Local Governing Body

Shaun Flynn

Chair of Governors

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.

Debra Drakes (Woodhead)

Parent Governor

Claire Poulter

Parent Governor

David Miller

Staff Governor

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.

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.

Sam Bocock


After completing my Bachelor of Arts in Music and History and subsequent PGCE in secondary music; I started work at The Gainsborough Academy in 2017 as an NQT of music. I have since gone on to hold the role of music lead since 2019.

I am passionate about education and driving forward the quality of provision in schools for the children and wider community. As a colleague of the Wickersley Partnership Trust, I absolutely align myself in our core message that we send our young people out into the world – more able and qualified to play their full part in it. I hope that being appointed to the Governing Body at The Gainsborough Academy will enable me to support the leadership team and staff body in driving forward the ethos and standards of the school in the coming years.

Contact Us

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governing Body at clerk@wickersleypt.org, or by writing to:

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