What do our governors do?

Together with our Principal, they are responsible for making sure our academy provides a good quality education.

They are involved in lots of the decision making that ensures the smooth running of the academy but also its development.

What skills do governors need?

No formal qualifications are necessary but Hillcrest is keen to attract people in the community who can bring energy, experience, commitment and fresh ideas.

Being a governor can be very rewarding!

Despite the fact that governors are volunteers, they can get a great deal from the work and time they put in. It gives them a chance to:

  • make a difference to how well Hillcrest is run
  • see how their efforts help raise standards
  • do something positive for the next generation
  • serve the local community
  • help realise their own potential by learning new skills
  • enjoy working in a team

How much of your time is needed?

Our Governing Body meets at least once a term in the early evening. In addition, governors need to attend committee meetings, events and appropriate training. Governors are encouraged to visit our academy during the day to see us in action, and to get to know the staff and pupils. Governors usually serve for four years.

What support will you receive?

Support, training and guidance are available. If you would like to find out more about being a governor please contact the school office for an informal chat.

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments at which they govern Any relations within the academy 2017/18 Attendance 2018/19 Attendance
Peter Gruen (Chair) TGAT 31/12/2022 PPC* Yes Business Interests with Leeds Playhouse (Enterprises) Ltd TGAT, RHA and TSLA None 5/5 4/4
Jane Dowson LEA 11/03/2023 PPC* Yes Deputy Executive Board Member (Children and Families) None None 2/5 1/4
Karen Goldthorp Business Manager 11/03/2023

Pupil Premium

Yes None None None 5/5 3/4
Lidia Holea Parent 31/12/2021 SEND Yes None None None 2/4 3/4
Sam Done Principal n/a n/a Yes None CHTP None 5/5
Sandra Bennett Staff 11/03/2023 EYFS Yes None None None 5/5 4/4
Shamsa Mahmood Staff 11/03/2023 n/a Yes None None None 2/2
Sharifah Syed-Hamzah Parent 11/03/2023 n/a Yes None None None 2/2
Simon McCarthy Executive Principal: Primary Education n/a n/a Yes None MNA, RA, RHA and TSLA None
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a PPC* Yes None TGAT, BA, BSA, EHC, SCITT, HA, MNA, RA, RHA, TFA, TMA, TRGA, TSLA None
Wayne Noteman Community 31/12/2020 Pupil Premium Yes None None None 4/5 3/4

*Principal’s Performance Committee
TGAT Clerk: Christine Stopford

TGAT = The GORSE Academies Trust
BA = Bruncliffe Academy
BSA = Boston Spa Academy
EHC = Elliot Hudson College
HA = Hillcrest Academy
MNA = Morley Newlands Academy
RA = Ryecroft Academy
RHA = Richmond Hill Academy
TFA = The Farnley Academy
TMA= The Morley Academy
TRGA= The Ruth Gorse Academy
TSLA= The Stephen Longfellow Academy

All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our Trust website at www.tgat.org.uk/company-documentation