Below is a list of current school Governors. Governors can be contacted via the school office.


Chris Hepworth

Chair of Governors

I am Chair of the Governing Body and have been a governor at Thorogate School for over 20 years. I am married with two children - my wife Lynn works part time for a firm of Solicitors, my son works in Hospitality & Catering and my daughter is studying at Sheffield Hallam University.I have worked for HSBC Bank for nearly 25 years and I am currently in the role of Global Commodity Manager in the Procurement function based in Sheffield although I regularly work from the London & Birmingham offices. I choose to be a governor because the role continues to challenge and increase in importance and can have a significant impact on the overall success of the school . Throughout my time on the governing body I have always aimed to use the skills I have learnt from over 30 years in business to ensure that we work closely with and have a strong working relationship with the Headteacher, that we all work together as a team and that we promote an environment where all governors can contribute.

Anne Wing

Vice-Chair of Governors and parent governor. Additional responsibility for Safeguarding

I became a Parent Governor of Thorogate School in January 2014 and was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. I have two children who both attend Thorogate School. Thomas will move up to Year 2 in September and Daniel will start in FS2. Thomas loves coming to school and Daniel cannot wait to start having thoroughly enjoyed his transition days. I have lived in Rotherham now for 11 years, my husband Martin was born here and we decided to settle here after we left University. My background is in law and insolvency. After leaving Law School and I worked as an Examiner for the Insolvency Service latterly investigating directors of liquidated companies. I did this role for just over 9 years until I took voluntary redundancy to focus on running my own health and wellness business which allows me to work more flexible around my children. I wanted to be a parent governor as I am passionate about childrens' education and I wanted to play a role in ensuring that the children who attend Thorogate School, receive the best education and have the best experience they can during their years in primary education. As governors it is our role to ensure this happens. I have found the role of parent governor both challenging and very rewarding and I am looking forward to the new challenges being Vice-Chair will bring. I am proud to be part of the school.

David Sayers

Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in 2015 after the eldest of my two sons become a pupil. It quickly became apparent just how much he was enjoying school and what a nurturing and stimulating environment the school provides. Although I do not have an educational background, having worked primarily in IT before and now running my own telecoms business, like any parent what I do have is a desire to see my child and any other child attending Thorogate, to receive the very best education possible in the most enjoyable environment imaginable. I believe the head and staff at Thorogate work diligently in providing this so when I was presented with opportunity to become a governor to help support them and the school it made sense to join the governing body.

Betty Roden

Community Governor

I have been a governor at Thorogate School for eight years and take an active interest in what the children achieve and do. I have been a volunteer at Thorogate for 16 years and am currently based in Year 4 and also help with the after school Film Club. Both my granddaughters attended Thorogate and Beth is now an English teacher at a comprehensive school and Lucy works in the operating theatre at St. James' Hospital, Leeds.

Anna Bailey

Parent Governor
Parent Governor. Additional responsibility for SEND

Sally Hicks

Teacher representative

I have been a teacher at Thorogate Junior and Infant school since September 2008 and have been a Governor since 2009. During my time here I have taught in both Year 3 and Year 4, and for the last four years I have held the teaching position in Foundation Stage 2. Teaching is my passion and has been since the age of 15. It was at this time that I went to work in a school for my Trident work experience. During those days spent in Parkhill School in Sheffield, I was bitten by the teaching bug and have not looked back since. I am originally from Sheffield but my husband has always lived in Rotherham and so I made the very short move from my birth place to his 10 years ago. I completed my Teaching Training at Sheffield Hallam University. However, before starting my degree, (and then during my studies), I worked at a Health Club in Sheffield and became one of their duty managers. Though this was never the path I was destined to take, my time at Sam Jones taught me a lot about working with the public, dealing with unhappy customers and most importantly customer care. In October 2012 I gave birth to my first child, Arthur, and I am due to have my second child in November 2015. Becoming a mum completely changed my approach and outlook to teaching. It made me realise how fortunate I was to be trusted with other people’s most treasured possession; their child. This realisation is something I carry with me everyday in both my position as a teacher and a governor and is always at the back of my mind with decisions I make in both roles.

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.

Governors are now linked to specific classes and should arrange to take part in an activity at least once a term.

Class - Governor Links

Class - Governor Links
Class Teacher Governor
FS2 Mrs Pinter Anne Wing
Year 1 Mrs Horner-Smith / Mrs Hicks Anna Bailey
Year 2 Miss C Shillito Anne Wing
Year 3 Mrs Vincent Chris Hepworth
Year 4 Miss Hoyland Betty Roden
Year 5 Mr Roebuck David Sayers
Year 6 Miss Reynolds David Sayers







RE-ELECTED 29/09/12



RE-ELECTED 06/07/12



ELECTED 29/01/14



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ELECTED 14/10/16

Spring            28/02/2012





Summer         25/06/2012






Autumn           06/12/2012





Spring            12/02/2013





Summer         08/05/2013






End of Year        17/07/2013





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Summer         16/09/2014



Autumn          02/12/2014




Spring            26/03/2015


Summer         13/07/2015


Autumn          14/12/2015



Spring            07/04/2016



Summer         11/07/2016



Autumn          10/11/2016



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