Our School

Governance

Each academy in Northern Star Academies Trust has a local governing body which works on behalf of the Trustees to exercise leadership in the running of the individual academy and holds the Head of Academy and staff to account. It is responsible for promoting high standards and strives to ensure that young people are attending a successful academy which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.   

The functions of Harrogate High School´s Local Governing Body are:

  • helping the Head of Academy and senior leadership team to set high standards by planning for the school´s future and setting performance targets for the school;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of the school provision;
  • monitoring financial performance against budget and the management of risks against the school´s risk register;
  • ensuring funds are spent appropriately and to the best benefit of students, especially disadvantaged students;
  • acting as a critical friend to the Head of Academy and senior leadership team, offering support and advice;
  • helping the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • helping make the school be open and accountable to the public for what it does;
  • working with the school on planning and developing policies and keeping the school provision under review; and
  • exercising the responsibilities and powers delegated to it by the Trustees in partnership with the Head of Academy and staff.

Local Governing Body

Name Appointed as
Richard Walker  Chair, Community Governor
Mark Turner Executive Headteacher
Patrick Toulson Community Governor
Amber Southern Staff Governor
Charley Thrush  Staff Governor
Rebecca Spruce Parent Governor
David Watson Parent Governor
Alasdair Innes Community Governor

To review governor attendance and declarations of interest, please follow this link.

Previous Governors in the last 12 months

Name Appointed as
Adrian Smith Community Governor
Sue Mansfield Independent Chair
Jenn Plews Chief Executive Officer
John Barker Chief Financial Officer
Bev Ashby NSAT Trustee
Ann Wheatcroft NSAT School Improvement Director Primary
Richard Walker IB Member
Charlotte Clarke Headteacher
Shona Hawkins Parent Governor
Bev Ashby  Chair, Community Governor

To contact any members of the Local Governing Body, please email governance@nsat.org.uk 

To send correspondence to the Chair of Governors, please send this in a letter to the school address for the attention of the Chair of Governors, or alternatively email: governance@nsat.org.uk 

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