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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body

The current Governing Body membership (correct as of July 2022):

Chair - Joel Hardwick

David Poulson - Governor

James Gibson — Headteacher

Sapphire Johnson — Governor

Jenny Ashton – Parent Governor

Previous Governors:

Geoff Lawrence — Governor 20th November 2020

Karon Ransom — Staff Governor 23rd March 2021

Liz Roscoe - Staff Governors 31st August 2021

Peter Bamford - Governor 13th July 2021

Peter Borcher — Governor T&L

Vice Chair — Peter Joynson

Diane Joynston — Governor Safeguarding

Julia Stevens — Governor T&L

Kizzy Jaycock - Staff Governor

Tracey Curtis — Staff Governor


Governor Statements: 

David Poulson

Dave first joined the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor in February 2016 and was elected Chair of Governors in January 2017. Dave is a Chartered Accountant who has held a number of senior financial leadership roles in both the private and public sector, he has a MA in Leadership from Exeter University and is currently Director of Finance for Re-Form Heritage, a charity which specialises in revitalising communities through the regeneration of their historic buildings.

Having spent his early career in the construction and Railway industries Dave moved to the voluntary sector in 2006 as Director of Finance for the Children's Workforce Development Council. In 2012 Dave Joined the Department for Education where he spent 5 years acting as senior Finance Business Partner for the Departments delivery agencies and the Education Funding Agency schools Capital Programme.

In his spare time Dave is an active trustee for four disadvantaged children and young people focused charities as well-being a keen gardener, motorcyclist and general lover of the outdoors.




James Gibson - Headteacher

I have the huge privilege of being Executive Headteacher of Becton School. I was appointed as Headteacher in January 2018 and have seen the size of the school expand significantly.

Previous to this I worked as Deputy Headteacher at Sheffield Inclusion Centre, a Pupil Referral Unit for children who had been permanently excluded from school. I have a passion for supporting pupils with mental health issues and firmly believe that all children and staff deserve unconditional positive regard. With the correct support in place alongside high quality education I fully believe Becton School can be the springboard for our pupils lives.




Sapphire Johnson — Well being Governor

I work in the NHS as a Commissioner of Children’s, Young People’s and Maternity services. A lot of my work is based around improving integration between health and education. I’m really passionate about improving experience and outcomes for children and young people.



Jenny Ashton - Site Link Governor Chapel House

My name is Jenny and I’m a parent governor, my son also attends the school.

I previously was Chair of Governors at a Primary school in Derbyshire for 5 years and now Vice Chair so have governor experience. I have worked in Child Protection for Sheffield Children and Young People’s Services so have sound knowledge around Safeguarding and working with families and their children. I have my personal experiences as a parent of a child with complex SEND needs and supporting other parents.

I believe all children and Young People deserve a high-quality education in an environment tailored to their needs where they can thrive and reach their full potential. I hope to bring my experience and skills to help the school continue to support young people and school staff to achieve great things.