School Governors

What do School Governors do?

The head teacher is the manager of the school. The governors are unpaid volunteers from different backgrounds such as business, industry, education, farming and the church. Governors include representatives from the church, parents, teaching staff, the local community and the Local Authority.

Our job is to help and support Mrs Farby in her decision-making and strategic planning for the school. She can discuss things with us and ask for our views.  This is done through small committees and through full governors’ meetings that take place once a term. When the school is inspected, the performance of the governors is included in the inspection.

The governors assist the head teacher in achieving targets; reviewing and updating school policies; making long-term plans; planning how the school budget will be spent; drafting reports about the school’s progress; appointing new staff; ensuring the health and safety of the children; the maintenance of the school buildings and grounds; and dealing with any complaints.

The governors have links with classes and subjects. We visit the school, and observe and join in activities as much as possible. We attend training courses. We are strongly united in our pride in the school and our desire to support it. This is why we give of our time so willingly.

Related documents:

To find out more about the visits that the School Governor's are involved in, please visit the Special Reports section of this website.

The School Governing body are involved in a number of committees for more information please visit the Governing Body Committees page.

Meet our School Governors

Clerk to Governors - Antonia Praud

Governor Profiles:

David BarleyDavid Barley Co-opted Governor 
Special Responsibilities: Geography and Health & Safety
Committees: Premises and School Improvement.
Pecuniary: None

I was delighted when I was asked to be a Community Governor at Kirby Hill Church of England Primary School. I attended Kirby Hill Primary School myself starting in 1945 and progressed to Ripon Grammar School and Leeds University where I gained an Hons Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I then spent seven years on Teeside working in heavy engineering design and manufacture. In 1968 a career change was made and I returned to the family business at Langthorpe, producing eggs. Here I stayed until retirement.

I have been an active choral singer for 30 years and at present sing in two choirs. I enjoy social golf, supporting Boroughbridge Football Club, and four years ago I joined Boroughbridge and District Historical Society.
I have always had an interest in education, a long association with Kirby Hill School, and hope that I can contribute, in some way, in my new role. 

Rachel MackayRachel Mackay Co-opted Governor 
Special Responsibilities:
Committees: Finance and School Improvement.
Pecuniary: None

I qualified as a teacher with a BA (QTS) Hons in English from Ripon and York St. John in 2001 and taught in a large primary school in Northallerton for three years.  I then took time to develop the dance school and nursery that I shared with my sister, gaining Early Years Professional Status through Leeds Metropolitan University as well as leadership and decision making experience. I continued to teach in schools on supply in both key stages and returned to full time teaching at Kirby Hill, to follow my passion, in 2009.

I am the English Subject Leader and have thoroughly enjoyed leading the Read Write Inc Programme since 2012.  I am also the SENCo and have undertaken training for the National Award for Special Needs Coordination through Leeds Metropolitan University.  Prior to this, I studied a PGCert in Educational Improvement, Development and Change through York St. John University.  In 2014 I gained the exciting role of Assistant Head and became a member of the governing body.

Nic LyddonNic Lyddon - Staff Governor
Special Responsibilities:
Pecuniary: None

I grew up in the Midlands and moved to North Yorkshire in 2003.  I trained as a nurse and then became a teaching assistant in Solihull then moved to Kirby Hill.  I have worked at the school for 10 years and am currently training to be a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, working towards a qualification from Leeds Trinity University.

My children are now at university and high school and I continue to enjoy working in a primary school where the daily challenges vary and I can support groups and individuals in their learning.  I enjoy leading a Read Write Inc group and turn my hand to anything that is required to enable each day to run smoothly, from working in the classroom to the playground, and the dinner hall to after school club.

I became staff governor in January 2017 and look forward to being a member of the governing board for future years.

Mathew EvansMathew Evans - Parent Governor
Special Responsibilities: Mathematics and ICT.
Pecuniary: None

I am a Director of Information Technology for a large American credit card company and have spent most of my working career in IT for financial services organisations. During my career I have moved from a purely technical role to the management of large teams. I have a wide range of responsibilities including, managing people, technology and a large multimillion dollar budget. I hope that my business skills will be transferable to the role of Parent Governor and will allow me to support the continual development of the school.

I am married to Catherine, a primary school teacher, and we have 3 children, Isabelle, currently going through Kirby Hill, and twins William and George, who were born in February this year 2016. I enjoy baking and jam making at home as well as gardening at our allotment. When I get any free time, I can be usually found with my head in a book.

James Cunningham - Parent GovernorJames Cunningham - Parent Governor
Special Responsibilities: Science and History.
Pecuniary: None

I grew up near the town of Malton in North Yorkshire and joined the Army Air Corps at the age of 21. I spent just over 23 years serving in the forces initially as a soldier and towards the end of my career as an Officer, including a period as the Squadron Commander of 150 personnel. During 2014 I achieved an MBA with distinction. I am currently employed as a manager and senior investigator specialist with the Home Office. My wife Ellen is a teaching assistant and we have two children at Kirby Hill School, Cameron in year 3 and Paige in year 1.

I believe that if education is appropriately challenging and most importantly fun children will strive and crave to learn thereby taking ownership of their journey through school and beyond. I have a particular interest in service children and the challenges service life presents for families. I also have a personal interest in learning difficulties.

Lawrence Mayhew - Parent Governor
Special Responsibilities: PE
Pecuniary: None

I grew up locally in Knaresborough and qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006. I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and have worked within a variety of settings in both the NHS and private sector.

In 2013 I moved into academia where I am currently the course leader of the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme at Leeds Beckett University. In a quality assurance role I have internal examiner responsibilities where the aim is to maintain standards in teaching, assessment and feedback. I have sat on course validation and student mitigation panels and I am required to ensure the Physiotherapy programme continues to meet standards for education and training.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently undertaking a PhD.

We have two daughters, Lilly, in year 1 and Poppy commences nursery this year.


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