The Governing Body

Governors are the biggest group of voluntary workers in the UK. The role of this Governing Board is to ensure that children who attend our schools receive a great all-round education in an environment which is suitable for this purpose. All members of the school community work hard to ensure all children reach their full potential, are equipped for the next step in their education journey and become good citizens.

The Governing Board has three core functions as set out in the Department for Education (DfE) Governance Handbook:

1. ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff

3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

A new joint Governing Body was created on 4th January 2021. There are 17 governors in total in the following categories:

  1. Two parent governors;
  2. One Local Authority governor;
  3. One staff governor;
  4. Two Headteachers;
  5. Eleven co-opted governors;

 

Category 

GIAS Category 

Name 

Start of Term 

End of Term  

Parent 

Elected by parents 

Richard Ebdon  

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Parent 

Elected by parents 

Leanne Hume 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Local Authority 

Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 

Sam Meneely

9/2/2021

 8/2/2025 

Staff 

Elected by staff 

TBA 

  

Headteacher BHS 

Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 

Kathryn Stephenson 

4/1/2021 

Ex-officio 

Headteacher KJS 

Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 

Carl Sugden

4/1/2021 

Ex-officio 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Malcolm Dawson (Chair)

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Pat Dunnill 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Rebecca Evans  

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

John Heap (Vice Chair)

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Brian Horner 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Andrew Howard 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Emma Lonsdale 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Sarah Tabor 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Andrew Town 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Rob Whitehead 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Co-opted 

Appointed by GB 

Ian Yapp 

4/1/2021 

3/1/2025 

Parent and staff governors are elected from a combined constituency of both schools.

It is important that the schools and their communities are represented, and the ability to co-opt governors ensures that fair representation and the required mix of skills are possible.

Lead Governors

Governors have taken on responsibilities for key areas of the oversight of the school:
Health & Safety/Premises Pat Dunnill, Brian Horner
SEN Andy Town
Pupil Premium/Looked After Children Richard Ebdon
Safeguarding/Child Protection Sam Meneely, Leane Hulme
Curriculum (three in total to cover both schools with specialist areas to be identified in due course with the Headteachers) John Heap, Ian Yapp, Richard Ebdon
Careers Rebecca Evans
If you would like to contact the Governors, please email Ruth Gregory, LA Clerk to Governors