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Members, Trustees, and The Local Governing Body

Members and Trustees of South Bank Academy Trust.

Welcome to our Local Governing Body section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

If you wish to contact the Governors, then please email in the first instance, making it clear in the subject header that you wish to contact the Chair of Governors. Your email will then be forwarded on receipt. Alternatively, you may hand a letter into the school office marked 'For the Attention of Chair of Governors' and this will be delivered as soon as possible.


The current composition of the school’s Governing Body is 12 members:


  • One Headteacher
  • One elected Staff Governor
  • Two elected Parent Governors
  • Eight Co-opted Governors


Apart from the Headteacher, all governors are volunteers. Parent governors are elected by the parent body, staff governors are elected by the staff (with the exception of the Headteacher), and community governors are nominated by governors and approved by the full Governing Body. Each post is held for a maximum of four years, at which point a governor must stand for re-election.

The position of Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors is elected by the full Governing Body at the start of each school year in September. These roles are re-elected each year.

The Governing Body delegates the everyday management of the school in its entirety to the Headteacher, including its discipline, the well-being of staff and pupils, the organisation of classes, learning and teaching, and the curriculum.

The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic planning of the school, the budget, staffing and legislative responsibilities. The Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that Scarcroft School is an effective and successful school for the children.

All Governors are asked to fill in a ‘Declaration of interests’ form annually. This provides us with a ‘Register of interests’, maintained by the Clerk. This will be used to ensure that Governors declare an interest, where appropriate if an item under discussion relates directly to their business, personal or family interests. An opportunity to declare a conflict of interest is provided on the agenda of every Full Governing Body meeting and every Committee meeting.


All governors have equal status. Although governors are appointed and elected by different groups, their central concern is the welfare of the school as a whole.


Parent Governors


It is important to remember that each parent governor is “a representative parent, but not a parent representative.” In other words, a parent governor has a role in sharing views and concerns that they hold as a parent, and yet remaining independent of the other parents that they represent. It is important that parents of children at the school use the appropriate channels to voice any concerns (i.e. to talk to the class teacher or the Head) rather than expecting a parent governor to take their views to a Governing Body meeting. If their concerns are not met by these usual means, they have the right to put their views to the Governing Body, but this should be done in writing via the Chair.

Governing Body 2021-22 

Category of Governor

Appointing body

Governor’s name

Term of Office

Additional responsibilities


In post by virtue of their office

Mr Paul Edwards




Staff body

Mrs Gillian Marshall


  • Class Teacher
ParentParent BodyMrs Michelle Smith23/09/2020-22/09/2024
  • Link Governor for Safeguarding,  Languages & SEND



Mr David Rowsell




  • Chair
  • Link Governor for Curriculum, Music & Maths



Mr Phil Cooke


  • Link Governor for IT & D&T

Co-opted Parent


Mr Sam Healy


  • Link Governor for Reading & Writing
Co-opted ParentLGBMrs Emma Mackenzie-Hogg09/07/2019-08/07/2023
  • Link Governor for PE & PSHE

Co-opted Parent


Cllr Jonathan Crawshaw30/09/2020-29/09/2024
  • Link Governor for Science, History & Geography
ParentLGBMr Dan StaplesTBCTBC

Governor Business Interests 2022-23

Our clerk to the Governing Body is Sophie Triffitt -