Meet our Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ page. The aim of this page is to inform parents of the structure and remit of Seven Hills Governing Body and how the Governing Body functions for the benefit of the School.

The School Governing Body includes representatives from parents, staff, members of the local community and Sheffield City Council Education Authority. The Governing Body plays a largely strategic role together with the Senior Leadership Team of the School and is keen to see educational standards continually improving in the School, in line with government standards and targets. In addition, the Governors scrutinise the work of the School, particularly the standards of achievement, to ensure the School is effectively educating the pupils in line with Governor approved School policies and preparing them for their futures.

Governance of the School is conducted with a Full Governing Body, including all Governor representatives. The Full Governing Body is supported by three Sub-Committees, which include ‘Strategic Development.finance and Premises ‘ and ‘Curriculum & Pupil Welfare’. The Full Governing Body and Committees oversee the effective leadership and management of the School.

 

Norman Gill Chairperson

My name is Norman Gill, I was born and bred in Sheffield and I now live in Dronfield with my wife Molly. 

Both Molly and I have worked in the Sheffield Education Authority, in various settings and various roles, for over 40 years! 

My final job was the role of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Officer for Sheffield, and it was through working with Seven Hills School Students and Staff that I was asked to become a School Governor and I am still here after seven years; now as the proud Chair of Governors at our amazing School. 

Most people know that I am passionate about Alpine Skiing, Molly tells me it is an obsession, and I am in The Alps as much as possible in the ski season. 

I am also very passionate about the work we Governors do in maintaining a happy and positive learning environment; this is achieved through the wonderful, caring and skilled approach of every member of the Staff teams and of the enthusiasm of each Student.

I hope that, as a School Governor, I can continue to play a part in ensuring that this continues.

Sarah Williams Vice Chair
My name is Sarah Williams and I have been a Governor at Seven Hills (formally East Hill), for over ten years. I lecture in education at Hallam University and I love being a part of the Seven Hills community. I was born in New Zealand but very much consider myself to be a proud a Sheffielder, and I fully embrace the diversity within the city. I love exploring the outdoor city on my bike and hope my enthusiasm for physical activity will benefit the community in Seven Hills. 
I am proud to be a governor at Seven Hills and hope I can go on to serve and support the wider school community for many more years. 
Elaine Everett Headteacher

Hi, my name is Elaine Everett I am one of the headteachers and I look after the students in the lower school.  It’s a privilege to work at Seven Hills and our focus is always on the care, safety and education of our wonderful students.  The governors pay an immense role in supporting the work of the school and provide a valued additional perspective on life at Seven Hills and the experience for staff and students.  I am proud to be part of the Seven Hills community and lucky to be surrounded by such a kind, dedicated, hardworking team.

Clive Rockliff Headteacher

I have been teaching for over 30 years, the majority of which has been in special schools. I taught Design & Technology for many years at East Hill School before becoming Deputy Head prior to the school merging with Oaks Park to become Seven Hills School.

I have been privileged to be part of the school since it’s beginning, both as Deputy Head and as one of the headteachers. I work mainly upstairs with Phase 2 and Phase 3 students and I am continually inspired by our wonderful students  who display resilience, determination and a love for life that impresses me every day. Working with dedicated staff and governors to ensure our students have the best possible education, care and experience at school is a demanding, but extremely rewarding job.

Tina Shirazi-Nejad Staff Governor
Hi, my name is Tina Shirazi-Nejad and I am a Level 3 Teaching Assistant at Seven Hills School. My journey with Seven Hills began over 20 years ago, and I have had the pleasure of seeing the school develop into the outstanding provision it is today.

Over the years, I have worked in a variety of year groups and have found my home in Phase one this year. I have a keen interest in student well-being, as for me, learning can only take place once a child feels safe, content and happy. I enjoy being part of the Seven Hills family and am passionate about supporting our young people to improve their life skills, while helping them to overcome barriers to learning. To see children develop and grow throughout their school life is truly a privilege and a journey which owes itself to the fantastic staff team we have at Seven Hills.

 My role as a Staff Governor is both exciting and rewarding, as I feel it provides me with further opportunity to work alongside our fabulous staff, families and community to ensure that each individual reaches their true potential.

Jane Last Governor
My name is  Jane Last and I  have been a governor since 2018.

In 2017 I  retired from full time teaching. I was a teacher of the deaf in Sheffield for 15 years and before that taught in Nottinghamshire for 20 years.  I have a strong interest in the outdoors and try to stay fit and active by walking, cycling and climbing. I love to meet up with family and friends and to travel. I am really enjoying being a governor and am very proud to be part of such a welcoming and caring community.

 

Hannah Dulieu Governor

My name is Hannah Dulieu. Thankyou for welcoming me to your school!

I am delighted to become a governor here at Seven Hills. I hope to use my experience to support the students, staff and wider school community as best I can.
I have worked as a Careers Advisor for many years, specialising in supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
In recent years I have held management roles at the Sheffield College, including managing the Safeguarding and Careers teams. I now work with Sheffield’s post 16 children who are in care.
I love gardening, DIY, great buildings and walking in the country, almost as much as coffee and cake with friends. But not quite.
I very much look forward to starting the 2020’s with you all!
Sally-Anne Smith - Teacher Governor

My name is Sally-Anne Smith and I have been a teacher at Seven Hills School since 2015 and a staff governor since 2018. I am passionate about the education of our students at school and enjoy working with an amazing team of people in order to provide an enriched curriculum that everyone enjoys.

 

Dawn Wood Governor

My name is Dawn Wood. I am extremely proud to have been associated with this amazing school for over 20 years and I have had the opportunity to work alongside many wonderful staff, students and families.

I strongly believe that Seven Hills School provides an excellent education, which enables all students to enjoy school, achieve their full potential and have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals, whatever their individual circumstances. I have been a foster carer, and a governor, for over 10 years and I am passionate about supporting and making a difference to the lives of the students.

I work three days a week as a P.E teacher for Links School Sport Partnership, within the cluster of ‘Special’ Schools in Sheffield, and one day as the Disability Officer for Sheffield International Venues. Both roles enable me to improve, engage and involve disabled people in sporting opportunities which I find to be most rewarding and fulfilling for all.

Emma Compton Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, mum to Joe who is in his 4th year at Seven Hills.  I work full time as a Civil Servant, and in my spare time I love to cycle with my family and walk our dog.  I am an active member of several parent led support groups, including the Sheffield Down Syndrome Support Group, Cycle Happy (a learning disabled cycling group) and the Family Support Group, which organises swimming, trampolining and Tae Kwando sessions for young people with learning disabilities.   

Amanda Cutts Parent Governor
Elizabeth Hawkshaw Governor

My name is Elizabeth Hawkshaw and I have lived in Sheffield all of my life it is a city I truly love. I am married to Stuart he is also born and bred Sheffield and is a project manager for a rehabilitation unit for people with drug and alcohol addictions. I have a daughter Gemma who is a Nursing Sister on Critical Care at the Northern General Hospital. I am also very lucky to have 2 beautiful granddaughters who keep me young. 

I have worked for the past 33 years at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals 20 years at Northern General then the last 13 years at the Royal Hallamshire. I am the catering manager and also responsible for all catering at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Weston Park Hospital and Jessop Wing. I love my job and all the challenges it brings. My main role is making sure all patients staff and visitors are fed but does involve an awful lot more responsibilities one of which is all the mandatory training and job specific training for all of the catering staff on every site. I was very fortunate in 2016 to win caterer of the year award something I am extremely proud to have achieved. 

I was lucky enough to be accepted as a governor in July 2019 and really want to try and do my very best to help support what is already an exceptional school. 

I have many wide and varied interests which include, going to theatre (musicals my first love), Going away to nice hotels for long weekends, spending as much time as possible with my family, walking in the country especially crisp winter mornings and going to ice hockey Sheffield Steelers are the best.

Lucinda Froggatt Parent Governor
Hello, my name is Lucinda Froggatt and I am a parent Governor at Seven Hills School.
I have 2 boys the eldest is studying at Hillsborough college his ultimate aim is a teaching degree from University so he can teach sports to SEND children, my youngest is in Phase 2 at Seven Hill and planning on staying for Post 16.
I left school at 16 and joined the Ambulance Service where I stayed until April last year when I retired after 34 years.
I love being a Governor at Seven Hills because I  feel it allows me to give something back to the school community, the love and respect I see between the staff and students is awe-inspiring and the opportunities that are available to all the students is inspiring and the students skills are widely publicised.  It is always a pleasure to go into the school as either a parent or a Governor.
Sub-Committees Key:

FGB — Full Governing Body
SDFP — Strategic Development, Finance and Premises
P&S — Personnel and Staffing
C&PW — Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

Governor Role Key:

P — Parent governor
LR — LEA representative
CR — Community representative
S — Staff Governor
HT — Headteacher

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