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The Ryedale Federation Governing Body


Attendance of Governors at Meetings 2016 - 2017 

Attendance of Governors at Meetings 2017-2018

Attendance of Governors at Meetings 2018- 2019




David Dangerfield   Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor

Heather White        Co-opted Governor / Link Governor for Sinnington CP School

David Ball               Vice Chair / Parent Governor / Link Governor for Ryedale School

Katie Atkinson        Parent Governor / Link Governor for Helmsley School

Ruth Smith             Co-opted Governor 

Anna Aspery          Staff Governor 

Mark McCandless Head teacher, Ryedale School

Gill Hardacre        Head Teacher, Kirkbymoorside School

John Goodyear    Local Authority Governor / Link Governor for Kirkbymoorside C P School 

Ruth Smith was appointed as of 22nd June 2018 repectively. Katie Atkinson was appointed on December 12th 2017; all other governors were appointed on July 1st 2016 for a four year term of office by the Ryedale Federation Board of Governors. No Governor serves on any other committees or governs any other educational establishment and their are no associate members. There are no relationships bertween governors and members of the school staff including spouces, partners and realatives.


What do Governors do?

Governors are the heart of our school leadership. Their responsibilities include:

The governing board has chosen to delegate some functions, as set out in the scheme of delegation, to the Headteachers and Executive Leadership Team. For example, the Executive Leadership Team has responsibility for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and the progress of all students within federation schools. However, governors remain responsible for setting the ethos, culture and strategic direction for the federation.

The Governors carry out their responsibilities by meeting each half term throughout the academic year.
Governors can take part in all aspects of school life and can decide how much to be involved through the Link Governor role. Being a Governor is very rewarding:

Training and Support

There is a great deal of support for Governors, new and experienced. There is a full induction process, including meeting the Headteacher and having a tour of the school. If you wish, another member of the Governing Board will act as your mentor. Training can be accessed through a range of providers including the County Council. Fees are paid by the federation. Courses can encourage your development as a Governor. Attendance at forums are useful for increasing your knowledge in specific areas and networking with other local Governors. The Governing Board is skills based to ensure a broad and balanced Governing Board, and is made up as follows:

1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
2 Headteacher Governors
2 Parent Governors 
4 Co-opted Governors (1 vacancy)
Clerk to Governors

The Link Governors for each of the federation schools are:


Katie Atkinson 
Helmsley CP School



Business Interests and /or financial interests

With the exception of Mr J. Goodyear and Mr D. Ball no member of the governoring board have any business interest or financial interest. Those named above have no conflict of interest. No governor undertakes any other governance roles in other schools.

Past Serving Governors 

Name  Governor Category Date of Appointment Date Term Ended
Jody Lam Co-opted Governor 05.06.18 12.02.19


If you have any questions re governance please email the Clerk to Governors

Joanne Humpleby:



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