Bradfield School - Meet the Governing Body
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Joined September 2017
(Elected November 2017)
I have been involved with local schools since 2011 and supported the then Headteacher, David Conway, in gaining a sixth form for Bradfield. In 2013, I joined Wharncliffe Side Primary as a governor to help return it to ‘Good’ after an Ofsted judgement of ‘Requires Improvement’. I am a Director for the new multi-academy trust (Peak Edge) of Bradfield’s feeder primary schools.
I have worked as a Senior Civil Servant for 15 years in Sheffield and, as an analyst, my trade is economics, statistics, data and evidence. Ten years of that was spent in the Department for Education (DfE), and I have covered most areas of DfE remit, including roles in the Academy programme, accountability and governance, school funding, and education standards. Within Sheffield, I was Head of Site for all 450 DfE employees based in the city.
I’m passionate about the power of education to transform lives and create opportunity. When I was growing up, no-one in my family had ever been to university, but everyone in my family (including my four sisters) all had brilliant state school educations, before going onto University. In my case, I went on to Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences and then did a doctorate at Oxford University based in the zoology department.
I’ve lived in Oughtibridge since 2003 and have two primary school age children at Wharncliffe Side School. Like most parents in our area, I’m deeply ambitious for them to do well in education because I believe this will remain the biggest determinant of ‘life chances’ that we can influence. Having plenty of nieces and nephews in other parts of England – all with supportive, engaged and ambitious parents – I see all too clearly the progress they and their peers are making. Attainment in Sheffield, South Yorkshire or Y&H is not as high as it has the potential to be, which is why I am working with my fellow Governors to ensure that Bradfield delivers the best possible learning experience and outcomes for all its pupils.
Joined September 2017
I joined the governing body at a time when Bradfield was embarking on an ambitious journey towards improvement. As a local parent with two children at Bradfield, I am passionate about providing the support and challenge that Bradfield needs to realise its goals. School should provide a safe, welcoming environment that enables all students to exercise their curiosity and imagination, push themselves to achieve academic success to the best of their ability, and build the happy memories, confidence and self-belief that will prepare them for, and sustain them through, adulthood. This belief motivates and informs my approach to school governance.
As a senior audit manager working in a global bank, I bring substantial corporate governance and risk management experience and a data-driven, evidence-based mind-set. Prior to this, I held a variety of roles across IT and risk management within the banking industry after obtaining my BSc Physics, MSc (Dist) IT-Software and Systems, and MA E-commerce. When not at work or school, my idea of the ‘perfect day’ is a long walk on the moors or along the coast with my family, followed by a delicious meal.
Joined in February 2019
I am delighted to have recently joined Bradfield School Governors. It is my core belief that education transforms lives! As Vice Principal at an academy in Doncaster, I wish to use my experiences in education to support Bradfield School along a journey of sustained development towards excellence. As a member of the local community, I take an interest and pride in ensuring that the provision for the students at Bradfield School is the best it can be. I want to support students at Bradfield School towards becoming:
My educational background includes a BSc DipEd from the University of Stirling and currently I am enjoying the completion of my headteachers qualification (NPQH). I have lived in Oughtibridge for the last 15 years. Having two young children means that most spare time is used for family orientated activities such as days out, shopping, eating out, baking and sporting activities. Being from Glasgow and having an Irish husband, most holidays are spent in Scotland or Ireland to ensure our children understand and appreciate their wider heritage.
Joined March 2016
I wanted to become a governor because I believe wholeheartedly in the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and whole communities. I grew in up in a Lancashire mill town, attended my local comprehensive school and went on to study at Cambridge University. I want every child at Bradfield to have the same opportunity for an outstanding quality of education, which supports them to achieve whatever they wish to.
In my working life, I have worked in senior management positions in the public and private sector in the UK and New Zealand. I am currently the Faculty Director of Operations for Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield. I live in Grenoside with my husband Sam. Outside of work, we enjoy walking in the Peak District, cooking, gardening and travelling.
Joined in February 2019
I was pleased to join the governing body in February 2019 and look forward to helping support the school with its continued improvement. I have a daughter in Y9 and sons who will join Bradfield in the next few years.
I have a keen interest in SEND and mental health/emotional wellbeing; I spent several years teaching in a specialised setting supporting pupils unable to attend school due to ill health or exclusion. I am a Geography specialist, having taught in three local mainstream schools. I have an interest in assessment, I work as a GCSE examiner, and in using assessment data to track performance and inform improvement.
Joined March 2016
I studied Maths and Computer Science at Newcastle University and worked in the IT world before leaving paid employment to raise our children. Since then I have been actively involved in our local community through a range of different groups and initiatives; I’m joint chair of the Oughtibridge Gala Charity, I organised the necessary work to get Coronation Park reopened after the floods in 2007, I’m a member of the leadership team at our church and I volunteer through the week in a number of ways at our local primary school. I was very involved in campaigning for Bradfield School to have a Sixth Form, as I wanted children in the north west of Sheffield to have the same choices as those elsewhere in the city. I grew up in Oughtibridge, attended Bradfield as a student and have lived back in the area since 2004. I really value the strong spirit of community in our area and am committed to supporting and growing this through the school’s connection with the local communities.
I have two children at Bradfield School and joined the Governing Body just over a year ago, as I wanted to contribute to the school and help ensure that every child gets the best possible education to allow them to fulfil their potential. It is great to be part of the Governor team and be so committed to giving Bradfield students the best possible experience and outcomes. I’m pleased to be putting my skills and experiences in governance, data analysis and problem solving, knowledge of educational issues, child safeguarding and teamwork to good use.
In my spare time I love spending time with my family, walking our dog, travelling and skiing – when I get the chance. I’m also learning to play the flugelhorn with Oughtibridge Brass Band!
|Hazel Guy||Parent Governor||I have been a parent governor at Bradfield since 2012, having started my governance experience some years earlier at Oughtibridge Primary school. My younger son, Robert, is currently in Year 11 and his older brother, Sam, was at Bradfield until summer 2015. I currently work in a primary school in Sheffield although originally I worked in secondary education as a French teacher and then for the Education Other Than At School service in Barnsley working with children at risk of exclusion or unable to access full time education due to health issues. I feel that it is important for parents to both maintain their voice and show support to schools at governance level as we entrust our children’s education, through key formative years, to our schools.|
Joined in February 2019
I have two children at the school, in Y9 and Y7 and my youngest is currently in Y5 at Wharncliffe Side. I’m passionate about the value of education and the life changing impacts that a good education brings. I’m keen to support the school in its drive to improve its teaching and learning and to secure a bright future for the school which its pupils deserve.
I have worked in Sheffield for over 20 years, and am currently a senior analyst in the Department for Work and Pensions with part of my role including responsibility for the career development of over 150 members of staff. I have a strong belief in the value of fair, supportive and inclusive management, and work closely with people at all levels of their career, from those just starting, to those looking to broaden their skills sets as they progress, making sure they get the most out of their roles and the support that they need. I am keen to bring these skills to my role at Bradfield.
Joined in September 2017
|Parent Governor||I studied Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering at the University of Surrey followed by a number of years guiding mountain activities in the Alps. Back in the UK I completed a PGCE in science and PE at the University of Bristol with subsequent teaching in Sheffield. I then obtained a research post at the University of Sheffield, completing my doctorate investigating the quality of drinking water and how it changes during distribution. Sixteen years on I now deal with water companies’ worldwide delivering operational guidance and researching the role of microbial, chemical and physical interactions in drinking water. With two daughters at Bradfield, dogs, horse and chickens, competitive football and badminton plus cycling to work, I’m kept active and like to apply this energy to all my endeavours.|
Joined in February 2019
As the parent of a Bradfield School pupil and someone who has worked in education for most of my professional life, I am keen to see the school improve and offer the very highest quality of teaching and learning, as well as effectively supporting its more vulnerable students.
I am currently Executive Director of Finance & Resources at Wakefield College, and have worked as a senior leader in the further and higher education sectors for over 20 years. I have an in depth knowledge of educational funding, particularly in the post 16 sector (school sixth forms and colleges). I have experience of developing and implementing successful financial recovery plans for colleges, and understand the significant positive impact that financial stability and properly managed resources can have on the quality of teaching and learning.
I am currently also a parent Governor at Oughtibridge Primary School, but will shortly be stepping down from this role. I helped create the Sheffield University Technical College Academy Trust and worked as part of the project team that set up the UTC in Sheffield City Centre, before becoming a Governor there. I later led the project team that set up the UTC on the site of the Don Valley Stadium, and was Chair of Governors until June 2017.
I joined the governing body at Bradfield school in summer 2017. I’ve been a governor (and latterly chair of governors) at Wharncliffeside primary since 2010 and I’m also a member of the Sheffield Association of School Governing Bodies Executive which helps me keep in touch with what’s happening in school governance across Sheffield.
Outside school governance I’m involved with music and as well as helping out with Sheffield Music Hub orchestras (I play viola and double bass for them) I’m also a member of their advisory board. I’m also a founding member of the Sheffield Guild of Strings for whom I play viola.
I became involved in governance and with the music hub because of my 2 children; my eldest is in Y11 at Bradfield and my youngest in Y6 at Wharncliffeside (and due to come to Bradfield next year). Both also play string instruments and sing, and since convincing my wife that I should move the piano into the kitchen, mealtimes are now a lot more likely to turn musical.
My day job is software development. Music and governance provide a welcome balance to staring at a computer screen all day. However none of these activities keep me fit, so for that I run (admittedly not terribly quickly) in the local area.
I studied geology at Imperial College, London and then went onto Liverpool University to research my Ph.D. I qualified as a Geologist in 1992 and went to work as a Marine Geologist for the British Antarctic Survey. Marriage and a young family redirected my career into Science teaching and I completed my PGCSE in science from Manchester University in 1996. After several years teaching in two Manchester schools I joined Bradfield School in 2010 as the Deputy Headteacher. I was appointed as the Headteacher in January 2017.
In my spare time I enjoy photography, mountain biking, travelling and, whenever I can get away to the mountains in winter, snowboarding.
|Jennifer Callaghan||Staff Governor||I read Environmental Science at Sheffield before qualifying as a Science teacher in 2008, the same year I joined Bradfield and where I have worked as a Chemistry teacher ever since. During my time here I have taught KS3 Science, GCSE Health and Social Care and GCSE Chemistry, Biology and Physics. As well as teaching Science I am Head of Brunel House. I was appointed as a Staff Governor in 2014 and I sit on the Staffing and Finance and Health and Safety Committee. I became a Governor to discuss relevant issues and be involved in making the best possible decisions for the school. I find it very rewarding to be part of such a dedicated group of Governors at a school with passionate and hard-working colleagues. I want to make sure that every student has the best possible experience available to them allowing them to make progress and reach their full potential. Outside of school I have a great interest in assessment and I am a senior examiner for OCR, AQA and Pearson Edexcel. I also do some Chemistry tutoring. In my spare time I like to read, cycle and go walking with my Cocker Spaniel Sophie Dahling.|
Contact the Governing Body
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Write to us: The Chair of Governors, Bradfield School, Kirk Edge Road, Worrall, Sheffield, S35 0AE
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What we do
The purpose of the Bradfield Governing Board is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Bradfield Governing Board shares with Dr Gilbert an ambition and ethos that all children and young people should achieve their full potential and thrive in school and we are infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. We do this by ensuring that we fulfil the three core functions of:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
As Bradfield School is a single standalone academy converter the academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s Memorandum of Association is the primary governing document of the academy trust. These documents can be found here.
The Governors of Bradfield School are also the directors of the charitable company for the purpose of company law and trustees for the purpose of charity law.
We have to prepare an annual members’ report and audited financial statement every year and that can be found here.
We have to publish details of any business or pecuniary interests of trustees and Members and they can be found here.
The company’s articles of association delegate most of the decision making powers to the Governing Board which is supported by a number of committees as part of its decision making processes. The standing committees are:
- Staffing, Finance, Health & Safety and Premises Committee
The members of the committee are the Head, the Chair of Governors, the Vice chair and the chairs of the other two committees. Any governor is welcome to attend and it is often a very well attended committee. It sets the strategic direction for the governors and provides a forum for each of the committee chairs to discuss cross cutting committee issues and plans for the future.
- Teaching and Learning Committee
Covers progress and attainment of all key stage groups as well as vulnerable groups and closing the gaps
Receives a termly report from a subject leader to deepen governors knowledge. Receives a termly report from the Inclusion Manager
- Staffing Finance Premises and Health and Safety
Covers topics such as budget planning, staffing issues and facilities management
- We also have a number of other committees which only sit when required such as the Governing Body Discipline and Complaints Committees and Panels such as the Complaints Panel and Redundancy Panel.
Governors are allocated to committees based on their knowledge, skills and experience as we are aware of the need to have a full complement of relevant skills on the Board and this can vary, depending on the challenges at any one time. We actively recruit governors from our wide school community and always ensure that new governors are trained and supported so that they can become active and impacting members of the board.
We hold a minimum of three full Governing Board meetings per year (one each term) and each committee meets three times a year. However, when there are important decisions that are needed to be made we will hold more meetings as required.