Governing Body


‘Leaders and managers are rightly focused on ensuring that all students receive the best teaching and support so they can achieve well.’ - Ofsted 2015




Delagated Role

End of Current Term of Office

Graham Cook Parent  31/12/2020

John Sinclair Parent Chair of Governors 31/12/2020

Jonathan Britton Headteacher

Gill Faulkner Community 31/12/2020

David Kilham Community 31/12/2020

Martin Braidley LEA Appointed 31/12/2020

Charlotte Nicholls Staff 31/12/2020

Anthony Cuffling Parent 31/12/2020

Lisa Skelding Parent 31/12/2020

Melanie Iredale Parent 31/12/2020

Patrick John Community 31/12/2020


To contact a governor send a letter to Woldgate School or email

What do Governors do?

Governors are often described as being critical friends of the School. They represent the local community on the governing body and represent the School within the local community.

Governors have a number of legal duties, which are outlined in the DfES document called “A Guide to the Law for School Governors”. These duties include having an overview of the financial, personnel and curriculum management of the college, and being responsible for considering pupil exclusions, staff dismissals and any complaints against the college. The Guide to the Law is available on the DfES website.

Governors are expected to attend meetings and undertake training. We are volunteers, though we can claim expenses for things like travel and baby-sitting.

At Woldgate School and Sixth Form College we believe that Governors should:

  • Put the pupils at the centre of our thinking.
  • Represent the School within the local community.
  • Represent the local community on the governing body.
  • Attend meetings.
  • Undertake training and development.
  • Visit the School.
  • Be attached to an area of the School's work.
  • Participate in decisions of the governing body.
  • Accept joint responsibility for decisions of the governing body.
  • Follow the procedures adopted by the School.
  • Maintain confidentiality when necessary.
  • Fulfil our statutory duties.

For more information about what governors do, please talk to one of the people already on the governing body or read the minutes of recent governors’ meetings. These are available in School, please ask at Reception.

Who can become a Governor? 

Most people over the age of 18 are eligible to be School governors.

Governors are appointed or elected to serve for a term of four years. At the end of this period they may seek re-election if they are still eligible. All governors must undergo a DBS check before taking office or when reappointed in order to safeguard the pupils at the School.

You cannot generally be a governor if you have received a prison sentence, been disqualified from working with children, been removed from office for financial misconduct or been fined for causing a disturbance on school premises.

Woldgate School and Sixth Form College has 16 Governors representing four categories:

  • Parent Governors are elected by the parents of pupils at the School and must themselves be the parent (or carer) of a pupil at the college on the day of election. You cannot be a Parent Governor if you are an elected member of the Local Authority or if you work at the School for more than 500 hours in a year.
  • Staff Governors are elected by the staff of the School and must be paid to work at the School. You can be the parent of a pupil at the School provided you are paid to work at Woldgate for less than 500 hours a year. 
  • LEA Governors are appointed by the Local Authority. Contact the governors’ clerking team at County Hall in Beverley if you would like to be considered for appointment.
  • Community Governors are chosen by the other Governors to represent community interests. You cannot stand as a community governor if you are an elected member of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council or if you are paid to work at Woldgate.

The governing body clerking is arranged through York City Council.

To contact a Governor send a letter to Woldgate School or email



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Woldgate School and Sixth Form College
92 Kilnwick Road
YO42 2LL
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Woldgate School and Sixth Form College, an Academy, is part of the Wolds Learning Partnership, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number: 10518602. Registered Office: 92 Kilnwick Road Pocklington, York YO42 2LL.