GRAHAM SCHOOL IS PART OF

Our Governors

Mr Alan Richards (Chair)
Trust-appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 16.09.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 15.09.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: Chair
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: Director, Training Action Results Ltd (Leadership Training Consultancy) – 2001. Owner, Action 4 Results – 2018
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: HCAT, WPT, WWPAT, JMAT, DSAT, LFSP
Contact: chair@gps.hlt.academy
Address: Graham School, Woodlands Dr, Scarborough, YO12 6QW

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Mrs Lesley Welsh
Principal – George Pindar (Ex-Officio)

Date of Appointment: 01.05.2019
Appointed By: Ex-Officio
End of Term: N/A
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Ms Emma Robins
Principal – Graham School (Ex-Officio)

Date of Appointment: 01.03.2019
Appointed By: Ex-Officio
End of Term: N/A
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Gladstone Road Primary School

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Tracey Woodward
Staff Governor

Date of Appointment: 19.10.2020
Appointed By: Staff Election
End of Term: 18.10.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 3/4
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Mark Thompson
Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 20.01.2021
Appointed By: Parent Election
End of Term: 19.01.2025
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 2/3
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Mr Marcus Towse
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 01.09.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 31.08.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: Teaching and Learning
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: Altus Education Trust (Member) – Sept 2020
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Altus Education Partnership MAT

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Mr Gerry Swain
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 01.09.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 31.08.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 3/5
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Behaviour
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: 
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: 

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Revd Samantha Taylor
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 09.09.2019
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 08.09.2023
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A 

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Ms Mandy Gething
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 11.03.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 10.03.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: TBC
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A 

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Parent Governor – Vacancy

Trust-appointed Governor – Vacancy

Trust-appointed Governor – Vacancy

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Governor attendances are updated once a term

To become a Governor, please contact the school – hello@gra.hlt.academy
Trust Governance Advisor – jess.swarbrick@york.gov.uk

For further information, including Governance documents, please visit our Trust website

Get to know our governors

Mr Alan Richards - Chair of Governors
Ms Tracey Woodward
Mr Marcus Towse
Mr Gerry Swain
Revd Samantha Taylor
Ms Mandy Gething

Alan has been involved in school governance since 2001, he has been a National Leader of Governance since 2012 and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Society of Education and Training and is passionate about school improvement, ensuring that all children are able to achieve to their full potential.

As a National Leader of Governance, Alan has supported and helped to develop Leadership and Governance in Schools and Academies throughout Yorkshire. He is also a Director serving on several other Boards of Multi Academy Trusts and School Improvement Companies.

Alan is the Managing Director of a Leadership and Management Consultancy designing and delivering Courses for, amongst others, the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry and working with many businesses across the region. He runs training programs and seminars developing and promoting Leadership and Emotional Intelligence skills throughout the Country.

Alan says, “I always remember learning ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’ and that has certainly been true with Governance. It’s a very rewarding feeling making a decision or supporting someone in a way that makes a difference for the children of our school.”

If you need to contact the chair please contact: chair@gps.hlt.academy

I am an experienced KS3 and 4 teacher in my third decade of teaching.  My main subject specialism is Science and I also teach Mathematics.  I came in to the profession to make a positive impact on children’s lives by enabling them to fulfil their potential as life-long learners who will continue to be enriched by the positive contributions they make in their individual lives and society as a whole and throughout my career I have enjoyed working with colleagues in pursuing this shared aspiration.

I am passionate in my belief that the experiences each child encounters within and throughout every aspect of our care is pivotal in the development of their emotional, mental and physical well-being that will form the cornerstone of their academic achievement and fulfilment as well-rounded individuals.

I have experience at all levels of management in both pastoral and academic spheres a variety of roles ranging from literacy coordinator to Head of Year to Assistant Headteacher.

I am proud to be a member of the George Pindar team and look forward to utilising my skills and experience in serving both George Pindar and Graham School in my role as staff governor.

In most of my professional life I have been a teacher, mainly of Physics, but also Philosophy. Many years ago I spent a few years in the computing industry working as a programmer and systems analyst, but decided that teaching and education were the place I wanted to be.

Having worked in several Colleges, I returned to Scarborough Sixth Form College in 2007, and was Principal there from 2013 to 2018. I am determined to do what I can to help George Pindar School become the best it can be for the community it serves.

I grew up and was educated in Scarborough and attended Leeds University. I taught English and Drama in Yorkshire schools for about 20 years and was a local authority adviser / inspector in Barnsley and Gloucestershire. For the last ten years of my work, I was regional and then national director for English in the National Strategies and I retired in 2011.

We moved back to Scarborough to live in 2017. I work with various school improvement projects voluntarily and am dedicated to supporting Graham School in its efforts to become a great school.

I am the Vicar of Eastfield and Osgodby and Area Dean to the town of Scarborough. For the last 8 years I have worked in Eastfield as the Director of Westway Open Arms Social Action and Crisis Centre as a consequence I know the area of Eastfield very well and many families. I have a heart for the community and love working alongside local families. This has given me in-depth knowledge of the specific issues families face and am aware of specific schemes and support mechanisms out there to help. The values of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust at George Pindar School and Graham School are inspiring and encourage each of us as well as the students to set our goals high and become the best that God intends for our lives.

I am originally from Teesside and studied at Edinburgh University and in Germany.  I have lived mostly in the North, including the last 8 years in Scarborough.  During my working life I have had experience of working in several industries in addition to the education sector, including catering management and the Civil Service.  While in York and Lincolnshire in the 1990s I taught German and French, and I returned to teaching when I moved to Scarborough.  I currently work as a teacher of English, EAL and Modern Foreign Languages, but have also taught Citizenship and in Adult Education during my time in Scarborough.  What I find the most rewarding about being a teacher is helping students and colleagues to achieve their potential, so I hope to be able to support Graham and Pindar in this way, too.

MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST GOVERNANCE

A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a legal entity accountable for the running of the organisation and all the academies within it. The MAT is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and has multiple layers of governance: the Members, the Board of Trustees and Board Committees, which include a Local Governing Committee for each academy within the MAT.

The Local Governing Committee serves as a sub-committee of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust York Board of Trustees, and their responsibilities are set out within the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation. If required, the Board can either delegate more powers to the Local Governing Committee or withdraw powers in exceptional situations. Governors are not involved in the operational running of the academy; the daily management of the academy is the responsibility of the Principal. All decisions are made as a group; governors are there as a corporate body responsible for the governance of the academy and not to represent their own interests or the interest of others.

WHAT DOES THE LOCAL GOVERNING COMMITTEE DO?

Local governors have three central duties:

i) setting the vision of the local academy
ii) holding the Headteacher/Principal to account
iii) and ensuring the academy’s financial management is to the highest possible standard.

Governors carry out their tasks in a number of different ways, through regular meetings and visits to the academy. Meetings are held at least once a term.

For a full list of Trust Board and LGC meetings, please see below.

The Local Governing Committee provides the school with a wide range of skills and experience which supports the Senior Leadership team in vital decisions that enhance the academy’s environment, curriculum and delivery of the best educational experience possible.

If you are interested in becoming a governor for our school, please contact us by email: hello@gra.hlt.academy

FORMER GOVERNORS WITHIN THE PAST 12 MONTHS

Mr Richard Benstead (Trust Appointed) Vice Chair
Attendance: 01/09/202017/06/2021

MEETING DATES

Tuesday 5th October 2021, 5pm
Tuesday 30th November 2021, 5pm
Tuesday 25th January 2022, 5pm
Tuesday 5th April 2022, 5pm
Tuesday 21st June 2022, 5pm

complaints

The number of complaints registered during the preceding academic year was 1.

For details of our complaints policy, please visit our policies page.

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