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

Governing Body


Mr John Kanes 


Chair of Governing Body (Co-Opted)

I am an internal auditor currently working for the Government Internal Audit Agency.  Previously I have worked across th public sector including the Church of England, Prison Service, local government, House of Commons and the 2nd oldest UK overseas territory (St Helena).  I live in Rotherham with my wife and dog – having moved here from Kent in 2021.  I have previously been a governor in several local schools – both primary and secondary – as well as a trustee and Audit Committee chair.  I am a keen sports watcher following Rotherham Titans and Gillingham FC.  I also sing in some local choirs and quiz (although not very expertly).
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Mr David Smith 


Co-Opted Governor


I am a senior lecturer in diagnostic imaging at Sheffield Hallam University having previously worked previously as a Senior Radiographer, Practice Educator and eventually as the Training & Development Manager for medical imaging within a large local hospital trust. I have always been proud to be a diagnostic radiographer and have worked to promote the profession throughout my career and have been involved in school’s engagement projects. I am passionate about widening participation and improving social mobility and am proud to lead on the Degree Apprenticeship provision of diagnostic radiography at Sheffield Hallam University. I am keen to ensure that all learners have equal opportunities to meet their potential and become the best version of themselves.

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Paula Radcliffe 


Co-Opted Governor


Mr Niall Cairns


Co-Opted Governor


I have been working at Rawmarsh Sandhill, across multiple year groups, for five years and care passionately about driving the school forward. Having worked at Sandhill for over five years, I understand the journey the school has been on and it has been a pleasure to be a part of the massive strides forward it has made. Sandhill is an amazing school, where all staff members work incredibly hard to ensure that all pupils progress academically and are prepared with skills and knowledge to help them succeed in their futures. I am proud of Rawmarsh Sandhill and will continue to support the school in order to continue its positive development. 

Contact the Chair of Governors

To get in touch with John Kanes, Chair of Governors, please email jkanes-gov@rawmarshsandhill.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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