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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 she 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 - 

Cheryl Smith  - Headteacher

I have taught across every primary age range and have been a headteacher since 1998. My first headship was at a four class village school and more recently, I have led Western Primary School. I have a particular interest in early years but have taught across the full primary age range. As one of the primary school leads on the Red Kite Alliance steering group, I have been heavily involved in the changing landscape of teacher training and the development of the Red Kite teacher training programme.

Jayne Sorrell - Chair of Governors

Co-opted governor  - 01/08/15 - 31/07/19

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, one in Year 9 at Harrogate Grammar School and one in Year 5 at 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  - 01/08/15 - 31/07/19

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 in Year 10), 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.

Sarah Jones

Staff governor - 01/09/15 - 31/08/19

I started at Western as an NQT (newly qualified teacher) 10 years ago and become Key Stage One Leader 5 years later. As well as being Key Stage Leader, I teach in Year 2 and have responsibility for leading computing and ICT across the school. I was elected as a staff governor in 2011.

Stuart Hall

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

My two sons are at Western in Years 6 and 3. I'm a qualified accountant and have worked in finance roles for over twenty years in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors and I'm currently head of finance of a Yorkshire wide charity and a Leeds based housing association. 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 have two daughters in KS2 and a toddler at home. 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; my last position was deputy headteacher of a school in Hertfordshire. I am currently taking some time out to look after my two children and enjoy teaching piano from my home in Beckwithshaw where we have lived for the past year.  Before this we lived in Malaysia for a few years where I did some voluntary work before having my daughter. My area of responsibility is Governance Communications.


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.




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 terms, 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 Mrs Smith and her 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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