Governance

Local Governing Committee

The Local Governing Committee serves as a sub-committee of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust 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 school; the daily management of the schools is the responsibility of the Head Teacher. All decisions are made as a group; governors are there as a corporate body responsible for the governance of the school and not to represent their own interests or the interest of others.

Our Governors
John Wilkinson
Chair of Governors
Trust-appointed Governor

Date of Appointment: 22/09/2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 31/03/2023
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/1
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: Chair
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

Contact: email: chair@pop.hslt.academy

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Alex Johnson
Deputy Chair
Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 05/11/2020
Appointed By: Parents
End of Term: 04/11/2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/1
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 4/4
Area of Responsibility: EYFS
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Laura Wade
Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2019
Appointed By: Parents
End of Term: 31/03/2023
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/1
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 3/5
Area of Responsibility: Safeguarding
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Alex Ritchie

Date of Appointment: 24/06/2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 23/06/2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/1
Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: Health and Safety 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Godfrey Brown

Date of Appointment: 16/09/2020
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 15/09/2024
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 0/1
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: N/A
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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James Browne

Date of Appointment: 03/11/2021
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 02/11/2025
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 0/1

Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: N/A
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: ReachOut UK (Mentoring Charity) 
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Alan Park

Date of Appointment: 03/11/2021
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 02/11/2025
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/1

Attendance at Meetings 2020/21: 5/5
Area of Responsibility: SEND
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Vacant post
Non Teaching Staff

Date of Appointment: 
Appointed By: 
End of Term: 
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 
Area of Responsibility: 
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest:
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: 

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Laura Lister
Staff

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2019
Appointed By: Trust
End of Term: 31/03/2023
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/1
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 4/5
Area of Responsibility: N/A
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Estelle O’Hara – Principal (ex-officio)

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2015
End of Term: N/A
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23: 1/1
Attendance at Meetings 2021/22: 4/5
Area of Responsibility: N/A
Declared Business and/or Pecuniary Interest: N/A
Other EABs/Governors Committees/Educational institutions: N/A

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Governor attendances are updated once a term

To become a Governor, please contact the school – hello@pop.hslt.academy or apply here

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

You can also write to: Poppleton Ousebank Primary School, Main Street, York, YO26 6JT

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

Poppleton Ousebank Primary Governance

Poppleton Ousebank Primary School is part of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust – a multi-academy Trust serving schools in York, Scarborough and Hull.

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 school within the MAT.

The Local Governing Committee serves as a sub-committee of the Hope 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 school; the daily management of the schools is the responsibility of the Head Teacher. All decisions are made as a group; governors are there as a corporate body responsible for the governance of the school 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 schools
ii) holding the Headteacher to account
iii) and ensuring the schools’ 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 schools. Meetings are held at least once a term. For a full list of Trust Board and LGC meetings please take a look here: Hope Sentamu Learning Trust – Governance Info

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 Executive Head Teacher and then carrying out the Executive Head Teacher’s performance review.

LGC Meeting Dates

Monday 17th October 2022, 7pm
Monday 12th December 2022, 7pm
Monday 16th January 2023, 7pm
Monday 20th March 2023, 7pm
Monday 19th June 2023, 7pm

Governors who have stepped down within the last 12 months

N/A