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Governors

Our Governing Board consists of parents, staff, appointees of the Local Authority and members co-opted from the local community and church.

 

How do I contact the governors?

In order to contact the governors you will need to get in touch with the school in the first instance and they will make the contact on your behalf. You will not be able to contact the governors directly, but the school will treat your contact in confidence where appropriate and act as a mediary. If you need to make a complaint about the school and involve governors you will need to follow the school's complaints procedure.

 

The role of governors 

 Governors serve for four years and the best way to sum up the role of the Governing Board is ‘eyes on, hands off’ and it is carried out through three main approaches:

  • being strategic – for example target setting, agreeing the ethos of the school, setting the priorities in the School Development Plan (SDP), ensuring that the standards of teaching and learning are as high as possible, setting the budget to support the SDP and approving policies.
  • being a critical friend – including understanding school self-evaluation, monitoring and evaluating school performance, delegating decisions, recognising and celebrating the achievements of the school, being prepared to ask challenging questions in a supportive way, thereby securing improvement and being an ambassador for the school in the local community.
  • being accountability – this includes being prepared to account for the school's overall performance and to explain its decisions and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest, ensuring that all statutory obligations are met and reporting to parents and others on the work of the school including the achievements of the pupils.

 The Chair and Vice-chair are elected annually by the governors at the first meeting of the autumn term. The full Governing Board and its two committees: Resources and Teaching and Learning, meet every half term. Minutes of these meetings are available from the school office. The Headteacher produces a written report for the governors each term .

 Our Governors are fully involved in the school's self-evaluation and use their knowledge gained to challenge the school,understand it's strengths and weaknesses and shape it's strategic direction. 

 

Susan Francis

Chair of Governor

 

I was pleased to join the Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor in February2021, when I was also appointed Chair of Governors. In addition, I am a member of the Teaching and Learning committee, which monitors the academic progress of the children.

I enjoyed my position as Head of Languages at a school in Leeds for over 20 years, before becoming a governance professional for Leeds City Council where I work with a variety of schools across the city. I therefore have good knowledge of the school environment, the education system, and the vital role governors play in driving a school forward. I am passionate about ensuring children have the best educational opportunities so they can fulfil their potential.

I can be contacted via the school office, should you have any matters that you wish to discuss.

 

 

 

Phillipa Boulding
Governor
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I was very happy to join the governing body in February 2021 as a foundation governor. I have worked in primary education for over 26 years, with 17 years as a primary headteacher, and recently joined the Education Team at the Diocese of York as a School Development Adviser. I am a registered SIAMS inspector, a member of North Yorkshire SACRE and am also a trustee for a Multi Academy Trust. I feel privileged to be working in education and am passionate about using my experience to ensure our children receive the very best.
Arzu Shepherd
Governor
 
I am delighted to have been elected parent governor for our school, LEH. In addition to the Parent Governor role, and have been elected Vice-Chair, and will work hard to support the Chair of the Governing Body. I am very much looking forward to assisting parents and staff in making the school a fantastic place to learn in and work at, and will ensure that the children are at the heart of every decision made. I have been a civil servant at the Ministry of Defence for 20 years, working in critical departments. I am experienced in leading individuals and teams, working with a range of government partners and working through difficult scenarios. I have two children at LEH, one of whom has complex needs and therefore also have experience in dealing with educational settings regarding Special Educational Needs (SEN) requirements. I hope I can bring a fresh perspective and skills to the Governing body and the school. 
Simon Roberts
Governor

I was pleased to join the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in April 2021. I'm very much looking forward to working with students, staff and parents whilst joining the journey of Lady Elizabeth Hastings' School.  

I have been a secondary school teacher in Leeds since 2012, my main subject specialism being Computer Science. Over the years I have worked in several schools, taken on leadership roles, mentored teachers and led a secondary computing teacher training programme. I moved to STEM Learning, based at the University of York in April 2019, to lead the development of teacher training for computing teachers across England.  

I'm looking forward to sharing my educational knowledge with those at LEH and hope to share my passion of ensuring all children prosper and flourish with the opportunities thrown in their direction.  

Nick Taylor
Governor
Sally Bell
Staff Governor 
 
 
Trisha Anslow
Governor
Stuart Parker
Governor 

 

Name of governor Category of governor and committees served Appointed by Date appointed and term of office Relevant business interests / personal interests Any other educational establishments governed Relationships with
the school staff
including spouses,
partners and
relatives

Susan Francis

 

Chair of Governors Local Authority 

04/02/2021-03/02/2025

N/A

N/A

Trish Anslow

 

Foundation

(Ex Officio)

Resources

Strategic

Teaching and
Learning

 

Foundation representatives

01/09/2008

- 01/09/2025

Assistant vicar 

Benefice of Bramham

N/A N/A
Sally Bell

Staff Governor 

 School

01/02/2021-31/01/2025

N/A

N/A

 

Nick Taylor

 

 Foundation Governor

LA/Diocese of York 

 

14/01/2021-13/01/2025 N/A N/A

 

Phillipa Boulding

 

Foundation Governor

 

LA/Diocese of York

14/01/2021-13/01/2025 Trustee of South York MAT

 

SIAMS Inspector for the Church of England

N/A

 

Arzu Shepherd

 

Foundation Governor  Parents 13/10/2020-12/10/2024

Parent

N/A Parent

 

Stuart Parker 

 

Parent Governor Parents 24/02/2021-23/02/2025

Parent

N/A

 Parent

Simon

 Roberts

 Foundation Governor

LA/Diocese of York  30/03/2021-29/03/25