Governing Body

The Governing Body meet monthly to rigorously review the school’s progress in meeting its aims and vision.

The three key functions of governance: 

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

The Governing Body has some discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair our governing body was reconstituted in line with national regulations in April 2015.

‘The Chair of the Governing Body is very knowledgeable and is well supported by other governors. The governors have clear areas of responsibility which they regularly check, through a programme of school visits. They check closely the school’s plans for the future, the quality of teaching, the achievement of pupils and the curriculum.’ Ofsted 2014.

The governors are contactable through the school office (01609 773521/

Governor Structure

N.B. We do not have committees. All meeting are full governing body meetings.

Link RoleCommitteeResponsibilitiesRegister
Justin PeoplesHead Teacher11/09/2019 –
Rev. Claire SodermanCo-opted
Performance Management
Pupil Disciplinary
Chair of Governors
Jo BurnsideLA
13/07/2022 –
Filtering and Monitoring
Performance Management
Pupil Disciplinary
Staff Dismissal
Staff Dismissal Appeals
Vice Chair
Diane ParsonsCo-opted Governor16/09/2020 –
Curriculum Development and LeadershipComplaints
Performance Management
NYCC employee Principal Scrutiny Officer appointed in February 2008
Jill PawlukCo-opted
16/12/2020- 16/12/2024SEND and
Quality of Education and Outcomes
Performance Management
Pupil Disciplinary
Staff Dismissal Appeals
Cllr. Amanda EamesCo-opted
16/02/2022- 16/02/2026Health and Safety
Claire MitchellCo-opted
15/03/2023- 15/03/2027EYFS
Sarah ParkinsonParent
18/12/2020- 18/12/2024Staff and Pupil Wellbeing
Play Champion
PSHE and Personal Development
Staff Dismissal
Sgt. Jonathan SnellingParent
14/12/2022- 14/12/2026Pupil Premium and LAC
Service Pupils
Pupil Disciplinary
Kirsty MorganParent
17/05/2023 – 17/05/2027Anti BullyingComplaints
Pupil Disciplinary
Emily BurrellStaff Governor07/06/2021-
Alex HatleyClerk07/02/2024

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

Applegarth Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information please view or download the documents below:

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies Policies & DocumentsDownload
Code of Conduct for Governors (Oct 2021)Download
Instrument of GovernmentDownload
Standing Orders (September 2023)Download
The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools (2017)Download

Requesting Minutes

Governor meeting minutes are public records. You can request to view minutes and agendas using the process attached below.

Requesting Minutes Policies & DocumentsDownload
Process for Minutes and Papers RequestsDownload

Annual Governance Statements

The annual governance statement is shared with the school community and local residents as well as being publicly available to view or download below:

Annual Governance Statements Policies & DocumentsDownload
Annual Governance Statement (2020-2021)Download
Annual Governance Statement (2021-2022 )Download

Declarations of Business and Financial Interests

  • There are no governors in governance roles in other educational institutions.
  • There are no material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).

Governor Attendance

Schools are required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year. You can view a copy of the Governor Meeting Minutes. Please contact the school office to arrange this.

✓   – Attended meeting
A/A   – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N   – Did not attend
n/a  – Not a member of the committee

Record of Attendance 2023-2024

NameWednesday 27
September 2023
Wednesday 11 October 2023Wednesday 6
December 2023
Wednesday 7
February 2024
Wednesday 13
March 2024
Wednesday 15
May 2024
Wednesday 10
July 2024
Justin Peoples
Rev Claire SodermanA/A
Jo BurnsideA/AA/AA/A
Diane ParsonsA/AA/A
Sarah ParkinsonA/AA/AA/A
Cllr Amanda EamesA/AA/A
Emily Burrell
Sgt Jonathan Snelling
Claire Mitchell
Kirsty Morgan
ClerkAndrea DevinePenny FentonChris WalkerAlex

Archived Attendance
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the North Yorkshire County Council website School Governor section.

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