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The Role of a School Governor


School governors are people from the school and local community who wish to make a positive contribution to the education of children at Rosehill Junior School.  They must be aged 18 or over at the time of their appointment.  They are elected to serve on the Governing body for a set period of time.

Our governors have a wide range of knowledge and experience between them which is required to ensure the Head Teacher and the school make the right decisions for benefit of the children and staff at the school.

Governors have an extremely important part to play in raising school standards and expectations by ensuring accountability, setting strategic direction and evaluating the school's performance.


Constitution of Rosehill Junior School Governing Body


6 Co-opted Governors

The Head Teacher

1 LA Governor

3 Parent Governors

1 Staff Governor

1 Clerk to Governors





Diane Douglas B.A (Hons.)
Chair of Governors

Re-appointed 04/12/19 Expires 04/12/2023
Business interest: No business/pecuniary interest but is related to
another member of the Governing Board
Attendance 2017/2018 - 100%


I have been in the role of Chair of Governors for 8 years.  I have gained the confidence and trust as well as a sound working relationship with the staff, the leadership team and in particular with the Head Teacher.  I believe it is vitally important that the Governing Body work together with the School  to give the children the best opportunities we can, by continuing to support Rosehill with all aspects of our role as Governors. 


As a critical friend to the School, my role is a strategic role and therefore I am not involved in the day to day management of the School – that’s the Head Teacher’s role.  I do however, love to visit the School to see and meet the children in the classrooms, in assembly and especially when they are performing in concerts and I also like to visit my granddaughter who is a pupil at Rosehill. My granddaughters dad is also a part of the board of Governors.




Debbie Charles
Co-opted Governor/Vice Chair appointed by the Parents/Carers of School

Appointed 14/11/2013 Expires 02/02/2022
Business Interest: No business/pecuniary interest but is related
to three members of the school staff
Attendance 2017/2018 - 66%

Hi I’m Debbie Charles I’m the vice chair. I have been on the governing body at Rosehill for some time. I am a member of the Salvation Army where I’m a youth leader and I am also involved in parent and toddler groups, kids club ranging from 5 to 11 years and older kids club 11-16. This helps me keep connected to the community and also allows me to meet parents and children from all areas and schools in the Rawmarsh area.


I am a foster carer and this enables me to fulfill my role as Safeguarding and Looked After Children’s Governor. I do lots of training throughout the year on this subject.


I worked in the local job lot store previous to my fostering role, which gave me people skills and I would hope you will find me friendly and approachable! If you see me around school, please say hello; I am always pleased to meet you all :-) 



Carolyn Smyth
Head Teacher at Ryecroft Infant School

LA Governor
Nominated by the LA but appointed by the Governing Body
Appointed 19/10/2015 Expires 18/10/2019
Business Interest: Head Teacher at Ryecroft Infant School
Attendance 2017/2018 - 66%


I am Carolyn Smyth the Headteacher of Rosehill’s feeder Infant School –Ryecroft Infant School. I am a Governor at both Ryecroft and Rosehill. I have worked in South Yorkshire for the whole of my teaching career and have been at Headteacher at Ryecroft for over 7 years.


I am proud of my work in Education and happy to serve the local community. I am dedicated to providing the best possible opportunities for all of our pupils and their families.

Jane Atkinson
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Parents/Carers of School

Appointed 18/10/2017 Expires 18/10/2021
Business Interest:  No business/pecuniary interest
Attendance 2017/2018 - 100%



Scott Holmes
Head teacher

Appointed 20/02/2014 Expires 19/02/2022
Business Interest: Employee of the school (Head teacher)
Attendance 2017/2018 - 100%


I am Scott Holmes, Head Teacher at Rosehill Junior School. I have been proud to serve the local community working at Rosehill for 8 years now, and have been a member of the governing board for 5 years, both as a staff governor, a co-opted member and now in my role as Head teacher. 

I have been a member of two other governing boards in the past, holding a range of roles and responsibilities, including being a member of several sub-committees, such as Health & Safety, Finance, Safeguarding and Assessment. 


I pride myself on drawing upon my skills to support the governing board in the further strengthening and development of the school, promoting its positive ethos and ensuring a strong level of challenge is maintained to ensure continued school improvement. 


Christopher Oxer

Parent Governor appointed by the Parents/Carers of School

Appointed 18/10/2017 Expires 18/10/2021

Business Interest:  No business/pecuniary interest

Attendance 2017/2018 - 66%


Steven Hickman

Parent Governor appointed by the Parents/Carers of School

Appointed 18/10/2017 Expires 18/10/2021

Business Interest:  No business/pecuniary interest

Attendance 2017/2018 - 66%

Declaration of interest: Mother-in-law is Co-opted Governor




Leah Hart

Parent Governor appointed by the Parents/Carers of School

Business Interest: No business/pecuniary interest

Appointed 17/10/2018 Expires 18/10/2022

Attendance 2018/2019-


I'm Leah Hart and I used to be a student myself at Rosehill, now for the next 6 years both my children will be in the school. Day to day I work in the health service as a manager of a busy private clinic. As a parent governor I hope to represent the views of parents and support staff and make our school great.




Terrie Naylor
Clerk to Governors
Appointed by the School and the Governing Body
Business Interest: Employee of RMBC

Attendance 2020/21