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South York Multi Academy Trust (SYMAT) Governance

For information about Governance in the South York Multi-Academy Trust, including information about the Trustees and Members of the board, please see the 'Governance' section on the SYMAT websiteFor legal, financial and statutory information on SYMAT please see the 'Legal, Financial and Statutory Information' Section on the SYMAT website.

The Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body is made up of representatives of the school staff, parents  and members of the local community. All of our governors have their own careers and responsibilities but dedicate as much time to the school as they are able. They bring a range of expertise and skills which are all equally valued.

 

    Chair

    Ms Fiona Phillips

     

    Acting Headteacher   

    Mrs Sally Sutton

     

    Co-Opted Governors

    Mr Derek Angood

    Ms Clare Ashton

    Mr James Peter Farrar

      

    Parent Governors

    Mr James Naish

    Ms Fiona Phillips

     

    Staff Governor

    Mrs Emma Daker

     

     

    Foundation Governors

    Ms Ann Cox (Vice Chair)

    Mrs Judith Probert

    Revd Simon Bray

     

    Community Governor

    Mr Simon Sykes

    Mr Jamie Cooke

     

     

    Clerk to the Governors         

    Miss Isobel Goforth

      Full Names

      Governor Role

      Appointed By

      Date of Appointment

      Term of Office

      Date Stepped Down

      Register of business and pecuniary interests

      Derek AngoodCo-OptedLocal Governing Body, with the approval of the Board of Trustees.19/12/201918/12/2023-
      • None

      Clare Ashton

      Co-Opted

      Local Governing Body, with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

      13/12/2018

      12/12/2022

      -
      • None

      Revd Simon Bray

      Ex-Officio

      By Virtue of office

      28/07/2021

       

        
      Jamie Cooke

      Community

      Local Governing Body, with the approval of the Board of Trustees.26/07/202125/07/2025-
      • Employed by Aviva PLC and subsidiaries

      Ann Margaret Cox (Vice  Chair)

      Foundation

      The Diocesan Board

      05/09/2017

      05/03/2021

      04/09/2020

      04/03/2025

      04/03/2021

       

      • Member Parochial Church Council St Andrew's Church
      • Member of York Gild of Freemen 
      • Deanery Synod Representative for St Andrew's Church
      • Governor at Knavesmire Primary School

      Emma-Louise Daker

      Staff

      Staff Body

      08/03/2021

      07/03/2025

       

      - 

      James Peter Farrar

      Co-Opted

      Local Governing Body, with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

      11/06/2019

      10/06/2023

      -
      • Employed by North Yorkshire County Council
      • Wife employed by University of York

      Sally Sutton

      Headteacher

      By virtue of office

      01/09/2021

       

      -

       

      James Edward Naish

      Parent

      Parent Body

      26/01/2018

      25/01/2022

      -
      • Solicitor/Chartered Surveyor at Naish Estate Agents and Solicitors Limited

      Fiona Bernadette Phillips (Chair)

      Parent

      Parent Body

      17/10/2016

      17/10/2020

      16/10/2020

      16/10/2024

      -
      • Employed by City of York Council.
      • York Hospital Foundation Trust (Spouses Employer)
      • Volunteer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service
      Judith ProbertFoundationThe Diocesan Board01/02/202131/01/2025- 

      Simon Sykes

      Community

      Local Governing Body, with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

      24/01/2019

      23/01/2023

      -
      • Simon Sykes Builders Limited has carried out minor repairs in school.

      Christopher Brennan

      Community

      Local Governing Body, with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

      24/01/2019

      23/01/2023

      23/07/2021
      • Bowling Highfield Medical Practice. Provision of NHS medical services

      Jonathan Green

      Headteacher

      By virtue of office

      01/01/2008

       

      31/08/2021
      • None

      Pamela Mary Coates

      Foundation

      The Diocesan Board

      01/05/2015

      15/09/2021

      15/01/2021 (resigned)
      • Private Tutor
      • Related to Rev Chris Coates (Governor at AYJS)

      Christopher Ian Coates

      Ex-Officio

      By Virtue of office

      21/10/2002

      -

      31/12/2020
      • Governor - Appleton Roebuck Primary School in the Star MAT
      • Related to Pamela Coates (Governor at AYJS)

      Julie Annette Woolgar (Resigned)

      Community

      Local Governing Body, with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

      24/01/2019

      23/01/2023

      13/05/2019

      -

       

      Clare Ashton ParentParent Body17/10/201612/12/201816/10/2020-

      2020/2021

       

      Attendance Register: Full Governing Body Meetings 2020/2021

      Governor

        1/10/2020 (Virtual)

      26/11/2020 (Virtual)14/01/2021 (Virtual)23/02/2021 (Virtual)11/03/2021 (Virtual)22/04/2021 (Virtual)

      Notes

      Angood, Derek

      P

      PPPPP

      Vice Chair from 22/09/2020

      Ashton, Clare

      P

      PPPPP

       

      Brennan, Chris

      P

      PPPAA

       

      Coates, Christopher

      A

      Pn/an/an/an/a

      Resigned 31/12/2020

      Coates, Pam

      A

      P

      An/an/an/a

      Resigned 15/01/2021

      Cox, Ann

      A

      AAPPA

      Vice Chair until 22/09/2020

      Daker, Emman/an/an/an/aPPTerm of Office Commenced 08/03/2021
      Farrar, James

      P

      PPAPP 

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      PPPPP

       

      Leadbetter, Hannah

      P

      PPPIn attendancen/a

      Term of Office Ended 07/03/2021

      Naish, James

      P

      PAPP

       

      Phillips, Fiona 

      P

      PPPPPChair

      Sykes, Simon

      P

      PPPPP

       

      Sally Suttonn/aIn attendanceIn attendance

      In

      attendance

      In attendance

      In

      attendance

      Deputy Headteacher / Acting Headteacher 2 days from 01/01/2021

       

      Attendance Register: Covid-19 Task Group 2020/2021

       

      Governor

      01/09/2020

      06/10/202020/10/202017/11/202014/12/2021Notes

      Ashton, Clare

      PPPPPVice Chair
      Coates, Pam

      P

      APPP 
      Farrar, JamesAPPPP 
      Green, JonathanPPPPP 
      Phillips, Fiona PPPPPChair

      Key: P - Present   A - Apologies received

       

      Attendance Register: Resources Committee Meetings 2020/2021

      Governor

      09/11/2020 (Virtual)Notes

      Ashton, Clare (Chair)

      PChair

      Cox, Ann

      P 

      Green, Jonathan

      P 

      Naish, James

      P 

      Sykes, Simon

      P 

       

      Attendance Register: Education and Strategic Committee Meetings 2020/2021

      Governor

      22/09/2020 

      (Virtual)

      10/11/2020

      (Virtual)

      Notes
      Angood, DerekPPChair

      Coates, Christopher

      P

      P 
      Cox, Ann (Chair)AA 

      Farrah, James

      PP 

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P 

      Leadbetter, Hannah

      P

      P 

       

      Attendance Register: Health and Safety Premises Group 2020/2021

      Governor

      10/10/2020

      Notes

      Green, Jonathan

      P

       

      Sykes, Simon

      P

       

       

      Attendance Register: Pay Review for Teaching Staff: 2020/2021

      Governor

      19/10/2020 (Virtual)

      Notes

      Ashton, Clare

      P 
      Coates, ChrisP 
      Green, Jonathan

      P

       
      Naish, JamesP 

      Key: P - Present   A - Apologies received

      2019-2020

       

      Attendance Register: Full Governing Body Meetings 2019/2020

      Governor

      26/09/2019

       

      28/11/2019

       

      09/01/2020

       

      12/03/2020

       

      23/04/2020

      Virtual

      20/05/2020

      Virtual

       

      25/06/2020

      Virtual

       

      16/06/2020

      Virtual

      Notes

      Angood, Derek

      --PPPPPP

       

      Ashton, Clare

      P

      PAAPPPP

      Vice Chair until 15/10/2019

      Brennan, Chris

      P

      P

      P

      PPAPP

       

      Coates, Christopher

      P

      A

      PP PAP

       

      Coates, Pam

      P

      P

      PPAAAP

       

      Cox, Ann

      P

      P

      PAAAPA

      Vice Chair from 15/10/2019

      Farrar, JamesPPPAPPPP 

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P

      PPPPPP

       

      Leadbetter, Hannah

      P

      P

      PPPPPP

       

      Naish, James

      P

      P

      PPPPPP

       

      Phillips, Fiona (Chair)

      P

      P

      PPPPPPChair

      Sykes, Simon

      P

      P

      PPPPPP

       

      Sally Sutton-PPPPPP

      P

      Acting Headteacher

       

      Attendance Register: Covid-19 Task Group

      Governor

      01/06/2020

      09/06/202016/06/202023/06/202014/07/2020Notes

      Ashton, Clare

      PPPPPVice Chair
      Coates, Pam

      P

      PPAP 
      Farrar, JamesPPAPP 
      Green, JonathanPPPPP 
      Phillips, Fiona PPPPPChair

      Key: P - Present   A - Apologies received

       

      Attendance Register: Resources Committee Meetings 2019/2020

      Governor

      18/11/2019

      10/02/2020

      17/06/2020Notes

      Ashton, Clare (Chair)

      P

      P

      PChair

      Cox, Ann

      A

      A

      P 
      Daker, Emma--P 

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P

      A 

      Naish, James

      P

      A

      P 

      Sykes, Simon

      P

      P

      P 
      Sutton, Sally--PActing Headteacher

       

      Attendance Register: Education and Strategic Committee Meetings 2019/2020

      Governor

      15/10/2019

      04/02/2020Notes
      Angood, Derek-P 

      Coates, Christopher

      -

      A 
      Cox, Ann (Chair)PAChair from 15/10/2019

      Farrah, James

      AP 

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P 

      Leadbetter, Hannah

      P

      P

       

      Phillips, Fiona

      P

       

      Chair until 15/10/2019

       

      Attendance Register: Health and Safety Premises Group 2019/2020

      Governor

      05/10/2019

      22/01/2020Notes

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P 

      Sykes, Simon

      P

      P 

       

      Attendance Register: Performance Review for Teaching Staff

      Governor

      07/11/2019

      Notes

      Ashton, Clare

      P 
      Green, Jonathan

      P

       
      Naish, JamesP 

      Key: P - Present   A - Apologies received

      2018/2019

       

      Attendance Register: Full Governing Body Meetings 2018/2019

      Governor

      20/09/018

      22/11/2018

      24/1/2019

      28/03/219

      02/05/219

      11/06/2019

      12/07/2019

      Notes

      Ashton, Clare

      A

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

       

      Brennan, Chris

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

       

      Coates, Christopher

      A

      A

      A

      P

      P

      -

      P

       

      Coates, Pam

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      -

      P

       

      Cox, Ann

      P

      P

      P

      A

      A

      P

      P

       

      Farrar, James------P 

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

       

      Leadbetter, Hannah

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

       

      Naish, James

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      Appointed

      11 /06/2019

      Phillips, Fiona

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      Vice Chair until 24/01/2019

      Chair from

      24/01/2019

      Sykes, Simon

      A

      P

      P

      P

      P

      P

      A

       

      Woolgar, Julie

      P

      P

      A

      P

      A

      -

      -

      Chair until

      24/01/2019

      Resigned

      13/05/2019

       

      Attendance Register: Resources Committee Meetings 2018/2019

      Governor

      22/10/2018

      17/12/2018

      25/03/2019

      03/06/2019

      Ashton, Clare

      P

      P

      P

      P

      Cox, Ann

      A

      A

      A

      A

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P

      P

      P

      Naish, James

      P

      A

      A

      P

      Sykes, Simon

      P

      P

      P

      P

       

      Attendance Register: Education and Strategic Committee Meetings 2018/2019

      Governor

      16/10/2018

      05/02/2019

      02/04/2019

      17/06/2019

      Notes

      Brennan, Christopher

      -

      P

      P

      P

       

      Coates, Christopher

      A

      A

      P

      A

      Rejoined committee from 24 01 19

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P

      P

      P

       

      Leadbetter, Hannah

      P

      P

      P

      P

       

      Phillips, Fiona

      P

      P

      P

      Chair

       

      Attendance Register: Health and Safety Premises Group 2018/2019

      Governor

      06/10/2018

      14/01/2019

      12/06/2019

      Green, Jonathan

      P

      P

      P

      Sykes, Simon

      P

      P

      P

       

      Key: P - Present   A - Apologies received

       

      What Our Governors Do

      An important part of the role of the Governing Body is to help set the vision and values for the school, and the policies and procedures that act as a framework for how the school is run. The Governing Body works hard to support the Headteacher to ensure that AYJS is providing the best possible education for its pupils by:

      •  Thinking and working strategically to help raise standards.

      •  Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets.

      •  Supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations – called being a ‘critical friend’.

      •  Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.

       

      As well as sharing a common desire to support the school, the Governing Body has statutory duties by which it is legally bound. It is ultimately responsible for all matters relating to the school including teaching and learning, health and safety, safeguarding, staffing, premises and finance. At AYJS, the full Governing Body normally meets every half term to discuss and agree the school’s business. The Governing Body goes into school to attend events and to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us to find out how the school is progressing towards its targets. 

       

      In addition to participating in the full Governing Body, governors may also serve on sub-committees. The sub-committees are:

      • Finance and Resources

      • Education Strategy

      • Headteacher Appraisal and Teachers’ Pay

      • Health and Safety

      • Foundation Governors

       

      Contact the Governors

      If you would like to contact the Governors you can do so either by letter via the school office or by email to the Clerk of Governors Isobel Goforth.

      Derek Angood (Co-opted)

       

        

       

      After completing my training at St John’s, I spent 40 years as a Teacher, Deputy-Head Teacher and Head Teacher. I worked in local schools starting at Wigginton, then Clifton Without and then as Deputy Head at Hob Moor. I was Head Teacher at Appleton Roebuck from 1998 until I retired in 2015.

       

      During my teaching career, I had many loose associations with Bishopthorpe school. Bill Matthews, who was Head Teacher in the 80’s, was a college friend and neighbour and we played in the same football teams for years. When Mr Beecham was Head Teacher, his wife was a teacher at my school, and the two schools developed positive sporting and music links which lasted until I retired.

       

      I have lived in Bishopthorpe since 2003 and since I retired, I have been happy to help in school from time to time in various voluntary roles. There are aspects of working in school that are enjoyable and rewarding and I was grateful to be reminded of that. When I heard that the school was short of a Governor, I thought I might be able to help. As a staff representative and Head Teacher, I have served on Governing bodies for about 30 years, albeit in a slightly different capacity to this time. 

      Clare Ashton (Co-opted)

       

       

      I am Mother to a daughter at AYJS and a son at the infant school. In my professional life, I am a forensic psychologist, working with individuals with complex and challenging behaviour. This means I bring passionate experience in working collaboratively with everyone (be that  adult or child) to explore a broad range of potential alternative solutions to problems and supporting people to find the best way forward in difficult situations. Working as a manager in the public sector also means that I am used to working effectively and efficiently in order to ensure the public get the best possible value for money, which will hopefully come in useful when I serve on the resources committee. 

      Ann Cox (Foundation Governor)

      I feel very privileged to have been made a Foundation Governor at AYJS. 

       

      I am now the Chair of the Education and Strategic Planning Committee and a link Governor for Special Needs Children and Religious Education. I am also Vice Chair of Governors at Knavesmire Primary School and have been a governor there for around 14 years. I am a freeman of the City of York and treasurer of the Micklegate Stray.


      I moved to Bishopthorpe about 7 years ago to be near to my daughter and family. I have two granddaughters at AYJS, Willow and Rowan Clark. I am a member of St Andrew’s Church in Bishopthorpe and I am a member of the PCC and am on the Finance Committee and take an active part in the life of the Church.   

       

      In any spare time that I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening and reading.

      James Naish (Parent Governor)

       

      I have been an AYJS parent since 2015 when my son started and expect to continue as one until my daughter finishes in 2023. I moved to Bishopthorpe in 2007, but previously spent time living here between studies after my parents moved here in 1994, working in The Ebor and playing for the cricket club. As a result, I feel a long-term affinity with the community which has evolved as my own family has integrated into village and school life.

       

      In my working life, I am a solicitor, chartered surveyor, estate agent and business owner, all of which provide useful experience to add to the perspective of a school parent.

       

      I enjoy going out to pubs and restaurants; and have always been a keen skier and snowboarder. I love various sports, but these days just as a spectator, instead keeping fit through cycling, running, walking and gym, with the occasional (and inevitably poor) round of golf.

      Simon Sykes (Community Governor)

      I have been a Governor for a number of years and hold a position on the Resources Committee and Health and Safety Committee.  I have also been involved with various project committees.

       

      In my personal life I am a building contractor and can use my skills to advise on various aspects in School.

      My hobbies and pastimes include walking, skiing, travelling and gardening.  I am also involved with the Bishopthorpe Gala and hep with local pantomimes.

      Fiona Phillips (Chair / Parent Governor)

       

       

      I am a mother of two girls, one currently at AYJS and the other at the Infant School.  In my professional life I am a Consultant in Public Health Medicine with a passion for improving healthy lifestyles.  I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the best health possible and should have the right tools to be able to achieve this.  I feel privileged to have a role on the governing body, as a good education plays a huge part in determining an individual's future health outcomes.  As a governor I would like to share this expertise and support AYJS in ensuring our children have the right foundations and are set on the path to having a healthy and fulfilling life.  In my spare time (what spare time?!) I enjoy gardening and swimming.

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