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Mandy Daws – Chair of Governors (Leadership and Management / Performance Management / Curriculum / Safeguarding / Disadvantaged groups / Health and Safety)


Steve Manderson – Vice Chair (Teaching and Learning and Assessment/Outcomes for Pupils)


Christine Sowerby – Staff Governor (EYFS)


Nigel Gair -Trust Governor - Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


Lucy Woodhouse - Parent Governor





If you wish to speak with a member of the school governing body, please contact the school office directly.



Mandy Daws - Chair of Governors


I have recently been elected as the Chair of Darton Primary Local Governing Body, I have been a governor at Darton Primary now for 8 years.  I am committed to your children’s educational achievement health and wellbeing within the local community. I believe “every child matters” and deserve the best possible individual opportunity throughout their school life.

I live in Darton, I’m married with 2 children who have both been pupils at Darton Primary, one is now studying at Darton College and the other at Newcastle University. My hobbies include tap dancing, golf, dog walking and reading.

I am a nurse, midwife and Health Visitor and I am currently working part time as a Supervisor with the Family Nurse Partnership in Barnsley, supporting young first time parents through pregnancy, with an intensive home visiting programme until their child is 2 years old.


Steve Manderson - Vice Chair of Governors


I believe that everyone in school has a right to feel safe and that all children, regardless of their backgrounds and abilities, should be provided with the best opportunities to be successful in their learning and in their participation in everything Darton Primary has to offer.   Similarly, that everyone connected with us should feel valued and appreciated for their positive contributions.


I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a member of Darton Primary School’s Local Governing Body and to be able to offer my thirty years’ experience of working in Barnsley as a teacher, middle leader and school leader for the benefit of our school community.

Mrs Christine Sowerby


My name is Christine Sowerby and I am the Parent Support Advisor at Darton Primary School and Queens Road Academy. I am currently the appointed staff Governor for Darton Primary School.

 I have recently been appointed the Early Years Governor within school, which is where my passion is. My role will be to work alongside Mrs Nash our EYFS leader and the whole of the Early Years team to support and continue to develop a rich learning environment within the Foundation Stage unit, making sure every child receives a firm foundation to build on throughout their school life.

I have previously been a Governor for 8 years at the Primary School where my own children attended. 4 years as a Parent Governor and 4 years LEA Governor.

The experience I bring to this role is my knowledge and understanding of Early Years, being a qualified Nursery Nurse in a previous job, health and safety and also safeguarding.

My skills I believe are varied, due to my previous jobs.

  • I am a fully qualified First Aider and also trained to deliver basic First Aid to children and adults.

  • I believe that I am a very diplomatic communicator, with a passion for pastoral work and looking at the holistic child and their emotional and social wellbeing.

  • I have been on several counselling skills courses to enable me to help support children and adults deal with difficult situations such as bereavement, anxiety and separation.

  • I am qualified to help lead within safeguarding and able to deal with situations confidentially and with sensitivity, making sure that children and adults kept safe. I am fully up to date with all the latest statutory guidance and procedures.

  • I am a team player and believe that working together is paramount to achieve, aim high, be successful and move forward.

  • I am qualified to teach parenting skills using Webster-Stratton strategies

I am fully committed to supporting Darton Primary School because I believe we have the potential to be an outstanding school. The leadership, staff and governors are working together to drive the school forward as a cohesive team. I personally want the best for every child that comes through our school and very much want to be a part of creating lots of happy memories, helping children to reach their full potential, enabling them to go onto secondary and beyond. All children have a right to a firm foundation of an excellent education, having been taught vital life skills such as mutual respect, good values, sensitivity, understanding and care for others and have a sense of belonging and pride in their achievements and self-worth. Every child matters!

Nigel Gair


I have lived locally for the last ten years and have grown to understand the importance of of Darton Primary School to this community. Building on previous experience as Chair of Governors at a Primary School in North Yorkshire I was delighted to take up the role of Governor here in October 2016. Professionally, I have recently retired from a career of 35 years in the Civil Service where I gained skills in understanding people as well as technical skills in Finance and HR. I have personal experience of the fantastic improvements to children supported through the Special Needs and Disability system which is why I was very happy to become the lead Governor on that topic. Our children are our future and our role is to support, nurture and guide them to make their future the best possible.