Pye Bank CE Primary School


Andover Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 9EF

0114 2760 472

Who are We? : Meet the Team


Pye Bank Governors


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Steve Chew - Chair of Governors

What made you want to become a School Governor?

I wanted to put something back after a long career in education.

 How long have you been involved with Pye Bank?

I joined the Governing Body at Pye Bank in September 2015.

 What do you love most about Pye Bank?

I really appreciate its caring, inclusive ethos and its happy enthusiastic approach. Also I like its focus on improving educational outcomes.

 Tell us a bit about yourself…

I came to Sheffield university from Liverpool in 1969… and never left.

I’ve spent 40 years teaching and working in educational administration.

I’m enjoying retirement …. And watching Liverpool FC.

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Chris Sissons - Vice Chair & Link Governor for Finance & Resources

I've lived in Pitsmoor since 1992 and was a founder member of Burngreave Community Action Forum in the late 1990s. Since then I have been on the boards of Burngreave Community Action Trust and Burngreave New Deal for Communities. I have been a community development worker in North Tyneside, Middlesbrough and then In Netherthorpe, Attercliffe and Maltby. These days I practice Community Development Online as a self-employed Community Web Consultant. I've been a governor for 6 years and am link governor for finance, premises and health & safety.

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Frances Ireson - Vice Chair & Link Governor for Standards

I am a Vice Chair of Governors, am married to Rev Philip Ireson-known to the pupils as ‘Mr Philip’ and lived in Pitsmoor for 6 years.  Before moving here in 2011, I worked in Doncaster as a teacher for children with special educational needs, but retired early to commit to the work at Christ Church and the local community.  As well as being a lay worker for the church, I administered the safeguarding there and worked with the ASSIST night shelter for asylum seekers. I formed the Pitsmoor Road Neighbourhood Watch group and attended TARA meetings.

I felt welcomed by Pye Bank from the day Philip had his interview there and have volunteered to support in class on a voluntary basis since 2012. I accepted the invitation to be a foundation governor four years ago and would be happy to stand for a second term of office even though we have moved from the area. It gives me much pleasure to feel that I can continue to use my skills and experience both to help our pupils overcome their difficulties and achieve their full potential both as a volunteer in class, but also as Safeguarding and Inclusion Link Governor supporting and challenging the leadership of the school as it moves forward.

Mo Andrews  Mo Andrews - Head Teacher

 Angela Knowles - Foundation Governor

I moved back to Sheffield almost 3 years ago. I have worked in schools as a teacher since 1981 and during the last 18 of those years  I have been a Head Teacher, Executive head of a federation, part of a local authority school improvement team, an Ofsted and SIAMs Inspector. I wanted to get to know my new home town and so I felt becoming a school governor, through sharing my knowledge and skills, was a good way of doing this.

I first visited Pye Bank last year and felt really welcomed by both children and adults. I was thrilled when I was asked to become a governor and to be part of this lovely school. Since then members of my school team have visited and felt the same warmth and welcome.

Safa'a Hussein

 Safa'a Hussein - Parent Governor

 What made you want to be a School Governor? 

 I wanted to be more involved with the school and try to help make a difference in the school 

How long have you been involved with Pye Bank?

I have been actively involved for 6 years but have been a parent in the school for 12 years 

What do you love most about Pye Bank?

i love the friendliness of all the staff and children and how the school pushes to help and push children in their school work.

Tell us a bit about yourself....

I am a mother of 4. i have been a parent governor for 2 years. i have recently completed a 18 month child care course which included health and safety, manual handling and safeguarding .



 Rev Pip Salmon - Vicar (Ex-Officio)

As the Vicar of Christ Church it is my privilege to be on the governing body.

I have only been in Sheffield since Easter 2018 but already feel at home in this vibrant part of the city.

I have well over 15 years experience as a school governor previous to this, but interestingly this is the first time it has been in a church school.

I hope to be a support to the school community in whatever way i can and am already getting to know the pupils and staff through my weekly collective worship visits.

I will encourage a holistic approach, academic and spiritual, as we prepare pupils to take their part in the world.


 Lucy Davies - Parent Governor

I have lived in Pitsmoor since 2005, and my two children have both attended Pye Bank. When we looked around at schools in the area, we were drawn to the feel, friendliness, and values of Pye Bank – for me, the right ethos and atmosphere is as important as any academic results. I work in the voluntary sector, and the job I have brings me into contact with lots of people who are have long term health conditions; this is one reason why I have become particularly interested in the importance of a healthy start to life for kids at school. I became a governor because I believe that Pye Bank is a school which has so much to offer our children and our community, I am really pleased to be part of the team.


 Lucy Vickers - Staff Governor

 What made you want to be a School Governor? 

I had worked worked at Pye Bank for a few years as a teacher and wanted to do more to support and improve our school.

 How long have you been involved with Pye Bank? 

I've been a teacher have across Key Stage 2 since 2013.

 What do love most about Pye Bank? 

Our pupils and staff are some of the most hard-working and the funniest. I love how aspirational everyone is. 

 Tell us a bit about yourself....

i have lived in Sheffield for 16 years now. I love learning languages, new craft skills and i am currently studying for my Masters at university.

 Katherine Blessan -Parent Governor

I have had children at Pye Bank for five years. I am passionate about education, and work as a private tutor.  My background is in education, and I am a qualified English teacher, so have a good understanding of schools, the pressures they face, and the importance of shaping a strong curriculum around the needs of each individual child.

Having lived in Burngreave for the past seven years, have a strong commitment to the local community. Being a Parent Governor would enable me to work in partnership with the school’s vision for improvement and ensure the continuity of the school’s mission.

Being part of a cross-cultural family, I have a personal understanding of the needs of our multi-cultural community and recognise the importance of a respectful and honouring school community, enriched by cultural diversity.


 Mary Gibson - Clerk to the Governing Body
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