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.


Full Name
(Category of Governor)
Position in GBTerm of OfficeCommitteeDeclared InterestsDeclaration Date
Andrew Rickard
Chair 26/10/2019-26/10/2023Full Governing BodyN/A19/10/2021
Ann-Marie Ellis
Carly Stokes
Governor05/12/2019-05/12/2022Full Governing BodyN/A19/03/2019
Cheryl Hagyard
N/AN/AN/ASchool Business Manager at The Dales School
Elaine Harrison
Local Authority
LA Governor07/10/2020-07/10/2024Local AuthorityN/A20/10/2021
Heidi Taylor
Clerk to Governors
N/AN/AFull Governing BodyReceptionist at The Dales School
Jennifer Hinde
Governor 03/03/2018-03/03/2022Full Governing BodyN/A19/10/2021
Sharon Kettleborough
N/AN/AN/ADeputy Headteacher at The Dales School
Sue Thurman
Governor05/02/2020-05/02/2024Full Governing BodyN/A19/10/2021
Yvette Simcoe
Governor05/02/2020-05/02/2024Full Governing BodyN/A20/10/2021

Governors who have served in the past 12 months

Full Name
(Category of Governor)
Position in GBTerm of OfficeCommitteeDeclared InterestsDeclaration DateLeaving Date
Sharon Parker
Governor17/05/2021-17/05/2025Full Governing BodyN/AN/ANovember 2021
Paula Marshall
Governor5/02/2020-05/02/2024Full Governing BodyN/A05/02/2020September 2021