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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body

The current Governing Body membership (correct as of June 2021:

Chair — David Poulson 

Vice Chair — Peter Joynson 

James Gibson — Headteacher

Peter Borcher — Governor T&L

Tracey Curtis — Staff Governor

Sapphire Johnson — Governor

Diane Joynston — Governor Safeguarding

Julia Stevens — Governor T&L

Kizzy Jaycock - Staff 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

Governor Statements: 

David Poulson - Chair

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.


Peter Joynson - Vice Chair

Born and educated on The Wirral, after graduating in French Studies and Politics at Lancaster University I embarked on a career in business efficiency, but after several years became a Careers Adviser in Liverpool, specialising initially in work with school leavers with special needs. In 1976, I relocated to Sheffield to lead the work on burgeoning youth unemployment, playing a key role in developing the city’s YOP and YTS provision, and subsequently became the service lead on employer liaison. From that position I helped to establish Sheffield’s Education Business Partnership, primarily involved with project development, inter-agency collaboration and marketing. I was also privileged to receive a gold award for my work on behalf of Sheffield’s Young Enterprise scheme. In the years leading up to my retirement I became much more involved in vocational education and training, including oversight of the city’s 6,000-place school work experience programme and our participation in a Europe-wide vocational exchange programme.

I am currently chair of an Age UK Sheffield steering group focussed on improving the quality of life of older residents, and Secretary of Sheffield Area Kidney Association, which cares for patients with renal failure. I am a member of the Patient Participation Group at my GP medical practice, also representing this group at citywide meetings, and I am involved as a ‘patient educator’ at Sheffield University Medical School, supporting the training of future doctors, dentists and nurses.

Past involvements have included chairing our local Scout and Guide Executive for 15 years, serving as a Church Warden and chairing the Hunters Bar Council of Churches, and for almost 30 years maintaining an active role as a Governor at High Storrs School, including two terms of office as Vice-Chair, and a long-term concern for school health & safety


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.



Peter Borcher — Governor T&L

I taught for 33 years in comprehensive schools in London, Sheffield and Chesterfield and for two years’ in Malawi. I retired in 2017 but maintained an interest in education, working for a charity that assists pupils from northern state schools to access leading universities. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to be involved in Becton School because I feel it plays such an important role in the Sheffield education system.


Tracey Curtis — Governor Staff

I have been a Staff Governor for over a year. This involves attending termly meetings with all the Governors. My aim is to bring a staff viewpoint and perspective to these meetings rather than just my own personal view. For this, I do my best to keep myself aware of staff views and concerns, which can be tricky as we are based over several sites. I wanted to join the Governing Body as a way of making a real contribution to the strategic management of the school. To date, I have enjoyed the experience, I feel listened to and a valued member of the ‘team’.


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.


Diane Joynston — Governor Safeguarding

I trained in Darlington to be a Teacher of History, and after qualifying, had considerable experience teaching in a variety of secondary schools in four different local authorities. During this time I devoted six years to furthering my qualifications with the Open University, gaining my BA, MA in Education, and, supporting my growing interest in Special Education, an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs.

Subsequently, having joined the Behaviour Support Service in Derbyshire, I managed PRU’s catering for KS2/3/4 pupils, and developed a countywide Enrichment programme, while obtaining my NPQH qualification. I finished my career as Deputy Head of the county’s Out of School Tuition Service, leading a team of seventy sessional tutors, and ensuring quality of outcomes for their pupils.

I have also given time to supporting various school PTAs, served as a Church Warden and on various church committees, as well as being Secretary for the local Group Scout and Guide Executive for sixteen years. In addition, I do voluntary work at Weston Park Hospital and with SCCCC, and am an Adviser with CAB.

Having served for six years as a Governor, I became Chair of Governors at a primary school, leading it through academisation, after which I stepped down. Currently, I am the Safeguarding and Special Needs governor for Becton School.

Julia Stevens — Governor T&L

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.

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