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Governance and Leadership

governor meetings schedule 




19th September 2017 2.00pm Admissions
19th September 2017 3.00pm Finance & Resources
4th October 2017 4:30pm AGM - Full Board
10th October 2017 4.30pm Standards & Achievement
26th October 2017 4.30pm Staff Pay
9th November 2017 4.30pm Teaching, Learning, Curriculum
28th November 2017 3.00pm Finance & Resources
7th December 2017 4.30pm Student Support
14th December 2017 4.40pm for 5.00pm Full Board
16th January 2018 4:30pm Full Board
18th January 2018 4.30pm Teaching, Learning, Curriculum
30th January 2018 3.00pm Finance & Resources
20th February 2018 4.30pm Standards & Achievement
27th February 2018 5:00pm Staff Pay
15th March 2018 4.40pm for 5.00pm Full Board
20th March 2018 3.00pm Finance & Resources
12th April 2018 4.30pm Student Support
3rd May 2018 4.30pm Standards & Achievement
15th May 2018 3.00pm Finance & Resources
24th May 2018 4.30pm Teaching, Learning, Curriculum
14th June 2018 4.30pm Standards & Achievement
26th June 2018 3.00pm Finance & Resources
5th July 2018 4.30pm Student Support
12th July 2018 4.40pm for 5.00pm Full Board

* Indicates meetings that have been rescheduled.

Mrs H Redford-Hernandez - Headteacher 

Mrs H Redford-Hernandez

Helen Redford-Hernandez is the Headteacher of Hungerhill School in Doncaster. Hungerhill School is a mixed comprehensive (11-16 years) with more than 1100 students. It is a high-performing school, having been graded as outstanding in October 2012. Last year, the school secured Teaching School as well as National Support School status. Designated as a National Leader of Education and Pupil Premium Reviewer, Helen also supports a number of secondary and primary schools through the Teaching School Alliance, Partners in Learning.

Helen has held a number of leadership posts in other Local Authorities, including Head of School in an 11-18 Federated Academy, and MFL Advisory Teacher in Nottinghamshire Advisory and Inspection Service.

Helen has particular expertise in MFL and worked for many years as a Specialist Lecturer on the ITT course at the University of Nottingham. Before becoming a teacher, she qualified as a Management Accountant for a large steel company in Sheffield.

Mrs Andrea Robinson - VICE Chair 

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Mrs A Robinson
Vice Chair of Governors

Andrea became a parent governor shortly after her eldest child joined Hungerhill School in order to better understand the school. She now serves as a Community Governor because of the huge respect that she feels for the staff, students, and colleagues on the Governing Body. Governors fulfil an important role as ‘critical friends;’ they succeed in this because they are a diverse group of people who bring different knowledge, skills, expertise, and life experience to their consideration of everything, from the development of the curriculum to how much it would be appropriate to spend on a new boiler! 

Andrea works for a charity and, in that capacity, she has visited some of the poorest countries in the world; villages where children have no access to formal education. This serves as an important reminder that we must value and support this country’s state education system.​ 

Mr Robert young - chair 


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Mr R Young
Chair of Governors

Bob Young has served as a governor at Hungerhill School for nine years. For the first three years, he was a staff governor until his retirement from the post of Co-ordinator for Special Educational Needs at the school in 2010. He was appointed to this post in 1985 when the school was still in the earliest phase of its development under the first headteacher, and when schools from a management perspective were very different places to what we have now. He has therefore seen many changes in how the school is structured and managed, and, as SENCO, he had an important role in developing the structure and philosophy for which the school has received recognition. He started the Special Needs Department from scratch, responding to national and local initiatives, both statutory and voluntary, but always with the aim of ensuring that these developments were adopted to suit our school and our students. His aim as SENCO was to champion the cause of students with special educational needs, along with all students, and to ensure their life chances whilst at the school and beyond were in no way disadvantaged. He has tried to promote the same values whilst in the role of governor, and he is pleased to continue his association with the school and to use his experience to support the current management team.

Bob initially trained as a PE teacher and, for ten years before joining Hungerhill, taught at Armthorpe School. Apart from work and family, his main interest has always been sport. He played Rugby Union to county standard, and played cricket locally for many years. He was involved in school sport right up to his retirement, and during his career coached county school’s rugby and managed Doncaster Schools’ football teams. For a number of years, he was the area scout for Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. His current interests are golf, art, and the fortunes of Buxton FC.

He has an advanced qualification in Special Education Needs, and a Masters Degree in Education.

 Mr Nic Burne - Member Appointed

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Mr N Burne
Member Appointed Governor

Nic has been a Governor for over fifteen years. He was motivated to join the governors while his three boys were at Hungerhill, and he wanted to give something back for the excellent start in life that the school gave to his family.

He finds it a source of great pleasure and satisfaction to be part of such a dynamic and proactive team. The Governors are very involved with the running of the school, and the school is always very welcoming of the Governors’ input. Together they make a winning team, as is shown by the excellent exam results.

Nic was a teacher for twenty years and then ran a small business, so he has some skills and experience which, though dated, are useful to the Board.

He is acutely aware of the heavy responsibility that governance carries, but he finds it very interesting and rewarding.

 Mrs Teresa Ladley - Member Appointed

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Mrs T Ladley
Member Appointed Governor

Teresa has been a member of the Governing Body since 2012, in the first instance appointed as a Parent Governor, and then later a Member-Appointed Governor. Her oldest son is a former student of the school and is currently studying a Masters Degree at University of Sheffield. Her youngest son is currently in Year 10.

Teresa has strong links with the Hungerhill pyramid as a whole, as she is the Business Manager for both Dunsville Primary Academy Trust and Kirk Sandall Academy Trust. She is also a designated Specialist Leader in Education with the Doncaster Teaching School Alliance, Partners in Learning.

A committed member of the Governing Body, she has played an active role in the school; with her particular expertise and interest in finance, she was appointed Responsible Officer when Hungerhill first became an Academy. She continues to support the school wherever she can, and is proud to be part of the organisation which she believes gives our young people the best possible preparation for the future.

 Dr Stephen Newman - VICE CHAIR


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Dr S Newman
Vice Chair of Governors

Stephen Newman is Senior Lecturer in Education and Professional Development at Leeds Beckett University, working with students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses; MSc and MA courses in education, and leadership and management, doctorates, and leading two School-Centred Initial Teacher Training PGCE courses for students studying at Masters Degree level whilst training to be teachers. In these, and other roles, he works closely with colleagues in schools and academies (both primary and secondary), and in other universities, examining, researching, and writing. His particular interest is philosophy and, in particular, the later philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Sheffield in 1997 for his thesis on teacher education and professional development, which was subsequently published.

Prior to his present post, Stephen was the Course Leader for MA and Med programmes in the McMillan School of Teaching, Health, and Care at Bradford College University Centre. Stephen has a long involvement with Hungerhill School, where he was Head of Geography, and also Examinations Officer for many years.


Mr K Fitton
Member Appointed Governor

Kelvin Fitton is a Partner at Smith Craven Chartered Accountants. He obtained a degree in Economics at Lancaster University before qualifying as an Accountant in 1994. He joined Smith Craven that same year and became a Partner in 2000.

Together with his business Partner, Kelvin has developed a firm which provides clients with a full range of Accountancy services, across all sectors of business. Based in Doncaster, but with offices in Sheffield and Worksop, Smith Craven is a recognised brand within the local business community.

Kelvin is passionate about Doncaster and promoting the town as a place to invest, work, learn and live in, but more importantly to enjoy. He is committed to supporting the local economy and is already involved in many ventures across the borough: Kelvin is currently President of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, Vice Chair of Finance for Enterprise (formally Donbac) and Chairman of the Doncaster Place Board. He is also involved with many of Doncaster’s charities. However, until he accepted the invitation to join the Governing Body at Hungerhill, he had no formal exposure to the education sector and this is a role he now embraces with enthusiasm. Kelvin feels his skill set and the knowledge he has gained over the past 23 years will enable him to add a different dimension to the Leadership Team at Hungerhill.

Having two teenage children of his own, Kelvin understands some of the demands placed upon schools in terms of performance and excellence. He sees his role as a Governor as an opportunity to broaden his understanding within the Education sector further and be part of a team who constructively challenge the leadership team to ensure the high expectations and objectives set, are achieved.

 Mr bill peacock - member appointed

Mr B Peacock
Member Appointed Governor

Bill has had a close association with the local primary schools; his wife works as a Special Educational Needs Learning Support Assistant, he is chair of the Local Governing Body at Kirk Sandall Juniors, and he also sits as a director of the Kirk Sandall Academy Trust.

Throughout this time, Bill has worked with many headteachers and senior management teams at Hungerhill’s feeder schools, and has undertaken tasks involving the recruitment of teaching staff, senior management, redundancy, and Ofsted inspection.

Being a retired senior manager from a multinational enterprise with an engineering background, Bill now has the time and the ambition to commit to the Hungerhill Board and share his experience, believing in constant encouragement of the ‘whole child,’ with a focus on attainment, achievement, and personal development.

 Mr Dan Fell - member appointed

Mr D Fell
Member Appointed Governor

Dan became a Governor of Hungerhill in 2017. Dan Fell is Chief Executive Officer at Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, an organisation that supports and represents the business community of Doncaster. Dan and Chamber colleagues work closely with a range of strategic partners – including Doncaster MBC, MPs and colleagues in the education sector – to facilitate economic growth in Doncaster for the benefit of the borough’s businesses, communities and young people. Dan believes it is important that local place leaders ‘practice what they preach’ in relation to both education and civic life and therefore believes it is important to actively participate in things like schools governance.

Dan is responsible for ensuring that the Chamber delivers against its strategic objectives, business and plan and budget whilst also leading on the organisation’s policy and public affairs activities. Dan believes that the skills he has acquired leading the Chamber of Commerce, together with his insight into local business needs, are highly applicable to his role as a Governor at Hungerhill. In addition to his role at Doncaster Chamber, Dan is also a member of the following boards and partnerships: Team Doncaster, Enterprising Doncaster, CAST, Doncaster University Technical College, the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Skills Board and Sheffield City Regional Local Enterprise Partnership International Trade Board. Dan’s participation in these forums such as these can hopefully provide networks, strategic context and insight for the Head and SLT members at Hungerhill.

mr stephen france - parent 

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Mr S France
Parent Governor

Stephen became a Parent Governor this year and has two children currently attending Hungerhill School in Year 11 and Year 9 respectively.

Stephen has been on the PTA group at a local primary school until his children progressed to secondary education and found the experience very rewarding, but at the same time, developed some understanding of the importance of parents’ input in helping a school to remain successful.  He strongly believes Hungerhill School is an excellent school for all who attend, and wishes to give something back to the school to show the appreciation for all the hard work and dedication of teachers, staff and students.

Stephen has been self-employed in property maintenance for the past 5 years and was previously a quantity surveyor.  He hopes to be able to bring some of his experience and skills to the role of Governor.

Mrs Karen crosby - staff 

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Mrs K Crosby
Staff Governor 

Miss nikki crowder- staff 

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Miss N Crowder
Staff Governor 

Nikki has been a teacher at Hungerhill for nine years, appointed firstly as Head of Music in January 2008 and later promoted to Curriculum Leader for Performing Arts from September 2011. During this time, she has been a member of many working parties within the school, from being involved in reviewing home learning to co-leading on data and assessment.

Being passionate about being in the classroom and bringing out the best in students, Nikki wanted to commit to being on the Hungerhill Board in order to share her knowledge and experience, as well as gain further insight into the school as a whole. She believes in developing the ‘whole child’, focussing not only on academic studies but recognising and nurturing each and every child’s best abilities, in whatever discipline, so they can flourish.

Miss hannah d'rozario- staff 

Miss Hannah D'rozario

Miss H D'Rozario
Staff Governor