Governors

Governing Body

Strong leadership is central to our Christian Vision of ‘Love, Learn, Thrive’.

It focuses on creating outstanding, nurturing provision that improves outcomes, develops a lifelong love of learning and values uniqueness.  Every member of the Federation plays a significant part in its success.

We have a full complement of active and skilled governors who support the school in its work to achieve its vision. As you will see from the information below governors are appointed to represent different bodies or organisations. Regardless of their designation all governors embrace the Federation principle of serving all the children across the schools. Led by our foundation governors all governors understand and embrace their role of supporting, upholding and developing the distinctiveness of the schools as Church of England Schools. Governors work collectively on this priority.

Governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  They have a wide range of responsibilities, with priority being the strategic direction of the school and with fellow governors, being accountable for the performance of the school.

On 15th October 2015 Follifoot School federated with Spofforth Primary School, a decision approved by the Governing Bodies of both schools in July 2015.  The joint Governing body has a range of duties and a general responsibility for the conduct of both schools with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  It’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

– setting and monitoring the strategic direction of the school
– managing the school’s finances
– making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
– appointing new staff
– reviewing staff performance and pay

The structure and makeup of the Federated Governing Body is set in statue:

-2 Parent Governors-From either school (elected by the parents of each school)
-1 Staff Governor- (elected by staff from both schools)
-1 Local Authority (LA) Governor (appointed by the Local Authority)
-1 Head teacher Governor
-2  Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese)

In addition we have 3 Co-Opted Governors so that the total number of Governors is 10.  Co-Opted Governors can include parents at the schools, staff at either school and other members of the community.  They were co-opted by the seven appointed and elected Governors.

As you can see from the above, the number of elected Parent and Staff Governors is set in statue.  However this does not prevent parents or staff becoming Co-Opted Governors.  Members of the existing Governing Bodies were eligible to continue to serve as Governors in elected or co-opted roles or appointed roles.  In addition the Governing Body has the ability to bring on board parents, staff or members of the local communities as Associate Governors if necessary. The Full Governing Body meets a least 6 times each year but usually more often than this, as well as separate meetings for the School Development Governors together with individual Governors conducting monitoring and evaluation visits to the schools regularly.

Our Governors:

 

Mr David Harrington

Role: Chair and Foundation Governor

Appointed by: The Diocese

Term of Office: 15th October 2019 to 14th October 2023

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: Director of Simpson Millar LLP

Attendance for 2020/21: 100%
Attendance for 2019/20: 100%
Attendance for 2018/19: 100%

David has been a school governor since 2015 and has a key role in Quality of Education and Church School Distinctiveness.

 

 

 

Mrs Katie Barnett

Role: Head teacher

Appointed by: Ex-Officio

Term of Office: 22nd September 2021 to 21st September 2025

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: One other North Yorkshire School.

Declarations of interest: None

 

 

Mrs Sarah Giddings

Role: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 15th February 2022 to 14th February 2026

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

 

 

Mr Lawrence Pomeroy

Role: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: The Governing body

Term of Office: 5th December 2018 to 4th December 2022

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Attendance for 2020/21: 90%
Attendance for 2019/20: 100%
Attendance for 2018/19: 100%

Lawrence is a Co-opted governor and been in place since the end of 2018. He lives In Spofforth with a daughter at Spofforth school. As a chartered accountant and Head of Finance at Candlelighters, a children’s cancer charity, he supports with a lot of the Federation’s financial matters and Chairs the Resources Committee.

 

Mrs Zoe Webb

Role: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: The Governing Body

Term of Office: 5th December 2018 to 4th December 2022

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Attendance for 2020/21: 100%
Attendance for 2019/20: 64%
Attendance for 2018/19: 100%

Zoe has a key role in looking after the finances of our Federation.

 

 

Ms Emma Booth

Role: Parent Governor

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office: 1st October 2020 to 30th September 2023

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Attendance for 2020/21: 78%
Attendance for 2019/20: 75%

Emma is our SEND governor.

 

 

Mr Adam Jackson

Role: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: The Governing Body

Term of Office: 11th March 2020 to 10th March 2024

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Attendance for 2020/21: 66%
Attendance for 2019/20: 100%

Adam has a role in Quality of Education.

 

Miss Rose Hall

Role: Parent Governor

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office: 21st April 2021 to 20th April 2025

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Attendance for 2020/21: 100%

Rose has a role in Quality of Education.

 

 

Mrs Marianne Tharby

Role: Local Authority Governor

Appointed by: Local Authority

Term of Office: 8th December 2021 to 7th December 2025

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Marianne has worked in Safeguarding within Leeds schools since 1977 and currently works in a Special School in Leeds as DSL and Pupil Support and Admissions.

 

Mrs Hilary Staves

Role: Associate Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: 15th February 2022 to 14th February 2026

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Hilary has worked in HR throughout her career and now specialises in supporting organisations with transformational change.  She has worked in multiple sectors including Education.  As a governor, Hilary will focus on staff related matters and provide support to the Resources committee.

Mr Alan Dewey

Role: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: 23rd March 2022 to 22nd March 2026

Relationships between governors and members of staff including spouses, partner and relative: None

Governor holding governance role in other schools: None

Declarations of interest: None

Alan is a Co-opted governor.  He lives in Spofforth, is a parent and has volunteered locally with a children’s section of a charity. He still competes in Triathlons.  Alan is a qualified business leader with considerable experience of developing individuals, teams and organisations. It is in these areas that Alan hopes to contribute to school governance.

 

Ms Sian Henderson

Role: Clerk to Governors, employed by North Yorkshire County Council.

 

 

 

 

Attendance for Governors who have resigned or reached the end of term:

2020-21

Paul Griffiths (Headteacher)-75%

Sue Foster (LA) – 56%

Sam Corderoy (Foundation) – 78%

 

2019-20

Paul Griffiths (Headteacher) – 100%

Sam Corderoy (Foundation) – 91%

Sue Foster (LA) – 88%

Natalie Akinson (Parent) – 88%

Rebecca Simpson (Staff) – 83%

Sandra Dewey (Associate) – 100%

Greg Robinson (Associate) – 100%

 

2018-19

Natalie Atkinson (Parent) – 80%

Sam Corderoy (Foundation) – 100%

Sandra Dewey ( C0-Opted) – 100%

Sue Foster (LA) – 80%

Paul Griffiths (Headteacher) – 100%

Rebecca Simpson (Staff) – 40%

Chris Winspear (Foudation) – 100%

Simon McInerney (Co-Opted) – 100%

Steve Milner (Co-Opted) – 100%

 

2017/18

Sam Corderoy (Foundation) – 100%

Sandra Dewey (Co-Opted) – 1 apology

Sue Foster (LA) – 1 apology

Simon McInerney (Co-Opted) – 3 apolgies

Rebecca Simpson (Staff) – 100%

Chris Winspear (Foundation) – 1 apology

Steve Milner (Co-Opted) – 1 apology

 

2016/17

Simon Cox (Co-Opted) – 1 apology

Paul Griffiths (Headteacher) – 100%

Sam Corderoy (Foundation) – 100%

Sandra Dewey (Co-Opted) – 1 apology

Sue Foster (LA) – 1 apology

Simon McInerney (Co-Opted) – 3 apologies

Rebecca Simpson (Staff) – 100%

Alexandra Johnson (Parent) – 2 apologies

Chris Winspear (Foundation) – 1 apology

Steve Milner (Co-Opted) – 1 apology