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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

 

 

 

Rebecca Kaufman

 

Staff

 25.09.2018

25.09.2022

 

 

Richard Tindall

 

Parent

 03.12.2018

03.12.2022

 

 

 

Parent

 

 

 Vacancy

 

Rev Susanne Jukes

 

Foundation

 

Ex officio

 

 

 

 

Foundation

 

 Vacancy

 Simon Park

 

Co opted

 

11.07.2019

11.07.2023

 

 

 

 

Co opted

 

 Vacancy

Amy Binks

Associate Member

 

30.06.2019

30.06.2020

 

 

Andy Fyfe

 

Associate member

 

 

30.06.2019

30.06. 2020

 

 

 

Stephen Bissett

 

Associate member

 

 03.12.2018

03.12.2019

 

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

 

Pen Portraits:

The Rev'd Susanne Jukes - Foundation Governor

I have been Vicar of the parishes of Topcliffe, Baldersby with Dishforth, Dalton and Skipton on Swale since February 2014. As such, I have an ex-officio place as a Foundation Governor on each of the three governing bodies in the benefice: at Topcliffe, Baldersby and Dishforth Church of England Primary Schools.

I was ordained in 2001, having been a primary school teacher for twenty-odd years before that. Both prior to ordination and since, I have served on the governing bodies of a number of primary schools both in the West Midlands and in North Yorkshire - as teacher, parent and foundation governor.

The care and nurture of young children has been at the heart of my ministry as a parent, a teacher and a priest. It is a privilege to be able to serve with fellow governors in supporting the school in helping children to grow to their full potential, and, as part of that, to explore the meaning of faith for life today.

 

Abigail Clay - Headteacher

 

Rebecca Kaufman - Staff Governor

 

Richard Tindell - Parent Governor

 

Simon Park: Associate Member

 

Stephen Bissett: Associate Member

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.

 

Andrew Fyfe: Associate Member 

I am an experienced Senior Leader and currently Vice Principal at a large Academy in West Yorkshire, I joined the Governing Board in July 2015. I have worked in education for 16 years and have gained a wide experience of the education sector across the different phases. In particular I was a Vice Principal at a large all through Academy, and as a result gained a wealth of knowledge of the issues facing primary schools today.

As a senior leader in a vibrant and diverse school, I am aware of the importance of oversight and accountability. Topcliffe CE school is led by a determined and experienced leadership team and as a governor it is my role to ensure that they are supported whilst also being held to account. My knowledge of data and the changing education landscape will ensure that we are able to support the school on its journey forward.

I am a member of a number of educational organisations including Future Leaders, Headship Now, and Talented Leaders. All of these groups focus on tackling educational disadvantage in schools across the country. I have worked with a number of education providers over the years and been responsible for leading achievement, safeguarding, teaching and learning, pastoral care, staff development and appraisals.

I have 2 children in the school, and believe that the exciting lessons and support that the staff provide on a daily basis, has made them settle in very quickly. My children couldn’t be happier and are proud to be members of the school. I too am proud to be a member of the governing body. I am determined to ensure that my knowledge and expertise can be put to good use so that every one of the children we serve has the best start in their academic life.

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