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
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
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
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!
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.
Lucinda Froggatt Parent Governor
Simon Growcott Governor
My name is Simon Growcott, and I have worked for the Department for Education in a variety of funding roles for 12 years including SEN. I have a keen interest in the success of Special Schools having attended a deaf unit myself while at primary school. I was born in Crewe and grew up on the railways so travel is in my genes – I moved to Sheffield to be closer to the snooker and the countryside, and stayed for the people. As governor I hope to be able to help Seven Hills weather the challenges ahead and continue to thrive as a centre of excellence for SEN pupils in Sheffield.
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.
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