The Governing Body of Boroughbridge High School is comprised of 2 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 1 staff governor, Head Teacher, and 6 co-opted governors. The total number of governors is 11.

The term of office for parent governors, co-opted governors and staff governor is four years. The term of office for the Local Authority governor is four years or until termination by the Local Authority.

The Instrument of Government came into effect 19 November 2016 and was made by order of North Yorkshire Local Authority on 16 November 2016.

The role of the Governing Body is to lead the strategic vision of the school and to hold the Head Teacher to account. The Head Teacher is responsible for the operational day-to-day running of the school. We are also responsible for ensuring the financial probity of the school.

Our Board comprises members who give of their time freely and who have a range of skills to enable them to carry out the job effectively. Our expertise comes from the worlds of Finance, Law, Education and Business amongst others. We regularly undertake training. The Headteacher also sits on the Board.

Our aim is to ensure that all students at Boroughbridge High School get the best education possible in a safe and welcoming environment and that they leave our school well-prepared for life in the future.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets for eight normal and one business meeting a year. It is led by a Chair and Vice-Chair. The FGB is supported by a School Improvement Group which focuses on agreeing and monitoring actions to raise the achievement of our students and the performance of the school. The Chair and Vice Chair of Governors sit on this committee alongside the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.

Sub-committees and panels are set up when appropriate to deal with specific issues such as pupil or staff disciplinary matters, appointment of a head teacher or deputy head teacher and pay and performance management.

All governors have specific individual responsibilities linked either to an area of the School Improvement Plan or to a key area of the Governors responsibilities.

School Governing Body

NameCategoryStart Date of AppointmentEnd Date of Appointment
Mr M DawsonCo-opted Governor - Chair20/09/201819/09/2022
Mr J HellerCo-opted Governor - Vice Chair20/09/201819/09/2022
Mr B HornerCo-opted Governor12/07/201730/07/2021
Mrs E LonsdaleParent Governor13/12/201812/12/2022
Mrs S MeneelyLocal Authority Governor
Miss K StephensonHeadteacher01/09/2017
Mrs E StamperCo-opted Governor17/01/201816/01/2022
Mr I YappCo-opted Governor06/09/201805/09/2022
VacancyStaff Governor
VacancyParent Governor
Andrew WelshClerk to Governors

Members of the Governing Body may be contacted via:

Andrew Welsh, Clerk to the Governors, Boroughbridge High School, Wetherby Road, Boroughbridge YO51 9JX

Register Of Business Interests

Boroughbridge High School Register of Business Interests 2019-2020

Governor Attendance

Boroughbridge High School Governor Attendance 2018-2019

Governor’s Profiles

Malcolm Dawson OBE, Chair of Governors

Malcolm was a civil servant for over thirty years, which included appointments in the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Justice and as Chief Executive of HM Land Registry and then of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.  Since retiring from the civil service in 2014 and moving back to Yorkshire, he has run his own consulting business.  He lives in Bewerley, where he is a parish councillor, and enjoys golf, walking and music.  He is married with one son at university in Swansea.  He has been a governor since November 2014.

John Heller, Vice-Chair of Governors

John graduated with a law degree from Sheffield University and qualified as a lawyer in 1976. After training in London he joined Hammonds and became a partner eventually becoming Senior Partner.  He specialized in commercial litigation. John has been retired since 2011.

Ian Yapp

Ian is a parent Governor at Boroughbridge High School and also the Science Link Governor having a first degree in a science-based subject. Professionally, he is a primary school headteacher at a large school in Tadcaster and has worked in education for nearly 30 years. He is also a governor at his own school. Ian has worked very closely with a number of secondary schools through his career and currently also chairs the North Yorkshire Education Partnership, which has overall responsibility for finance, performance, place planning etc. for all of North Yorkshire’s schools. Ian is passionate about education; that it should provide for every pupil and aspire for all to reach their utmost potential.

Emma Lonsdale

Emma has been a clinical psychologist for over twenty years with a particular interest in helping children, young people and families flourish. She has worked for a number of NHS Trusts as well as lived overseas and had a private practice. Currently she works in Redcar. She is passionate about helping children have the best foundations for life and sees the school community, including parents, as an extremely important part of that. Emma has a child at Boroughbridge High School.

Samantha Meneely

As a Primary School Teacher with a degree in Counselling, Samantha believes the welfare and well-being of children to be a priority in education – good mental health is critical.  Having mentored Looked After Children in secondary schools she has seen how young people flourish in all aspects of the curriculum when self-esteem is raised, through reflecting on progress and recognising achievements, no matter how small. As Safeguarding Link Governor, Samantha works with the school team to ensure children are safe in school and that barriers to learning are broken down. Her background before teaching was in publishing. She worked for the Guardian Newspaper Group for over 17 years, effectively managing a team of over 100 staff

Brian Horner

Brian was born in Harrogate and has lived and worked in and around the Boroughbridge area for over 40 years prior to retirement. Now in his fifth year as a co-opted Governor, Brian has responsibility for Health and Safety, Premises and is Link Governor to the Community. He supports local and community projects and is proud to be associated with the success of Boroughbridge High School.

Emma Stamper

Emma has been a Governor at Boroughbridge High School for nearly four years, with previous Governor roles at two local schools. Amongst other things, she has been a health professional, a supervisor in an HR Department and most recently Chair of Sharow Parish Council for six years. Emma holds the role SEND Link Governor and is mum of two who both attend Boroughbridge High School.