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Hillsborough Nursery & Primary School

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Meet the Governors


Hillsborough Primary School is part of Tapton School Academy Trust. The Trust Board is responsible for all of the schools within the Trust and determines the mission, vision and Trust improvement strategy. Local context and community links are provided by Local Governing Boards. 


Our Local Governing Board is combined with Meynell and Southey Green and consists of representatives from staff, parents/carers and the wider community. It provides support and challenge to senior leaders at the school, whilst reviewing and monitoring areas for which it has delegated responsibility from the Trust Board. These include:


  • Ensuring that the voice of all stakeholders is heard and taken into account in the work of the Trust and the school. 
  • Ensuring that we meet the needs of our community through effective engagement. 
  • Ensuring that the experience and welfare of our pupils, including their curriculum, is well-matched to the needs of our community. 
  • Challenging the school to ensure deployment of financial resource best fits the needs of the whole school. 


Further information about the Trust governance structure and the role of the Local Governing Board is available on the Trust website:


Tapton School Academy Trust - Governance

Catherine Jewkes - Chair

Mark Bennett - Vice Chair 


 Mark is a Director at FindAUniversity, a Sheffield-based company supporting universities with recruitment and offering information, advice and guidance to prospective students. His interests and expertise are in higher education policy, digital content, data analysis and marketing and communications. 


Mark first came to Sheffield to complete a PhD in English Literature and has additional experience teaching and lecturing at various universities. 


Outside of work Mark enjoys running, cycling and watching Sheffield Wednesday. He and his family have lived locally since 2012 and have one child at Hillsborough Primary School. Mark was partly inspired to become a governor when watching the school and its teachers support their pupils through Covid and he is keen to help Hillsborough continue to succeed.

Helen Hartley-Crofts - Parent Governor

Sophie Coley - Co-opted Governor

Jill Smith - Parent Governor