Wath Victoria Primary School Governing Body
On behalf of the Governing Body, I welcome this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Governors undertake to ensure that your child(ren) will receive a sound primary school education.
The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:
Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
Management of the school’s delegated budget
Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based
Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through five Governing Body meeting each year. A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific areas of school such as safeguarding, curriculum, SEND, inclusion and finance.
Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.
Wath Victoria fosters an atmosphere where staff, pupils, parents and governors work together to ensure that all our pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. The Governing Body is, therefore, rightly proud of the achievements of its pupils and staff, and also of the solid foundations it provides in preparing all our pupils for the remainder of their formative education and life beyond school.
I have served as a Parent Governor at Wath Victoria since 2014, and was elected to the role of Chair of Governors in September 2018. I volunteer alongside a great team of governors and we are all committed in supporting the school, in going from strength to strength. I am extremely proud of our school’s achievements over the last few years. I have three sons who have all attended the school, and my youngest is still a pupil here. I have worked as a Civil Servant for over 25 years. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my two youngest sons play football, walking our dog, reading, and meeting up with friends.
Joanne Charlesworth, Chair of Governors
My name is Donna Mackinnon. I am the Deputy Headteacher at Wath Victoria Primary school. I represent the staff on the board of governors.
I have worked at Wath Victoria for 16 years and have good relationship with all the staff which enables me to be the link between the staff and our governing body.
Hi, my name is Jayne Dickson and I first became a Governor when my daughter attended the school a few years ago, although also attended myself many years ago as did many members of my family before me! Over the years, I have seen the school undergo many changes and am proud to be a Governor and have the opportunity to support and contribute to its improvements. I work full time for Rotherham Council and in my spare time (which is not very much), I enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling and supporting my daughter and her friends, who are involved in Musical Theatre.
Hi, I am Julie, a co-opted governor. I have been a school governor previously and have a wealth of experience in school admin including being the attendance coordinator, parent charter champion and mental health well being lead. I am the School Business Manager for Mexborough St John's. I love my role and enjoy supporting the Senior Leadership Team at Wath Victoria Primary School.
My name is Amy Shaw. I am a co-opted governor with 2 children at this school. I have recently trained to become a teacher myself. Prior to this, I have over 10 years experience working in Health and Safety Management and have also spent time working as a Training Coordinator. I love spending time with my family, cooking, reading and being outdoors, exploring historical sites and nature reserves.
My name is Javid Mahdavi. I have been a resident of Wath for over 15 years and was a student at Wath Comprehensive in the 1990s. I still live in Wath with my wife and 3 children who attend local schools. I have been involved as a school governor in a number of schools in Rotherham for nearly 15 years and worked in education for a number of years. I currently lead an ICT design consultancy that specialises in education building projects. I was proud to be part of the team working on the development of the new building that Wath Victoria now houses.
My name is Michelle Tank. I am a parent Governor and I have 2 children at this school who have gone through foundation at Wath Victoria and are now entering KS2. This is my first year as parent Governor and I am very much looking forward to the journey ahead. I am a data analyst at Santander and have worked for Santander for 11 years. I have an excellent knowledge of understanding and interpreting data and tracking progress and key indicators. I wanted to become a Governor to gain an insight into primary education and to work with the school to make it the best school it can be for our children.