A message from our Chair of Governors
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||2018/19 Attendance||2019/20 Attendance|
|Peter Gruen Chair||TGAT||31/12/2022||PPM / Community Links||Yes||Business Interests with Leeds Playhouse (Enterprises) Ltd||TGAT, RHA and TSLA||None||4/4||2/2|
|Jane Dowson||LEA||11/03/2023||PPM / Early Years||Yes||Deputy Executive Board Member (Children and Families)||None||None||1/4||2/2|
|Karen Goldthorp||Business Manager||11/03/2023||Training||Yes||None||None||None||4/4||2/2|
|Sandra Bennett||Staff||11/03/2023||H & S / EYFS||Yes||None||None||None||4/4||2/2|
|Shamsa Mahmood||Staff||11/03/2023||T & L / Curriculum||Yes||None||None||None||2/2||2/2|
|Simon McCarthy||Executive Principal: Primary Education||n/a||PPM||Yes||None||MNA, RA, RHA and TSLA||None||–||–|
|Sir John Townsley||Chief Executive Officer||n/a||PPM||Yes||None||TGAT, BA, BSA, EHC, SCITT, HA, MNA, RA, RHA, TFA, TMA, TRGA, TSLA||None||–||–|
|Tracy Witney||Community||11/03/2023||Safeguarding / Policy Group||Yes||None||None||None||1/1||1/2|
|Wayne Noteman||Community||31/12/2020||Pupil Premium||Yes||None||None||None||3/4||0/2|
*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