Governing Board

Role of the Governing Board

The three core strategic functions of Thirsk School & Sixth Form College Governing Board are: –

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

These are in accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Boards.

The Headteacher and the Governing Board work in close partnership. The governors’ role is strategic and the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Board of Thirsk School & Sixth Form College was reconstituted on 16th March 2015 and is now made up of 11 Governors:-

  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 6 Co-opted Governors
  • The Headteacher

Governors are increasingly accountable for the performance of their schools and this has resulted in governing boards needing to become ever more professional and individual governors needing very specific skills to perform their roles well.

The DfE published a Competency Framework for Governance in 2017 and the Board refers to this to ensure compliance with its statutory and legal duties. Our governors come from a range of backgrounds and work together to fulfil their responsibilities. A number of new governors have been recruited to the Board to strengthen our expertise.

All governors sit on the full Governing Board.  There are no sub-committees other than the statutory committees: Student Discipline Committee, Staff Discipline Committee and the Pay Review Committee.  Governors are appointed when the two discipline committees are required and the governors are appointed to the Pay Review Committee at the first meeting of the academic year.

Last year there were Lead Governors for Finance and Operations, Pupil Premium, Safeguarding, Child Protection and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), Quality of Education, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development, Leadership and Management and Community so that the distribution of responsibilities aligned itself with the Strategic Plan. They report back regularly to the full Governing Board.

Attendance record of Governors

A record is kept by the Clerk to the Governing Board of Governors’ attendance at meetings.

Meetings need to be ‘quorate’ to ensure that decisions can be made.

The Governing Board has adopted the National Governors’ Association Code of Conduct for School Governing Boards.

How to contact your Governing Board

All correspondence for the Governing Board should be addressed to the Clerk, c/o the school.

GovernorCategory and ResponsibilitiesTerm of Office beganTerm of Office endsAttendance at full Governing Board meetings
Mr N Horn (Chair)Co-opted Governor26.01.202126.01.2022100%
Mr G Baragwanath
(Vice Chair of Governors)
Local Authority Governor
Mr O Pierce-WilliamsStaff Governor09.01.201709.01.2025100%
Mrs A SilverCo-opted Governor
Mrs I MarwoodCo-opted Governor
Miss E LambdenHeadteacher01.04.2018100%
Ms A KeaneCo-opted Governor04.02.202004.02.2021100%
Mr P BurkinshawCo-opted Governor02.12.202002.12.2021100%
Mr S AndersonParent Governor06.12.202006.12.2024100%
VacanciesOne Co-opted Governor and One Parent Governor
Mrs D AtkinsonClerk

Co-opted Governors are appointed through the full Governing Board, parent Governors are appointed through parental elections and the staff Governor is appointed through staff elections. There are currently no associate members on the Governing Board. Should associate members be appointed to the Governing Board, they will not have voting rights on the Governing Board, or if appointed to any committee of the Board if they are established in the future.

Register of interests apply to Mrs Grainger and Ms Keane.