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

Governing Body


Hellen Bolton

Chair of Governors

Hello! My teaching career began in Castleford at Airedale High School in 1993. Since then I have worked as a teacher of Science, and later Maths, at a range of schools including Crofton in Wakefield and Gainsborough Academy.

I have been part of the leadership teams at four 11-16 school overs the last 30 years. I currently work as Principal at De Lacy Academy in West Yorkshire.

Having supported my own 2 children through their education and onto University I feel I have a good gauge of the demands and challenges for both children and adults working with children.

Having had the pleasure of being a governor at Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School for 4 years, I feel I understand and contribute towards the WPT vision of sending all students into an ever-changing world able and qualified to play their full part in it. It is our role as governors to develop the insight into Brinsworth Whitehill to enable us to support improvements. I am committed to high standards and opportunities for individuals.


Jayne Jones

Co-Opted Governor 

I have been working at Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School for the past 7 years in a variety of different roles. I am now proud to say I am a primary PE specialist and have undertaken a new role within Wickersley Partnership Trust Primary PE Team. I now work in school delivering physical education lessons and encouraging children to try new sporting activities and providing pathways for children that are gifted and talented. I am enthusiastic about all things sporty with a particular interest in Netball, I am a qualified C award netball umpire and level 2 netball coach.

I am extremely proud to be part of the working and governing body team of Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School, I will continue to work with energy and enthusiasm to help the school maintain its high standards and meet future challenges. I am truly passionate about the education that children receive and have a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible education and opportunity to succeed in  life.

Lorraine Saczek (Custom)

Lorraine Saczek

Vice-Chair (Co-Opted)

Hello, I am a parent of 2 children at Brinsworth Whitehill and have been a parent governor for the last 18 months.

I come from a working background of science and finance and spent many years working within the banking industry.

I took a step back when my children were born so jumped at the opportunity to be part of the board of governors.
I love the ethos, culture and inclusiveness of our school and enjoy being a part of the school as a whole going into the future.

Louise O'Sullivan - Governor

Louise O’Sullivan

Co-Opted Governor

My name is Louise O’Sullivan , I am relatively new to the governing body at Brinsworth Whitehill. My current professional role is a Higher Scientific Officer at HSE specialising in fire and explosion hazards. I am currently working on projects for energy and transport to enable Net Zero in the UK. 

I have a passion for sustainability and hope my skills as a scientist will help me in my governor role. 

I have an interest in SEND education supporting our young people to achieve their goals and dreams. 

I look forward to working with the staff and parents at Brinsworth Whitehill. Please feel free to come and chat to me in the playground , I would love to hear yours and your children’s views.  

Sam Lord

Co-Opted Governor

I have served on several school governing bodies for the past ten years and bring a wealth of
knowledge to the dedicated team at Brinsworth Whitehill, particularly in SEND. I am a
Specialist Inclusion Teacher and support children and families with additional needs. I
believe in a fully inclusive learning experience for all our children, and I am passionate about
every child reaching their full potential. I take a keen interest in ensuring we support not
only our children academically but that we also grow them as individuals to provide them
with life skills. Pivotal to this is a strong curriculum offer, committed adults and a happy
community, something that is very evident at Whitehill. By serving as a governor I want to
continue to ensure that we grow our school.

Contact the Chair of Governors

To get in touch with Hellen Bolton, Chair of Governors, please email hbolton-gov@brinsworthwhitehill.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:

  1. Decide what is
  2. Set standards of
  3. Agree targets for continual school
  4. Interview and select
  5. Monitor and engage with teaching and learning

School Governors can be:

  1. Parents
  2. WPT members
  3. 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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