Governors

The federated governing body is made up of governors appointed by the Local Authority (the County Council), parents, school staff, the headteacher and governors appointed by the rest of the governing body(co-opted governors). As we are a Church of England School which is voluntary controlled, we also have foundation governors.

Parent Governors have a four year term of office and continue to serve even if their child(ren) leaves the school during this period.

What Do Governors Do?

The work governors’ undertake affects most aspects of school life. They establish, with the Headteacher, aims for the federation, and approve policies – for the curriculum, behaviour and discipline, for example; and are responsible for the school budget and the use and maintenance of the premises. More generally, they are expected to be in touch with the local community and to help guide the federation to meet the community’s educational needs. They are also expected to help the federation explain to the community what it is trying to achieve for their children. A leaflet, providing further information, is available either in school or from the Governor Support, County Hall, Northallerton, tel. 01609 798864 or e-mail:

Governor.Support@northyorks.gov.uk

The Board of Governors of the Federation of Holy Trinity C of E Schools, Ripon oversees the vision, ethos and strategic direction; holds the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils; and oversees the financial performance, making sure that money is well spent.

Committees 

In addition to the full governing board, there are two main committees: (a) Finance & resources (FR) and (b) Teaching, learning & standards and Distinctiveness (TLSD).  Governors will a member of one of these two core committees, except the Chair and Headteacher who will be on both.  Both of these committees will have its own Chair who will appointed annually at the first full governing board meeting of the school year.  Governors will be allocated to one of the two committees according to their skills and expertise, and this will be reviewed annually at the first full governing board meeting of the school year. 

There are other committees that will meet from time to time as required.  Membership of these committees will be determined according to availability and rules of membership at that time.  The relevant Headteacher and a representative of the LA have a right to attend meetings of the Staff Discipline & Dismissals Panel (and the linked Appeals Panel) to offer advice. The staff governor should not be a member of the Panels.  

Each committee has agreed terms of reference that will be reviewed annually at the first full governing board meeting of the school year.  

 

The Governing Body

Name

Category

Appointed By

Lead area / role

Term of Office Expires

Paul Bowlas

Headteacher

Ex Officio

Headteacher

 

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: FR, TLSD

Attendance: 10/10

Yvonne Burton

Foundation

Diocese

Distinctiveness

January 2022

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: TLSD

Attendance: 5/5

Rev Chris Butler

Foundation

Diocese

Safeguarding

May 2005 

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: FR

Attendance: 5/8

Laura Cardin

Co-opted

Governing 

Board

 

April 2023

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: FR

Attendance: 5/8

Caroline Chadwick

Co-opted

Governing Board

Vice chair

Pupil premium

Sports premium

February 2022

Declaration of Interests: Governor at Sharow & Skelton Federation

Committee Membership: FR, TLSD

Attendance: 9/10

Richard Grime

Foundation

Diocese

Chair

Maths

January 2022

Declaration of Interests: AQA Principal examiner for A level Chemistry; writer for Cambridge Assessment;  author of text books for Hodder & Pearson; author for chemsheets education resources

Committee Membership: FR, TLSD

Attendance: 10/10

Rajamanickam 

Jayaraj

Parent

Parent Election

 

February 2024

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: TLSD

Attendance: 3/3

Adam Kitching

Co-opted

Governing Board

Premises/Health & Safety

March 2020

Declaration of Interests: Wife currently provides music services on a contracted basis

Committee Membership: FR

Attendance: 4/4

Sarah Lees

Staff

Staff Election

 

January 2024

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: TLSD

Attendance: 3/3

Helen Little

Co-opted

Governing Board

SEND

February 2022

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: TLSD

Attendance: 2/5

Debbie Pitt

Co-opted

Parent election

Financial processes

January 2024

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: FR

Attendance: 8/8

Liz Stockdale

Co-opted

Governing Board

Human Resources

May 2022

Declaration of Interests: Assistant Registrar, University of the Arts, London

Committee Membership: FR

Attendance: 5/8

David Walpole

Co-opted

Governing Board

Chair of F&R  committee

February 2022

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: FR

Attendance: 7/8

Hazel Willis

LEA

LEA

Chair of TLSD committee, NQTs

January 2022

Declaration of Interests: N/A

Committee Membership: TLSD

Attendance: 2/5

Alison Bradley

 

 

Clerk

 

Attendance relates to the number of meetings attended in relation to the number required to attend.  

The school business manager, deputy headteacher and additional staff members attend meetings as and when required or invited.

Click here to view the Instrument of Governance

Summary Minutes of Governors Meetings

Please find summary notes of the Full Governing Body meetings of the Federation of Holy Trinity C of E Schools, Ripon below. If you would like a copy of the full minutes, please contact Alison Bradley, Clerk to the Governing Body via the school office or the contact form available on this website.

Federation of Holy Trinity C of E Schools, Ripon

Meeting Date

Summary Notes 

10/12/2020

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09/07/2020

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12/12/2019

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12/09/2019

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11/07/2019

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21/03/2019

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13/12/2018

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