St Oswald'sC of E AcademyChurch, School, Community


Welcome toSt Oswald'sC of E AcademyChurch, School, Community

Governance and Local School Board

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


In the Diocese of Sheffield’s Academies Trust, ultimate accountability and governance lies with our trust board. Please click here for the link to our Trust Board website:


And here:


Click here for register of personal and business interests:


Click here for the scheme of delegation:


Click here for attendance at meetings:


Click here for the gender pay gap:


Click here for the trust’s statutory information





Our Local School Board are valued partners in the trust’s mission and are our local feet on the ground


Chair of Local School Board's Welcome


Hello and welcome to St Oswald’s Church Of England Academy. 


The Local School Board in partnership with our Head teacher Mrs Patton, children, parents and staff work together to deliver a warm, welcoming family feel to our church school and I am proud to lead the Local School Board of St Oswald’s Church Of England Academy and enjoy working for the benefit of our children, parents and staff.


Our Local School Board is currently made up of 11 members, representing Holy Trinity and St Oswald’s church, the Diocese of Sheffield, elected parents and members of school staff. We are proud to have a Local School Board that is made up of a team of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.


We are a rural school situated in the heart of Finningley village. We enjoy strong links with the local church, Holy Trinity and St Oswald’s, and we are passionate about delivering opportunities to our children and ensuring each child reaches their full potential, enshrined in a rich Christian environment.


As Local School Board members we have responsibility to ensure that the school delivers a first class education for all our children, regardless of their background. We do this in a variety of ways:

We meet as a full board to monitor the overall strategy of the school taking into account national education guidelines and agreeing a range of targets ensuring the progress of all children.


As Local School Board members we meet with our children regularly through attendance at acts of worship, assemblies, Pupil Parliament, school trips as well as being in and around school.


Parents play an important role in the work of the school and the home school partnership is integral to delivering the very best education, so our board members take every opportunity to interact with parents and strengthen the relationship between home and school life.


I hope you find our website interesting and informative but if you require any further information do please hesitate to contact the school office or myself.

Dave Moore

Chair of Local School Board



Meet our Local School Board Members:


Mr D Moore (Chair)




Mrs A Navas (Vice Chair)



My name is Alison Navas and I am really proud to be part of the LSB at St Oswald’s. I live in Finningley village and know how valuable it is to the whole community to have a school that delivers the highest standards education for the children and families that it serves.

I was previously head teacher at another Church of England primary school in Doncaster and am absolutely passionate about working with children, most particularly within a church school setting. The most rewarding aspect of my roles as both a teacher and a school board member is to see children thrive academically, socially and spiritually within a happy, caring and compassionate learning community.  

St Oswald’s is a school that is very close to my heart. I was a teacher at the school for eight very happy years before I moved on to deputy headship and headship and I still love it when parents and past pupils stop me for a chat in the village. It is lovely to hear their news and see the adults that those children have become!

I look forward to continuing to work with Mrs Patton and the whole school team as St Oswald’s .


Rev N Redeyoff 


I’m the Rector of Holy Trinity and St Oswald’s Church, and being a Local School Board Member forms part of my role in the Parish. However, I’ve been involved voluntarily with governing bodies for the past 20 years and love working together with our school. I’m married and have three grown up children, and when I’m not on ‘vicar’ duties I play the keyboard and drums (not together), and enjoy watching Formula 1.


Mrs K Bowman (Parent)


My son is in Reception at St Oswalds and I have recently been appointed as parent LSB member. I have been a mental health nurse for 21 years within the NHS, with experience in acute, crisis, child and adolescent mental health and I have personal insight into the looked after care system. 

I firmly believe all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential through education. I hope to offer some insight and experience to ensure children’s emotional well-being is considered when important decisions regarding the school's development are made.

My drive is for a holistic approach to education be considered wherever possible and children to be seen as unique individuals with varied strengths and needs to be taken into account.


Mrs A Collins (Parent)


My name is Anne-Marie Collins and I am delighted to be part of the St Oswald’s LSB as a Parent Member. I have had a progressive 16-year teaching career which culminated in a head of school position of a Doncaster infant school in 2021. In my current role as a Reading Consultant for Ruth Miskin (Read Write Inc) I now get the opportunity to work across many schools supporting teaching teams with the development of early reading, which I believe is the single most important thing a child will learn at school. 

Through my working experience I have seen first-hand how parents can positively impact and strengthen the relationship between a parent community and a school working collaboratively to ensure young children regardless of their background and circumstance receive a high-quality education and are provided with the best start in life. 

I regard being part of the LSB at St Oswalds as a privilege and believe that the combination of my professional background and genuine care of our local children and school will enable me to whole heartedly support St Oswald’s to the best of my ability.