Thorogate School Governors
Chris Hepworth - Chair of Governors
I am Chair of the Governing Body and have been a governor at Thorogate School for over 20 years. I am married with two children - my wife Lynn works part time for a firm of Solicitors, my son works in Hospitality & Catering and my daughter is studying at Sheffield Hallam University.I have worked for HSBC Bank for nearly 25 years and I am currently in the role of Global Commodity Manager in the Procurement function based in Sheffield although I regularly work from the London & Birmingham offices. I choose to be a governor because the role continues to challenge and increase in importance and can have a significant impact on the overall success of the school . Throughout my time on the governing body I have always aimed to use the skills I have learnt from over 30 years in business to ensure that we work closely with and have a strong working relationship with the Headteacher, that we all work together as a team and that we promote an environment where all governors can contribute.
Anne Wing - Vice Chair of Governors
I became a Parent Governor of Thorogate School in January 2014 and was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. I have two children who both attend Thorogate School. Thomas will move up to Year 2 in September and Daniel will start in FS2. Thomas loves coming to school and Daniel cannot wait to start having thoroughly enjoyed his transition days. I have lived in Rotherham now for 11 years, my husband Martin was born here and we decided to settle here after we left University. My background is in law and insolvency. After leaving Law School and I worked as an Examiner for the Insolvency Service latterly investigating directors of liquidated companies. I did this role for just over 9 years until I took voluntary redundancy to focus on running my own health and wellness business which allows me to work more flexible around my children. I wanted to be a parent governor as I am passionate about childrens' education and I wanted to play a role in ensuring that the children who attend Thorogate School, receive the best education and have the best experience they can during their years in primary education. As governors it is our role to ensure this happens. I have found the role of parent governor both challenging and very rewarding and I am looking forward to the new challenges being Vice-Chair will bring. I am proud to be part of the school.
Emma Grimbley is Deputy Headteacher and SENDCO at Thorogate School.
I joined as a parent governor in the first year my son Dylan started at Thorogate School, who is now in year 2. I wanted to provide support and share my knowledge to aid or assist as part of the governing body team, using my skills I have gained through both my career and being a parent. I have had a career in finance for over 20 years in the Steelworks and Gas Industry.
Myself and my husband Steve were passionate that we gave the best possible start to Dylan's education and actively visited multiple schools in the area before deciding Thorogate was a must.
Thorogate School has always had a great reputation in the community and when the role came available to apply to become a parent governor I wanted to become involved in being part of a lovely school and to assist in it staying the first choice for parents, teachers and all staff whilst keeping a wonderful learning environment for my child and all the children.
I have recently become a parent governor at Thorogate School in July 2018. I have 2 children at Thorogate School, my daughter, Alyssia in Y4 and my youngest child Freddie who has just started in Foundation. When the vacancy for a parent governor became available I thought it would be a great time for me to get more involved with my childrens school and now that both my children are full time it is an ideal time for me. I hope to provide support to the school to ensure our children are getting the absolute best from their time at Thorogate School. I aim to be a good representative for all the parents and carers of children that attend Thorogate whilst having the children's best interests at heart.
Community Governor, Appointment Date: September 2018
Project Development Leader at Pops Outdoor Adventure Centre in Rawmarsh
I have worked in and around schools for over 15 years now, internally as support for BASE (pre-pru) students in secondary education, off site support and engagement and home education. This experience in my previous and current roles has given me many years of experience in working with children with complex social, emotional and behavioural issues. I have been in design and marketing for over 20 years and have helped promote, advertise and raise the profile of schools, businesses and community groups around the country.
I currently run a not for profit social enterprise called Pops Outdoor Adventure Centre working with the local community especially young people delivering outdoor activities during the holidays, after school clubs and school enrichment activities. Pop's main aim is to help improve the mental and physical health of young people in our community and to encourage them to lead a more active lifestyle. I work extensively with may local schools and schools in the wider community providing curriculum support by taking any class topic and transforming it into an outdoor learning experience at school or at our own site in Rosehill Park. I also work with many pupil referral units for children with intense emotional and behavioural issues and create structured fun learning experience to help build self confidence and resilience with a view to help support their social/emotional and educational needs. Pop's are also registered with ROSIS as a supplier to help improve outdoor learning provisions in schools and to help support teaching staff to bring learning outdoors while still maintaining the learning objectives of the curriculum. Pop’s also deliver CDP training for teaching staff to help enable them to work with confidence in the outdoors with their classes.
As a local businessman I have a very good understanding of finance, legal structures, safeguarding, health and safety, marketing and advertising and fundraising.
I believe Thorogate school has the potential to be an outstanding school and a vibrant place for young people to shape their futures! I am proud to be a part of the team to help make this possible!
Paul Johnson, L.A. governor.
I am now retired, having previously worked as a Detective Superintendent in the National Crime Squad, based in Wakefield.
I have been a governor in another school for the past 37 years. I joined when my own daughters were pupils at the school. Now my grandchildren go there.
I became a governor because I believe passionately that children deserve the best education that they can possibly access to give them the optimum chance of having a
happy life and pursuing a fulfilling career. Being a governor ensures that there is a supportive but objective check on the education provided to children, by holding
school leaders to account for their, and the school’s, performance. Despite not having children or grandchildren at Rawmarsh Thorogate school I hold
the same aspirations for all children here.
As a teacher and leader, I have worked in primary education for the past thirty years. I am delighted to say that I still have the same excitement, enthusiasm and passion for education that I had when I first started my career all those years ago! For the last ten years, I have had the privilege of being the head teacher of an outstanding school in Rotherham. I am a National Leader of Education, a role which has enabled me to work alongside and support school leaders in Rotherham. I am currently on a year's secondment to a Teaching School Alliance. Part of my role involves supporting the work of the School Improvement Service in Rotherham.
As a parent of two grown up children, I fully appreciate the impact that a caring, successful and exciting school experience can have on unlocking potential, developing confidence and inspiring a love of learning. My desire to be part of the Governing Body at Thorogate School, derives from a genuine passion for school improvement and a deep rooted belief in the power of education to change the life chances of children and their families.
The role of a governor has been described as that of a ‘critical friend’, I aim to be just that, supporting and challenging school leaders to ensure the children at Thorogate School are provided with every opportunity to be the best that they can possibly be.
Headteacher. Designated Safeguarding Lead. SENDCo.
I am Headteacher of Thorogate School and have been since September 2007. I am passionate about all pupils achieving their potential through a vibrant curriculum that challenges pupils to be leaders of their own learning. Respect, Responsibility and Fun is the school motto and this is central to our philosophy; for pupils and staff. This is within the context of being in Pursuit of Excellence - again, from pupils and staff.