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 a pupil in Y5. 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 sits on the Finance and Staffing Committee and his Link Governor role is to ensurepupils progress in the areas of mathematics and time tables.

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.

 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 help develop the music curriculum and ensure progress in reading comprehension. 


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 greater depth in writing standards.

Helen Bollands- Co-opted Governor

Helen is a mother of three boys, one of whom is at Loxley. 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 ensure pupil and staff well-being is carefully monitored. 

Brett Scott- Parent Governor

Brett is the father to Teddy in Y5. Having left school with no qualifications he did an apprenticeship in structural & fabrication engineering. He did this for almost 10 years but wanted a total change in vocation so enlisted on a counselling course in the evenings at college. Whilst studying he started doing voluntary work with a support group working with disabled service users. This is when his journey of working with young people started he gained employment with Sheffield City Council as a Detached Youth Worker working on the streets. 

After doing this he successfully became part time Youth Worker in Charge of a youth club at Longley. He secured funding and employed staff & volunteers for the club. 

This lead onto full time work with young people as a LIfeskills Trainer for Nacro, a national crime reduction charity. Brett specialised in working with 14-19 year old disengaged young people. He had many roles and promotions over the years and when he left 3 years ago he was the Service Manager of South Yorkshire managing 18 x qualified teachers & an annual contract of £1.3 million. He was responsible of the quality delivery of vocational & GCSE programmes for over 250 young people per year.

Having secured funding he also managed a free community gym based in the city centre specialising in delivering sessions and support services to the homeless and people at risk. Outside of school he turned his hobby of collecting and dealing in antiques into a business. He now owns an antique shop called The Blind Mole down at Kelham Island. 

Brett feels his knowledge of both the education system and the ongoing needs of young people will be an asset to the school if he is successful in becoming one of the Governor's. He enjoys the outdoors and camping with friends and family. 

He sits on the Health & Safety Committee and his Link Governor role is to ensure the school uses its catch-up fnding for all pupils who have been disadvantaged during lock-down. 

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.

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 the home learning plan for any future lockdown is fleixble and engaging. 

Charlotte Berridge- Co-opted Governor

Charlotte has been on the Governing Body at Loxley for two years.  She has a daughter in Y5 and another son in Y2.  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 pupil premium procedures are evaluated against progress. 

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-

Governors Appointment & Attendance List