Governors' Information & Duties
At The Dales School the Governing Body is made up of eight Governors. Two Parent Governors; one Local Authority Governor; one Staff Governor; three co-opted Governors and the Headteacher. The Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and the staff of the school. As well as providing advice and acting as a link between the school and the local community, their three core functions are to:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school; its pupils and the performance management of staff.
- Oversee the financial performance of the school making sure money is well spent.
The Full Governing Body appoints parent Governors and co-opted Governors. Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and Staff Governors are elected by staff members. Terms of office for parent, co-opted and staff governors is four years. The term of office for Local Authority Governors is four years or until terminated by the Local Authority. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall have a term of office of 2 years. The Full Governing Body meet each term. If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please use the contact us page on this website and select the Chair of Governors option.
Due to the size of our Local Governing Body it is not possible for us to fully represent the breadth of diversity in our local community. We strive to ensure our Local Governing Body considers diversity and inclusion as a core value and we have developed a team with the expertise skills to achieve this. It is not appropriate for us to report on the individual characteristics of the Local Governing Body out of respect for the privacy of our Governors.
We can confirm that we have a balanced governing body from a gender, age and social mobility perspective. As a special school, the majority of our governors have either lived experience of disability or caring for others with a disability, or have professional experience in this area. As a Local Governing Body, we are conscious of the need to reflect the ethnicity of our students. Our aim is to ensure we are as inclusive and welcoming of all forms of diversity as possible. As we move forwards our focus is to further exploring how we can represent our community in terms of diversity.
(Category of Governor)
|Position in GB||Term of Office||Committee||Declared Interests||Declaration Date|
|Headteacher||N/A||Headteacher||Son friends with a pupil who attends the Dales School - Social Media Contact.||06/09/2022|
|Chair||05/07/2023-05/07/2027||Full Governing Body||N/A||15/05/2023|
|Governor||26/10/2019-26/10/2023||Full Governing Body||Employed at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College||12/10/2022|
|Governor||04/03/2022-04/03/2026||Full Governing Body||N/A||07/12/2022|
|Governor||05/02/2020-05/02/2024||Full Governing Body||N/A||12/10/2022|
|Venetia Wrigley |
|Governor||06/05/2022-06/05/2026||Full Governing Body||Partnership Interest - N & P Wrigley.||16/10/2022|
|Governor||15/06/2022-15/06/2026||Full Governing Body||N/A||07/12/2022|
|Governor||22/02/2023-22/02/2027||Full Governing Body||N/A||16/01/2023|
|Angela Waldock||LA Governor||22/02/2023-22/02/2027||Full Governing Body||N/A||21/03/2023|
|N/A||15/06/2022-15/06/2026||N/A||School Business Manager at The Dales School|
|N/A||15/06/2022-15/06/2026||N/A||Deputy Headteacher at The Dales School|
Clerk to Governors
|N/A||N/A||Full Governing Body||School Administrator at The Dales School|
Governors who have served in the past 12 months
(Category of Governor)
|Position in GB||Term of Office||Committee||Declared Interests||Declaration Date||Leaving Date|
|Governor||17/07/2020-16/07/2024||Full Governing Body||N/A||20/10/2021||September 2022|
|Charlotte Biggs |
|Governor||06/05/2022-06/05/2026||Full Governing Body||N/A||October 2022|
|Haydn Rees Jones|
|Governor||06/07/2022-06/07/2026||Full Governing Body||Governor at Northallerton College, employed by NYC||06/04/2022||July 2023|
|Governor||05/02/2020-05/02/2024||Full Governing Body||Support an ex Dales Pupil as part of full time employment||22/02/2023||September 2023|
|Heather Blackburn |
|Staff Governor||06/04/2022-06/04/2026||Full Governing Body||N/A||12/12/2022||September 2023|