Governing Body

The Governors

Andrew Jessop – Executive Headteacher

I have worked in a number of Rotherham Primary schools (both in the primary and junior sector) over a teaching career spanning over thirty years. I was a Head Teacher for ten years and for a three year period was CEO of the Ashwood Multi Academy Trust (a small trust of two Primary schools).

I am currently the Executive Head Teacher over four Primary schools in the Wickersley Partnership Trust; Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, Thrybergh Primary School, Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School and Rawmasrh Monkwood Primary School.

I am a Local Leader of Education and a strategic partner in the primary arm of ‘Learners First’, a successful, local teaching school alliance. I make regular inputs into the NQT strategy group, as well as co-delivering elements of the NPQH leadership development programme.

I am also proud to take an active part in the Governing Board for Rotherham Looked After Children.

Scott Rowlands- Parent Governor

I grew up in a small town is South Wales called Caerphilly. After leaving school I went to work for Asda where I worked on all the departments. After ten years I left with a wealth of experience in admin and customer service.

I moved to Sheffield in 2000 and started working for DWP where I started as an admin officer. I’m currently a disability employment adviser working with people with health conditions, helping them find work. When we moved to Thrybergh in 2013 we chose Thrybergh Primary for our two children who love their school and enjoy the time they spend learning and being with their friends.

I became a parent governor to help and support all the children in the school so they can get an effective education; that will help them to achieve their goals and dreams, giving them the best possible life.

Rachel Harrison – Headteacher

Headteacher of Thrybergh Primary School.

Tony Hardcastle – Co-opted Governor

Headteacher of Clifton community School.

Pat Crabtree – Governor

I was born in Sheffield where I have been a lifelong resident. I have 2 sons and 8 grandchildren, with whom I spend a lot of my time.

I worked for many years for a Mail Order company as a Call Centre Systems Trainer and an Agency Executive Officer until I decided that I needed a change of career.

In 2000 I became a Family Learning Development Worker in Sheffield before moving to RMBC to become a Family Learning Development Officer and Senior Parenting Practitioner. A main part of my remit centred on engaging and working with fathers and their children.

In 2012 I took voluntary redundancy to start a business with a friend. We became ABC Family Learners. I have worked in most of the primary schools in Rotherham providing After School Clubs and working with parents. My main passion is Family Learning.

It is as a result of our work in Thrybergh that I am now a governor. As such, I will strive to be part of a great team who will together aim to get the very best for our children and their families, developmentally, educationally and personally. Together we can aim for the stars and reach our goals.

Dawn Butterworth – Clerk to the Governing Body

I have worked in the administration field for 20 years. I worked for an Engineering Consultants for 6 years at their offices in Doncaster, Nuneaton and Stoke on Trent. I then became PA to the Chief Executive for Doncaster West Primary Care Trust until 2006 when I moved to 2010 Rotherham Ltd as PA to the Chief Executive. I then undertook various admin roles after the Housing Department transferred back to the Council in June 2011.

In September 2011 I took voluntary severance and decided to stay at home to look after my two sons.

In addition to this I started as Clerk to Governors at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School in 2010, with a short break in 2011/12 for maternity leave, and then at Thrybergh Primary School when the schools became part of the Ashwood Multi Academy Trust in July 2014.

Michelle Longden – Governor

I have lived in the Rotherham area all my life.  When I left school I worked as a sewing machinist for a year, after that time I decided I wanted to work In childcare so I completed the CACHE level two and three in Childcare and Education. I have worked within childcare for about 13 years, my job at present is working as an Early Years Practitioner for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council where I have worked for 11 years. I have recently been involved with the petitions for the school crossings. I have a son and a niece that attend this school, they love coming to school, their time there is a happy experience and they are so enthusiastic talking about some of the topics they have learnt. I am passionate about their learning, and enjoy being involved in it especially the family learning sessions which we all enjoy attending.

Jessica Lynch – Staff Governor

I was born in Rotherham and have lived here most of my life.

I studied childcare at Thomas Rotherham College to become a Nursery Nurse. I decided to go down this route as I volunteered at my mum’s school often and really enjoyed it.

Whilst completing my Diploma in childcare I worked in customer service at Meadowhall.

I live with my husband and daughter and fluffy pets.

I have worked in many different settings over the years such as Schools, private nurseries, pre-schools and children centres.  It was great to see how different settings operated.

I have worked at Thrybergh Primary for over 4 years now and I love every minute of it. Every day is different and the children are fantastic. Never a dull day! Always come home with a huge smile!

I became a staff governor to help the school progress by supporting the children, families and staff. I am excited to be involved in moving the school forward and becoming the best we can!

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Attendance Record

Governor Term Starts Term Expires
Scott Rowlands 15/06/2015 15/06/2019
Phil Barley 01/01/2011 N/A
Dawn Butterworth N/A N/A
Tony Hardcastle 03/05/2017 03/06/2021
Andy Jessop N/A N/A
Rachel Harrison N/A N/A

Table of Business Interests

Members Name Position Membership Dates Business Interest Statement and Dates

(including governance role in other education institution

Title Forenames Surname Position Date of appointment Date of resignation Is this referring to you or your partner/close relative? (Please state relationship to you e.g. partner, sibling etc) Nature of interest Name of business of organisation Nature of business or organisation Date of appointment or acquisition Date of cessation of interest.
Mrs Patricia Crabtree Co-opted Governor 09/10/17 Self Sole Trader ABC Family Learning Educational support /
Mr Tony Hardcastle Co-opted Governor 09/10/17 Self Head Teacher Clifton Community  School Secondary School /
Mrs Michelle Longden Parent Governor 09/10/17 / / / / /
Mrs Jessica Lynch Staff Governor 09/10/17 Self Staff Member Thrybergh Primary Primary School /
Mr Scott Rowlands Parent Governor 15/06/15 Self Child in school Thrybergh Primary Primary School /