School  Governors

Governor Annual Statement

The Governing Body of The Heritage Coast Federation are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school,  The main focus of the governing body is to ensure that our pupils progress to the best of their abilities and for this to happen they understand that the pupils must be supported in all areas by a well led, enthusiastic , professionally competent and motivated staff who all work together to provide a safe, supportive, stimulating and caring environment.  They also appreciate and understand the requirement that the pupils, parents and carers need to be comfortable with the overall leadership and management of the school, and the impact that has on the safety, learning and enjoyment of the children in our care.

To achieve this aim, governors must continuously evaluate the role they have played within the life of our school and publish relevant information to all stakeholders.  This statement being part of that process.

What do they do?

School governors, together with the Headteacher, are responsible for the overall educational and financial health of the school.  They are all unpaid volunteers who meet regularly to discuss and decide upon all aspects of school activities such as appointing staff, monitoring the budget, maintaining the premises and reviewing the curriculum.  The governing body is a legal entity, and governors execute their individual responsibilities collectively.

In short, the governors are best thought of as trustees of the school who act in the interests of current and future pupils and staff.

Governing Body 2018-2019

The Governing Body of the Heritage Coast Federation comprises of the Headteacher, Co-Opted Governors, Parent Governors and Staff Governor.

Name Category Body Appointing Date Appointed Term of Office Responsibility
Helen Stapley         Clerk to Governors
Claire Barber Headteacher Ex-Officio 13 April 2015   Headteacher
Dr Andrea Dickinson Back Foundation Diocese 10/09/2018 09/09/2022

Chair of Governors


Donna Kettle Co-Opted FGB 10/09/2018 09/09/2022

Vice-Chair of Governors

Early Years and Outcomes for whole school

Julie Matthewson Parent School 10/09/2018 09/09/2022


Fabienne Bailey Parent School 10/09/2018 09/09/2022

Community Links

Jane Mortimer Co-Opted FGB 24/10/2018 23/10/2022


Allana Robson Staff School 10/09/2018 09/09/2022


Wendy Weekes Co-Opted FGB 10/09/2018 09/09/2022

Health and Safety and Safeguarding

Jo Morris Foundation  Diocese 24/10/2018 23/10/2022


Steve Hinchliffe LA LA 24/10/2018 23/10/2022


Andrew Fiddler Co-Opted FGB 01/01/2019 31/12/2022


Katrina Dixon Associate FGB    


The Governing Body as a whole is responsible for the school and its policies.  The governing body opted to not have committees and meets every half-term as a whole governing body.

Its powers and duties are:-

  • conducting the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement;
  • managing the school’s budget;
  • making sure that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based and in particular that the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and National Curriculum assessments;
  • determining the staff complement and a pay police for the school;
  • participating in the appointment of the head and other staff and regulating staff conduct and discipline. 

The following governors have Business Interests


Name Name of Business Interest Personal Connections Connection with other school Date Meetings Attended Not Attended Apology not sent Apologies not accepted
Claire Barber         05/02/2019          
Andrea Dickinson Back      

Chair of Governors at Ruswarp School

Donna Kettle     Spouce of Caretaker


Julie Matthewson     Parent

Teacher at East Whitby School

Fabienne Bailey     Parent


Jane Mortimer North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council Councillor  

Governor at Eskdale School

Allana Robson     Staff


Wendy Weekes     Former Employee


Jo Morris     Grandparent


Steve Hinchliffe      

Governor at Ruswarp School

Andrew Fiddler      


05/02/2019   0 0 0 0

To help us in our work and to broaden the skills of our governors, we organise and attend training sessions and seminars, which keep the governing body updated with changes in the education system.  In our various roles as Link Governors we make prearranged visits into the school to meet with the head teacher, make class visits and talk to members of staff.  We meet with groups of pupils, such as the School Council and Worship Team.  These visits help governors to monitor and understand how the school is improving and progession towards its targets.

Overall success criterial  Governors, in their strategic role will continue to challenge and support the school and its leaders in order to secure a “good” outcome at the next Ofsted inspection and its journey to “outstanding”.