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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 is -      

    Term of Office
1 Headteacher Tim Broad  1.9.20 Ex-officio
1 Staff Governor (elected) Claire Magill  21.9.20 - 20.9.24
2 Parent Governors Michelle Roberts,  6.9.21 - 5.9.25
  Hannah Wynn  6.9.21. - 5.9.25
5 Co-opted Governors Jayne Sorrell (Chair) 1.8.19 - 31.7.23
  Ian Rainbow (Vice Chair) 2.12.19 -1.12.23
  Claire Edwards 1.8.19 - 31.7.23
  Stuart Hall 8.11.20 - 7.11.24
  Sian Marsh  16.3.01 - 15.0.25

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, 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.

Tim Broad

Head Teacher


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 one child at university and one 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.

Jayne Sorrell 


Jayne Sorrell Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Western for nine years with special responsibility for Safeguarding and was re-elected as Chair of Governors on 31st August 2019. 

I run my own driving school and I have a son and daughter at Harrogate Grammar School, both of whom attended Western.

Before I had our children, I was Head of Buying at Woolworths and Safeway, managing the Christmas division at both companies.

Ian Rainbow

Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor


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 a FA Licensed football coach and occasionally assist micro- and small businesses with planning and strategy.  I have one child at university and one at Harrogate Grammar school, both of whom attended Western. My area of responsibility is Staffing. 


Claire Edwards

Co-opted Governor

Before moving to Harrogate in 1999 I worked as a Finance Officer for the Local Council, focussing on introducing Best Value.

I began working at Western when my son started school (he is now at university), 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 Health and Safety.

Claire Magill

Staff Governor


I have been working at Western for over twenty years. I have undertaken many roles in my time here including EY/ KS1 Leader, SENCO and Deputy Headteacher. I am passionate about young children's learning and well- being and I am committed to supporting the school's development and its role in the local community. 

My own children have attended Western, and I feel proud to be part of the Western community as a leader, teacher, parent and governor.

Stuart Hall

Co-opted Governor


I have two sons at Harrogate Grammar school, both of whom attended Western. I am 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 at a Leeds based housing association. I have been a governor for three years and my area of responsibility is Finance.

 Sian Marsh   

Co-opted Governor


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. One of my children is currently at Western. My area of responsibility is Special Educational Needs.

Michelle Roberts

Parent Governor


As a mum of three children dotted throughout Western, I am deeply committed to the school and its family. I have worked in the consumer goods industry for the last 20 years and more recently as a freelance strategist, experience that I hope can add value in supporting Western.


When I'm not doing the laundry, I am beginning my training as a magistrate and I am an enthusiastic, if very amateur, violinist in the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra.

Hannah Wynn

Parent Governor

I qualified as a doctor in 2010 and am now a GP working at a local Harrogate practice. I have a keen interest in the mental health and well-being of young people and safeguarding, also experience of teaching and mentoring school aged children interested in medical careers, medical students and trainee GPs.


I have two children currently at Western and my third will join the nursery in due course.




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 the headteacher and their 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.



Please contact the school office who will be happy to answer any queries or provide copies of any of the information displayed on the school's website. We also welcome any feedback you may have. You can contact or find us using any of the details shown on this page.

Western Primary School, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0NA

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Chair of Governors:  Jayne Sorrell - Email:

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