“We aim to send all young people into an ever-changing world able and qualified to play their full part in it.”

Governing Body

Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain

Chair of Governors 

Since leaving university and following a brief career in finance, I have worked in the recruitment sector, advising professionals in Yorkshire on their careers and supporting organisations with their recruitment strategies. I am currently studying towards an MBA at Sheffield Management School.

A father to 2 young children, I became a Governor because I am passionate about supporting young children and making sure they are in the best possible environment to thrive, develop life skills and ultimately build a livelihood and a career for themselves.

I am proud to support and represent Thrybergh Primary School.


Katy Edmondson

Co-Opted Governor

I have been a teacher for over 16 years and spent 6 of these working as Assistant Headteacher at Thrybergh Primary. These have been some of the most enjoyable and rewarding years of my career so far. After leaving in July 2022, I was thrilled to have been accepted as part of the Governing Body and see this as an opportunity to continue supporting the school. 

Kate Rushforth Asset Manager

Kate Rushforth

Vice-Chair, Co-opted Governor

I previously worked at a large national law firm for 13 years, gaining extensive experience across the Facilities department. In 2021, I decided to move on and accepted a role at WPT.

I’m passionate about making sure children get the education they deserve and are given the opportunity to thrive. Becoming a governor is a great way to put this into practice. I feel that my values align with those of Thrybergh Primary and I’m happy to help drive the high standards of the school for the benefit of our students and the local community.

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Mrs Britton

Teaching Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Thrybergh Primary School since 1997. For most of that time I have taught in Y6, and to be honest, I love teaching Y5/6. I am also the subject leader for maths and science.

In my spare time, I enjoy riding and currently have two horses. As a family, we love to go to Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, Norfolk (on the boat) and the Isle of White using our touring caravan.

Rachael Evans

Co-Opted Governor

I work as a primary teacher in South Yorkshire and am passionate about bringing learning to life for all children. Every child should have access to a fantastic education and I am proud to support Thrybergh Primary School as a school governor to help achieve this. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking and knitting. 

Contact the Chair of Governors

To get in touch with Richard Chamberlain, Chair of Governors, please email rchamberlain-gov@thryberghprimary.org.

What does the Governing Body do?

The work of the Governing Body is carried out for one purpose only: to give the children the best possible start in their school life, by providing the finest 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 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 position of school governor is a voluntary one, but it demands a high level of commitment, both in time and responsibility, as the decisions made directly affect the children.

The Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities, they can only act together, they cannot act as individuals.

Governors are appointed to help:

  • Decide what is
  • Set standards of
  • Agree targets for continual school
  • Interview and select
  • Monitor and engage with teaching and learning


School Governors can be:

  • Parents
  • WPT members
  • Community

Become a School Governor


Wickersley Partnership Trust encompasses 13 schools across Rotherham and Gainsborough. It exists to further the interests of the young people it serves.

Becoming a School Governor can have a positive impact on the young people in your local community and help to drive school improvement. A Local Governing Body plays an integral role in a school’s success; working together with senior school leadership and guiding their strategic direction. 

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!

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