Thorogate School Governors

Governance Arrangements & Register Of Business Interests


Governing Board Attendance September 2019 - July 2020

Thorogate School Governing Board Attendance Register 2019-20(2).pdf

Anne Wing - Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Thorogate School since January 2014, when I joined as a parent governor when my eldest son was in FS2. He now attends the local comprehensive school but I have two other children that attend Thorogate School. I became a governor as I am extremely passionate about children’s education and I want to play a role in supporting the school to ensure the children who attend Thorogate School receive the best possible education and have the best experience. I have found the role of governor both challenging and very rewarding and I am extremely proud to be part of #TeamThorogate.

My professional background is in law and financial irregularly. I currently work for the ESFA, an executive agency of the Department of Education, as a senior investigator investigating fraud and financial irregularity in the academies sector. Prior to this I took a few years out of formal employment, after working for over 9 years as an examiner for the Insolvency Service, investigating the financial failures of insolvent individuals and companies and the associated misconduct, to focus on raising my family and worked on a self-employment basis in the direct sales industry.

Katie Battersby

Parent Governor

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.


Adrian Harvey

Co-opted Governor and Vice - Chair of Governors

Adrian Harvey

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!

Andrew Morton

Co-opted Governor

I became a governor at Rawmarsh Thorogate in May 2021 and am looking forward to working with the school moving forwards to ensure the very best for the children, staff and the local community of the school. Having worked in four primary schools across Rotherham and Barnsley as a teacher and senior leader, I am passionate about ensuring the very best education for children and that is the reason why I joined Thorogate as a governor.

I am currently the Vice Principal of a primary school in the Dearne Valley and the majority of my teaching has been in Year 5/6; I am happy to use my experiences to positively support the school in any way possible to help it continue to improve. I am also passionate about ensuring positive work/life balance for school staff in order to ensure that they are in the best position possible to provide high-quality teaching and support.

Away from education, I have two primary-school daughters of my own who keep me busy and am a passionate football fan. I look forward to getting to know the school, children, staff and the community and I hope that I can be a positive influence in my role as a member of the team.

John Barnett

Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

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.


Paula Kellett

Co-opted Governor, Appointment Date: January 2021

Chartered Psychologist / Senior Primary Practitioner for Wakefield CAMHS

I have worked in a wide range of settings with people aged between 0 to 84 years old for the past 25+years, including a number of schools in South Yorkshire. I have a special interest in young people who are educated in alternative provisions. My belief is that the more we can do to support young people & their carers earlier on, the more effective this will be & the more likely they are to achieve their potential. This can only be achieved by working together as a team.

I have 3 children, the older 2 are at University whilst the youngest is in Y11. Throughout their schooling I was an active member of the school community & see this as an invaluable commodity. In addition, I have supported them with their varying extra-curricular activities, so know how important it is to both work & play. Now they are older I decided that I would like to continue to support & share my experience with the education system & was impressed by Thorogate’s ethos - “Respect, Responsibility, Pride” & this led me to choosing to apply to be a Governor at your school.

I am also a keen advocate of supporting the well-being of staff. “Remember - you can’t pour from an empty cup”

My favourite quote is “Why try to fit in, when we were born to stand out?” (Dr Seuss)

Ron Wood

Co-opted Governor

I am a retired business man, previously a Director in the Facilities Management industry. I am currently Trustee of Rotherham Town Cricket Club and Business Mentor for the Princes Trust.

I am married with two children and four grandchildren. My family and I have all benefited from having been resident in Rotherham and using the towns facilities as my children grew. I felt it was time to put back some of my time to help the community that has helped me and Thorogate school has given me that opportunity.

It is apparent to all of us that we are the caretakers for our children future, so it was natural for me to do what I could to help our young people prosper, the chance to contribute as a governor was an opportunity that I was keen to undertake.