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Governors

The role of the Governing Board

Including Mrs. Adams (the Head teacher) there are eleven governors, who come from a variety of walks of life. Photographs of us are displayed in the school entrance.

We meet, as a full group, at least once each term and, more regularly, within specialist groups. Governors are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and have an important part in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is key to the effectiveness of the school.

We provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. We are responsible for the appointment of the head teacher and assistant head teacher. We also hold the main responsibility for the finance of the school and, it is governors who make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of the governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individually, we may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one and, its six key elements are; -

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Accountability for School and Financial performance
  • People
  • Structures
  • Compliance
  • Evaluation

When you do see us in the school, we may be meeting with Mrs Adams or carrying out what are known as “learning walks”. Whilst we’re in the school, we do not make judgements on pupil’s work, or members of staff. The purpose of a Governor’s learning walk is to support the Governing board in carrying out its key responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.

We also have specialist Governors who are responsible for such areas as; health and safety, safeguarding issues and special educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

 If you do see us in the school and, you have an enquiry or issue you would like to be listened to, please do feel able to talk to us or contact the Chair of Governors via the school office or by email a.beckerman@bradfielddungworth.sheffield.sch.uk.

                                                                                                    

Name

Term commenced

Term finishes

                Background on being a Governor             

Andrew Beckerman

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

11/05/2020

10/05/2024

I am a Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. Both my children have attended Bradfield Dungworth and are now at the local secondary school.  In addition to 20 years of research and teaching in higher education, I have two years of experience in outdoor/experiential education for primary aged students (5-10-year-olds). I also have several years of experience in undergraduate student recruitment and curriculum development in biological sciences.  My work involves teaching, mentoring, and research which provides skills in project, people and financial management, data analysis and visualization,  and IT and IT-based learning.
 

I also have prior experience as a Trustee for a large charity in the higher education sector.  I chaired a large committee, coordinated a team of 15 trustees, co-opted members and charity staff, and was responsible for a substantial budget and strategic direction of a programme of events and activities.  In this position, I also contributed to the development and implementation of two five-year strategic plans, leading to refined vision, ethos and objectives, growth and expansion of activities, as well as to increased efficiency.

 I have been Chair of the Governing Board since August 2018.

Melanie Smart

Co-opted Governor

17/10/19

16/10/23

I became a governor in 1978 and in 1981 was part of the Action Group which saved the school from closure, and then saw the amalgamation of Bradfield and Dungworth schools to create Bradfield Dungworth School. Threat of closure loomed again in 1993 and again I took a leading part in the Action Group that won the case to stay open. I was then instrumental in the plans to build an extension to create more capacity (and sustainability) for the school. In 2008 OFSTED criticised the school’s PE provision (PE lessons were held in the Village Hall) and the lack of library space. We were the only school in Sheffield without a school hall (dinners were eaten in the classrooms). I helped to pursue planning permission and grants to build a school hall, which opened in 2011.
I am secretary of Dungworth Village Hall and an active committee member of the volunteer-run Stannington Library. I also puppy walk, fundraise, and speak for Guide Dogs for the Blind.Now retired I have worked as a commercial artist, an estate agent, as non-teaching staff at Loxley School, as a parish clerk and as an IT Help Desk advisor.
My three children attended Bradfield Dungworth School and I have four grandchildren aged from 8 - 18.
I am on the Standards and Curriculum Committee, am part of the team which undertakes the Performance Management of the Head Teacher and the link Governor for the School Council..

Rev Alan Isaacson

Co-opted Governor

17/10/2019

16/10/2021

I have been Rector of St Nicholas’ Church, Bradfield, since 2007 and a co-opted governor at Bradfield Dungworth Primary School since 2010. I am a board member of the Bradfield Feoffees, and chair of the Bradfield Festival of Music.  I trained as a secondary school teacher, and taught in Derbyshire, Sheffield and Nigeria.  I then worked for some 10 years in formal and informal adult education.I was ordained in 1996, and before coming to Bradfield was Vicar of Treeton, where I was chair of governors of Treeton CofE Primary School. I am married, with children and grandchildren.

I am the Chair of the Standards and Curriculum, Parents and Community Committee and Link Governor for Literacy and Pupil premium and Disadvantaged Pupils

Abbi Cooper

Staff Governor

13/7/2017

12/7/2021

I became a governor at the beginning of 2018 when I was elected as teacher governor. I have been at Bradfield Dungworth for five years and am based in Rainbow classroom teaching Reception.   Before becoming a teacher, I worked for the council teaching in adult education, specifically linked to computing and ICT. I have also worked in vocational education, educating young mums focusing on transferable skills and teaching ASDAN based on agricultural skills. In addition to this, I worked as a private nanny and childminder for a number of years before becoming an Early Years teacher. Throughout my time at Bradfield Dungworth I have been given the responsibility for whole school Computing. I am also the Early Years leader.

 I attend the Standards and Curriculum Committee.

John Hamerton

Co-opted Governor

17/10/2019

16/10/2021

I have 2 sons who both attended Bradfield Dungworth - my youngest son has just moved to secondary school.  I am a Chartered Engineer with over twenty years experience in Engineering and facilities management, both in the public and private sector.

For the last nine years, I have worked for the NHS and am currently Estates Engineering Manager at the Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford Dental Hospitals.  I have a wide knowledge and experience of building and facilities management, managing multi-disciplinary teams and strong background in statutory compliance.

I have considerable experience in managing budgets, in often challenging circumstances, from minor new works projects through to multi million pound revenue budgets and capital schemes.

I am pleased to be given this opportunity to bring not only my engineering and facilities knowledge and experience to the governing board, but also my general management experience and my enthusiasm for Bradfield Dungworth Primary School. I am the link Governor for Health and Safety

I sit on the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.

Jessica Gilbert

Co-opted  Governor

17/10/2019

16/10/2023

I have two children in school - one who is currently in Y3 and one who is in Reception. I have over twenty years experience of working for a major financial institution.  My most recent position was Branch Manager and this involved the day to day running of the branch as well as performance management, risk control, handling budgets and strategic planning.  I also completed a qualification in Business Management during my employment.  As branch manager, I played an important role in merging with another bank, which gave me great experience in change management and supporting collaborative working.  A couple of years ago, I took the decision to take redundancy and spend more time with my children.  I have retrained and now work as a Teaching Assistant in an inner city school in Sheffield

I am the Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee and Link Governor for Finance and Resources.

Blake Foster

Parent Governor

24/4/2019

23/4/2023

I am the Practice Manager of a large two centre General Practice based in the North of Sheffield. I have one child in the school.

 I have 10 years experience in Practice Management, and a further 6 years in leadership roles within Primary Care Organisations.

 In my current role I am responsible for the overall strategic management and development of the Practice. This includes responsibility for Human Resources, Finance, Facilities Management, Safeguarding, Operational Planning, Quality Improvement and Patient/ Public Engagement.

 As part of our public engagement work, I have worked closely with a Secondary School in our Practice catchment area, promoting NHS careers to students. We have also co-created a super hero character (DNA Man) to highlight the impact of failing to attend for appointments on the NHS, this character can now be seen in every GP surgery in Sheffield. It is also being used by Practices in other areas of the country.

 In addition to my substantive role, I also have an extended role working with NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, supporting the delivery of IT initiatives to General Practices across Sheffield. I am also a Quality Improvement Coach, facilitating system development within Sheffield NHS organisations.

 I sit on the Standards and Curriculum Committee, and I’m the appointed Safeguarding Governor

Mike Taylor

Co-opted Governor

24/4/2019

23/4/2023

I am a retired secondary school teacher having spent 20 years teaching science in Kirklees and Barnsley. My last school was the resource provision for Kirklees for hearing impaired and physically disabled students which allowed me an insight into the challenges of teaching SEND students. I have spent 17 years as a teacher governor at my school and while my own children were attending Wisewood secondary I was a governor and had 2 years as Chair of Governors. After I retired I was interested in continuing my links with education and as my granddaughter is in her third year at Bradfield Dungworth it was an opportunity to give my time and experience to the governing board.

My current activities are based around St John’s Anglican Church on Penistone Road where I am a church warden. The buildings are my responsibility on a day to day basis, looking after the maintenance and overseeing the cleaning and grounds.

I sit on the Standards and Curriculum, Parents and Community Committee and am the link Governor for SEND pupils.

Andrew Lockley

Co-opted Governor

2/5/2019

1/5/2023

I have lived in the school’s catchment area for over 20 years, and have had a number of family connections with the school - children and grandchildren as pupils, sister-in-law a governor and chair for a while, and mother-in-law reading with Y2. In a community as stable as this, the quality of education at the school has a direct impact on the health of our local economy, and the school gives pupils a grounding which will stand them in good stead whatever they do as adults.

By profession, I am a solicitor, and my last full-time job was as national Head of Public Law at the Sheffield-based law firm, Irwin Mitchell. Education Law has been one of my areas of practice, and that has included advising panels hearing cases about teachers’ conduct.

Since retiring from Irwin Mitchell in 2013, I have had both local and national roles. I chair panels on policing ethics and the policing of protests for the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, and have done six years as a non-executive board member for an agency in the Ministry of Justice.

A particular interest is special educational needs. As a part-time tribunal judge for over 20 years, I have worked with educationalists adjudicating disputes between families and local authorities about their children. It has driven home to me the extreme pressures on schools, which face so many demands on their resources.

In the community, I am on the parochial church council for Christ Church Stannington, and help to edit its community magazine Stannington, which is distributed to 5000 homes and businesses.  

I sit on the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee and am the link Governor for Behaviour and Attitudes.

Jade Taylor

Parent Governor

16/5/2019

15/5/2023

 I am a social worker by profession having worked in social care services since 2002. Since 2010 I have specialised in adult mental health services and am currently a member of the leadership team for a front line adult mental health service; as part of this role I directly line manage the Transcultural Team, which improves the access of those from BME backgrounds to mental heath services, and the social care pathway. I am passionate about research and education, particularly around social work issues, and of mental health. As part of my role I deliver mental health training to local authority employees and on multi-disciplinary social work for students of both the undergraduate and postgraduate social work degrees as part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership. I am a Practice Educator and ASYE assessor teaching and assessing both social work students and newly qualified social workers.

Whilst working with children and families I worked closely with the Hospital and Home Education service to support children to overcome barriers to their education. I look forward to developing my skills, knowledge and experience of the keys stages of children’s education as a School Governor. I have one child at the school and another not quite school age but who I hope will join their sibling.

I completed both my degrees at the University of Sheffield undertaking continuing professional development with the Open University and Leeds Beckett University. My undergraduate degree was in Accounting, Financial Management and Business Studies which I have put to use working independently as a Best Interest Assessor and will hopefully be of use in my position on the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee. I am the Link Governor for Maths.

 

Governor Voting :

All co-opted, parent, and staff governors are eligible to vote in all governor meetings.  Associate governors are not eligible to vote in any governor meeting.  

 

Governor Register of Business Interests

Name

Governor 

 Relevant Business Interests / Personal Interests

Any other Educational Establishments Governed

Relationships with the School Staff inc Spouses, partners or relatives

Date Form Completed

MRS HELEN ADAMS

Headteacher

None

None

None

17/10/2019

MR ANDREW BECKERMAN

Co-opted

None

None

None

17/10/2019

MISS ABBI COOPER

Staff

None

None

None

17/10/2019

Mr BLAKE FOSTER

Parent

None

None

None

17/10/2019

Mrs JESSICA GILBERT

Co-opted

None

None

None

17/10/2019

REV ALAN ISAACSON

Co-opted

None

None

None

17/10/2019

MR JOHN HAMERTON

Co-opted

None

None

None

17/10/2019

MR ANDREW LOCKLEY

Co-opted

None

None

None

17/10/2019

MRS MELANIE SMART

Co-opted

None

None

None

17/10/2019

MR MIKE TAYLOR

Co-opted

None

None

None

1/5/2019

MRS JADE TAYLOR

Parent

None

None

None

17/10/2019

MR MARTIN PERRYMAN

(Resigned 4/11/2019)

LA

None

None

None

4/10/2018