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Chaucer Local Governing Body

Chair of Governors: Laura Bawden

Address: Chaucer School. Wordsworth Avenue. Sheffield. S5 8NH.

Tel: 0114 2322338

Email: enquiries@chaucer.sheffield.sch.uk

Chaucer School is part of the Tapton School Academy Trust and has its own Local Governing Board. The school Governors play a key and active part in all aspects of the school, with representation from industry and commerce and the local community. The school manages its own finances handling a current budget of over £5.5 million.

The Governors discharge their responsibilities through four committees which cover all elements of the schools' operation:

  • Effectiveness of Leadership & Management Committee
  • Finance & General Purposes Committee
  • Quality of Education Committee
  • Personal Development, Behaviour & Attendance Committee

Further information about the Trust governance structure and the role of the Local Governing Board is available on the Trust website. Here you will also find statutory information including appointment details, register of interests and attendance records:

Meet the Local Governing Board

Laura Bawden – Chair of Governors

“I qualified as an Accountant over 10 years ago and am now a Finance Director working for a manufacturing company in Chesterfield. I became a governor because I am passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential and to encourage the early development of key skills that will be required by employers in the future. Being originally from the Lake District I moved to Sheffield over 20 years ago to study Maths at University. I live with my partner and 13 year old step-daughter in Sheffield and enjoy walking in the Peak District.”

John Clephan – Vice Chair of Governors

"Born and brought up in Sheffield, I now live and work in the city with my wife and two children.

My career to date has centred around leading place-changing development programmes in neighbourhoods across Nottinghamshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. This has mainly been on behalf of local councils although for the last two years I have held the position of Project Director for Sheffield Housing Company - a joint venture housing developer building new homes across the city, including in Parson Cross. For the past 10 years I have worked with Chaucer School on the numerous development projects that have seen new housing, community facilities and shops built in Parson Cross. I have always been impressed by the school’s commitment to take a leading role in the neighbourhood as a whole. I have a strong belief in the values of Chaucer School and I am therefore very keen to do what I can to support the school and the work that it does for its students."

Jonathan Buckley

“I am the Youth Coordinator for the Methodist Church in Sheffield; prior to that, I worked for the YMCA in Sheffield, running a number of Youth Groups out of Mount Tabor and lunchtime and after-school clubs at local schools in Parson Cross, including at Chaucer. My wife and I and our 4 year old son live in Parson Cross, and want to help support the local schools on the estate wherever we can; so becoming a Community Governor seemed a good way to do that.”

Andrew Poultney

“I have been employed for different churches or Christian organisations for most of my working life - initially in youth work and most recently as an ordained minister - AKA, being a Vicar. Born in bred in Romford, east London, my wife and I have lived in Parson Cross for four years, and I've been Vicar at St Paul's since 2018. As a Christian, a person of faith, I believe human beings are made in the image of God and therefore have infinite worth. My heart is to see people of all ages know that worth and flourish in every way. I hope that acting as a Governor will be a small contribution to the flourishing of young people in the area.”

Ben Winter

“I am the Health & Inclusion Manager at Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme and I have worked in the community sector for 9 years. My focus is to work with young people and adults to improve health and wellbeing, employability and community cohesion.

I wanted to become a governor at Chaucer School because working with young people has always been my passion and I believe the school does an incredible job in helping all students reach their potential. I want to help connect the students into beneficial community initiatives to further their development.”

Fran Belbin

‘I work for Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and have been active in the voluntary and community sector in Sheffield for more than a decade, especially around children and young people's projects. I have brought up two children, now adults, in the area. In 2021 I was elected as Labour Councillor for Firth Park ward. 

I am really interested in building strong partnerships between communities and the organisations that serve them.  A strong voice for local residents ensures services are fit for purpose and have community needs and aspirations at their heart.’