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Governing Body


Jo Nixson (Chair of Governors)

I joined the governing body as Chair in November 2018, bringing with me 10 years experience in governance, having previously held the position of Chair in both a local authority maintained school and a stand alone Academy. Most recently I was Chair of the Board of Trustees of a Multi-Academy Trust.

I’ve worked for a major banking institution for over 25 years, in a number of different roles, providing me with a wide range of skills to bring to the governing body.

Most importantly I’m mum to two daughters, the eldest left Chapeltown Academy in 2018, having had the best opportunity and education which allowed her to fulfil her ambition to study Maths at Oxford University.

I’m passionate that the same opportunity exists for all pupils in the local community and surrounding areas. As such, my aim is to both support and drive the Academy forwards, towards a secure and successful future.


Janet Kilburn (Vice Chair of Governors)

I have experience of working in both the public and private sector and am now a Practice Manager for a very successful Financial Services company based in South Sheffield. I am the mother of 2 boys, one of whom is on the Autistic Spectrum.  My son helped me to develop my interest in the lack of educational opportunities for all children leading me to become

a School Governor of his Primary School.  I have been involved with Governance in many forms now for the last 10 years, overseeing transitions from maintained to academy status and lately a conversion in to a Multi Academy Trust.  I believe it is every child’s right to receive the very best  education possible all delivered by the best professionals, based within a safe and secure environment. 

I am also a licenced Early Bird Plus and Teen Life Trainer on behalf of the National Austistic Society.


Simon Ruston (Member and Governor)

Simon has been a stalwart in the local community for several years and has been involved in the set up of the school from its inception as one of the initial parents that formed the steering group and then the Temporary Governing Body. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. 


Georgina Hewson (Parent Governor)

Based in Barnsley as a Practice Manager for a group of five dental practices my work challenges in many diverse areas; just some of my responsibilities are Health and Safety, Safeguarding, management of NHS commissioned work, training and support for staff, data protection, policies and procedures, complaints (and occasionally compliments) – and all this whilst maintaining a sunny smile and reassuring hand to patients attending for treatment. Hopefully some of these skills will be useful to me, and the Academy, over the next year.

Along with my husband we have been parents of a Chapeltown Academy student for the past three years; our eldest daughter was part of the second cohort and is currently studying Education, Culture and Childhood at the University of Sheffield whilst our younger daughter has completed her A levels at Chapeltown Academy in History, Maths, Economics and Religious Studies.  I am a passionate ambassador for Chapeltown Academy and the opportunities it offers to the young people of its surrounding communities.


Parent Governor Vacancies

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Parent Governor application form