Principal - Lesley Welsh
Principal - Lesley Welsh

GEORGE PINDAR SCHOOL IS PART OF

Our Governors

Mr Alan Richards (Chair)
Trust-appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 16.09.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 15.09.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/2
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: Chair
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: Director, Training Action Results Ltd (Leadership Training Consultancy) – 2001. Owner, Action 4 Results – 2018
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: HCAT, WPT, WWPAT, JMAT, DSAT, LFSP
Contact: chair@gps.hslt.academy
Address: Graham School, Woodlands Dr, Scarborough, YO12 6QW

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Mrs Lesley Welsh
Principal – George Pindar (Ex-Officio)

Date of Appointment: 01.05.2019
Appointed By: Ex-Officio
End of Term: N/A
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/2
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Scarborough Tec Board

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Ms Emma Robins
Principal – Graham School (Ex-Officio)

Date of Appointment: 01.03.2019
Appointed By: Ex-Officio
End of Term: N/A
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/2
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Gladstone Road Primary School

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Tracey Woodward
Staff Governor

Date of Appointment: 19.10.2020
Appointed By: Staff Election
End of Term: 18.10.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/2
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 2/5
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Mark Thompson
Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 20.01.2021
Appointed By: Parent Election
End of Term: 19.01.2025
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 0/2
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 1/5
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Mr Marcus Towse
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 01.09.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 31.08.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/2
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: Teaching and Learning
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: Altus Education Trust (Member) – Sept 2020
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Altus Education Partnership MAT

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Ms Mandy Gething
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 11.03.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 10.03.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/2
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 2/5
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A 

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Mr Gavin Smith
Governor

Date of Appointment: 20.07.2022
Appointed By: Appointed by Governing Body
End of Term: 19.07.2026
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/2
Area of Responsibility: TBC
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: TBC
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: TBC

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Reverend Stephen Walker
Governor

Date of Appointment: TBC
Appointed By: TBC
End of Term: TBC
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: N/A
Area of Responsibility: TBC
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: TBC
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: TBC

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Trust-appointed Governor – Vacancy

Trust-appointed Governor – Vacancy

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Governor attendances are updated once a term

To become a Governor, please contact the school – hello@gps.hslt.academy or apply here

Clerk / Trust Governance Support – Louise.Baron@york.gov.uk & Georgina.Holman@york.gov.uk

Meeting Minutes are available here; https://gps.hslt.academy/meeting-minutes

For further information, including Governance documents, please visit our Trust website

Get to know our governors

Mr Alan Richards - Chair of Governors
Ms Tracey Woodward
Ms Mandy Gething
Mr Marcus Towse
Reverend Stephen Walker
Mrs Lesley Welsh
Ms Emma Robins

Alan has been involved in school governance since 2001, he has been a National Leader of Governance since 2012 and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Society of Education and Training and is passionate about school improvement, ensuring that all children are able to achieve to their full potential.

I am an experienced KS3 and 4 teacher in my third decade of teaching.  My main subject specialism is Science and I also teach Mathematics.  I came in to the profession to make a positive impact on children’s lives by enabling them to fulfil their potential as life-long learners who will continue to be enriched by the positive contributions they make in their individual lives and society as a whole and throughout my career I have enjoyed working with colleagues in pursuing this shared aspiration.

I am passionate in my belief that the experiences each child encounters within and throughout every aspect of our care is pivotal in the development of their emotional, mental and physical well-being that will form the cornerstone of their academic achievement and fulfilment as well-rounded individuals.

I have experience at all levels of management in both pastoral and academic spheres a variety of roles ranging from literacy coordinator to Head of Year to Assistant Headteacher.

I am proud to be a member of the George Pindar team and look forward to utilising my skills and experience in serving both George Pindar and Graham School in my role as staff governor.

I am originally from Teesside and studied at Edinburgh University and in Germany.  I have lived mostly in the North, including the last 8 years in Scarborough.  During my working life I have had experience of working in several industries in addition to the education sector, including catering management and the Civil Service.  While in York and Lincolnshire in the 1990s I taught German and French, and I returned to teaching when I moved to Scarborough.  I currently work as a teacher of English, EAL and Modern Foreign Languages, but have also taught Citizenship and in Adult Education during my time in Scarborough.  What I find the most rewarding about being a teacher is helping students and colleagues to achieve their potential, so I hope to be able to support Graham and Pindar in this way, too.

I was born in Scarborough and spent the first year of my life on Eastfield before my parents moved into the town centre. Many of my wider family continued to live on Eastfield and a number of my cousins attended George Pinder School. My father, along with his bothers, worked at Plaxtons, first at Seamer Road and then at the Eastfield site.

My education was at Gladstone Road Primary School, Graham School and Scarborough Sixth Form College, followed by a degree in Physics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at York University. Following university I worked at Ampleforth College teaching Physics before becoming a vicar in the Church of England.

As a vicar in the Church of England I have had the opportunity to be involved as a school governor in several different schools, both Primary and Secondary, over the past 30+ years. And this has given me a wide experience to draw on as I continue to serve as a governor.

I still have a keen interest in technology from my science background and keep up to date the latest developments. I also try to keep fit, I’ve run with Park Run at Wykeham and go to the gym.

MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST GOVERNANCE

A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a legal entity accountable for the running of the organisation and all the academies within it. The MAT is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and has multiple layers of governance: the Members, the Board of Trustees and Board Committees, which include a Local Governing Committee for each academy within the MAT.

The Local Governing Committee serves as a sub-committee of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust York Board of Trustees, and their responsibilities are set out within the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation. If required, the Board can either delegate more powers to the Local Governing Committee or withdraw powers in exceptional situations. Governors are not involved in the operational running of the academy; the daily management of the academy is the responsibility of the Principal. All decisions are made as a group; governors are there as a corporate body responsible for the governance of the academy and not to represent their own interests or the interest of others.

WHAT DOES THE LOCAL GOVERNING COMMITTEE DO?

Local governors have three central duties:

i) setting the vision of the local academy
ii) holding the Headteacher/Principal to account
iii) and ensuring the academy’s financial management is to the highest possible standard.

Governors carry out their tasks in a number of different ways, through regular meetings and visits to the academy. Meetings are held at least once a term.

For a full list of Trust Board and LGC meetings, please see below.

The Local Governing Committee provides the school with a wide range of skills and experience which supports the Senior Leadership team in vital decisions that enhance the academy’s environment, curriculum and delivery of the best educational experience possible.

If you are interested in becoming a governor for our school, please contact us by email: hello@gps.hlt.academy

FORMER GOVERNORS WITHIN THE PAST 12 MONTHS

Mr Darren Leppington
Parent Governor
Date of Appointment: 04.05.2022
Appointed By: Election
Resigned: Nov 2022
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 0/1
Area of Responsibility: TBC
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: TBC
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: TBC

Mr Phil Rumsey
Trust-Appointed Governor
Resigned: 07.03.2022
Date of Appointment: 04.11.2020
Appointed By: Trust
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 1/3
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Scarborough Sixth Form College

Mr Gerry Swain (Trust Appointed)
Resigned: 04/01/2022

Samantha Taylor (Trust Appointed)
Resigned: 01/12/2021

MEETING DATES

Tuesday 11th October 2022, 5pm
Tuesday 6th December 2022, 5pm
Tuesday 7th February 2023, 5pm
Tuesday 25th April 2023, 5pm
Tuesday 11th July 2023, 5pm

COMPLAINTS

The number of complaints registered during the preceding academic year was 6.

For details of our complaints policy, please visit our policies page.

This morning, our Y11s who are working with @NYBEP_NE on the ‘Your Choice Your Voice’ programme had great fun constructing chairs from balloons! The challenge was to make a chair that could be sat upon without it bursting & both teams succeeded! #proudtobepindar #thrivewithhope pic.twitter.com/gj47…