Governance

School Governance

The Governors are responsible for the management of the school. They decide on its overall policy and strategy including plans for development. All Governor tenures are for four years and everyone can serve two tenures.

The Quaker members are nominated and appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire (for more information please visit quakersinyorkshire.org.uk).

The parents of Breckenbrough nominate two members following an election. The two parent representatives have to be a parent at the time they are elected and serve for a period of four years. When a new parent representative is needed the Head will send a letter to all parents asking for nominations (these can be self-nominated) with a resume of interests and skills. If more nominations are received than there are places a ballot is held.

There are also two local authority Governors who are appointed by North Yorkshire County Council.  In addition, other Governors may be co-opted to add expertise in areas as needed in the overall board make up. The Governors appoint a Chair (Clerk), a deputy chair and a Treasurer from within its membership. Appointments are usually for four years, and a second term of four years may be served.  All Governors have to be DBS checked (the Disclosure and Barring Service provides a criminal record check for adults working with children).

All governors follow an induction program that covers basic governance and the aims and objectives of the school,  day to day running of the school, nature of the students and an introduction to the whole staff team and their roles and responsibilities.

The members of the School Committee (Governors) are:

First Name Last Name Type of Governor Specialist position Committee Business Interest
Alison Clarke

Trustees appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire

(The Religious Society of Friends)

Chair All Retired Archeologist
Judith Campbell

Trustees appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire

(The Religious Society of Friends)

 Deputy Chair

Careers Link Governor

 Education Retired Teacher
Ruth McTighe

Trustees appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire

(The Religious Society of Friends)

 Safeguarding Link Governor  Education Retired Pediatrician
 Margaret Nunnerley

Trustees appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire

(The Religious Society of Friends)

 Education
John Littlefair

Trustees appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire

(The Religious Society of Friends)

 Education  Retired Teacher
Stefan Lewicki

Trustees appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire

(The Religious Society of Friends)

 Resources  Retired Teacher
George Bateman Co-opted  member

Chair of Resources Committee

Treasurer

 Resources Retired Head of NYCC Finance Department
Sally Burton Co-opted member  Education Retired Manager Social Care
Jo Swain Co-opted  member Chair Education Committee  Education  Solicitor
Fran Green Parent Governor  Education  Administrator
Stephen Drake Parent Governor  Resources National Firearms Division for Police
Simon Bannister Representative Governor The Headteacher
Sue Jones Representative Governor Bursar/Company Secretary
Gavin Copland Representative Governor The Deputy Head
Richard Kendrick Representative Governor Staff Representative
Robert Baker Representative Governor County Councillor
Vacant Representative Governor County Councillor

 

The full Governing body is concerned with policy, planning and decision making and meets once a term. It receives reports and recommendations from five sub-committees, Education, Resources, Strategy and Development, Beyond Breckenbrough, and Marketing.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please email  chairofgovernors@breckenbrough.org.uk.  Or write by post to, Chair of Governors, Breckenbrough School, Sandhutton, Thirsk, YO7 4EN