Governors' Information & Duties

At The Dales School the Governing Body is made up of nine Governors.  Two Parent Governors; one Local Authority Governor; one Staff Governor; four 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.  The Finance Committee meet each term and the Curriculum Committee meet once. 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.



Full Name
(Category of Governor)
Position in GB Term of Office Appointed by Declared Interests Declaration Date
Ann-Marie Ellis
Headteacher N/A N/A 11/10/2017
Jennifer Hinde
Chair 03/03/2018-03/03/2022 Full Governing Body Director of Hailstone HR and Amey PLC 05/02/2020
Colin Taylor
05/12/2018-05/12/2022 Full Governing Body N/A 05/02/2020
Andrew Rickard
26/10/2019-26/10/2022 Full Governing Body N/A 05/02/2020
Sue Thurman
05/02/2020-05/02/2024 Full Governing Body Pending Pending
Yvette Simcoe
05/02/2020-05/02/2024 Full Governing Body N/A 05/02/2020
Carly Stokes
05/12/2019-05/12/2022 Full Governing Body N/A 19/03/2019
Paula Marshall
05/02/2020-05/02/2024 Full Governing Body N/A 05/02/2020
Cheryl Hagyard
N/A N/A N/A School Business Manager at The Dales School
Sharon Kettleborough
N/A N/A N/A Deputy Headteacher at The Dales School
Heidi Taylor
Clerk to Governors
N/A N/A Full Governing Body Receptionist at The Dales School

Governors who have served in the past 12 months

Full Name
(Category of Governor)
Position in GB Term of Office Committee Declared Interests Declaration Date
Paul Chubb
Local Authority
Chair 01/09/2017-01/09/2021 Finance (Chair) Education/Careers Guidance Consultant\ directors (from 2011)
Axia Digital Ltd
David Gibson
01/01/2018-01/01/2022 Finance Director of APPIC Business Consultants Ltd and Richmond Business Network 12/09/2017
Helen Whitehead
01/09/2018-01/09/2022 Curriculum N/A 04/10/2018
Debbie Keeble
04/04/2019-04/04/2023 Finance Student from The Dales School Sixth Form has work experience at Heck Food Ltd