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Hallam Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Hallam 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 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

Members of the Local Governing Board


If you would like to contact our Governing Body, please email Andrew Green at

Andrew Green - Chair of Governors

Andrew is a father of a child in the school and is very interested in leadership and governance from a personal and professional perspective. He would like to think that his experience leading teams in construction project management has given him a solid platform from which to grow into the role of a Governor. Andrew is pleased to have been co-opted into the role of Governor to give him the chance to give something back.



Ben Fielding  - Staff Governor

Ben has worked at Hallam since early in 2017 and currently teaches in Year 4. Prior to this he ran his own sports coaching company which delivered PE sessions to schools across Sheffield. He feels strongly that school should be a place where children are challenged and motivated to be their best, but also a place to create great memories and friendships to take with them when they leave for secondary school.  Outside of school Ben is a keen cricketer for Sheffield Collegiate and plays badminton for Abbeydale Badminton Club. Ben also enjoys his music and knows just enough guitar chords for a campfire singalong!


Isabel MacAskill - Staff Governor

Isabel has worked at Hallam since September 2017 where she began as an NQT and currently works as the SENDco and teacher in the Integrated Resource. Prior to training to be a primary school teacher Isabel worked for a music theatre company and as a freelance choreographer, something which she still does (on a smaller scale) in her free time. She is also currently employed as a choreographer at a musical theatre  ‘Imagine’. Isabel feels strongly that the school environment should be warm, welcoming and one that allows children (and staff) to flourish both academically and socially. Outside of school Isabel tries to make the most of living in such a green city and spends a lot of time outdoors running or walking as well as attending the gym and dance lessons.


Melike Bulut Al Baba - Parent Governor

Melike is a senior lecturer in teacher education at Sheffield Hallam University. Previously she volunteered as an English as a second language (ESOL) teacher for refugees and asylum seekers in various charitable organisations across Yorkshire region. She is interested in Hallam Primary School not only as a parent but also as an informed member of the local community. In her role as a governor, she seeks to transfer her personal and professional skills to contribute to the success of the school and its students.


Adam Gillett - Parent Governor

Adam is a dedicated parent of two children attending Hallam School, where he plays an active role in supporting the school's drive to provide the best educational outcomes and experiences for all students. Alongside his commitment to his children's education, Adam is an Associate Vice Principal at a large secondary school in Barnsley, where he brings extensive leadership experience to his role. Additionally, Adam is deeply passionate about mental health advocacy and is also seconded to a non-profit mental health charity called Minds Ahead. He is proud to serve as a parent governor, seizing the opportunity to give back to the school community and make a positive impact on the lives of students.


Paula Harris - Parent and Safeguarding Governor


Naomi Harvey - Parent Governor

Naomi is a GP at a large health centre caring for University of Sheffield students. She also teaches medical students and mentors new to practice healthcare professionals. She is passionate about supporting young people to make positive lifestyle choices, manage health problems and improve overall wellbeing. Her previous governance experience is in healthcare settings which she is looking forward to applying in an educational context. Naomi has two children at Hallam. She became a Governor in 2023 with the aim to support the school to continue achieving its vision and provide young people with the best possible foundation for a healthy future.


Andrew Matthews - Co-opted Governor

Andy is a parent governor, with one child currently at Hallam and one joining in September 2024. He has 25 years teaching experience in secondary education and from September 2024 will be the Director of Science at a local secondary school. He also has 4 years previous experience as a primary school governor. He is passionate about education and the life chances that this affords young people, and is using his experiences to support the Senior Leadership Team. His aim is to ensure that all Hallam students have a wonderful enriching time whilst at the school.



Matthew Rhodes - Parent Governor

Matt serves as the Head of Sport at the Association of Colleges and brings over 20 years of experience in sport and education. His commitment to the health and well-being of children and young people has led him to advise the government on key policy areas such as Physical Activity, AI & Educational Technology, and Qualification Reform. Matt views schools as vital community anchors, whose roles extend beyond the school day. He is dedicated to ensuring that Hallam School remains a source of pride for the entire community




Ian Robinson - Parent Governor

Ian works for HSBC in a corporate strategy and governance role. He was previously HSBC’s Sector Head of Public Sector and Education through the COVID pandemic and brings that passion for the education sector, experience with strategy and governance to his position at the school. Ian has a daughter at Hallam, and a younger son who attends a local nursery. He is passionate about the local community and wants to bring that passion to his role on the school governing board.