Governing Body

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Deborah Cooke

Chair of Governors

I currently have a child in year 5 at another primary school in the Trust, and a son in Year 8 at Aston Academy. My eldest daughter is at Nottingham Trent University.

I have worked for many years in the private sector for a variety of companies in business administration for the first part of my career, moving into accounting and finance.  I trained in business accounting and finance whilst I worked and attended university part time.   I now work for the family business and manage the accounts and a small accounts team.

I have seen through my employment how a good education gives the basis for so many opportunities. I am passionate about education and believe that every child should have access to good quality education.  I want to be involved in ensuring that all the children at Foljambe are happy and flourish with the best opportunities regardless of their ability.


melissa jenkinson

Co-Opted Governor


matt sutton

Co-Opted Governor

After leaving university with a BA in Social Policy and a MA in Politics I worked as an Intelligence Analyst with the Police. I subsequently returned to university and obtained my MA in Social Work. I practiced for 10 years as a Social Worker, taking on various management and senior management roles within Child Protection, Looked After Children and Child Exploitation. I started working for Wickersley Partnership Trust as the Senior Operations Manager at the Central Team in January 2021. 

As I have two primary school aged daughters of my own, I was excited to join the Governing Body at Foljambe. It is a fantastic time to be involved, with the new school and exciting opportunities that this brings for the children. 

caroline needham

Vice-Chair of Governors

I have been the Vice Chair of Governors for a small primary school in Doncaster and was thrilled to be asked to join the Foljambe community.
Since qualifying from University with an Education degree I have always worked within the education and care sectors. I have a passion for education and ensuring that all children receive the best possible start and opportunities in life.
I currently work as a Director for an organisation that works closely to support South Yorkshire schools with HR services.
I am really excited to be involved in what is a very exciting time in Foljambe Primary and be actively involved in the school community.

tracy mountain

Parent Governor

Having lived locally all my life and attending Dalton Foljambe myself as a child, I am looking forward to coming on board the governing body to ensure all our children receive the best quality education they deserve. I have always taken a keen interest in the education of young children and I love to see children’s progression and achievements. I have a CACHE Level 3 diploma in childcare and previously worked within Sure Start settings, providing quality care and play experiences with children aged 0-4, also experiencing working with children with SEN needs on a 1-1 basis.

I currently work as a lunchtime supervisor at a primary school and also do exam invigilating at a local secondary when required. I thoroughly enjoy this as it works around my children’s needs.

My family is so important to me. I have 3 children aged 20, 17 and 10.

Children’s education/future is very important and I hope that my experiences, views and opinions as a parent will help make a difference in the education of Foljambe children and that the Trust works towards connecting with parents and the community.

Sue Burrows

Co-Opted (Staff) Governor


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

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!