Our Governors

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.

My name is Dianne Harris. I have recently retired from my position of Assistant Headteacher at Wath Victoria. I am excited and privileged to still be involved with the school through the role of Chair of Governors. 

I have over 25 years experience in education, covering numerous roles including: class teacher, various senior leader roles, Rotherham LA Early Literacy Consultant and student mentor for JMAT PGCE students.

Now I have more free time, I am looking forward to being able to read for pleasure, travel more and to enjoy the outdoors and nature. 






Dianne Harris, 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 18 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.

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 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 in 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.  

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My name is Helen Thorpe and I am Assistant Head Teacher, as well as year 5/6 teacher, at Hooton Pagnell All Saints Primary, Doncaster, which is also a JMAT school. This is my first year as a Governor, but I do have 19 years experience of teaching in three very different schools. I have a range of management and teaching skills, which I am keen to use and develop within this new role, in order to support the staff and leaders at Wath Victoria as they strive for excellence. 


When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my two children and am an avid reader of a range of genres. Recently, I have found a new hobby - knitting. So far, I have only managed to create half of a snood, but I am hopeful that it will, one day, be finished!