Membership & Meetings

The Governing Body is made up of representatives of the school staff, parents, the Local Authority and members of the local community. They are a group of individuals, from a variety of backgrounds, who work as a team to support the school in making sure the priorities established are the right ones for school improvement. They have general responsibility for the management of the school, acting within the framework set by national legislation and the agreed policies of the school. They work in partnership with the Headteacher to make decisions about how the school is run in order to improve the quality of education and ensure pupil progress.

Parent Governors are appointed by the Parents of the School, Co-Opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body, Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese, Staff Governors are appointed by the Staff of the School and Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.

If you have a question for the Governing Body please email

Governor NameCategoryTerm of OfficeCommittee MembershipAdditional ResponsibilitiesDeclarations of InterestDate of start of InterestGovernor of another school or Trustee of another Academy?Relationship with any member of school/MAT staff?
Mrs Brenda ChristisonHeadteacher
ex Officio
01/04/16- onwardsFinance & Resources
Teaching & Learning
Pay Committee (attendee)
Educational Charities of John Dodsworth2000NoNo
Educational Foundation of John KnowlesApril 2016
York Incorporated Sunday School Committee2000
Miss Laura BrettStaff
(Elected by staff)
09/10/18- 08/10/22Teaching & LearningNoneN/ANoNo
Mrs Anne Clark Local Authority
(Nominated by LA and appointed by GB)
30/04/18- 29/04/22Teaching & Learning, HT Performance ManagementVice Chair of Governors, Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee, SENDNaburn Parish Council2008NoNo
Trustee York Childrens Trust2014
Mr Rob CollinsParent (Appointed)30/04/19- 29/04/23Teaching & LearningDirector of Convent Garden Entertainment Ltd2012NoNo
Helen KilnerParent
(Elected by parents)
19/10/18- 18/10/22Finance & ResourcesN/ANoNo
Miss Karen BrunyeeCo-opted
(Appointed by GB)
04/10/18- 03/10/22Teaching & Learning, Pay AppealsSafeguardingCPD Provider at STEM Learning LtdJanuary 2016NoNo
Mr Nick LeeCo-opted
(Appointed by GB)
27/11/18- 25/11/22Finance & Resources, Pay Committee, HT Performance ManagementChair of GovernorsChair of Trustees, The Joseph TrustJanuary 2019Yes – the Joseph Trust – Service agreement with DanesgateNo
Mr Matthew HorneCo-opted
(Appointed by GB)
22/11/16- 21/11/20Finance & Resources, Pay CommitteeChair of Finance and Resources CommitteeEmployee Innovation Unit Ltd2009Yes - South York MAT since 2017No
Rev Richard Kirkman Foundation
ex Officio
01/09/1996- onwardsFinance & Resources, Pay AppealsRector of Escrick, Stillingfleet & Naburn Diocese of YorkYes - Escrick CofE PrimaryNo
Mrs Heather PageFoundation
(Appointed by Diocesan Board)
01/09/16- 31/08/20Finance & Resources, Pay Committee, HT Performance ManagementN/ANoNo

The following former members of the governing body have stepped down in the past year.

Governor NameCategoryTerm of OfficeCommittee MembershipPositions of ResponsibilityDeclarations of Interest
Mrs Victoria WebbParent
(Appointed by GB due to no election candidates)
27/04/17- 12/04/19Teaching & Learning, Finance & Resources, Pay AppealsBehaviour, Welfare & SafeguardingICT Services Ltd
Mrs Jane TupperCo-opted
(Appointed by GB)
27/11/14- 26/11/18Teaching & Learning, Finance and Resources,
Pay Committee
(Formerly Chair of Governors)N/A

Terms of Reference

School Governance Regulations (2013)

Teaching and Learning Committee Terms of Reference – September 2019

Finance and Resources Committee Terms of Reference – September 2019

Meeting Attendance Registers

The Governing Body hold two Full Governing Body meetings per term and also has two sub committees – Teaching & Learning Committee and the Finance & Resource Committee – which each meet at least once per term. The sub committees report to the Full Governing Body.  Please ask in school if you wish to see (non-confidential) minutes from these meetings.

2018-2019 Meeting Attendance Registers

2017-2018 Meeting Attendance Registers