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Members of the Governing Body

 

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To contact the Governing Body, please send all communications via:

Mrs F Crawforth
(Clerk to Governors)
Withernsea High School
Hull Road
Withernsea
HU19 2EQ

Phone:
01964 613133

Email
: crawforthf@wscampus.net

 

Attendance 2021 - 2022

As per statutory requirements, we are obliged to publish the meeting attendance records of all governors. This includes all sub-committees.


29.09.21 – Personnel Committee Meeting

Mrs A Henderson MBE (Chair), Mr M Crofts, Mrs C Heaton, Mrs S Evans

Apologies: Mr M Ainley

 

22.09.21 – Curriculum and Quality Assurance Committee Meeting

Mrs C Heaton (Chair), Mr M Crofts , Mr M Ainley, Mrs A Henderson MBE, Mrs J Johnson, Mrs V Spencer, Mrs C Tomes

By invitation: Mrs R Pindar, Mr R Mabbott, Mrs A Mackenzie and Mr S Petrow.

Apologies: Mrs D Miller, Mr M Cargill

 

14.07.2021 – Full Governing Body

Mrs A Henderson MBE (Chair), Mr M Crofts, Mr M Ainley, Mrs J Johnson, Mrs D Miller, Mrs V Spencer, Mrs D Turner, Mrs C Tomes.

By invitation: Mr R Mabbott, Mrs S Petrow, Mrs A Mackenzie, Mrs R Pindar

Apologies: Mrs C Heaton

 

Attendance Archive 

Please click here to view/download the archive for the previous academic year.

About the Governing Body


The governing body provides strategic leadership and accountability. It has three key functions:

• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
• Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction


These key are functions are delivered through four focussed committees. These are:


Curriculum and quality assurance
Finance and general purpose
Health and safety, site and buildings
Pay and personnel

For further information about the roles and responsibilities of each committee, please click the links above to view/download additional information.


 There are four different categories of Governor at Withernsea High School:

Categories of Governor
Co-opted Local Authority Staff Parent
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body. 

They are people, who in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.  
Local Authority Governors are nominated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council but appointed by the governing body.



Both teaching and support staff are eligible to be Staff Governors.

Their role will not be to represent staff but to operate as part of the governing body to provide strategic leadership and to hold the Headteacher to account.
Parent Governors are elected by other parents/carers of students at the school.

Any parent, which includes a person with parental responsibility, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand.

When vacancies arise, the Headteacher will write to parents/carers to seek nominations.

 

 

Members of the Governing Body


 

Name:

Mrs Caroline Heaton

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Chair of Governors

Date of appointment:

10th March 2005

Current term of office ends:

13th November 2023

Appointing body:

Co-opted Governor

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Head's appraisal
• Pay and Personnel

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

• Safeguarding 
• Well-being

Curriculum links:

• Progress/Personal Development (SIP Objective 3) 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'I have been a governor at Withernsea High School since March 2003 and Chair of Governors since the autumn term of 2011.

My husband and I have lived in Patrington for 33 years and our four children have all attended Withernsea High School.
They all enjoyed their time at our school and benefitted from the excellent all-round education that the school provides.

I passionately believe that our students all deserve the very best education we can give them and Withernsea High School continues to deliver this to our students.

Our students also benefit from excellent pastoral support throughout their time in our care.

I am the Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor, Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and Disciplinary Committee.

My background is medical, having worked as a Registered Nurse for many years before qualifying as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.

I was the Clinical Service Manager for the Community Pain Management Service in Hull for nine years until recently.

I have been a Justice of the Peace for twenty six years now, recently elected as Chair of the Family Panel.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

Name:

Mrs Alexandra Henderson MBE

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

• Vice Chair of Governors 
• Chair of Pay and Personnel 

Date of appointment:

23rd October 2013

Current term of office ends:

13th November 2023

Appointing body:

Co-opted Governor  

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body 
• Curriculum and quality assurance 
• Pay and Personnel 
• Head's appraisal

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

None

Curriculum links:

• Teaching (SIP Objective 2)
• Creative Arts
• Sport
• Modern Foreign Languages
• Engineering and Design 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'I have been a governor for many years, initially at Hull College and then at Sirius Academy, Hull. 

I was honoured to be awarded with an MBE for services to education in 2010. 

I have been a governor at Withernsea High School for over five years now and I am particularly keen in encouraging an educational approach which is underpinned by the principle that education can and should make a positive change to young people's lives.

Having lived in Holderness for over 40 years, I understand the role the school has in the fabric of the local community with many generations being past pupils of Withernsea High School. 

I understand how rural and coastal schools have their own challenges but I am aware of the many success stories of past pupils and believe the school is able to build on this success.

My professional career, which has spanned over 40 years, was within the NHS. My final full-time role being as a Director of Nursing, giving me understanding of the public service environment and where every person matters.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare 

Relationships to staff:

None to declare 

 

 

 

Name:

Mr Matthew Ainley

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

• Chair of Finance and General Purpose 
• Chair of Health and Safety, Site and Buildings committee

Date of appointment:

1st February 2013

Current term of office ends:

7th May 2023

Appointing body:

Co-opted Governor

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Finance and general purpose
• Health and safety, site and buildings

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

• Health and safety
• GDPR
• Educational Visits

Curriculum links:

None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'Local retired Police Officer for Holderness.

RNLI Volunteer.

Continuing to work with the school offering support and help when needed to benefit our students.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

Daughter, Miss H Ainley, is the school's Attendance Officer.

 

Name:

Mr Mike Cargill 

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment:

1st September 2021

Current term of office ends:

31st August 2025

Appointing body:

Governing Body

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Finance and general purpose

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

None

Curriculum links:

• Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

• Community and Post-16 provision 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

n/a

General information:

'I have been actively involved with Withernsea High School for many years and have now decided to become a governor to further support the school in its’ development in the areas of STEM and Careers Information Advice and guidance.

Since 2012 I have co-run the annual Girls into Engineering events with Withernsea, hosted by Wilberforce College. I have run several STEM days at the school and believe that it is incumbent on the whole school community to help young adults understand the many options open to them as they progress through education.

In my professional life I am a chartered civil engineer and have worked in education since 1995 as a secondary school teacher, in apprentice training and now as an education consultant specialising in STEM delivery and resource development.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

Name:

Mr Mark Crofts

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Headteacher

Date of appointment:

1st April 2018

Current term of office ends:

Governor whilst Headteacher

Appointing body:

Full governing body

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Finance and general purpose
• Health and safety, Site and buildings
• Pay and Personnel

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

Safeguarding 

Curriculum links:

n/a

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

Qualified as a geography teacher in 1995.

Taught at Perronet Thompson, Driffield School, Head of Department at Malet Lambert.

Joined Withernsea in 2006 as Assistant Headteacher.

Enjoys making the most of the local area through cycling and walking. Loves climbing, being in the mountains and exploring wild places, including on our doorstep.

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

 

Name:

Mrs Jane Johnson

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Committee Governor 

Date of appointment:

18th May 2021

Current term of office ends:

17th May 2025

Appointing body:

Parent Governor 

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Finance and general purpose

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

None

Curriculum links:

LAC and Post-LAC

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

 

'I joined the governing body in 2021 as a Parent Governor.

I am a qualified teacher with experience in both primary and secondary schools.

I hope to provide support in achieving continued and improved standards whilst maintaining pupils’ positive experiences at Withernsea High School.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

 

Name:

Mrs Elaine McCreaddie

Status: End of term of office (10th May 2021)

Position of responsibility:

Staff Governor

Date of appointment:

1st December 2012

Current term of office ends:

10th May 2021

Appointing body:

Full Governing Body

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Finance and general purpose

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

SEN, Inclusion and Flexible Provision 

Curriculum links:

None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Governance panel for East Riding Virtual School for CLA

General information:

'I have worked at Withernsea High School for over 30 years and am currently the Learning Support Manager. I also have responsibility for Children Looked After who attend the school.

I have lived in Withernsea all my life and attended the school as a pupil many years ago! In addition, both my children attended the school.

As a governor I am keen to ensure that all our pupils, regardless of academic ability, receive the best possible education which still celebrates individual skills and talents.

In my spare time and holidays I enjoy travelling and going to the theatre.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

 

Name:

Mrs Deborah Miller

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Committee Governor

Date of appointment:

2nd March 2018

Current term of office ends:

1st March 2022

Appointing body:

Parent Governor

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body  
• Finance and general purpose
• Curriculum and quality assurance

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

None

Curriculum links:

• Curriculum (SIP Objective 1)
• Maths
• English
• Science 
• Humanities

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare  

General information:

'I was born in Hull and educated in the west of the city. 

Having completed full-time education to A-Level standard I undertook a two year HND Business and Finance course at the then Humberside Polytechnic, Cottingham Road. 

In 1989 I commenced work as a legal clerk. From 1992-96, I studied for a Law degree whilst working in Legal Practice on a full-time basis. 

In 1997, I did a post-graduate qualification in Business and Solicitors Accounts.

From 1998 to 2012 I was a practicing Solicitor, specialising in family cases including resolution of finance matters in divorce cases. 

In 2012 I was called to the bar (became a qualified Barrister). 

From 2013 to present I have been a practicing Barrister specialising in family cases, including finance settlements in divorce cases. 

Since 2017 I have been the Head of Financial Team – in Barristers Chamber, Hull.

I have been a self-employed Barrister since 2013. 

My interests include: dance, theatre, cycling, walking, reading and being outdoors.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

Name:

Mr Iain Ogilvie

Status: Resigned (22nd January 2021)

Position of responsibility:

Vice Chair of Governors

Date of appointment:

25th November 2013

Current term of office ends:

26th September 2021

Appointing body:

Co-opted Governor

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Finance and general purpose
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Pay and Personnel 
• Head's appraisal  

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

Finance

Curriculum links:

• Humanities
• Science

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'I joined the Governing Body after moving to the area from Northumberland.

Both my daughters have attend Withernsea High School.

I am a partner at Highfield Farm Accommodation and Campsite and also manage our business running an arable farm.

Previously I was the External Funding Manager at Northumberland County Council and have experience of managing capital projects and large budgets.

My degree is in Geography and Politics, so occasionally is useful for my link departments of Humanities and Science.

I am an active member of the Holy Trinity Development Trust overseeing the major developments at Hull Minster where I am also Church Warden.

I am also a Trustee of Holy Trinity Development Ltd.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

 

 

Name:

Mrs Melinda Overton

Status: End of term of office (13th May 2021)

Position of responsibility:

Committee Governor

Date of appointment:

14th November 2016

Current term of office ends:

13th May 2021

Appointing body:

Parent Governor

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body  
• Finance and general purpose
• Curriculum and quality assurance

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

SEN, Inclusion and Flexible Provision

Curriculum links:

None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare  

General information:

'I have been a Parent Governor at Withernsea High School since November 2016.


I live in Keyingham with my husband and two children.

My eldest son attended Withernsea High School and is now at university studying for his Law degree. 

My youngest son is currently in Year 10 at the school and studying for his GCSEs.

I am a Teaching Assistant at Keyingham Primary School, a role I find extremely rewarding. I started at Keyingham 10 years ago and within my time as a Teaching Assistant I have been fortunate to progress further as a Cover Supervisor and am now undertaking my HLTA. 

I have a keen interest in many areas including SEN and Safeguarding.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

 

Name:

Professor John Quicke

Status: End of term of office (13th March 2021)

Position of responsibility:

Committee Governor

Date of appointment:

24th April 2013

Current term of office ends:

13th September 2020

Appointing body:

Local Authority Governor

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body  
• Curriculum and quality assurance

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

• SEN, Inclusion and The LOFT
• Training

Curriculum links:

None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare  

General information:

'I am a retired professor of education who worked in the School of Education, University of Sheffield, for over twenty years.

Before that I worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools and as an educational psychologist in Slough and Durham.

After my retirement I worked part-time as a consultant educational psychologist, an educational researcher and a counsellor for students with disabilities.

I have been a school governor at Withernsea for nearly eight years and have had responsibility for SEN, Inclusion, The LOFT and training.

I am currently a member of the Curriculum and Quality Assurance Committee.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare  

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

Name:

Mrs Victoria Spencer

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Committee Governor 

Date of appointment:

18th May 2021

Current term of office ends:

17th May 2025

Appointing body:

Parent Governor 

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body
• Finance 
• Curriculum and quality assurance 

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

None

Curriculum links:

• SEN
• Inclusion
• Flexible Provision

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'I am a former student of Withernsea High School and live in the local area.

I have worked for the Local Authority for just over 14 years, where my work has been in youth services, youth justice, early help and family support and, more recently, moving into managing an area of the emotional and well-being service.

I am new to being a governor, however I feel strongly that my experience and passion for young people to be able to fulfil their potential will allow me to contribute positively to this role.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

Name:

Mrs Claire Tomes

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Staff Governor 

Date of appointment:

26th May 2020

Current term of office ends:

25th May 2024

Appointing body:

Staff Governor

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body  
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Finance and general purpose

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

Safeguarding 

Curriculum links:

Pupil Premium

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'I have worked at Withernsea High School since 2005 and during that time I have been a Teaching Assistant, a Teacher, and now the Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

My three sons attended Withernsea High School and I was a Parent Governor for a while before I was employed here.

I am passionate about inclusion and finding ways to support our young people to grow and thrive as they make their way through secondary school.

I believe that Withernsea High School is a very unique school and the education and wider support that we offer our students is second to none.

In my spare time, I enjoy holidaying in my motorhome, walking my dog, and watching rugby. I am the treasurer of our local Rugby Union team, Withernsea RUFC.' 

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

Name:

Miss Daisy Turner

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Co-opted Teacher Governor

Date of appointment:

13th December 2019

Current term of office ends:

18th December 2023

Appointing body:

Governing Body

Committees serving on:

• Full governing body  
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Finance and general purpose

Voting rights:

Yes

Special responsibilities:

Training Link

Curriculum links:

None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'I grew up locally and attended Withernsea High School as a pupil.

I have strong links to the local area and a desire to inspire rural pupils to raise their aspirations.

I have taught at Withernsea High School as a Science teacher since 2011, and have a whole school role as ITT/NQT coordinator.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare

 

 

 

 

Clerk to the Governors


Name:

Mrs Fay Crawforth

Status: Active

Position of responsibility:

Clerk to the Governing Body

Current term of office ends:

n/a

Appointing body:

Full Governing Body

Committees attended:

• Finance and general purpose
• Pay and personnel
• Curriculum and quality assurance
• Health and safety, site and buildings  
• Extra-ordinary full governing body meetings
• Panel meetings

Voting rights:

No

Special responsibilities:

n/a

Curriculum links:

None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

None to declare

General information:

'I have been employed as the Clerk to the Governing Body at Withernsea High School since September 2014. 

Prior to this, I worked as Clerk to a Governing Body in a primary school setting.

My other clerking commitments included acting as Clerk of the Finance Committee at another local primary school.

My role at Withernsea High School also includes being PA to the Senior Leadership Group.

I attend all meetings relating to Governors, with the exception of the Full Governing Body, which is clerked by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.'

Pecuniary interests:

None to declare

Relationships to staff:

None to declare