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Ms. L Hartley (Small)

Lucy Hartley

Co-Opted (Parent) Governor

I have recently joined Monkwood Primary School as a parent governor in 2021.
I work as an Early Years Teacher and passionate about child development, play and the rights of the child. My eldest daughter started at Monkwood in 2020 and I have been so happy with her learning journey so far. My youngest will start in 2023 and I am aware that my own family will be part of the school for a number of years and want to ensure the school continues to be a shining example of quality of education.


Sara Wysocka

Vice-Chair of Governors 

My husband and I moved to Rawmarsh in 2008. In 2010 we set up the RE Team and had the tremendous privilege since, to be supporting all the Rawmarsh Primary Schools and RCS in delivering the Christian aspect of the RE Syllabus through interacting Assemblies, RE Lessons and Godly Play sessions. Alongside the RE Team, we are also Senior Leaders of Arc Church, which we launched here in Rawmarsh in November 2017.

Early on in our RE Team journey, I was invited to be a community governor at Rosehill Juniors, stepping down when we welcomed our foster son into the family in 2014. 

Earlier this year I was invited to consider becoming a Governor once again here at Ashwood.  

I hope together with the rest of the governing body we can continue to support the staff team in meeting the individual needs of all children through the broad, engaging and well-balanced curriculum at the school.

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams 

Support Staff Governor

I became a staff Governor in 2020. I currently work in Year 5 as a teaching assistant at Monkwood Primary school where I have worked for about five years. I first started as a one-to-one for a number of children with different needs and a SMSA, I then moved into a teaching assistant role working in Years 3, 4 and 5.

I have a child who has SEN, which makes me more passionate about helping children who find school challenging. I believe all children deserve to have someone who is there for them and help them reach their full potential.

Rob Duroe

Rob Duroe

Co-Opted Governor

Contact the Chair of Governors

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What does the Governing Body do?

The work of the Governing Body is carried out for one purpose only and that is to give the children the best possible start in their school life by providing the very best in terms of the education they receive. The Governing Body is made up of the Headteacher, and members of the school community and wider Wickersley Partnership Trust where possible. The position of school governor is a voluntary one, but it demands a high level of commitment, both in time but also responsibility as the decisions made directly affect the children.

The Governors work closely with the Headteacher and meet regularly. Decisions are democratic, with all governors being given as much information as possible to aid them in that decision-making process, ensuring lively often lengthy and healthy discussions prior to decision making. Their work is focused around teaching and learning and in ensuring the school is offering the best possible values for its pupils.

The Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities, they can only act together, they cannot act as individuals.

Governors are appointed to help:

  1. Decide what is
  2. Set standards of
  3. Agree targets for continual school
  4. Interview and select
  5. Monitor and engage with teaching and learning

School Governors can be:

  1. Parents
  2. WPT members
  3. Community

Become a School Governor

Do something inspiring today – become a school Governor. Make a difference and develop your own skills!

Wickersley Partnership Trust consists of a group of thirteen Primary and Secondary schools predominantly in Rotherham. The children and young people it serves are aged from three to eighteen and total almost seven thousand! Each school is supported by its own community based Local Governing Body made up of parents/carers, local community representatives and businesses.

Schools across the country require people to volunteer as Governors on their Local Governing Bodies. Despite the fact that an estimated 250,000 people volunteer in this way each year, there is still a shortage.

So, why not give back and help give children and young people the best start in life, whilst developing your own skills in a way which can benefit your career. We like to think of it as a win-win situation!