Governor Pen Pictures

Michael Turton, Foundation Governor, Chair - We moved to Hathersage three years ago and enjoy being part of the village and church community.It is a great pleasure to be on the governing body and my background in education should enable me to support and challenge school as it moves forward. All my working life has been in primary education,first in Liverpool then in Wakefield. I have experience of headship in a number of schools and currently work as a School Improvement Partner and External Adviser in Wakefield and Bradford LAs. I am passionate about education for all primary children and look forward to a long and fulfilling relationship with school.

Bernard Eyre, Foundation Governor, Vice Chair - Former pupil of this school, son of a local farmer, Army Officer (Captain RAOC) Worked in the cement manufacturing industry both in line management, ultimately commissioning new water complex and in restructuring using both work life practice and pay structures. Worked with grown up children, active in the village life and welfare support for a number of national charities

Fiona Jackson, Headteacher - It is a great privilege to be the Headteacher of this school. As a previous pupil myself, it is an exciting prospect being able to work with the school community for the good of all who have a stake in the school, especially the children. With everyone's support, I hope to be able to build upon the previous status of the school and improve opportunities and outcomes for the children.

Lindsey Garner, Foundation Governor - Having been a member of the Governing Body since 1985, I have represented Parents, Teaching Staff and the Church during that time. I currently teach in Year 3 and am a member of the Senior Management Team. I love my job and always strive to do my very best for all the children who make up our wonderful school family.

Kirsty Rogerson, Foundation Governor

Kay Furness, Foundation Governor

I worked in the NHS as a hospital pharmacist for over 35 years. These years included working at St George’s Hospital in London and more recently in mental health in Sheffield.

I have come into school regularly since the end of 2008 due to involvement with the Junior Church Choir. In addition I have done some volunteering , particularly enjoying getting covered in paint with Reception pupils.

I hope to be able to support the school as a governor and look forward to being able to spend time with the class I am assigned to as buddy governor.

Gemma Lightfoot, Staff Governor - I am currently the Deputy Head Teacher at Hathersage, St. Michael’s CE (A) School and was pleased to be nominated as Staff governor and therefore take my position on the Governing Board. 

Elisabeth Madden, Foundation Governor - I am one of the Foundation Governors appointed and supported by St Michael's parish church. I was a primary school teacher for 30 years spending  the last years working in Milton Keynes, liaising between homes, schools, parents and teachers and outside agencies. l became even more convinced of the importance of homes and schools working together for  support and understanding  to ensure that children had the best possible education in every way. As a grandmother I continue to see the importance  of this too and trust that these experiences will enable me in some small way to continue to be involved in our school and the church and village communities.

Jo Wood, Co-opted Governor – I have lived in Hathersage for over 40 years and am a mother to Hannah who is a reception teacher in Wakefield. A teacher by profession specialising in children with learning problems I visited all the disciplines involved with individual pupils to build a complete picture before planning a learning programme. I feel privileged to have spent time with Y6, leaving 2016, as their Governor Buddy as I have been able to watch their development in every class since reception.

Steve Wyatt, Clerk to Governors - I am clerk to Hathersage Parish Council and the Governing Board at Hathersage St. Michaels where I’ve been clerk for several tears. I also work part-time at Hathersage in the school office. I worked as a project manager for many years and so I am disciplined in keeping documentation up to date – essential when supporting a governing body. I do not live in the village but on the outskirts of Sheffield but spend a great deal of my time in Derbyshire having until recently been a member of the National Park Ranger Service.

Venerable Dr. Paul Moore - Foundation Ex-Officio – I’m Priest in Charge of Hathersage, Bamford and Grindleford. I’ve been a vicar in rural Yorkshire and suburban Portsmouth, and I’m passionate about encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and discover the fulness of life that God’s promises. I’m married to Lucy,and we have two grown up children and a dog that thinks she’s still a puppy.

Sarah Spence - Foundation Governor - awaiting text.

Laura John - Local Authority Governor I have 4 children, 3 of whom are current pupils at Hathersage Primary School and one now attends Hope Valley College.  Throughout my career I have worked within the Education sector as a teacher, leader and advisor. I am proud to be a governor at Hathersage to support the senior leadership team to continue to deliver an excellent educational provision for the children and community.

Charlotte Coey - Appointed Parent Governor awaiting text and photo