The role of the local governing body at Ryecroft Academy is to help the school fulfil its main aim which is to provide the best possible education for all of its pupils.

There are many things which governors are expected to do. The following provides a brief outline:

  • Governors have responsibility, with the Principal, for deciding, reviewing and monitoring many of the policies, plans and procedures within which the academy operates
  • The governors’ role is strategic. The Principal’s role is both strategic and operational
  • It is important to recognise that governors are part of a team. They all have equal status and although they are appointed by different groups (parents, staff, The GORSE Academies Trust etc.) their main concern is the welfare of the whole academy
  • Governors make decisions democratically, by consensus. Governors do not have individual powers to act alone
  • Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice at all times
  • Governors share the responsibility of appointing staff with the academy and must act in the same way as any good employee
  • Governors should consider carefully how their own decisions might affect other academies
  • Governors should encourage openness in all of their work for the academy and should welcome enquiries from parents and the general public

Meet our Governors

Name Category End of Term of Office Committee Membership Area of Special Responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy
Helen Townsley Principal n/a Yes None None Spouse (Executive Principal of TGAT)
Caroline Abraham Community 31/12/2020 Yes None None None
Ian Page Parent 31/12/2017 Yes IT Consultant for Connect-Up Systems None None
Mark Roper
Parent 31/12/2017 PPM* Yes None Drighlington Primary, Leeds College of Building, MNA None
Nichol Pace Parent 31/12/2017 Yes None None None
Sir John Townsley Executive Principal n/a Yes None TGAT, TFA, TMA, EHC, MNA, TRGA, HA, BA, LTSA Spouse (Principal of RA)
Tina Dunderdale TGAT 31/12/2017 Yes None None None
Rob Stephenson Staff 31/12/2021 Yes None None None
Simon Kimberley



N/A N/A Yes Pending Pending None

* Principal’s Performance Meeting

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