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What Governors Do

The Board of Governors (the Board) is responsible for:

  • establishing and maintaining the school's aims, values and ethos;
  • deciding its policies;
  • supervising its management, including finance;
  • monitoring its performance.

The Board Of Governors works in partnership with the Headteacher who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. School governors are the largest volunteer force in the country.

Ilkley Grammar School currently has 9 governors, each of whom has a term of office of four years; the different categories are shown below. The detail of our business is dealt with via four committees. The Board, and most of the committees, usually meet twice per term, in school in the evening. Agendas, minutes and associated papers from the Board meetings can be viewed at the school by request.

Governors, associate members, the Headteacher and the clerk have the right to attend governing body meetings. In addition, the Board can allow any other person to attend its meetings. Associate members may be excluded from any part of a meeting when the item of business concerns an individual student or member of staff.

One of the key roles and responsibilities of the Board is to monitor the progress and performance of the school.  Governors hold positions with specific responsibilities usually referred to as 'Link Govenors'.  The Link Governor will not only help the Board of Governors to understand what happens in school but also helps the governor to fulfil their strategic role.

pdf iconIGS Governance Strategic Outline.pdf (380.9KB)

pdf iconScheme of Delegation .pdf (158.8KB)

'Right Gov!' link for Governors


Categories of Governor

  • Parent governors are elected by parents and must have a child at school at the time of election. They are appointed by the Board.
  • Staff governors are elected by the staff and appointed by the Board. The Headteacher in their 'ex officio' capacity is also a Staff Governor.
  • Community governors are appointed by the Board. 
  • Associate governors are appointed by the Board and attend meetings as relevant without voting rights.

Committees

Governors at Ilkley Grammar School are required to attend Board meetings and to be a member of at least one of the committees that help in running the school. The current committees are:

  • Resources: This committee is responsible for the school's financial strategy, school premises, staffing issues and employment matters
  • Pupil & Staff Discipline: This committee meets on an ad hoc basis to deal with matters of pupil and staff discipline
  • Pay Committee: This committee meets annually to consider any recommended pay awards for leadership staff and teachers on the upper pay spine
  • Performance Management: This committee meets to review the performance of the Headteacher

Our School Governors

Any issues to do with individual students or staff, and those relating to the management of the school, should go directly to the school.

Community Governors

I am now happily retired but in my previous life I have been a Chemistry teacher, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head in Leicestershire community colleges and Headteacher in two Leeds Secondary schools. I then worked for 7 years as a specialist in school funding. Now my main interest is my four grandchildren

  • Georges Droogmans (Resources Committee Chair)

I work for the Homes and Communities Agency based in the Leeds office and responsible for national knowledgement management development. We moved to Menston four years ago having spent 16 years in Cambridgeshire where I was Head of Geography at Anglia Ruskin University and with a background in sustainable development, regeneration and environmental change. While living down south I undertook a four year parent governor post at an infant school assisting the resources and curriculum committees. I originally come from Hasselt, Belgium and have been living in the UK since 1987 when I undertook a course of study at Strathclyde University where I met Linda who is Primary school

  • Catherine Douglas (Safeguarding governor representative)

I have spent the last 20 years of my career working within healthcare and currently head up Business Development and Performance for a community care provider in Kirklees. An ex Ilkley Grammar School pupil I moved back to Ilkley in 2003.I have a keen interest in childhood development and the broader development of skills and experience to enable career opportunities for young people. I have a 9 year old daughter so my main interests are Swimming and Ballroom Dancing.

Sandra Lazenby

I currently work for Lloyds Banking Group within the IT function where I split my time between managing local IT-related risks within a Service Desk environment and assisting the senior management team in driving their strategic vision for the department.  I’ve been with Lloyds (or iterations of the company) since graduating from the University of Leeds some 20 years ago.  As with many ex-students I remained ‘local' to Leeds and now live in Otley with my husband and two children aged 12 and 5.  In addition to working part-time I’m a mum so tend to be quite good at juggling family and home commitments too!  When time permits I love to practice yoga, bake, sew and get outside whenever I can.

Clerk to the Governors

Staff Governors

  • Helen Williams (Headteacher)
  • Amy Bleasdale

Prior to joining IGS as the Curriculum Administrator, I spent 8 years as the School Information Manager at the North West SILC (North West Leeds Special Schools), where I was also a staff governor. I have experience of working within a wide range of educational areas including SEN, funding, data management and family support. I hold a BA (Hons) in Politics & Contemporary History, and previously worked as an events and wedding co-ordinator. Being a staff Governor is a great opportunity to get involved and my aim is to promote IGS visions and values through efficient and effective working practices, as well as being a positive voice for Associate Staff members. I currently live in Otley with my husband and 2 year old daughter so most of my 'spare' time is spent running around after them!

  • Neil Garrido

I undertook my PGCE teacher training at King's College London before taking my first qualified teaching post, which I held for three years, at a non-selective comprehensive school in Bromley, south east London. At this school I became the lead teacher of chemistry and in my final year at the school the KS4 science coordinator. Relocating to Yorkshire with my wife and two young children to begin my role as chemistry teacher at IGS in 2014 I now live locally and have an active interest in the outdoors. This currently includes cycling, fell running and climbing. Outside of school my interest in the outdoors has led me to compete in several mountain marathons and enter an ultra-marathon. My other, slightly eccentric, past-time is competing in village shows – I was this year's winner of the Askwith show chocolate cake category (men only) and gained third place with my home-grown carrots at the Burley Summer festival! Since my relocation last year I feel that I am now firmly established within IGS and its community and believe it is the right time for me to make a greater contribution to the school through this post. Having experience of both teaching and supporting roles will, I believe, enable me to be more effective as a governor. Whilst the demands of both roles are similar they are nonetheless different and as such I hope to be able to represent and support my colleagues and the school more effectively as a result.

  • Sam Lord

I have a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds. After graduating I worked for a year as a Teaching Assistant at Settle Middle School, working with Years 6-8. I focused mainly on assisting with English and maths lessons, and worked with a number of students with a variety of SEN. I returned to Leeds for my PGCE in 2012. During my training I had placements at Brooksbank School (near Halifax) and Priesthorpe School (Pudsey).

I love Harry Potter, pizza, Gilmore Girls and dark chocolate.

This is my 4th year at IGS. During my time here I have helped out with a school show, run a lunchtime Book Club, performed with the senior choir in the Christmas Concert at All Saints, presented at several Learning Forums, delivered training sessions to staff and taken part in the Staff Wellbeing group. I’ve had my tutor group for their entire time at IGS and I am enjoying watching them flourish. I’ve also taught one or two lessons. Last year I was a Learning Champion and, in that capacity, I was involved in the group working on tailoring CPD to meet staff needs. The specific curriculum areas I worked with included both teaching and non-teaching members of staff.

Parent Governors

  • Imogen Clark (Vice Chair of Governors)

I have lived in Ilkley for over thirty years and attended the 6th form at IGS myself. I have four children. The eldest two have successfully passed though the school and onto university. The other two currently sport red and green ties respectively. I trained and worked for many years as a solicitor with a national law practice in Leeds but stepped down in order to spend more time with my children.  I am passionate about the benefits of performing arts for young people. My family is heavily involved with several of the thriving dance and drama schools in Ilkley and I enjoy supporting IGS’s busy Creative Arts Department whenever I can. This is my second term of office as a Parent Governor.

  • Stuart Herrington

I moved to Ilkley 3 years ago with my family, having left Yorkshire over 20 years ago. In September 2014, I will have a son in Year 9 and a daughters joining Year 7. I am a Headteacher of a large inner-city primary school in Bradford. Since joining IGS’s governing body, I have joined the Teaching and Learning committee as I want to help support and challenge the school in further developing the quality of teaching and achievements for all groups of pupils. In the forthcoming academic year, I will become the named governor for Special Educational Needs.

  • Steve Spoerry

I moved with my family to Ilkley in 2010.  I have a daughter at IGS and a son at Ben Rhydding Primary School.  For 28 years I worked as a manager for the NHS latterly as Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust and a General Hospital.  Today I work as a self-employed interim director and consultant in the health and construction sectors.  I am keen for the school to help all students make the most of their different aptitudes and aspirations.

  • Emma Arnold

I live in Ilkley and have two daughters at IGS, one in Year 10 and the other Year 7.  I am SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and English Coordinator at an Independent primary school in Bradford. I have also taught in a mainstream primary school in Leeds, where I was also a staff governor and SENCO.  I strongly believe that all pupils can achieve and that self-esteem is the key to success.  I am just about to complete my dissertation for a Masters in Education where I will be exploring mindfulness and growth mindset in young people.  Before teaching, I was a Market Analyst and then Marketing Communications Manager in the Financial Services Sector.

Register of Interests of Current Governors serving and those who have served at any point in the last 12 months, on the Board of Governors at Ilkley Grammar School ending August 2016

pdf iconWebsite - Register of Interests Template Governors 2015-16.pdf (42.6KB)

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