Tapton School Academy Trust

Members of our Academy Advisory Council

Fred Woodruff - Chair of Tapton 

Fred was a former pupil and has been a Governor of Tapton for many years. All four of his children have attended Tapton from year 7.

He became a member of the Trust when it was first established in July 2011 and now chairs the Tapton Local Academy Committee. His background and experience is in the area IT and Governance.

Edward Highfield - Chair of Chaucer

Edward became Chair of Governors at Chaucer School in 2019 after being a governor there since 2012. 

Edward is Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council, responsible for economic strategy, planning, transport, property, business growth, inward investment, regeneration, city marketing, external funding and sustainability. 

Edward graduated the University of Liverpool in 2001 after reading Politics. He began his career at the North West Regional Development Agency, moving to Sheffield in 2004 to work for Sheffield City Council.

Julie Burkinshaw - Chair of Hillsborough, Meynell and Southey Green

Julie was teacher governor at Hillsborough Primary for eight years and returned to the governing body after leaving her full - time post at the school in 2010. She became Chair of Governors in 2013 and was elected Chair of the amalgamated governing bodies of Hillsborough, Meynell and Southey Green schools in 2015. She still works in education as a supply teacher, which allows her the opportunity to observe practice in many different settings. She is determined to help improve life chances for the children in all schools she represents. Outside work and governance, Julie sings in a local community choir and is a member of their volunteer committee.

Rebecca Bustani - Chair of Hallam 

Rebecca has been a school governor since 2010. Having been Vice Chair she took over as Chair of Governors in the lead up to Hallam School becoming an academy. She is also link Governor for year 5 and the PTFA. She has a son and daughter who have both been pupils at Hallam Primary School who are now at Tapton School.  She is Matron for Antenatal services at the local Jessop Maternity wing where she has worked for the past 13 years. When she isn’t working you can find Rebecca spending time with her family, at the gym or watching a movie.

Jayne Crawshaw - Chair of Forge Valley  

Jayne is a co-opted governor. She has been a School Governor for 14 years and joined the Governing Body at Forge Valley in 2013. She is a Librarian by day doing a job she loves and was born to do.

Outside of work, Jayne enjoys socialising, music, reading. As a Governor she is 100% committed to the role. Jayne truly believes all young people should be given every opportunity to develop, aspire and achieve to the best of their ability, so when the time comes to leave us they are ready and equipped with the skills needed to have the best life chances possible. She will support and challenge the school in this endeavour.