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Local Governing Body

Topcliffe are proud to be part of the educational vision for Elevate Multi Academy Trust whilst retaining our own strong identity.  The Trustees have allowed its Academies to retain the same composition for their local governing bodies, which is set out below. 

The three core functions of the local governing board are:

To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its children.

To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure its money is well spent.

 

Chair of Governors: Richard Tindall

Contact: r.tindall@topcliffeacademy.org  or

Topcliffe C of E Academy, School Lane, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3RG

Responsibilities

Together, the Governors are responsible for:

  • Setting aims and targets for the academy and checking the academy’s progress towards attaining these.

  • Monitoring how well the Academy’s policies and plans are working.

  • Accounting for the performance of the Academy and the Governing Body.

  • Working with the Head teacher to make sure that teaching at the academy is effective and good quality and the children are making the best possible progress.

  • Taking general responsibility for the Academy and its budget.

  • Challenging and supporting the senior management team and taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of staff and children.

  • Promoting the interests of the Academy and its children in the wider community.

 Types of Governors 

There are several different types of Governor:

  • Parent Governor

    Elected from parents at the school by parents at the Academy.

  • Staff Governor

    Elected from staff at the school by staff at the Academy

  • Co-opted Governors

    Appointed by members of the Local Governing Body. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.

  • Foundation Governor

           Foundation governors are representatives of the Church of England. 

           The local vicar is normally appointed as the 'ex-officio' foundation governor;

           The other foundation governor will usually be appointed by either Leeds or York Diocese, following consultation with the local PCC.

 

Governing Body 2019- 2020

Name

Type

Term

 

 

Abi Clay

 

Head teacher

 

 

 

Sophie Howard

 

Staff

 12.09.2020 to 12.09.2024

 

 

Richard Tindall

 

Parent

 03.12.2018

03.12.2022

 

 

Eric Robertson

 

Parent

 03.12.2019

 03.12.2023

 

 

Rev Terry Dyer

 

Foundation

 

Ex officio

 

 

 

 

Foundation

 

 

 Simon Park

 

Co opted

 11.07.2019

11.07.2023

 

 

 Bev Southwell

 

Co opted

 01.09.2019

01.09.2023

 

Amy Binks

Associate Member

 

30.06.2020

30.06.2021

 

In Attendance

 

 

 

 

Dianne Mousley

 

Clerk

 

 

Resignations

 

 

 

Nicola Knowles parent 11.07.2019 resigned
Amy Binks co opted 30.06.2019 end of term
Andy Fyfe co opted 30.06.2019 end of term
Emily Shaw staff 25.09.2018 end of term
Stephen Bissett Foundation 26.08.2019 resigned
Rebecca Kaufmann Staff 24.04.2020 left post

 

Pen Portraits:

Abigail Clay - Headteacher

Abigail became head at Topcliffe C of E Academy in September 2015. Prior to becoming a headteacher she was an assistant head at an outstanding school where she taught across the primary age range from reception to year 6. Abigail has also worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher supporting modern foreign language development across the county. Abigail has written a book to support teachers in delivering languages to young children. Abigail enjoys sport, reading and spending time with her husband and three children.

 

 

Richard Tindell - Parent Governor

I am thrilled to be able to take the role of Chair of Governors. Being a father of a child at the school and a pupil myself in 1987, I am driven to make sure high standards are maintained and to help the school grow and evolve. Making sure that pupils of all ages and backgrounds have access to the same opportunities to achieve their full potential. 

Having worked for the Police for 12 years in different forces I have particular experience in risk management and safeguarding. Being on the Governing body enables me to assist the school offering support and advice.

 Simon Park: Co opted Governor

I am delighted to take up my first Governors role at Topcliffe, being an ex-student and now proud father of 2 currently attending I am keen to assist the school continue their fine work. I’m passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and have access to resources to help them go above and beyond their own expectations.

I hope to bring experience from my background in I.T, Recruitment and Finance to ensure the school achieves the high standards it strives towards. I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff and families within the community.

 

Bev Southwell: Co opted Governor

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a governor at Topcliffe Academy and hope to use my 30+ years experience of education in a range of North Yorkshire secondary settings to support the school.

My particular interest is in helping students with special educational needs, their parents and teaching staff access the support and guidance needed to ensure every child reaches their potential. I am also keen to promote inclusion in our increasingly diverse community.

 

Amy Binks: Associate Member

I was new to the Governing Board in July 2015, when I was co-opted through the governor recruitment process.

I am a chartered member of the CIPD (the professional body for HR and people development), with a BA (Hons) degree in Human Resource (HR) Management. Prior to starting a family, I worked as an HR Manager for a global automotive company, operating at a strategic and operational level within a heavily unionised environment. I aim to use my skills to strengthen the work of the Governing Board in achieving its objectives and vision for the school.

I have four children at the school, across three classes. I studied English Literature at A Level and I am the link governor for literacy. I have undertaken governor training and am already putting this training into practice. I am looking forward to working closely with the school.

 

 

Governor Attendance at LGBs:

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Register of Interest:                                                                                                                                                                      

Topcliffe C of E Academy 2019-2020

Name

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date of Registry Entry

 

 

Abi Clay

 

Topcliffe Academy

 

Head teacher

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Howard

 

Topcliffe Academy

 

Teacher

 

 

 

 

Richard Tindall

 

Cleveland Police

 

Police officer

 

03.12.2018

 

 

Eric Robertson

 

Thirsk Surgery

 

Doctor

 

03.12.2019

 

 

Rev Terry Dyer

 

Vicar

 

Foundation Governor at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Park

 

Foundation Resourcing Ltd

 

Accountant

 

01.11.2018

 

 

Bev Southwell

 

Retired

 

Teacher

 

 

01.09.2019

 

Associate Members

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Binks

 

NYCC

 

HR