Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. Our main role is to support the Head Teacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SIP sets out a strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements. Our legal duties include:-

  • Setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • Approving the school budget
  • Reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Head Teacher

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Head Teacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets. The Full Governing Body meets at least once every term. Currently all governors also attend two committee meetings on a termly basis; Curriculum, Attainment and Achievement and Finance, Buildings and General Purposes.

  1. Finance, Premises and Resources.
  2. Recruitment and Personnel.
  3. Standards and  Teaching and Learning.
  4. Strategic.

There are also named governors with responsibility for safeguarding, community and transition and health and safety. Termly meetings are held between the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors to discuss school matters and monitor aspects of school, such as the budget. All governors are kept well informed about the leadership of the school and are consulted about key strategic decisions, where appropriate. All of our governors sign and adhere to the Local Authority      Code-of-Conduct  

Full details of our governors roles and responsibilities along with a declaration of any interests can be found in this report  Governors Role 2020/2021

Governors Attendance Dec 2019

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

Scott Mell
Scott MellChair of Governors
I was appointed as a parent governor in 2006 when my son first attended the school. For the last 3 years I have acted as Chair of Governors. I also sit on the Strategic Committee and the Finance and Premises Committee. I have a deep understanding of how the school operates and which are the challengers and areas for improvement.
I work as a chartered accountant in a local practice. Outside of work I enjoy watching and participating in sport especially football and running.
Louise Jones
Louise JonesExecutive Headteacher
My name is Louise Jones and I have been Headteacher at Royd since February 2013. I became Executive Headteacher of both Royd and Deepcar St John’s Junior school in September 2018. I started working at Royd in 1997 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. I thoroughly enjoy my job and serving the community of Deepcar and ensuring pupils have a better education.
I have a seven year old son who I enjoy spending my spare time with.
Sean Sly
Sean SlyStaff Governor
I am currently a teacher representative on the governing body. I have served on the governing body since November 2014. I am the Acting Deputy Headteacher at Royd Nursery Infant School. My favourite subject is English. I really enjoy writing imaginative stories with the children. My favourite child’s author is Julia Donaldson as I like to try and find the Gruffalo hiding somewhere in all of her other books that she’s produced. I also like the outdoors. I like to watch and play a range of sports such as football and athletics and I also like going for long walks and exploring. I have a Forest School qualification which enables me to enjoy building and making things in the woodlands with children that attend Royd.
Jayne Darbyshire
Jayne DarbyshireStaff Governor
Curriculum Specialist in FS2 at Royd Nursery Infant School. I joined as a non-teaching governor in September 2015. In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading and socialising with friends.
Jonathan Phillips
Jonathan PhillipsParent Governor
My name is Jonathan Phillips and I have two boys, Thomas who left Royd in 2015 and Edward who started Nursery in 2016. I joined the governing body as a parent Governor in 2014. I am a member of the Standards and Teaching and Learning, community and transition committee and premises and finance committees.
Richard Bullock
Richard BullockParent Governor
Strategic and Teaching Learning (Chair), Health & Safety Committee, Recruitment, and Personnel standards. I was voted onto the body of governors in 2014. My eldest son left Royd in September 2015, having very much enjoyed his time at the school. My youngest son started Nursery in Sept 2016
Jania Brookes
Jania BrookesParent Governor
My name is Jania Brookes. I was appointed as a Governor in January 2019. I have been appointed as the Safeguarding Governor
I have two daughters and my eldest daughter started at Royd Nursery Infant School in 2017 and my youngest daughter has started January 2021.
Edward Hennessy
Edward HennessyLocal Authority Governor
I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in December 2019. I am a member of the Standards, Teaching & Learning Committee and the Finance, Premises & Resources Committee. I am a legal professional specialising in litigation costs.
Tim Steele
Tim SteeleCo-opted Governor
I was appointed to the Governing Body at Royd as a Co-opted Governor in November 2019. I am a member of the Standards and Teaching and Learning Committee and the Finance, Premises and Resources Committee. I am a former pupil of Royd and now my twin boys attend Royd Nursery, having started in Foundation Stage 1 in January 2019. My professional background is in communications and marketing, and I currently work for the NHS.

Following the complaints process, as highlighted in the school’s ‘Complaints Policy’; should you deem your complaint to have reached ‘Stage 3 – Formal Complaint to the Governors’ please email the Chair of Governors (Scott Mell). Email: smell@royd.sheffield.sch.uk