Our Board of Governors
Our Governors include education experts, businesspeople, entrepreneurs and members of the professions. We have a policy of inviting new members who bring relevant specialisms to the Academy in areas such as human resources, buildings and facilities, legal issues, marketing, and health and safety. This means that Board membership contains a balance of skills to benefit the development of the Academy.
About the Board
Governors are made up of members who represent the community of Doncaster. Our Board of Governors currently consists of Magistrates, Solicitors, Local Business Leaders, as well as staff and parents.
If you are new to finding out about Academy Governors there are likely to be many things you would like to know about Governors, what this involves and many questions to which you would like answers.
Being an Academy Governor can be like starting a new job. There is a lot to learn about the Academy and the way children are educated today. Methods of teaching children have made great progress in recent years and the pace of change continues. In many ways it is likely to be quite different to how today’s adults were taught when they were at school.
The Board of Governors is a democratic group and the principles of operation are the same as for any other similar group, such as management groups of voluntary organisations.
They all work very much as a team for the benefit of the Academy respecting each other’s points of view but always acting as a corporate body, accepting the decisions reached by the majority, on the rare occasion we are unable to reach a unanimous conclusion.
Their relationship with the Principal and other staff at the Academy are excellent and all Governors are committed to maintaining this – it is an essential part of their success.
There are training courses run by the LEA and all Governors are encouraged to take advantage of any training on offer. These courses are free of charge to members of the Board of Governors.
The Board have a strategic role in the development of the Academy and do not become involved in day to day management issues – that is the role of the Principal. Working in partnership with the Principal and Academy staff, Governors have made Richmond Hill Academy the success that it is today.
- Chair – Mavis Latham
- Vice-Chair – Irene McLaughlin
- Ellen Walker
- Nigel Hair
- Debbie Secker
- Kelly Cousins
- Deborah Temperton
- Clerk – Julie Found
Declaration of Beneficial/Business Interests for 2017/2018
Richmond Hill Primary Academy is a ‘Limited Company’ with a charitable status operating under the direction of a ‘Board of Governors’. As required by the Academies Financial Handbook 2015 (section 3.1.20), the Trust presents below the relevant business and pecuniary interest of its members, trustees and governors.
|YES/NONE||EMPLOYED BY||EMPLOYMENT ROLE|
|Deborah Secker||Yes||Richmond Hill Primary Academy||Principal|
|Kelly Cousins||Yes||Richmond Hill Primary Academy||Head of School|
|Deborah Temperton||Yes||Richmond Hill Primary Academy||Assistant Principal|
|YES/NONE||NAME OF BUSINESS||NATURE OF BUSINESS||NATURE OF BENEFICIAL INTEREST||GOVERNOR IN ANOTHER SCHOOL||DATE FROM|
|Ellen Walker||Yes||Advanced HR||Human Resources||Thorne Moorends West Road Primary||Feb 2014|
How to Become a Governor
If you are interested in becoming an Academy Director please contact the Clerk to Governors – click here for contact information