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Governing Board

David Dangerfield

David Dangerfield
Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

David Dangerfield – Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor
Heather White – Co-opted Governor / Link Governor for Sinnington CP School
David Ball – Vice Chair/ Co-opted Governor / Link Governor for Ryedale School
Jodie Coates – Parent Governor
Joe Cook – Parent Governor
Ruth Smith – Co-opted Governor
Anna Aspery – Staff Governor
Mark McCandless – Headteacher, Ryedale School
Mrs Gill Hardacre – Headteacher, Kirkbymoorside CP School
Vacancy – Local Authority Governor 

We appointed two new parent governors as of 18th October 2019, Jodie Coates and Joe Cook; Ruth Smith was appointed Governor as of 22nd June 2018. All other Governors were appointed on July 1st 2016 for a four year term of office by the Ryedale Federation Board of Governors. John Goodyear, LA Governor resigned on Wednesday 21st October 2020. No Governor serves on any other committees or governs any other educational establishments and there are no associate members. There are no relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

What do Governors do?

Governors are the heart of our school leadership. Their responsibilities include:

  • The performance of federation schools
  • The future development of the federation
  • Managing the schools’ budgets within the federation
  • Appointing staff
  • The federation’s provision for pupils

The governing board has chosen to delegate some functions, as set out in the scheme of delegation, to the Headteachers and Executive Leadership Team. For example, the Executive Leadership Team has responsibility for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and the progress of all students within federation schools. However, governors remain responsible for setting the ethos, culture and strategic direction for the federation.

The Governors carry out their responsibilities by meeting each half term throughout the academic year. Governors can take part in all aspects of school life and can decide how much to be involved through the Link Governor role. Being a Governor is very rewarding:

  • Making a positive difference to how well the federation operates
  • Seeing how your efforts help raise standards and achievement
  • Helping federation schools to be a bigger part of our community
  • Learning new skills, enhance your cv and realise your potential
  • Having an impact on children’s lives
  • Ensure that every child matters

Training and support

There is a great deal of support for Governors, new and experienced. There is a full induction process, including meeting the Headteacher and having a tour of the school. If you wish, another member of the Governing Board will act as your mentor. The Federation accesses governor training from City of York Council.  This includes live online workshops and modular sessions accessed via Learning Link.  This package is funded by the Federation. Courses can encourage your development as a Governor. Attendance at forums are useful for increasing your knowledge in specific areas and networking with other local Governors. The Governing Board is skills based to ensure a broad and balanced Governing Board, and is made up as follows:

1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
2 Headteacher Governors
2 parent Governors 
4 Co-opted Governors 
Clerk to Governors

The Link Governors to the Federation Schools are:

Business interests and / or financial interests:

No member of the governing board have any business interest or financial interest. Those named have no conflict of interest.

David Ball is a Governor at Ripon Grammar School; no other governor undertakes any other governance roles in other schools.


Past serving governors listing

If you have any questions re governance please email the Clerk to The Ryedale Federation – Salli Radford: [email protected]

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