Our Role

Millthorpe’s governing body consists of members drawn from parents, staff, Local Authority representatives and members of the local community, as well as the Headteacher. It is led by the Chair of Governors (elected annually from the membership of the governing body).

We take ultimate responsibility for the well being of the school. While we are not closely involved with the day-to-day running of the school, we must ensure that it is fully staffed, financially secure and that its pupils are succeeding. We act as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher, discussing the strategic direction of the school and its long-term plans.

The governors meet once every half term as a whole group to discuss and approve (or not) matters about Millthorpe. Much of the work, however, is done in the committees that meet about once a term, to address particular issues – Finance, Staffing, Premises and Curriculum – as well as occasional issues such as Discipline and Appeals. Copies of policies and Full Governing Body minutes are available for inspection in school. Parents are welcome as non-voting observers at our Business Meetings; please contact the school office if you would like to attend.

Governor Category Committees Term of Office Stepped Down
Mr Trevor Burton Headteacher Finance & Staffing
School Development
01/04/2011 ongoing
Mrs Naomi Heaton Staff Achievement & Curriculum
Teaching & Learning
31/01/2014 30/01/2018
Mr David Merrett Co-opted Achievement & Curriculum
School Development
13/04/2016 12/04/2020
Ms Nicola Howard Co-opted Finance & Staffing
Achievement & Curriculum
11/10/2016 10/10/2020
Ms Jenny Kent Parent N/A 23/05/2013 22/05/2017 23/03/2016
Mr Tim Moat Parent
(Vice-Chair)
Finance & Staffing
School Development
03/05/2013 02/05/2017
Mr Bob Sydes Co-opted Teaching & Learning
School Development
01/02/2016 31/01/2020
Mr Richard Newton Co-opted Achievement & Curriculum
Teaching & Learning
01/02/2016 31/01/2020
Mrs Gillian Markland-Zuiderwijk Parent Achievement & Curriculum
School Development
04/07/2014 03/07/2018
Mr Martyn Pysanczyn Co-opted Finance & Staffing
School Development
25/03/2015 24/03/2019
Mrs Katie Hurrell Co-opted Finance & Staffing
Achievement & Curriculum
25/03/2015 24/03/2019
Mrs Jane Terrett Co-opted Achievement & Curriculum
Teaching & Learning
25/03/2015 24/03/2019
Ms Nicola Mitchell Co-opted Achievement & Curriculum
Teaching & Learning
25/03/2015 24/03/2019 07/12/2016
Mr Tim Hooper Co-opted Finance & Staffing
School Development
25/03/2015 24/03/2019
Ms Helen Thomas Co-opted N/A 25/03/2015 24/03/2019 11/07/2016
Mr Bill Schofield Co-opted
(Chair)
All Committees 25/03/2015 24/03/2019
Mrs Helen Ainsworth Staff N/A 25/03/2015 24/03/2019 11/07/2016
Ms Renee Rainville Co-opted Teaching & Learning
School Development
11/10/2016 10/10/2020

All governors are appointed by South Bank Academy Trust.