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Southey Green Primary School & Nurseries

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Meet the Governors

Southey Green is part of Tapton School Academy Trust. The Trust Board are responsible for all of the schools within the Trust and determine the mission, vision and Trust improvement strategy. Local context and community links are provided by Local Governing Boards. 


Our Local Governing Board consists of representatives from staff, parents/carers and the wider community. It provides support and challenge to senior leaders at the school, whilst reviewing and monitoring areas for which it has delegated responsibility from the Trust Board. These include: 


  • Ensuring that the voice of all local stakeholders is heard and taken into account in the work of the Trust and the school. 
  • Ensuring that we meet the needs of our community through effective engagement.
  • Ensuring that the experience and welfare of our pupils, including their curriculum, is well-matched to the needs of our community.
  • Challenging the school to ensure deployment of financial resource best fits the needs of the whole school. 


Further information about the Trust governance structure and the role of the Local Governing Board is available on the Trust website: 


Tapton School Academy Trust - Governance



Members of the Local Governing Board


Julie Burkinshaw - Chair

I have been involved in school governance for many years and I greatly enjoy working with the staff and pupils in the schools and throughout the Trust. 


I still do regular supply teaching, mainly in the Barnsley area. This means that I keep up to date with themes and trends in education, which helps me to fulfil my governor role as effectively as possible.


In my spare time, I enjoy walking and gardening but my favourite hobby is singing as a member of Barnsley singers, a local community choir for which I also have a volunteer role.

Dan Breslin - Community Governor


Dan Breslin is a colleague of TSAT, working at Chaucer Secondary School. He has been a teacher of English Literature and Language since 2020, training with the Teach First programme which is committing to resolving educational inequality across the UK. Prior to this he has has a varied and successful career in the corporate world, including delivering major strategic changes at both a national and international level. 


Educated at the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield Hallam, he can be found in his free time running or looking after his young family.

Kathryn Holland  - Staff Governor


Kathryn Holland the staff representative for Southey Green Primary School and Nurseries. She is one of the Assistant Heads in the school, leading EYFS and teaching in The Hub. Although Kathryn has only been appointed as staff representative since 2022, she has previously carried out this role for a number of years at another Primary school in the city and has been a member of the Advisory Board at Sharrow Sure Start. Kathryn has two children, both attending schools within TSAT.