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What do governors do?

Every school has a legal requirement to have a governing body. The governors' role is strategic; the head teacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The governors are there to support the school in providing the best education for the pupils and we do this by:

  • setting the school's values, vision and strategic aims together with the staff
  • agreeing plans and policies and ensuring resources are used effectively
  • monitoring and evaluating performance
  • providing support and constructive challenges to the head teacher as he leads the school
  • ensuring that Western is accountable to all stakeholders.

Who are the governors at Western?

The governing body was reconstituted on 6th February 2015 and now has 9 members.

Membership with current tenure is - 

Matt Shillito  - Headteacher

I joined Western Primary School as Headteacher in September 2019 following a ten year Headship at Goldsborough CE Primary School, the final five years of which was as Executive Headteacher at the federation of Goldsborough CE and Sicklinghall CP Schools. My career actually began at Western in 1999 where I spent seven years as class teacher in Years 1,2 and 3/4 before moving on to a Deputy Headteacher post in Leeds. I have taught in all year groups during my teaching career and feel privileged to be involved in shaping the education and development of pupils here at Western.  

Jayne Sorrell - Chair of Governors

Co-opted governor  - 01/08/19 - 31/07/23

I have been a governor at Western since 2013 and was elected as Chair of Governors from 31st August 2017. In addition to my role at school, I also run my own driving school and I have two children at Harrogate Grammar school who both attended Western. Before I had our children, I was Head of Buying at Woolworths and Safeway, managing the Christmas division at both companies. My area of responsibility is Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding

Ian Rainbow - Vice Chair

Co-opted governor - 02/12/15 - 02/12/19

I come from a commercial background, having started my own consultancy business with a couple of colleagues and growing it to a point where we employed 50 staff. Since selling the company in 2011, I have been mainly involved in voluntary work and as well as being a governor at Western, I am Enterprise Adviser at Harrogate Grammar School, a FA Licensed football coach and occasionally assist micro- and small businesses with planning and strategy. I have a son at Western and a daughter at Harrogate Grammar. My area of responsibility is Staffing.

Claire Edwards

Co-opted governor  - 01/08/19 - 31/07/23

Before moving to Harrogate in 1999, I worked as a Finance Officer for the Local Council focusing on introducing Best Value. I began working at Western when my son started school (he is now at Harrogate Grammar School), enjoying the educational setting. I have been lucky enough to work in every key stage, and have been afforded the opportunity to see children blossom and be ready to move on to senior school. My area of responsibility is Buildings/Health and Safety.

Karen Rutter 

Co-opted governor - 16/10/17 - 15/10/21

I taught mathematics at Ashville College, Harrogate for 28 years and was also Assistant Head of the sixth form for 12 of those years. Now that my children have moved on to further education, I am delighted to be able to use the skills, experience and knowledge I gained at Ashville to bring an independent perspective to the Western governing body. My area of responsibility is Curriculum.

Stuart Hall

Co-opted governor - 08/11/16 - 07/11/20

I'm a qualified accountant and have worked in finance roles for over 20 years, in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors and I'm currently head of finance at a Leeds based housing association. My younger son is currently at Western. My area of responsibility is Finance.

Sian Marsh

Parent governor - 16/03/17 - 15/03/21

I am currently the Director of Early Years and Initial Teacher Training for a private training provider. The majority of my work is in Early Years' settings and schools across the country. I am a trained primary school teacher and previously worked in the primary sector and within local authority teams. I currently have two children at Western. My area of responsibility is Governance Co-ordination and Induction.

Claire Smith

Parent governor - 16/03/17 - 15/03/21

I am a qualified primary school teacher and am currently enjoying teaching year 5/6 part-time at a local school. I have taught at many different schools across England and spent some time volunteer teaching in Malaysia.I love teaching piano from my home and I have two children at Western, one in nursery and one in reception. My area of responsibility is Governance Communications.


 Tim Broad

Staff governor - 15/11/2019 - 14/11/23

I qualified as a teacher in 1988 and spent the first 11 years of my career teaching in north-east London. I moved to Harrogate and began working at Western in September 1999. Initially appointed as KS2 Group Leader, I became Deputy Head in 2003 and have been privileged to work with a huge number of talented and dedicated colleagues in the past twenty years.

I have two children at Harrogate Grammar School, both of whom also spent time at Western. Outside of school I enjoy a range of activities which get me outside enjoying fresh air and exercise. My other interests include Port Vale Football Club, Land Rovers and gardening.




The co-opted governors are invited and appointed by the other governors based on the skills that are needed and that they can bring to the governing body. Our aim is to have a good mix of skills, experiences and perspectives to contribute to the school. All the governors give their time on a voluntary basis.

All the governors serve a statutory term of four years but some of Western's governors have been elected to serve for a further term, thus providing invaluable experience and continuity. The Full Governing Body (all the governors) meets at least each half term; we have appointed lead governors to deal with specific areas who liaise with members of staff in that capacity. We also have an excellent clerk, Mark Stephenson, who helps us communicate with each other efficiently

At the first Full Governing Body meeting of the year, governors are required to complete a Register of Business Interest. The register sets out the relevant business interests of governors and details any other educational establishments they govern. For the current year, the return for each governor is nil.

You are welcome to speak to any of the governors - either catch a parent governor in the playground or ask at the school office.


The climate within which schools operate is rapidly changing. The governing body is following these developments closely and continues to work with staff to ensure that Western is best prepared for how any changes may impact on our children. We are grateful for the leadership of Mr Shillito and his team, the dedication of all the staff, the support of Western Family and Friends and the involvement of parents in aiming to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their potential, as they create their own success stories. Please feel free to speak to any of the governors at any time; for information the minutes of all full governing body meetings are available on request.











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Tel: 01423 502737Email: admin@western.n-yorks.sch.uk

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