Worsbrough Common Primary School is part of HCAT academy trust. Please click here for HCAT trustees and members information. The chair of Governors is Linda Etchell to contact please email WCPS.Chair@hcacademytrust.education.

Further information regarding HCAT governance structure can be found by clicking here.

Click here for our Governance Arrangements that outlines the structure and remit of the trust’s members, board of trustees, committees and local governing bodies (the trust’s scheme of delegation for governance functions), and the full names of the chair of each Governing Body.

The governing body at Worsbrough Common Primary School have agreed to adhere to the Nolan principles of public service.

Nolan Principles

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
Holders of public office should be truthful.
Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Governor Roles
The Governing Body works to support Worsbrough Common Primary on its journey to school improvement and supports the school vision in developing a respectful, responsible and resilient community. Empowering articulate. confident and independent individuals who have the skills and are ready for life long learning.

Governors do this by supporting the school in;

  • Developing the strategic plan for the school
  • Determining aims, policies and priorities for the school
  • Approving the school budget
  • Appointment and dismissal of staff
  • Setting statutory and non-statutory targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Drafting the school profile.
  • Reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
  • Ensuring pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, to prepare them for the future
  • Maintenance of school buildings
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff

Worsbrough Common Governing Body comprises of co-opted governors and parent governors. Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of reference for each Governor.


Linda Etchell– Chair of LGB Co-opted Governor responsible for curriculum and EYFS
Linda worked as a head teacher for 15 years and has a wealth of experience across all aspects of education including finance, safeguarding, curriculum and Early Years.  She is currently working for Sheffield Hallam University as a University Link Tutor which involves the development of trainee teachers. Her role includes visiting schools throughout the area to support trainees and their mentors when they are on placement.



Paul Robson– Co-opted Governor
Before Paul took the step into education he worked for M&S for over 14 years leaving the role as a Commercial Manager to start life at Holgate School Sports College before moving to the newly built Horizon Community College. Having left Horizon at the end of 2016 he has since set up the successful ‘Primary School Enterprise Challenge’ a new project which sees Primary schools from across the Yorkshire region take on real life enterprise challenges that help develop skills such as resilience, confidence & leadership. Paul is very passionate about helping to support entrepreneurship in Primary education.


Louise Gurney- Parent Governor

Louise is a parent of 2 boys, one in Y5, the oldest is an ex-WCPS learner and now doing his A levels at Barnsley 6th Form. She works full-time and has been with her current employer for 30yrs. She enjoys keeping active and walks around the local area everyday.  Anyone who knows her will agree she is a an advocate for inclusion and inclusive practise. Over the years she has met a lot of parents and professionals in the send community and strongly believes ‘every child matters’.


Dawn Tyas- Co-opted Governor

Dawn has worked in education for 17 years, 12 of those have been spent at Worsbrough Common Primary School . She worked as a HLTA, but for the past three years she worked as the Attendance Lead, before retiring in summer 2022. She is passionate about WCPS and would like to show her commitment and support to the school by continuing as a Governor. she also our link Governor for our Pupil Parliament.




Jamie Warrington-Co-opted Governor

Jamie is a parent of 2 girls, aged 8 & 3, who keep her extremely busy every day! Jamie is a qualified accountant & works full time as a Financial Controller at Stanley Blacker & Decker. Jamie is passionate around every child having the best start in life.




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