Education Team

The Church plays a vital part in education across the region. The Education Department supports and resources Church schools within the Diocese of Sheffield. It also provides support for clergy and local authorities and also provides events and support for community schools. If you have any questions or need to talk something through we invite you to get in touch.

Board of Education

The DBE committee is chaired by the Bishop of Doncaster and made up of the following members:

Bishop Peter - Chair of Board of Education - 01302 846610/

Ordained in 1983, Peter said that at the heart of his ministry has been a vision for proclaiming the gospel, a vision that includes the church itself being transformed and renewed as it reflects the image of God revealed in Jesus Christ. 

Since coming to the diocese, Peter has been involved in a number of initiatives including the Central Services Review, planning the Diocesan Centenary celebrations, and chairing the International Link Group and the newly formed Doncaster Faiths Together group.   He is also chair of Doncaster Council’s Children and Families Strategic Partnership Board.  Peter has also pioneered meetings with business, community and civic groups across Doncaster as part of the church’s ongoing commitment to Incarnational Mission.

Revd Melanie FitzGerald

I have been Vicar of St Mary's, Walkley and an ex officio governor of St Mary's Academy for 13 years becoming the Chair of governors in 2013. I used to be a peripatetic clarinet teacher working in several different schools and I am still passionate about the value of learning music.

I am keen that the christian ethos and strong links between the school and church are maintained and that all the pupils of St Mary's Academy are given the best chance possible of achieving their full potential and becoming a responsible citizen of the 21st Century.

In my spare time I enjoy the countryside and am a keen horse rider with a special interest in ponies native to the British Isles, especially the Dales Pony.

Revd Stephen Gardner

Mr Geoff Gillard

Mr Derek Grover CB, MCIPD, FRSA

I have been a governor at Broomhill Infant School in Sheffield since 2006, chair since 2010 and am also vice-chair at Norfolk Park Special School. I am an accredited National Leader of Governance and have worked with several Sheffield schools to develop their governance and leadership arrangements. I am chair of the Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English, a small charity which provides English teaching to learners whom the statutory system does not reach. In 2006-7 I chaired a major national enquiry on ESOL teaching and learning for the  National Institute of  Adult Continuing Education. I have been a member of the Anglican Church all my life and have worshipped at St John's Ranmoor since 1986.  

Revd Hilda Isaacson

Mrs Alison Navas

Mrs Angela Rees

Mr Alan Richards

Revd Eleanor Robertshaw

I am Team Rector of the Parish of Great Snaith but prior to my ordination I was a secondary school teacher in Rotherham for 10 years. I am passionate about Education and children achieving the very best they can. One of the major attraction of the role in Great Snaith was the two church schools, Cowick and Pollington- Balne which are in the Parish. I am Vice Chair of governors at each school and am often seen in the schools, leading worship, teaching and generally being around. My aim is that by the end of their time at Primary school, the children will feel like the church belongs to them and is a spiritual space for them. I also spend time in the non- church schools in the Parish, two other primary schools and a Secondary. I relish going back into my 'home' environment of the Secondary school and loved the opportunity to teach a lesson to the GCSE pupils.

Whats the most rewarding thing about being involved in Education? When I get out of my car and the children in the yard all shout 'Hello Reverend Eleanor!!!!' FANTASTIC!

Education Contacts

Huw Thomas - Director of Education - 01709 309123/

Huw is a former primary school teacher and headteacher and has been with the Diocese since 2012. As Director he is responsible for all the church's activity and vision with regards to its schools. He is a member of Christ Church, Pitsmoor.

Paul Beckett - Schools Buildings Officer - 01709 309114/

Paul is a Chartered Building Surveyor who covers advice to parishes on building and redundant churches, Glebe properties & land, School Buildings and is also a member of the DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee). He has worked in the diocese since 2000. Paul is part time and works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Carolyn Ogden - Administrator - 01709 309120/

Carolyn has been part of the Education team since 2001, supporting VA & VC Schools with grant funding and governor support and the Board of Education.

Karen Colley - Administrator - 01709 309116/

Karen has been working with the team since 2014 focussing mainly on Education events, the Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust (DSAT), data gathering and supporting day to day work. She is also an Associate Priest in Sheffield Manor Parish.