Governing Body Structure


Name Category Responsibilities SIP Links Other Educational Establishments Business/Financial Interests Relationships with Staff Date Appointed/Reappointed Date Resigned
Anna Leng Acting Principal Trustee – Tall Oaks Academy Trust None Bryan Leng – Employee of TGA – Husband 01.02.17
Sara Bowers Support Staff None None None 10.12.18
Joy Buckley Staff None None None 03.12.18
Shaun Flynn Co-Opted SEND None None None 01.09.18
John Green Associate Teaching and Learning
Data and Outcomes
Teacher and Governor – Rawmarsh Community School None None 01.09.18
Andy Jessop Associate LAC and Safeguarding Improvement Partner (Primary) – WPT None None 01.09.18
Cheryl Myskiw Parent Finance None None None 19.11.18
Kevin Ward Associate Director of HR/Premises – Wickersley School and Sports College None None 28.01.19
Vicky Whitehead Associate Trustee – MWAT None None 01.09.18 11.03.19
Joanne Wilby Clerk Finance & Business Manager – The Gainsborough Academy None None 01.11.06 Sept 2019
Debra Woodhead Parent None None None 10.05.19
Kath Lee Clerk None None None Sept 2019

Local Governing Body

Andy Jessop

Andy Jessop

Andy has worked in a number of Rotherham primary schools in a career spanning more than thirty years in education. He is the former Executive Head Teacher of two primary schools; Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School and Thrybergh Primary School. The two schools once formed a small Multi Academy Trust titled the’ Ashwood Multi Academy Trust’.

For the past two years or so, Andy has been a Primary Academy Executive Improvement Partner working for the Wickersley Partnership Trust, his main area of responsibility is for the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of children and young people. His role covers areas such as attendance and exclusions, the safeguarding and welfare of children, children with additional needs, as well as Primary governance.

Andy is also a Local Leader of Education and on occasions works for ‘Learners First’, a successful, Rotherham based teaching school alliance.

Andy is married with two children and lives in Worksop. His eldest son left Durham University in 2017 and now works as a data scientist in Middlesbrough and his daughter is currently in Y13, studying for A levels and is currently applying to study Biology at University.

John Green

I started work as a Science teacher at a small school in Barnsley in September 1993. I arrived at Rawmarsh Community School in 2001 and have been a member of staff at the school ever since. I currently serve on the Governing Body at Rawmarsh Community School, a position I have held for 4 years.

Personally, I am married to Louise who is also a teacher, and have two children currently both at primary school. I live on the outskirts of Sheffield where I settled after completing my University studies there, although I am originally from Haydock, a village between Manchester and Liverpool. I care deeply about young people and the wider communities they come from and I hope that being appointed to the Governing body at The Gainsborough Academy will allow me to support the Leadership Team and other members of staff in moving the school forward over the coming years. I hope this will help to develop the students and give them the best possible chances whilst they are in school and after their school life is over.

Sara Bowers

Sara Bowers

I am married with three daughters; two were students at the academy and one is currently at university.

I’ve worked at The Gainsborough Academy since it opened back in 2009.  Within that time I’ve worked in a variety of roles.  I am currently supporting literacy intervention within the library.  This year I’ve done a lot of work towards children’s reading, using the Three Book Challenge, which is a great passion of mine.

I am keen to support the academy on its journey to become an outstanding school.  Working with students every day has given me an insight into the ways they can be motivated, so they can aim high and achieve their dreams.

Joy Buckley

Joy Buckley

I have one daughter who lives in Southampton and is a qualified Interior Architect, after gaining her degree at the University of Lincoln.  It is through her studies at Lincoln that made me fall in love with the area and move from the Isle of Wight in 2014 to begin work at The Gainsborough Academy.

I am currently Faculty Leader for Humanities, overseeing History and Geography and Head of Religious Studies.  I have been a form tutor since 2014 and my year 10 form group are my pride and joy; I enjoy being their ‘school mom’, making sure they feel safe and well to learn and achieve their goals.

I believe that The Gainsborough Academy can be one of the best schools, with great students and staff working together to make things better. This is something I firmly believe in and will support the school in achieving this. The pupils deserve a great place to learn and build their dreams.

Cheryl Myskiw

Cheryl Myskiw

I am a trained Accountant and School Business Manager.  I have worked in education for the last eight years, both inside and outside of the classroom.

I have three children, my two daughters attend The Gainsborough Academy in years 9 and 10.  My son is currently in year 5 at primary school.

I hope that by being appointed as a Parent Governor it will allow me to be able to support the leadership team in moving the school forward over the coming years.


Governors Local Governing Body Meeting 19.11.18 Local Governing Body Meeting 17.12.18 Local Governing Body Meeting 28.01.19 Local Governing Body Meeting 11.03.19 Local Governing Body Meeting 29.04.19 Local Governing Body Meeting 24.06.19 Attendance %
Mrs A Leng (Principal) 100%
Mr S Flynn (Chair) 100%
Mrs S Bowers N/A 100%
Mrs J Buckley N/A X 80%
Mr J Green X 83%
Mr A Jessop 100%
Mrs C Myskiw N/A 100%
Mr K Ward N/A N/A N/A X 67%
Mrs V Whitehead X X Resigned Resigned Resigned 33%
Mrs J Wilby (Clerk) 100%
Miss D Woodhead N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 100%

Contact Us

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governing Body,Kath Lee at, or by writing to:

Chair of Governors
The Gainsborough Academy,
Sweyn Lane,
Corringham Road,
DN21 1PB