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Poppleton Ousebank Primary School - Governance


Poppleton Ousebank Primary School is part of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust - a multi-academy Trust serving schools in York, Scarborough and Hull.


A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a legal entity accountable for the running of the organisation and all the academies within it. The MAT is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and has multiple layers of governance: the Members, the Board of Trustees and Board Committees, which include a Local Governing Committee for each school within the MAT.


The Local Governing Committee serves as a sub-committee of the Hope Learning Trust York Board of Trustees, and their responsibilities are set out within the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation. If required, the Board can either delegate more powers to the Local Governing Committee or withdraw powers in exceptional situations. Governors are not involved in the operational running of the school; the daily management of the schools is the responsibility of the Head Teacher. All decisions are made as a group; governors are there as a corporate body responsible for the governance of the school and not to represent their own interests or the interest of others.


What does the Local Governing Committee do?

Local Governors have three central duties:

i) setting the vision of the schools
ii) holding the Headteacher to account
iii) and ensuring the schools’ financial management is to the highest possible standard.


Governors carry out their tasks in a number of different ways, through regular meetings and visits to the schools. Meetings are held at least once a term. For a full list of Trust Board and LGC meetings,


Skills and Training

Governors do not need specific skills, but many of the tasks they are required to undertake can benefit from general business knowledge such as understanding management systems, budget planning and HR functions. Local authorities are required to ensure that training for governors is available and most governing bodies buy into their local authority training packages (which may include online learning) to ensure that governors are properly inducted to their role and trained for specific tasks such as appointing the Executive Head Teacher and then carrying out the Executive Head Teacher’s performance review.

 The LGC is made up the Headteacher, 1 teacher,  2 parent governors, 1 staff member  (trust appointed) 1 parent (trust appointed) and 5 trust appointed members. 


Should you wish to contact John Wilkinson, Chair of Governors, please email:

Our Governors

John Wilkinson                                Chair of Governors                   

Alex Johnson                                    Parent Governor

Laura Wade                                      Parent Governor

Cate Barry                                        Trust Appointed

Mark Bennett                                   Trust Appointed

Alex Ritchie                                      Trust Appointed

Godfrey Brown                                 Trust Appointed

Vicky Mitchinson                              Staff

Elaine Hope                                      Staff

Estelle O'Hara                                   Staff


Governor business and pecuniary interests.

Poppleton Ousebank Governing Committee

School Motto

“Capturing the Imagination of Young Minds”

School Awards