Name: Mrs Emma Goldsack
Date of appointment: 1 November 2017
Term of office: 4 years
Appointing body: Parents
Other school governance roles: None
Business interests*: Partner at Nethergreen Surgery, Sheffield
Material interests: None
Attendance record (last academic year): 77.8%
*Governors are required to declare any business or pecuniary interests, which may have a bearing on decisions they make

I have three children at Lady Manners School, including the Sixth Form. I aim to support the school to help all students thrive and achieve their best.

I am a GP Partner and GP Trainer at a surgery in Sheffield, where I have experience in teaching, safeguarding, and human resource management. I am aware of the challenges for education providers.

At home I enjoy activities in the outdoors and music with my family.

Why did I apply to be a Parent Governor? When I applied to be a Parent Governor, I had two children at the school and a third to follow soon. They relished their primary school experience and I had felt very involved in their primary school life but the transition to secondary education brought them more independence and I felt a desire to know more about my children’s educational journey. I had just embarked on a teaching qualification to become a trainer in my workplace and wanted to develop my insight into the educational world. Elections for four Parent Governor positions came up simultaneously which I thought gave me a reasonable chance! I felt I could offer a fresh pair of eyes with three children across different year groups, and I hoped to represent a parent’s view in strategic development.

What has it involved? There are two early evening meetings each term – one for the Full Governing Board and the other meeting for one of two sub-committees. When I joined the board, another parent governor was helpfully assigned as an initial mentor but all Board members and especially the Clerk  (a fount of knowledge) have been friendly and welcoming. Throughout my time as a governor, I have attended committee meetings, visited the school as a link governor to get to know an area in more depth, and attended some school events as a governor, including the last OFSTED inspection. The experience of the OFSTED inspection and the effect of the Covid pandemic shortly following this has led me to reflect on how important school life is to our children. I can sincerely say that the governing board and senior leaders at our school have the utmost integrity, students are valued and the school’s strategic aims are directed at making the maximum positive impact on our children’s development.

Can I recommend it? I can highly recommend the role if you would like to participate more actively in the school’s future direction, you have a little free time and want to put some energy into making a difference for all our students.