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Governing Body

Under the terms of the Education (No2) Act, 1986 the composition of the Governing Body for Lacewood Primary School is:

  • 2 Parent representatives
  • 1 Local Education Authority representative
  • 1 Staff representative
  • The Headteacher
  • 7 Co-opted representatives

This composition reflects the number of full time education children at Lacewood Primary School i.e. between 100 and 299.

Governors are appointed for a 4 year term of office and will meet at least once each school term.

Lacewood Primary currently has 4 co-opted vacancies.


Governor roles and responsibilities


  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Engage with key stakeholders;
  • Operate in such a way that statutory duties are met and priorities are approved;
  • Provide challenge and hold the headteacher and other senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils' achievement and pupils' behaviour and safety;
  • Contribute to the school's self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses;
  • Support and strengthen school leadership;
  • Use performance management systems, including the performance management of the headteacher, to improve teaching, leadership and management;
  • Ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resources made available to the school are managed effectively;
  • Use the pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning, including reading, writing and mathematics.


Governing body

The aim of this page is to share some basic facts about our Governing Body and how governance works at Lacewood.  We hope it will provide some insight into the important role played by governors in decision making and in striving to ensure that our school provides the very best care and teaching for our children.


Our Governing body does not have committees, but the full governing body meet on a half termly basis, holding 6 meetings as opposed the traditional 3 meetings. This allows the body to be quorate and for all matters to be discussed in a more timely manner.



Cllr Neil Danforth is father to Mrs Abigail Nicholson.

Jeannette Stratton’s husband provides discos for the children in school.


Most of the governing body are new to Lacewood and some governors would have only been able to attend 2 out of the 3 Full governing body meetings.



Headteacher, 2 Parent, 1 Staff, 1 Local Authority, 6 Co-opted Governors


Governor Information

Finance Committee

Personnel Committee

Standards and Curriculum Committee

Emma Muscroft - Parent Governor

Hi, I'm Emma Muscroft, a new parent school Governor at Lacewood Primary. I have 2 children who attend Lacewood Primary. My decision to become a school Governor was based around my desire to contribute my support and use my experience to promote effective policies and procedures throughout the school. I have been a Social Worker for nearly fifteen years and I feel that my experience gained in this role, such as my knowledge surrounding safeguarding issues and the ability to work with others in a variety of situations, will enhance the collective approach in securing a safe, happy and productive environment for our children to learn.

Dawn Murnahan - Parent Governor

I'm Dawn Murnahan, a newly appointed school governor at Lacewood Primary. My two children attend Lacewood school, now in Year 3, so I have a vested interest in the school and their drive to encourage and support every pupil in fulfilling their potential. I am a retired South Yorkshire Police officer and a former member of the Armed Forces. My experience enables me to challenge, maintain and promote standards, ensuring the principles set at Lacewood Primary are in the very best interest of every child, which are also in keeping with Government Policy. I have a good understanding of children with Special Educational Needs and believe there is a need to ensure all children are given the opportunity to learn within an equal, safe and supportive school environment. 

Neil Danforth - Local Authority Governor

My name is Neil Danforth and I am a local authority Governor at Lacewood Primary. I have been married for 39 years and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. One of my grandchildren attends Lacewood Primary. I worked at Goldthorpe Colliery for 25 years and became a local councillor in May 2019.

Kelly-Marie Webster - Chair of Governors

My name is Kelly-Marie Webster and I am Chair of Governors at Lacewood Primary School. I live in Barnsley with my husband and our four daughters.

My girls all attended Lacewood primary school as did I, many years ago.

I became a parent governor and then chair of governors whilst the girls attended. Initially, I went into governance because I wanted to gain an insight into the running of the school.   
My skill set includes business and child development, from having my own childminding company for over 15 years. My Ofsted experience, as a Childminder, has also been useful for Ofsted interviews as a governor.
I am a member of all committees on the governing body as well as Safeguarding Governor.

My relevant knowledge also includes education, safeguarding, inclusion and SEND through my experience, as well as my studies.
I have a degree BA (Hons) Early years.
I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and I hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
I am currently studying a post graduate degree in autism and special educational needs (MA)
I am highly motivated to continue my professional development and committed to my role in supporting and challenging at Lacewood.  
I very much enjoy being part of the Lacewood team and always try my best to be my best!

Abigail Nicholson- Co-opted Governor

My name is Abby Nicholson. I have lived in Bolton-Upon-Dearne all my life. I attended Heather Garth School, Dearne High School and Lincoln University. I studied Nursing and qualified in 2011 and currently work at Barnsley Hospital. I have been married 5 years and have 2 children, 1 of whom attends Lacewood Primary.

My name is Jeannette Stratton and I am Headteacher at Lacewood Primary school. I have been teaching over 32 years and I have been at Lacewood over 30 years. I started my career at Lacewood as Nursery teacher, moving to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. I became Deputy Head in January 2006 and Headteacher in September 2017. I thoroughly enjoy supporting the families at Lacewood and, although I don’t live locally, I feel after 30 years it has become my second home. However, I am starting to feel a little old when parents, I previously taught, are bringing their own children to Lacewood. It is a delight to see this as I hope our families see us as their ‘Lacewood Family.’