Governors at Loxley Primary School



Aim of the Governing Body

School governing bodies are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and their main responsibilities are to help set the policies and targets for achieving the schools aims and objectives and to monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achieving these. All governors attend the full governing body meetings that take place at least twice per term and also sit on a number of Committees that focus on specific areas of the school such as Finance and Staffing or Buildings and Health and Safety. Each governor also has a link governor role which means they take a lead on understanding a particular area of the school improvement plan to ensure it is progressing as expected.

Meet the Governing Body

Stephen Bennett- Chair of Governors

Stephen is the grandfather of pupils in Loxley’s Y3 and Y6 classes. He became a governor at the school, as he likes to support the school and help with its smooth running and future direction. With a business background, he has been associated with various different activities including running his own contract cleaning company for the past 30 years.

As well as being current Chair of Bradfield Parish Council and Trustee of three Educational Foundations, he has sat on the Boards of both BERA and EGB, both associations  within The British Equestrian Federation in Coventry. Whilst there he has chaired various committees focusing on training, marketing, PR and finance and is Currently Chair of West Riding Group of EGB. With this experience, he feels he can be of benefit to The Loxley board of governors.    

Richard Lacey- Vice Chair of Governors -Parent Governor

Richard is passionate about the education of children and strongly believes that all children deserve the best opportunities in life. He feels that excellent primary education is vital in fostering our children's natural love of learning and guiding them to seek to be the best they can be. As a parent and a governor, as well as a secondary school leader, he aims to use all his experience and research to challenge and support Loxley Primary to continue the outstanding work they do in supporting our children and parents to 'Aim High Together'. Along with being the Vice-Chair of Governors, Richard’s Link Governor role is to ensure the correct methodologies are being used in the different areas of the curriculum.

Sophie Feather- Associate Governor and Clerk to the governing body

Sophie decided to become a school governor as she felt supporting children’s education is one of the most important roles to be undertaken and feels she can make a positive contribution in what is the difficult challenge of maintaining the schools excellent standards.

Having previously worked for various educational organisations including The Sheffield College, Learn Direct and City and Guilds, Sophie feels she can use her experience of online and traditional learning plus business change to help support the school in various ways.  Sophie is clerk to all the Governor meetings and her Link Governor role is to ensure we have effective and engaging displays across classrooms and within the school area.


Stuart Croft- Co-opted Governor

Having moved to Loxley around 12 years ago, Stuart has had association with Loxley Primary School for nine of those years having had two children, Ewan and Amber, progress through school.  Several years ago, he was treasurer of the Loxley School Fundraising Association but now takes great pleasure in seeing the successful events, fundraising and support provided to the school by the great team now running the LSFA.

Outside of work, he lives with his wife, Joanne, and his two children.  He can often be seen watching rugby at Sheffield Tigers and helping with the mini and junior sections as well as playing in Stannington Brass Band (on cornet) and helping as an assistant leader at 150th Wadsley scouts.

Stuart hope that he can contribute to the running of a successful school as part of the hard-working board of governors where all children can achieve their potential. Stuart also sits on the Finance & Staffing Committee and his Link Governor role is to develop outdoor learning in school.


Rachel Markham- Co-opted Governor

Rachel joined the Governing Body in September 2018. She worked for 26 years at Bradfield Dungworth Primary School before retiring in August 2017. She has 34 years of primary teaching experience, which included working as Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher, often serving on the Governing Body. Currently she works as a University Link Tutor for Sheffield Hallam University supporting Teacher Trainees in different schools across Sheffield and Derbyshire. She has a long-standing affinity with Loxley Primary School, as her husband, David Markham, was head teacher here for 11 years in the 1990s. When asked to join the Governing Body she felt it was the perfect time to give back to the community in terms of both her primary school experience and her past associations with the school.

Rachel also sits on the Health & Safety Committee and her link governor role is to help ensure standards of behavior around school is maintained and keep abreast of any GDPR changes/issues.

Helen Bollands- Parent Governor 

Helen is a mother of three boys, Leo in Y6, Guy in Y5 and Drew in Year 1. As well as being a teacher at Shooters Grove Primary School, she also runs a small, local, family business with her husband. This provides her with an insight into the management of finances and staff, an aspect of the role of a School Governor. Through her experience as a qualified teacher, she has an understanding of the curriculum and education system and has served as a Teacher Governor. Helen also sits on the Health & Safety Committee and her Link Governor role is to ensure low-average attainers are given the support they need to make the best possible progress.

John Miles- Staff Governor 

John is the Building Supervisor of the school and is a heating and plumbing engineer by trade. This therefore makes him extremely useful to sit on the Buildings and Health & Safety Committee! John has had two children come through the school and has helped on many residential visits.  John sits on the Health & Safety Committee and his Link Governor role is to help assist the school in gaining any extra funding for school maintenance projects.

John Galloway- Local Authority Governor

John has been a governor at Loxley since November 2011, having previously been a governor at Wisewood Secondary school. He is a Local Authority governor, which in this case means he is an independent person who the Local Authority makes available to school governing bodies. He also works full time for a private company and has lived locally in Sheffield for over 25 years. He has two sons who attend Oughtibridge Primary school and an older son who attended Hillsborough Primary school and King Edwards Secondary.

John is very passionate about children getting the best opportunities in education. He believes Sheffield is a great place to bring up children and, like all the governors, wants the children at Loxley to be in a happy and enriching environment. To achieve this, he believes in all the governors working closely with the Head and staff at Loxley to ensure the school is the best it can be. John sits on the Finance & Staffing Committee and his link Governor role is to ensure attainment and progress of maths across all year groups.

Charlotte Berridge- Co-opted Governor

Charlotte has been on the Governing Body at Loxley for two years.  She has a son in Y5, a daughter in Y3 and a three-year-old son.  Charlotte has worked at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield since 2005. Her current role is Academic Programmes Manager and involves curriculum development; quality assurance and enhancement; programme review and progression monitoring. She initially applied to be on the Governing Body as she felt her skills acquired working in the higher education sector were transferable and could be applied to a primary school setting. Charlotte chairs the Health & Safety Committee and her Link Governor role is to ensure reading is at the best standard across all year groups.

Contacting Governors

Although all governors welcome contact from any parent, generally any preliminary queries and questions should be directed to the school teachers who will be able to help decide if it needs to be taken further with the Head teacher, however in some cases it maybe that the Governing Body needs to become involved and if this is the case queries can be directed to the governors via the following email address-