Board of Governors

The Governors at Gillamoor play an important role and have considerable responsibility in setting the strategic direction of the school along with the Head Teacher and senior leadership team.  Governors do not manage schools, this is the role of the head teacher and senior leadership team, but we do oversee the development of the school, the main aim of which is always to provide a high standard of education for all pupils of all abilities.  In essence as the accountable body for the school, the governing body has three main roles:

  • provide a strategic view of where the school is heading. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.
  • act as a critical friend to the school.The governing body works with the head teacher to create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school.The governing body should feel able to question and challenge and this is achieved through trust and mutual respect.
  • hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides. The governing body uses its collective skills to benefit the children, by gathering views and asking questions to determine what is best for the school.

The Governors have a variety of skills and backgrounds that provide the school with a wide range of expertise and support. What unifies us is our strong commitment to the schools vision and ethos of “‘First the blade, then the ear, then the full grain’ Mark 4:28”.   The governors are a mixture of parent governors, school staff, co-opted governors and local council representatives.  Parent Governors have a child in school, are elected by parents of the school and serve, as do other Governors, for four years.  We meet every half-term to discuss the work of the school and look at where we are going and how we can make improvements.

The governors visit the school throughout the year and most have a link to specific subjects and their teachers or areas of the school such as Special Educational Needs, Finance, curriculum and Safeguarding.  This is an important opportunity to see the school in action and governors enjoy the chance to meet staff and children and learn about what makes our school special.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, the Head teacher will be pleased to provide further details.


Local Authority Governor

Vacant position

Parent Governor

Dr Christopher Vowles (Chair of Governors)

Lyndsey Roberts (Vice Chair of Governors)

Foundation Governors

Rev Mark Brosnan

Mrs Aniko Sheppard

Co-Opted Governor

Ms Jane Harper

Mr Paul Normandale

Staff Governor

Mrs Lorraine Hugill


Mrs A Hayes

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Lydia Waites

If you wish to contact any of the Governors, please send an email to school:

Statutory Governor Information 2022/2023

Name Appointed Term of Office Appointing Body Category of Governor %Attendance 2021/22 Role links/responsibilities Special Responsibilities Business/Pecuniary Interest/ Relationships
Christopher Vowles 04.05.21 27.09.23 Parents Parent 100% Communications & External Links, Wider Curriculum STAFF D APPEALS, COMPLAINTS, HT PERFORMANCE MGT (PAY REVIEW) None
Lindsay Roberts 01.09.21 01.09.25 Parents Parent 75% English, Wider curriculum STAFF DISMISSAL, PUPIL DISCIPLINE None
Clare Haynes 19.06.23 19.06.24 York Diocese Ex-officio temporary Foundation 100% RE & Worship; Pupil Behaviour & Attendance, Ethos Working Group STAFF D APPEALS, COMPLAINTS None
Jane Harper 27.09.22 27.09.25 Governors Co-opted 100% SEND & Transition, Staff Wellbeing, Finance, Capital Projects & Premises STAFF D APPEALS, HT PERFORMANCE MGT (PAY REVIEW) None
Paul Normandale 10.05.22 09.05.26 Governors Co-opted 100% Child Protection & Safeguarding, Health/Safety, Finance, Capital Projects & Premises STAFF DISMISSAL, PUPIL DISCIPLINE None
Aniko Sheppard 27.09.22 27.09.26 York Diocese Foundation New governor RE & Worship; Pupil Behaviour & Attendance, Ethos Working Group COMPLAINTS None
Lorraine Hugill 01.09.21 31.08.24 Staff Staff 100%     None
Andrea Hayes 04.11.19   Governors Headteacher 100%   HEADTEACHER None
Recent leavers                
Mark Brosnan 01.06.12 16.05.23 York Diocese Foundation 100% RE & Worship; Pupil Behaviour & Attendance, Ethos Working Group STAFF D APPEALS, COMPLAINTS None
Gill Garbutt 27.09.22 06.03.23 Governors Co-opted        
Colin Clifford 01.09.21` 31.12.22 Local Authority Local Authority        
Ann Glass 01.04.21 31.08.22 Governors Governors      




FGB Meeting Minutes 2023/2024

FGB Meeting Minutes 2022/2023

FGB Meeting Minutes 2021/2022

Any minutes prior to these are available to view in the School Office.