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The Governing body for the school consists of a number of local people with differing experience but with the single aim of ensuring the school continues to prosper and improve.

Mrs R Yates

Chair to the Governing Body

(Co-opted Governor)

If you would like to contact Mrs Yates, please do so via the school office – 01709 542231


I joined the governing body in 2010 when my eldest child started in Year 3.

I have worked in the banking sector for over 20 years and am married with two children.

My role as a governor includes taking an active part in the Finance and Human Resources Committee, and also overall School Improvement.

Our school has been on a rewarding journey since 2012, and I am immensely proud of the significant progress we have all made, and the consistently excellent results we now see. It is equally important for me as a governor to ensure that our school is a happy, safe, and supportive environment where our children want to learn and grow.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Safeguarding
  • Pupil Premium
  • Looked After Children
  • SEND 

Mr L Gibson

Vice Chair of Governing Body

 (Co-opted Governor)

I have two children whom both attended Bramley Sunnyside Junior School.

During the day I work for Alexander Dennis as a Purchase and Technical Advisor.

My main hobbies are Karate, Taekwondo and general fitness.

I joined the governing body in 2010 as a parent governor when my youngest daughter was in year 4.

In late 2013 I took on the role of health and safety governor, and became a co-opted governor in 2015.

Since the appointment of the Mrs Headleand in 2012 the staff and Governors at BSJS have worked so hard to change the ethos and aspirations of the school; BSJS is a school where every child matters and all staff and governors are dedicated to make and continue to make this a ‘go to’ school.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Health and Safety

 Mr J Moore

(Co-opted Governor)

I attended Bramley Sunnyside Junior School and Infant School as a pupil.  The school became two separate schools as they are today.  I came back to teach at the Junior School and was in charge of sport.  I helped organise the Rother Valley Junior Schools football team.  After almost 6 years, I left to become deputy head of Monkwood Junior School in Rawmarsh and later became head.  I am married with three children, all who attended here too.  We now have 5 grandchildren.  As a pro-active member of the local community of Bramley and St Francis’ Church, I put the community at the heart of everything.

I first began coming into the school to take assembly after I retired and continue to do so now, leading on aspects of the school’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum.  I have been a co-opted member of the governing body for more than 10 years.  During this period of time, there have been many challenges and many rewards and successes.  As a governor I see the school now has a firm foundation to build on and I will continue to support and challenge the school as we move forward.

Key Responsibilities:

  • British Values
  • Collective Worship

Mrs H Headleand

(Associate Headteacher - currently on secondment)

Associate Governor

I am currently on secondment however, I was appointed to Headteacher at Bramley Sunnyside Junior School in September 2012.  Before this I worked for many years in Doncaster, where my drive and dedication to education was rooted.

I thoroughly enjoyed my job, knowing every day was going to bring something different.  I am passionate about empowering children to be the very best that they can be.  As a parent of two girls, I know from first-hand the importance of ensuring a good education for all young people.

Mrs L Robson

Acting Headteacher

(Co-opted Governor)

I am extremely passionate to continue the outstanding journey of Bramley Sunnyside, extending our strengths further, as well as continuing to develop our next exciting phase.

The Headteacher, by nature of the job, is always a member of the school’s Governing Body.  We are lucky to have such a range of interests and expertise amongst our governors who, as a result, are able to bring different dimensions and viewpoints to our work to help and move us towards the next level.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Whole School Improvement

  • Safeguarding and Welfare

Miss A Abrahams

(Co-opted Governor)

I became a member of the governing body, here at Bramley Sunnyside Junior School, at the end of July 2016.  

My role as a governor is primarily as part of the finance team. I am also a part of the Senior Leadership team and SEND co-ordinator.

I have seen the school come on in leaps and bounds over the years and I am exceptionally proud to work at this school.  I look forward to many more successes and achievements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Inclusion

     Mrs G Ashton

    Learning and Pastoral Support (Staff Governor)

    I started volunteering at Bramley Sunnyside over 20 years ago when my own children were here as pupils. I was lucky enough to become a TA for several years then progressed to HLTA, learning mentor and now work as an Inclusion and Pastoral Mentor as well as being part of the safeguarding team.

    My role in school helps to maintain an open door policy for parents and children who may have any questions or concerns.

    I have been privileged to take the journey with this school as it has made huge leaps to ensure the children’s education is paramount. I believe very passionately that the school will continue to grow and maintain an excellent level of teaching and nurturing of the students and staff alike.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Pastoral Support
  • Safeguarding

    Mr M Brown

    (Co-opted Governor)

    I worked for over 40 years in the steel industry. Since retiring I have become involved in the local community in Bramley Currently I work as a part time teaching assistant and mentor in a school in Rotherham.

    I have been a parish councillor for a number of years, and Chairman of the parish council for five years. In addition, I am chairman of Bramley Village Trust.

    It is important that the school is part of the community and I feel as a governor I can ensure the link between the school and the community can be strengthened.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • British Values

    Mr N Hair

    (Co-opted Governor)

    I have been a member of the governing body since 2015 and have really enjoyed my involvement.

    It is my belief that receiving a high quality education in a nurturing environment is fundamental to a child’s overall development and being the parent of two daughters within the school, I am be able to represent your views as parents and ensure that our children’s education and well-being are the priority in all key decision making.

    It is clear that the school has made significant progress over the last few years and I am keen to help ensure that the excellent results that we now see continue and that our school becomes recognised as a school of choice within the district.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Finance

    Mr P Woodward 

    (Co-opted Governor)

    I was a member of the Police Service for some 46 years retiring as a Chief Inspector in 2002; this was followed by a period as a member of Police Staff before fully retiring in 2015.

    I am actively involved in local football and have been a qualified Football Referee for over 25 years. In addition, I am a Vice President and the Secretary of the Rotherham Referees’ Association (RA), the Secretary of the County RA and its delegate to the National RA, a Referee Assessor and Mentor and a Council Member of the County Football Association.

    I have previously lived in Bramley and my son, daughter in law and their family live in the area with their children attending the school.

    I have been a member of the Governing Body since January 2016 and look to bring the skills and abilities I have to support the school, its staff and Governing Body as the school continues its ongoing improvement as we seek to take the school to an even higher level.

    In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and cycling.

    Key Responsibilities:

Health and Safety

Mrs L Harry

(Parent Governor)

Hi my name is Leanne Harry.  I am married with two children, my eldest attends Bramley Sunnyside Junior School and my youngest will be, once she is old enough.

I just became a governor to be able to help and get more involved with this school. Education is so important and being a part of this school is incredibly satisfying.

I used to work for Santander for almost 14 years. However, I have decided to take a career change and aim to do something I love for a living. 

I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and playing with my children.

Councillor E Hoddinott

(LA Governor)

Councillor Emma Hoddinott joined the Governing Body in July 2017.

I am one of the local Councillors for the Wickersley, Bramley, Flanderwell and Sunnyside area and was first elected in 2012. It is a real honour to represent this area and our role sees us deal with people’s day-to-day concerns around waste, housing, litter and parking, as well as more community-orientated projects such as clearing up grot spots, coffee mornings and a new play area for the area.

In my professional life, I have worked as a manger in learning and skills, moving onto London 2012 cultural projects and until recently was a trade union representative working in places such as schools and care homes.

I look forward to contributing to the governing body and helping the children, staff and families to achieve the best they can.

Mrs P Fraser

(Parent Governor)

Mrs E Brown

(Clerk to the Governing Body)

Born and educated in Wickersley, I have lived in Bramley for over thirty years.

I am very interested in our local area, particularly local history and family research.

I was office manager in a primary school in Rotherham for 18 years until August 2019, having taken early retirement.

I was appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body in September 2012.  My role is to provide administration support, record the minutes of the meetings and to guide the Governors on procedural matters.

Over the years I have seen a number of positive changes within the school and I am proud to be associated with Bramley Sunnyside Junior School.

Further information may be found by clicking on the link below:

Governor Information

Sporting Success

22 Oct 2019

Wow! This half term we have started in style and as we mean to go on - winning and taking part in as many competitions as possible! We are on a winning roll and are excited for what the next half t...

Hello Yellow

10 Oct 2019

We had a wonderful day raising awareness about the importance of keeping our minds healthy as well as our bodies. Everyone had an amazing day - working together as a team and celebrating our own in...


30 Sep 2019

What an astounding achievement - raising £413.40 for such a worthy cause. Thank you to all our families who donated buns and cakes to sell as well as joining us on our coffee afternoon to rai...

Y5 Hands-on History Visit

26 Sep 2019

This was certainly a hands-on visit where the children learnt the art of mummification and come face to face with a real mummy! They even got to go under the wrappings to explore this ritual and inv...

Y6 Visit to Chester Zoo

24 Sep 2019

What a fantastic visit! Even the rain could not dampen the spirits of our visit to Chester Zoo: the children were in awe of the impressive array of animals and learnt so much! From 27,000 animals...

Y6 Visit to Crucial Crew

20 Sep 2019

Year 6 had an amazing experience at Crucial Crew learning life skills regarding how to ensure they are safe and well-equipped for their future lives. From learning how to cross a road, be responsib...

Breakfast Club

17 Sep 2019

Breakfast Club is proving successful for our families, running everyday from 07:45 until the start of the school day. Our children are enjoying spending extra time with the friends and making new one...

Meet the Teacher Afternoons

17 Sep 2019

A huge thank you to all our families who came to our Meet the Teacher afternoons: they were very sccessful and the children loved spending additional time working in collaboration with you (one of o...

Roald Dahl Day

17 Sep 2019

Wow! What an amazing day! We have had an truly fantastic day from start-to-finish. Opening with a Stay and Read session was very popular and our Quentin Blake artshops were bursting at the seams with...

Year 3 Visit to Weston Park

17 Sep 2019

Firsthand experience at Weston Park Museum was enjoyed by all during the year 3 visit! From action-packed workshops featuring art and drama, to exciting discoveries about the Bronze Age period, our c...

Y3 Visit to Weston Park Museum

16 Sep 2019

A very hands-on and exciting visit exploring the bronze and iron age periods, dressing up and making art work.

School receives a platinum 'The School Games Mark'

20 Aug 2019

BSJS is very proud of receiving the highest award for our outstanding PE team and the dedication of our children, families and staff. Wow! Please can we say a huge thank you for the continued support...

5D visit Cleethorpes

14 Jul 2019

Class 5D were super readers throughout 2018-19 and won our reading challenge on a number of occassions. They used their winnings to plan and book a day visit to Cleethorpes....

Wickersley School and Sports College Sports Presentation

14 Jul 2019

We are very proud to have been presented with two special awards at WSSC sports presentation. We won an award for 100% participation in all partnership school sports events!! One of our children was...

Y6 End of Year Prom

14 Jul 2019

We said a fond farewell to our Y6 children last week. They have been an amazing group of children - each with unique skills and talents. As they all move onto their secondar...

Y3 Robotics Coding Event

02 Jul 2019

Super day at Magna robotics for some of our Y3 children. Our next generation of coders!

AMRC Primary Engineers

02 Jul 2019

An amazing day for our Primary Engineers club, who visited AMRC to test out their buggies. They had various tests to perform and also had to present to the judging panel. We...

Picture This 2019

02 Jul 2019

This year we have focused on three impressionist pieces of art work by Monet, Degas and Renoir. Our children have been inpsired by these works of art and have produced an ou...

90th Celebrations 1929-2019

27 Jun 2019

Words cannot describe the incredibly special day we had in school, bringing together our work through the decades. Our school opened in 1929 - 90 years ago and we have showc...

Sports Presentation 2019

26 Jun 2019

A huge shout out to the school PE team for organising an incredible Sports Presentation. A number of children received awards for their contribution to sports acros school....

Y5 Geography Fieldwork Visit

24 Jun 2019

As part of the geography themed project this term, our Y5 classes visited Castleton and explored the 'journey of a river'.  They used a variety of fieldwork skills...

Y3 and Y4 Sports Day 2019

20 Jun 2019

Y3/4 Sports Day was a huge success. Everyone demonstrated an outstanding attitude and thoroughly enhoyed the variety of sporting activitiesand challenges. The winning team w...

Y5 and Y6 Sports Day 2019

20 Jun 2019

A great time was had by everyone during our Y5 and Y6 Sports Day. The rotation of games and activities kept everyone engaged and active for the full afternoon. The winning t...

STEM - working in partnership with AMRC

13 Jun 2019

The children in one of our Y4 classes had a fantastic day 3D printing some designs to decorate their primary engineer cars.  Thanks to Anna from AMRC for working with us. Watch this space f...

Working with Ann Foxley-Johnson - Anti-bullying Ambassador

13 Jun 2019

Stop, say, listen, think, choose. Thanks to Ann Foxley-Johnson for the fantastic conflict resolution morning with Y3 and Y4.

Year 6 London Residential

13 Jun 2019

As part of the Y6 residential visit to London, our children spent the whole afternoon visiting the Harry Potter Studios. They all had an incredible time and thoroughly enjoy...

Year 6 London Residential

13 Jun 2019

Our Y6 children had an action packed two days in London, where they saw some of the famous landmarks, enjoyed a River Thames Cruise and watched Wicked, in the West End. The...

Lucie's out of school swimming achievement

09 Jun 2019

Lucie class 4S completed stage 8 swimming x Well done.

75th D-Day Commemoration

06 Jun 2019

What a wonderful commemoration of the 75th D-Day anniversary in the parish of Bramley. We were honoured to take our student council to represent our school. We laid a wreath...

SEND Youth Club for the local community

04 Jun 2019

The Stone Age has arrived!

24 May 2019

Year 3 have had a fantastic half term beginning their exciting new topic of 'We're the Flintstones'. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the life and times of the Stone Age and have developed a fant...

Year 3's Sensational Spring Term

24 May 2019

What a sensational Spring term Year 3 have had! Throughout Spring term we learnt all about Earth's natural disasters and their devastating effects. Our geography based topic allowed us to venture in...

Up, up and away in Y6!

24 May 2019

Year 6 have had a busy yet fun-filled half term. We have shown true determination leading up to and during our SATs assessments. We then enjoyed some well deserved down time and made an excellent sta...

Short but sunny, furry and funny in Year 5!

24 May 2019

Year five children have enjoyed a short yet busy summer half term.  We started by looking at our Picture This! project.  We have been creating various different pieces of work inspired by th...

Rounders Event

23 May 2019

3rd Place for our incredible U11 rounders team. Well done everyone, very proud.

Quick Sticks Hockey

23 May 2019

3rd place for our quick sticks hockey team. We have some amazingly talented U9 children who have represented our school incredibly well. Very proud.

Tri Golf

23 May 2019

Winners of the tri golf competition. Such a sporty month of May. Very proud of our team.


23 May 2019

2nd place for our orienteering team. Amazing team ethic from these children. Great ambassadors for our school. Well done.

RUFC Community Trust Rotherham School's Tournament

18 May 2019

A huge congratulations to our U11 football team who played at RUFC this week. They played with talent and determination to battle through to the finals. Winning 4-0, they became the champions. W...

Y3 Residential visit to PGL at Caythorpe

18 May 2019

76 of our Y3 children headed off on their very first residential visit to Caythorpe Court in Lincoln, where they stayed at a PGL centre. Over the two days, the children face...

Netball Tournament U11s

14 May 2019

Congratulations to our U11 netball team who won their festival competition this week.  This means they are through to the next stage. Outstanding teamwork and excellent sportsmanship from the w...

Working in Partnership with Mrs Foxley Johnson

09 May 2019

Our children had a fantastic afternoon working with Ann Foxley Johnson. They were exploring the power of words and provided some truly amazing responses. Well done everyone for engaging so well on s...

Tag Rugby Event

02 May 2019

  What an amazing day for our U9 and U11 Tag Rugby teams, who have spent the day competing against a number of other schools. Both teams finished top of their groups, with the U11 team winnin...

Meet our Year Group Leads and Phase Leaders.

29 Apr 2019

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our Year Group Leads and Phase Leaders.  As always, we operate an open door policy, so if you have any worries, please speak to your child&rsqu...

Performing Arts 2019

18 Apr 2019

Well done to our amazing children and staff who showcased their performance of Mary Poppins Jnr. Everyone worked so hard and put in so much effort. Comments from our families include the following: '...

Easter 2019

18 Apr 2019

During our Easter service, children from Y3 to Y6 took us through the events that happened in Holy Week.  They shared written work along with creative arts to represent their understanding. The...

Book Week 2019

09 Mar 2019

Week commencing 4th March was Book Week in school.  Everyone participated in so many fun activities, read so many books and explored a variety of authors and illustrators. Our sponsored spell to...

Reading in unusual places

09 Mar 2019

Some of the amazing entries in our 'Reading in unusual places' competition. Well done to everyone who took part.

Inclusive PE

04 Mar 2019

Facing some of our fears in inclusive PE session. Developing our gross motor skills, confidence and teamwork skills.

Staff member receives inclusive nomination

22 Feb 2019

Miss Abrahams has received a very special nomination from one of our families. The Rotherham Parent Carer Forum has been asking its members to nominate people who have had a positive impat on their...

Y4 visit to Danelaw

17 Feb 2019

Our Y4 team visited Danelaw this week as part of their project learning abour Raiders and Traders. They lived as Roman soliders for the day and learned through first hand experiences. On returning ba...

School Clubs

15 Feb 2019

This week children have continued engaging in some of the clubs we have on offer. A new lunchtime domino club has proved so popular - this club has seen team work, reslience and perseverance to creat...

Busy week in school

09 Feb 2019

It has been a busy week in school.  All classes have been working hard on their project work this week - some children have been learning how to play a new musical instrument too. {! gallery_by...

Maths Week

31 Jan 2019

We have been having a slightly different focus within our maths lessons. The children have become the teachers!!! Miss Jepson set each class a challenge - to create a times table song to a tune of th...

Virtual Reality Day - Where did you go?

19 Jan 2019

Children across school went exploring places around the world, through a virtual reality experience. Year 3 went deep inside a volcano, they also jet packed across the world to Russia and Ethiopia. Y...

Author David Lawrence Jones visits school

19 Jan 2019

David Lawrence Jones visited school to share his experiences of being an author and his writing journey from childhood to adulthood. He gave us an amazing afternoon of enjoyment and inspired many chi...

Visit from the mounted police

12 Jan 2019

One of our Y5 children produced the winning Christmas Card design for South Yorkshire Police.  In response to this, we were lucky enough to be visited by six police horses and their riders. We w...

Gervase Phinn opens our outdoor classroom

12 Jan 2019

We would like to thank author, Gervase Phinn for visiting school this week to officially open our outdoor classroom. The children were very excited to meet Gervase and knew lots about his books. FABS...

Christmas 2018

21 Dec 2018

Wishing all of our families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The children have enjoyed creating cards and calendars along with performing our outstanding Christmas productions for our fam...

Celebrating Our Choir

10 Dec 2018

A wonderful afternoon at the Rotherham Minster celerating the beautiful voices of our choir: the children were a credit to our school and families and really captivated the joy...

Celebration Assemblies

07 Dec 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our out of school learning assemblies this week. Some amazing effort by lots of children.

Winter Wonderland Spectacular!

06 Dec 2018

Winter Wonderland was an amazing event in our BSJS calendar with lots of our children attending and having a fabulous time!  It was an outstanding success with an abundanc...

Recognising Our Remarkable Readers In Autumn Term I

30 Nov 2018

As part of our new reading launch in September to raise the profile of reading at home, 35 lucky children were chosen to attend the Christmas performance of Dick Whittington to...

Tree Planting with Clumber Park Rangers

27 Nov 2018

We had an amazing day working with rangers from Clumber Park to develop our outdoor area.  Every child was involved in clearing, cutting, digging and planting trees. We ar...

Be Bright, Be Safe

14 Nov 2018

The whole school went bright and colourful, thinking about keeping safe on dark nights. The children had a special assembly and by the end, had a clear understanidng about how t...

Anti-Bullying Week

12 Nov 2018

We were so excited to be invited to attend a special anti-bullying celebration event, held at the New York Stadium. The morning included a drama performance for Rotherham Colleg...