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Thornton Dale C of E Primary School

Be kind, be brave, believe.

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01751 474 345

Castle Close, Thornton Dale, Pickering. YO18 7TW

Mrs Nikkie Beniams

Be Kind, be brave, believe


Thornton Dale Primary School is proud to be part of the educational vision for Elevate Multi Academy Trust, whilst retaining our own strong identity.  The Trustees have allowed its Academies to retain the same composition for their local governing bodies, which is set out below. 

The three core functions of the local governing board are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its children;.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure its money is well spent.

Thornton Dale Primary School's local governing body strives to support, challenge, and empower the leadership team so that the academy’s vision for its staff and children is achieved.

We aim to ensure that all children at Thornton Dale Primary School are provided with the opportunity to reach their potential, both academically and socially, and as part of a successful learning community demonstrating a strong ethos of care and support for children’s overall development and preparation for the future.

Our Governing Body comprises representatives of the local community, people with national expertise in education public sector leadership, business, parents and staff. It is extremely beneficial that several governors bring a range of expertise in contexts other than education. [Individual Governor Profiles provide further information].

We use our wide knowledge and experience to help set the direction for our school, provide support and hold the school to account.

We do this through undertaking three core strategic functions:

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting and ensuring clarity

  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets

  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school

  • Performance managing the Headteacher

  • Engaging with stakeholders

  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Overseeing the financial performance of the school, by:

  • Monitoring spending against the budget

  • Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained

  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

    Our Constitution allows for 10 Governors: 2 Parent Governors, 3 Co-opted Governors, 2 Foundation Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor and the Headteacher. In addition, we also welcome Associate Members to our Governing Body; people with specific expertise who wish to contribute. Thornton Dale Primary School Instrument of Government.

    We meet once a school term as a full Governing Body, as do our two sub committees where a wide range of matters are discussed and important decisions are made. Each Governor holds a specific lead responsibility and undertakes a range of monitoring visits throughout the year to fulfil obligations. We will also hold Away Days where as a group we self-evaluate, plan for the coming year and discuss a range of strategic activities.

    The Governing Body is unified with the school workforce in our key task, that of securing high standards of education for our children within a stimulating and interesting environment.

    We will produce an Annual Governance Statement at the end of this academic year which will provide further information of our activities and impact.

    Feel free to approach any of us at any time, meet us at Parents’ evenings, at assemblies, sports days, school events or anywhere within school you might see us. We are always happy to talk to you about our activities and can point you in the right direction for further information.


    Chair of Governors


Mr Iain Spittal Chair of Governors
Reverend Sally Gough Foundation Governor and Vice Chair
Mr Anthony Towle Co-opted Governor
Mrs Gaynor De Barr LA Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Dr Graeme Little Parent Governor
Mrs Natalie Ellis Parent Governor
Mr Matt Seeley Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Nikkie Beniams Executive Headteacher 
Miss Camarah Mosey Staff Governor
Ms Dianne Mousley Clerk to Governors


Feel free to contact us at school if you need any further information or look on the governors web page.

 Governor committees 19 20.pdfDownload
 Governor Page update 2 (1).pdfDownload
 Governor Profiles(1).pdfDownload
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