Rawmarsh Community School

Mrs Helen O’Brien (Headteacher)

Mr John Green

I started work as a Science teacher at a small school in Barnsley in September 1993. I arrived at Rawmarsh in 2001 and have been a member of staff at the school ever since.

I am married to Louise who is also a teacher, and have two children currently at primary school. I live on the outskirts of Sheffield although I am originally from Haydock, a village between Manchester and Liverpool. I care deeply about the young people of our school and the wider community in general and I hope that being appointed to the Governing body at Rawmarsh will allow me to support the Leadership Team in moving the school forward over the coming years.

Mr Graham Cowley

Graham was born and bred in Rotherham, and educated at Herringthorpe School, Rotherham Grammar School and Royal Manchester College of Music, where he gained his degree and various diplomas in Pianoforte and Clarinet.

After a year of teaching clarinet and singing in Rotherham Schools, he attended Bretton Hall College of Education where he gained his Certificate in Education. He worked at Frecheville School and St. Paul’s R.C. Secondary School in Sheffield before taking up a post at Wath Victoria J.M. and Infants School.

In 1984 he commenced work as the North/North East District Officer for the Musicians’ Union. He then became a supply teacher, before gaining a post at Oakwood School as a music teacher in Rotherham in 1986, eventually becoming head of department and head of Performing Arts. Since retiring in 2009, he has taught as a singing and Pianoforte teacher at Rawmarsh, Wickersley and Clifton Schools, as well as R.C.A.T and Doncaster College.

He has also served as accompanist and Musical Director for various amateur operatic societies, including Phoenix A.O.S, Chapeltown A.O.S., Greasbrough A.O.S., Maltby Minors, and Wales M.T.C. He is currently M.D. for Friends In Harmony, a large community choir based in Rotherham.

Graham’s main area of interest in schools, other than Performing Arts, is to ensure that all young people are given the opportunity to develop their true abilities to their potential.

Mrs Anette Burton

I am the Year 6 teacher and Deputy Head at Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary (which is also part of the WPT).

 I feel privileged to be on the governing body at RCS. I look forward to working with subject leaders in school to further improve the transition from primary to secondary education.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

Mrs Judy Oldale (Chair of Governors)

Judy has had a long and successful career within Rotherham Council. Rising from a Nursery teacher at Anston Brook Infant School where she worked for 19 years, to Deputy Head and finally Headteacher at Rawmarsh Children’s Centre for a further 19 years. Her retirement 3 years ago has given her the opportunity to move into a different role as a school Governor and support RCS.

Mrs Margaret Saltis

Margaret has worked at Rawmarsh Community School in a variety of roles since 2001, now Margaret is currently supporting literacy intervention within the library. She has been a non-teaching governor for the last four years and is keen to support the school through their development into an outstanding school. Working with the students in school has given Margaret an excellent insight into the ways they can be well motivated and to always aim high.

Mrs Michelle Smith

Michelle worked for Rotherham MBC for nearly 28 years in a wide range of areas dealing with HR issues, most recently in Education (8 years).

Married with a daughter studying at University, Michelle was previously a parent governor at both the Primary and Secondary schools her daughter attended.  She has gained a good understanding of the role  f the Governing Body and is committed to ensuring Rawmarsh Community School continues to make progress and achieve the recognition it deserves.

Mr Richard Telling

Born and bred in Rawmarsh, Richard attended RCS from 1999 to 2004 and progressed to study at both of Sheffield’s universities, obtaining his first degree in Business Studies at the University of Sheffield and studying his Masters and PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. He currently holds the role of Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management at Sheffield Hallam University and teaches a variety of modules across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Richard has previously held academic management roles in student work placements and employability and is currently the recruitment lead for undergraduate hospitality programmes.

Richard’s experience of working in the higher education sector where student employability is paramount, means that he is well equipped to assist the school in ensuring that each student reaches their full potential – both during their time at RCS and beyond.

Governing Body


Name Category Responsibilities SIP Links Other Educational Establishments Business/Financial Interests Relationships with staff Date Appointed
Helen O’Brien Headteacher None None None 01.09.14
Judy Oldale Co-Opted None None None 01.09.13
Michelle Smith Co-Opted None Employee of Services 4 Schools


HR Provision for WPT

None 14.03.16
Margaret Saltis Staff None  None  None 17.11.14
John Green Staff None  None  None 21.06.16
Graham Cowley Co-Opted Employed on a fixed hourly rate, zero hours contract at Rawmarsh, Clifton and Wickersley Schools, teaching Music, singing, piano and clarinet. None 05.09.16
Anette Burton Co-Opted None None None 01.12.16
Richard Telling Co-Opted None None None 25.01.17

Past Governors

Mr Robert Bird LA 09.10.06 07.12.15
Miss Annie Forshaw Staff 15.12.14 10.05.16
Mrs Sharron Clare Parent 04.05.15 14.03.16
Ms Elaine Sanderson Parent 05.09.16 11.10.16
Ms Jo Chedgzoy Parent 01.09.13 02.12.16
Ms Ruth Nutbrown Parent 05.09.16 04.06.17


The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Joanne Rotheram, or by writing to:

Chair of Governors
Rawmarsh Community School,
Monkwood Road,
South Yorkshire,
S62 7GA