“We aim to send all young people into an ever-changing world able and qualified to play their full part in it.”

Governing Body

Adam Dawson (web)

Adam Dawson 

Chair of Governors 

I was born and bred in Rotherham, in and around Rawmarsh and have a strong affinity with the local area. Having been educated in the town, from nursery to college, I went to study Primary educational studies at Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln. Returning back to Rotherham, I started my teaching career at a number of local schools before moving into senior leadership. Currently I am a Headteacher at a primary school in Pontefract. I have always wanted to give back to my local community and I am keen to ensure that all pupils at Monkwood get the bet possible teaching, learning and curriculum possible, underpinned by a strong personal development offer. I want the children of Monkwood to excel, thrive and enjoy coming to school each day.
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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. I want to ensure the school continues to be a shining example of quality of education.

Jack Webster

Co-Opted Governor (Parent)

Rob Duroe

Robert Duroe 

Vice-Chair of Governors

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 am 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.

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David Pritchard

Co-Opted Governor (Parent)

I have been working with vulnerable children and adults for almost twenty years, and have a background in Environmental Education.

I believe that having an enthusiastic approach to your own education can open doors, and I became a Governor to find out more about how Monkwood plans to enthuse our children so that they can find opportunities for themselves.

I have two outrageously energetic daughters at Monkwood, and hope that I can do my part to support the school while it supports them. 

Contact the Chair of Governors

To get in touch with Adam Dawson, Chair of Governors, please email adawson-gov@monkwoodprimary.org.

What does the Governing Body do?

The work of the Governing Body is carried out for one purpose only: to give the children the best possible start in their school life, by providing the finest 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 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 position of school governor is a voluntary one, but it demands a high level of commitment, both in time and responsibility, as the decisions made directly affect the children.

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


Wickersley Partnership Trust encompasses 13 schools across Rotherham and Gainsborough. It exists to further the interests of the young people it serves.

Becoming a School Governor can have a positive impact on the young people in your local community and help to drive school improvement. A Local Governing Body plays an integral role in a school’s success; working together with senior school leadership and guiding their strategic direction.

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!