Meet the Governors


The Role of a TASS Governor

Our School Governors are an amazing set of people who give up their time & effort to make sure that TASS is the very best that it can be for all of its children!

What do our Governors do?

The Governing Body is here to help the school provide the best possible education for our pupils by:

  • Thinking and working strategically to help to raise standards
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
  • Supporting the headteacher and staff as well as challenging their expectations
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.

There are three main areas in the role of the school governors:

  1. To take a largely strategic role in the running of the school
  2. To act as a critical friend to the school
  3. To ensure accountability of the governing body to the parents and of the headteacher to the governing body

To contact the governors, please use either the postbox outside the school office or email:

Please click the link to download our Governors Leaflet.





Kathryn Deakin

Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor / Eco-Saints Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor since June 2010. I have had two children who both attended TASS – with one still in the juniors. I work part-time for the Health and Safety Executive as a Land Use Planning Scientist. I and my family regularly attend Totley All Saints Church, and feel it is important for the school to maintain its close links with the church, maintaining and supporting the Christian ethos of the school.


Neil Hayden

Joint Vice Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor / Maths Governor / Performance Management Governor / School Fund GovernorNeil H

I am a lay reader at All Saints Church Totley. In August 2015 I retired from teaching at Tapton Academy where I was subject leader for mathematics. I have been a teacher governor in two of the secondary schools I have worked in.  I wish to use the experience I have gained to help support TASS in providing the children with the appropriate opportunities each of them needs to develop and flourish in an environment which reflects a Christian ethos.


Kate Lancaster Kate Lancaster

Joint Vice Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor / Parent & Community Liaison Governor / Reading Governor


I have been a foundation governor for a while now & am really enjoying it. I have 3 children, one who is a motor mechanic and two at TASS. We attend All Saints Totley church as a family & feel the connection between the church & the school is very important. I am currently also working  at Little Saints Nursery & am the class governor for Y4.



Heather Green

Foundation Governor / Performance Management Governor 

I have been a Governor since 2011. My working life was spent in Primary Education and I use the knowledge I gained to help me with my role as a Governor of Totley All Saints School. As a Foundation Governor I help the school to provide education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.


Heather SchofieldHeather

Foundation Governor / Writing Governor / RE Governor
I am a foundation governor nominated by the PCC at All Saints Church. I have a child who attended the school and also attend the church. I work in an educational setting as a Learning Mentor in a youth inclusion centre in Sheffield. I am supportive of the ethos of the school, providing the children with the best possible environment for them to develop and grow.



Steve Lawton

Co-opted Governor / Parent & Community Liaison Governor / PE & Healthy eating Governor 

I’m a new but enthusiastic Governor.  I have two children at TASS who both love their school. My wife was Co Chair of the PTA and I also wanted to get involved and help the school as best I can.  For the last 11 years, I have run my own business, and hopefully that experience will be useful to the Governors and School in helping shape the future of all our children in a positive way.



Kate Warham

Foundation Governor / SEND Governor

I am a foundation governor at Totley All Saints school and I attend Totley All Saints Church . I am mum to two boys and both attend Totley All Saints School. I work part time as a child and educational psychologist. I hope that I can support the school through my role of governor.

Mark Evans

Parent Governor / Safeguarding Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2018. My son is a pupil at TASS and I have a daughter who will, hopefully, start in 2019. The Leadership Team and Governing body have done a fantastic job in making TASS an Outstanding school and I want to play a part in ensuring that this carries on into the future.


Chris Walch

Parent Governor  / Finance Governor 

I became Parent governor in Nov 2018 to use my skills and experiences to ensure the school’s priorities and targets are set to achieve the best possible education for our children. I’m currently a Technical Director for a global IT services provider with over 10 years’ experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). My son Finley is in Y1 with his brother Alex hopefully joining the TASS family in 2021. I am an enthusiastic parent who will give maximum effort to the privileged role of parent governor. I’m here to speak out for what is most important – our children.


Class Governors

Class Governors meet with their allocated classes on a regular basis in order to see how the children are getting on as well as monitor teaching & learning. This is then fed back to the whole Governing Body at the next meeting. As well as providing insight into practice & allowing governors to see the outworking of their participation in school, these are also beneficial because they allow our children to build relationships with  governors, understand a little about adult responsibility & service to others as well as aspire to serve their communities in the future.

The Class Governors are as follows:

FS2 – Steve Lawton

Y1 – Heather Schofield

Y2 – Mark Evans

Y3 –  Heather Green

Y4 – Kate Lancaster

Y5 –  Neil Hayden

Y6 -Kate Warham


Governors Meetings Held in the School Day

As well as coming in to school to see their classes, the whole Governing Body meets at least once during the year within the actual school day. This is a great time to meet with different groups of children & to allow pupils an opportunity to show off about all of the amazing things that they have been up to – as well as for governors to see the outworking of their hard work & commitment to the school.

These are photographs of when our school governors spent time with their assigned classes & met with members of the School Council, the Merit Captains & Eco-Saints.


Latest Events


  • I really like TASS & it's the best school I've ever been to. Everyone is really kind & have helped me to settle in. In my last school we had lots of bullying but at TASS bullying is extinct!!
    —New Y6 Child
  • My daughter absolutely loves school & is delighted to be an Eco-Saint! We are very happy with her progress & think that the Merit teams & points are really effective!
    —Y2 Parents
  • Absolutely fantastic parents' evening! Really pleased with *** progress & how her teacher has brought her on. She's made so much progress in such a short time! Thanks so much!!
    —Y6 Parent
  • I can't thank the teachers enough for the support they have given *** in his first term. He has settled in so well & his teacher has already recognised his strengths & weaknesses. The school has such a positive attitude. We're really pleased that we chose TASS!
    —Y6 Parent
  • Really pleased with *** progress & ongoing development. She is happy at school & doesn't like to miss anything! We feel she has settled in really well considering her health issues. We would like to thanks everyone who helps her to manage her condition!!
    —FS2 (Reception) Parent
  • I feel that the work in Y6 is challenging & exciting for our son. He always comes home buzzing & can't wait to get on with his homework. I'm grateful to the school for everything that they've done for him!
    —Y6 Parent
  • We feel that the teachers, the head teacher & all the school staff have our children's bet interest at heart at all times. We appreciate everything that they do for our children!
    —Y1 & Y4 Parent
  • My child enjoys her school experience. She finds her learning environment supportive & fun. The teachers are warm & create an atmosphere where the children flourish. I have found my child's current teacher extremely approachable, visible & very positive!
    —Y2 Parent
  • My child has made a great start to school. I feel really well informed & am impressed with the standards of teaching!
    —Y3 Parent
  • I felt very confident that all three teachers really knew our children & were genuinely interested in them & what their individual needs were!
    —Y3,Y2 & Y1 Parent
  • (Class teacher) is outstanding! She knows our daughter extremely well & has kept us well informed on her progress! She is very supportive in every respect & really approachable!
    —Y5 Parent Comment
  • TASS is a kind & caring school that cares about us ourselves - not just our education - even though that's what school's about. We always have fun & I never go home wishing 'I wish I'd been at another school'!
    —Y6 Child – End of Year Comment
  • I felt very confident that all three teachers really knew our children & were genuinely interested in them.
    —Y3, 2 & 1 Parent
  • It’s been slightly difficult with us coming from another school. There was no way the teacher could have been told everything, but within just a couple of weeks we felt that she had gained an excellent understanding of our child. We couldn’t be happier with the support our child has been given during her first term at TASS! Thank you!
    —Y2 Parent
  • Excellent teaching! I can’t believe how much she has come on in Reading & Writing!
    —Y1 Parent
  • It’s lovely to be greeted by the teacher each morning & to be able to pass on messages when necessary!
    —FS2 Parent


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