Governors

If you have any concerns about any issues at school, you can always speak to Mr Smith or one of the members of staff. 

Alternatively, you can speak to one of the school Governors. They can be contacted by e-mail governors@mundella.sheffield.sch.uk or by leaving a letter or note at the school office. Please do not hesitate to do so.

Attached at the bottom of this page are documents containing Governor Attendance Data and a Register of Pecuniary Interests.

Please note: Governor Attendance Data will be updated at the end of each academic year


Meet the Governors

Paul Hirst - Chair of Governing Body

Parent Governor

Register of interests: one child in school,  Employed by the Department for Education.

I am a parent governor and I live close to school with my wife and son. I have been an active participant in school life since my child joined Mundella in 2016 as I want to see the school and its pupils achieve all that is possible. As part of Friends of Mundella, I helped to raise extra funds to improve children’s experience of school which has been particularly rewarding for me and something that I would encourage everyone to support.

As a Civil Servant at the Department for Education I bring experience of the education sector to my role as a governor. I am a qualified project manager and have worked in both the private and public sector; my current responsibilities are around data collection and data management which is increasingly important to schools, parents and other stakeholders.


David Houston - Vice-Chair of Governing Body

Co-opted Governor since 2016

Member of Curriculum Standards and Staffing Committee, Finance and Premises Committee and Pay & Personnel Committee.

Register of interests: Work for Sheffield City Council CYPF, 1 child in school, married to a school business manager of a Sheffield academy.

Has voting rights: Yes

I have worked and lived in Sheffield for 25 years.  I have a technical background of ICT in primary, secondary and special schools.  My previous role as the Assistant Manager for Sheffield South City Learning Centre was to promote and support the continued transformation, through the application of ICT, of teaching and learning.  I am married with two children one who currently attends Mundella and the other will apply to start in 2018.

I have a good understanding of school settings, professional experience of ICT in education, and bring these skills to the governor's team of Mundella in provision of the education of Sheffield children.


Ellen Oldham-Hepper - Member of the Governing Body

Co-opted (originally appointed as Parent Governor) - Governor since 2008

Chair of Governors 2011 - 2017

Chair of Strategic Committee, Member of Curriculum Standards and Staffing Committee, Finance and Premises Committee and Pay & Personnel Committee.

Register of interests: Work for Sheffield City Council Legal Services.

Has voting rights: Yes

Governor attendance 2016-17: Please see Governors Attendance document below.

I was elected as a Parent Governor in the early 2008, since then I have been a Community Governor and I am currently a Co-opted Governor. Having lived and worked in the City of Sheffield all my life I have a passion for the local community and have been involved in a number of community groups over the years, though my background is Business Management. I have worked in Education establishments and currently work within Sheffield City Councils Legal Services. In addition to a number of professional qualifications, I hold the Safer Recruitment Certificate.

I am married with two children, who both attended Mundella Primary School and I continue to live within the school catchment area. I believe that all young people should have the best possible start in life and school plays a big part in this, which is why I choose to be involved with life at Mundella Primary. 


Kelly Davidge – Local Authority Governing Body

Local Authority Co-opted Governor March 2018

Foundation Stage and PE Curriculum Link

No Pecuniary interests to declare.

Has voting rights: Yes

I joined as a governor in 2018. I have lived in Sheffield for over 10 years, having moved to the city to study for a PhD at the University of Sheffield, where I currently work. My background is in science, and I am passionate about engaging young people in the world around them. I believe that every child deserves a top class education, regardless of who they are or where they live. As part of the team, I am looking forward to playing a role in improving young people’s lives through their education.


Michelle Phelan - Member of Governing Body

Elected by parents June 2013

Co-opted by Governing Body March 2015

Chair of Curriculum Standards and Staffing Committee. Data, Policies and RE Curriculum link governor. 

No Pecuniary interests to declare.

Has voting rights: Yes

I was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2013 and have since become a co-opted governor. I strongly believe that a good education should be the right of every child, as it can define their future, at such an early stage. I strive to work as part of the team at Mundella to provide the best possible provision for all of our children.


Lisa Arnott - Member of Governing Body

Co-opted Governor since December 2016.

Register of interests: One child in school

Has voting rights : Yes

My background is in learning and development, and I have spent most of my career as a learning professional in the corporate sector.  I am currently a Change Consultant at Aviva and bring positive challenge; coaching and a passion for development to the governor role. I moved to Sheffield in 1997 to attend university and loved the city so much I've been here ever since!  I love the great sense of community,  especially here in Norton Lees where I live with my partner and our daughter who currently attends Mundella.

I understand the importance of our children getting the best possible opportunities from an early age.  Since my daughter started at Mundella, I have been impressed by the obvious care and commitment the school shows towards the children and their families.  To see and hear the enthusiasm the pupils have for school and leave is fantastic, and I feel privileged to be part of ensuring that continues.



Sharon Barnsley - Member of Governing Body

Co-opted Governor 2007

Member of the curriculum, standards and staffing committee
Member of the finance, premises and H&S committee

Register of interest: Works for Sheffield City Council, employee of Mundella Primary School.

Has voting rights : Yes

My name is Sharon Barnsley , my role on the governing body started as a non-teaching government but now I am a co-opted governor. I have a long association with Mundella School, my father came here as a child ,as did I and my son. I have been a member of staff here since 2001 so Mundella, its children , values and ethos are very close to my heart. As part of the governing body I feel that I bring my experience as a member of staff but also the experience of being a parent of a child who has experienced all that Mundella has to offer.


Chris Stokes - Member of Governing Body

Parent Governor since 2018

Attendance Governor, KS1 Link Governor and Science Curriculum Link.

Register of interests: Two children attending Mundella Primary School, Chair of Governors of a Local Authority maintained Primary school in Barnsley.

Has voting rights : Yes

I am a Parent Governor since autumn 2018 (with two children currently attending) and I committed to supporting Mundella in its mission to be school which promotes respect and healthy living where everyone feels valued and able to reach their full potential. I have experience of governance from outside Mundella, where I have been Chair of Governors of an 'Outstanding' primary school in Barnsley since 2015. I am a Professor of Dental Education at the University of Sheffield where one of my main area of interest is in improving the learning experience for university students, and I am particularly interested in supporting applications to healthcare subjects and raising aspirations for study at University for students who may not otherwise think it possible. 


Clare Chapman - Member of Governing Body

Appointed September 2019

Register of interests: Work at Department for Education

Has voting rights : Yes


Rebecca White - Member of Governing Body

Appointed September 2018

Register of interests: Currently two children and other close family attending Mundella.

Has voting rights : Yes




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Dave Houston,
17 Nov 2017, 01:41