Our Governors

Our Governors

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:


NameCategoryAdditional rolesTerm of office start dateTerm of office end date
Mr T EastaughPrincipal (ex-officio)01/01/2019
Mr J MartinStaff02/02/202101/02/2025
Mr D SeddonParent09/09/201908/09/2023
Mr A ThirlwellParentVice Chair (Curriculum & Standards Link)07/12/201806/12/2022
Mr P LookerTrust appointedChair (Workforce Development & Finance Link)19/12/201818/12/2022
Mrs H ToddTrust appointedSEND Link20/05/202019/05/2024
Mrs J SmailesTrust appointedSafeguarding Link20/05/202019/05/2024
Mr M HalifaxTrust appointed (staff)11/07/201810/07/2022
Mr P ClaytonTrust appointedBehaviour & Attendance Link16/09/202015/09/2024
VACANCYTrust appointed--
VACANCYTrust appointed--
Mrs J SwarbrickGovernance Advisor01/09/2020-

Governors who have stepped down from the Governing Body in the last 12 months:

GovernorCategoryTerm of office end date
Ms M ZulkarnainStaffJanuary 2021
Sarah ByrneTrust AppointedMay 2020

Governor business interests 2020-21

Name of Governor Nature of any business interests including details of the company or organisation Date of start of interest Details of governor membership at another school or academy Details of any relationship between governor and member of school staff (eg spouse)
Toby Eastaugh (Principal) NONE NONE NONE
Miriam Zulkarnain Member of Teaching Staff, Vale of York Academy September 2005NONE NONE
(Staff) term of office ended 15/01/2021
Jack Martin (Staff) elected January 2021 NONE NONE NONE
David Seddon (Parent) NONE NONE NONE
Matt Halifax (Vice Principal – Trust Appointed) NONE NONE NONE
Patrick Looker (Chair – Trust Appointed) Employee at City of York Council
Son of Janet Looker – Councillor at City of York Council (current Lord Mayor)
October 2003NONE NONE
Andrew Thirlwell (Parent) Programme Manager at STEM Learning (National CPD provider) October 2017NONE NONE
Helen Todd (Trust Appointed) NONE NONE NONE
Jenny Smailes (Trust Appointed) NONE NONE NONE
Paul Clayton (Trust Appointed) NONE NONE NONE

Governor attendance

Click below to download the Vale of York Academy LGC Attendance Registers:


If you are interested in becoming a Governor for our school, please contact us on 01904 560000 or email


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