The Governors work together as a team, supporting and challenging the school leaders to provide an excellent education for all pupils at The Willows.

We meet regularly and enjoy being actively involved in the life of the school; carrying out focused learning walks, attending celebrations, assemblies, curriculum days and performances.

We also have responsibilities in specific areas such as safeguarding, budget monitoring, health & safety and careers progress & attainment. This helps us to ensure that all students make good progress, are safe, develop good social and life skills, receive high quality teaching and learning experiences and vocational opportunities in order to achieve their full potential and prepare them for future life.

At The Willows we have chosen to use a ‘Circle Model’ of governance; this means that we work collectively as a ‘whole team’, meeting at least 6 times a year, without any separate committees. An annual monitoring cycle and agenda for each meeting include all the tasks which the Governing Board is required to consider, and is recorded in the Minutes.

Ann Gyte
Chair Person

Safeguarding and S. I. R. O.

Appointed 26/11/2018 - 25/11/2022

I am a retired teacher with many years of SEN experience.

I have been a governor for over 30 years in primary, secondary & special schools and am proud to be Chair of Governors at The Willows.

I am passionate about our pupils having the best education, experiences & opportunities; to see them thrive & become confident adults and to enable them to achieve their full potential as responsible, caring individuals.

I enjoy working with our Willows community of staff, pupils, governors and families to support and challenge the school to be the best it can be.

Robin Linkens
Vice Chair

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Appointed 26/11/2018 - 25/11/2022

I have worked in primary education in South Yorkshire schools since 1986, in both Doncaster and Rotherham.

I have lived in Rotherham for 30 years and am passionate about making a difference for Rotherham's children.

I was a governor at my daughter's primary school for 5 years and have also been staff governor in a school where I worked.

I can bring that experience and other educational knowledge to support the governing body at The Willows School. 

Rachael Booth
Lisa Leivars

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Appointed 21/06/016 - 20/06/2020


Liz Johnson

Appointed 20/06/2017 - 20/06/2021

I have been a teacher at The Willows School for eight years now, teaching across the age range and I am currently Head of English, teaching English to pupils in Middle and Upper School, as well as Post 16.

I am proud to be a member of staff, and governor at The Willows School, and feel privileged to work with the amazing pupils, and staff that we have.

I am particularly interested in Literacy, Dyslexia, Speech and Language Difficulties and how intervention can impact on learning.

I am also interested in pupil, and staff well-being, and how we can support the mental health of pupils and staff in school.

Although I am a member of teaching staff, I have a good insight into whole school improvement and strategic planning across the key stages.


Sue Creese
L. A.

Appointed 25/11/2019 - 25/11/2023

Sarah White
Parent Governor

Premises and Arts mark

Appointed 14/05/2018 - 14/05/2022

I am extremely proud to be a parent governor at The Willows School and passionate about the education and welfare that the children who attend receive.

My son attends The Willows and they provide him with best education with amazing opportunities to learn new skills everyday.

My role alongside the the other governors is ensure this continues for all the children attending the school and to look for opportunities to make positive improvements for the children to learn and have new the opportunities and skills to prepare them for life outside of school to become confident adults and reach their full potential.

Joanne McLoughlin
Parent Governor

Premises and Arts mark

Appointed 14/05/2018 - 14/05/2022

I am a qualified level 3 Teaching Assistant with further qualifications in Autism, Mental Health Awareness, Challenging Behaviour, Learning Disabilities and Counselling Skills with a background in Banking.

My son has been at The Willows since year 3 and I have seen first hand what amazing progress he has made, and is still making, whilst at this school. I believe that every child deserves an opportunity to reach their full potential and that school is a major part of this journey.

I want to help ensure that all children are given the help and support they require, that suits them as individuals, in a safe and secure setting enabling them to grow in confidence and gain skills required to lead independent lives.

Patrick Hinder

Health & Safety, Careers and Arts mark

Appointed 08/10/2018 - 08/10/2022

I am a metallurgist for a Rotherham-based business and bring both operational and board level experience from the private sector.

Although a co-opted governor, my son is a pupil at The Willows and my interest centres around ensuring that our pupils leave school with employable/transferrable skills.

Liz Worrall

Appointed Sept 2016

All initial correspondence with the governors should be addressed to Elizabeth Worrall.


None of our governors currently have anything to report on the Register of Pecuniary Interests.

All correspondence with the governors should, in the first instance, be addressed via the clerk to the governors: Liz Worrall either at the school or by email.

Register of interests