Principal - Toby Eastaugh
Principal - Toby Eastaugh

VALE OF YORK ACADEMY IS PART OF

Our Governors

Patrick Looker (Chair)
Trust-appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 02.11.2022
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 01.11.2026
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Area of Responsibility: Chair, Whistleblowing, Workforce Development & Finance
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: Employee at City of York Council (From Oct 2003)
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A
Contact: chair@voy.hslt.academy
Address: Vale of York Academy, Rawcliffe Drive, Clifton (without), York, YO30 6ZS

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Jack Martin
Staff Governor

Date of Appointment: 27.01.2021
Appointed By: Staff Election
End of Term: 26.01.2025
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 4/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Area of Responsibility: Student Voice
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Helen Todd
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 20.05.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 19.05.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 2/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 1/2
Area of Responsibility: SEND, Pupil Premium
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: Bootham School (Employee – 2013)
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Jenny Smailes
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 20.05.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 20.05.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Area of Responsibility: Safeguarding
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Matt Halifax
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 04.07.2022
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 03.07.2026
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 1/2
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Paul Clayton
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 16.09.2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 15.09.2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 4/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 1/2
Area of Responsibility: Behaviour 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Sally Mitcham
Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 05.07.2023
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 04.07.2027
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: N/A
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 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 Andrew Gready
Foundation Governor / Vice Chair

Date of Appointment: 14.09.2022
Appointed By: Diocese of York
End of Term: 13.09.2026
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 4/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Area of Responsibility: Ethos Committee, Attendance
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Lakeside Academy

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Andrew Thirlwell
Trust-Appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 18.01.2023
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 17.01.2027
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/3
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 1/2
Area of Responsibility: Vice Chair, Curriculum & Standards
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: TBC
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: STEM Learning Education CPD (Employee – 2017)

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Toby Eastaugh
Principal – In Attendance

Date of Appointment: 01.01.2019
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 5/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Area of Responsibility: N/A
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: Boroughbridge Primary School

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Governor attendances are updated once a term

To become a Governor, please contact the school – hello@voy.hslt.academy

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

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

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.

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.

FORMER GOVERNORS WITHIN THE PAST 12 MONTHS

Ian Wright
Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 25.04.2022
Appointed By: Trust
Resigned: 21.11.2023
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 4/5
Attendance at Meetings 2023/24: TBA
Area of Responsibility: TBC
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: TBC
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: TBC

SKILLS AND TRAINING

Governors do not need specific skills, but many of the tasks they are required to undertake can benefit from general business knowledge such as understanding management systems, budget planning and HR functions.

Local authorities are required to ensure that training for governors is available and most governing bodies buy into their local authority training packages (which may include online learning) to ensure that governors are properly inducted to their role and trained for specific tasks such as appointing the Principal and then carrying out the Principal’s performance review.

Vale of York Academy Governor information

The LGC is made up of:

The Principal, two Parent Governors and one Staff Governor. The remaining governors are co-opted and all the above governors have full voting rights at Local Governing Committee meetings and on their relevant sub-committees. Information on the governors is below with detail of committee membership, business interests and terms of office.

There are three governors employed by Vale of York Academy, Toby Eastaugh, Principal, Matt Halifax and Jack Martin. There are no relationships between governors and any members of staff in school (in terms of spouse, partners or relatives).

To contact the Chair of Governors please email: chair@voy.hlt.academy

LGC MEETING DATES

Monday 9th October 2023, 5pm
Monday 11th December 2023, 5pm
Monday 5th February 2024, 5pm
Monday 10th June 2024, 5pm