Our Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Head of School and its staff, by playing the role of “critical friend”.  The Body meets in full 4 times per academic year and termly as part of 2 sub-committees, which cover the school’s operational structure – ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Resources’.

The Governors take a full and active role in the monitoring of the School Development Plan.  Each Governor acts as a ‘Link Governor’ to a named member of staff and meets twice per week to focus on particular areas of the curriculum.

Each Governor is appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.

You can contact the Chair of Governors either via the school or email.

Local Governors

  • Individuals who sit on local governing bodies (LGBs) are usually referred to as ‘local governors’
  • Trustees delegate governance functions to the local level as per the Scheme of Delegation.
  • LGBs only have such responsibilities as are delegated to them by trustees and as indicated in the Scheme of Delegation
  • Trustees have complete discretion over what is delegated to each LGB
  • MAT leadership and management comes from the MAT executive leaders; governance comes from trustees and (only as a last resort) from members.

Download our Governing Body Terms of Reference and Remits

Sue Yardley (Chair of Governors) Term of Office 17.05.18 – 16.05.22)
Resources Sub-Committee

Having always had a passion for working with children from being a young leader at Girl Guides to qualifying as a leader I was always destined to be a school governor.  My father has been a governor for over 25 years and I have seen the value he has been able to bring   alongside the pleasure he got in doing so.   Having worked in Sales and Marketing management since graduating from Durham University in 2004 I wanted to put my skills to use and participate in my local community.  Having not heard of The Orchards after meeting with Jo and Simon I was extremely keen to get involved in such a dedicated and focused team.  Being new to the role of Governor brings with it a new outlook and fresh perspectives of which I am keen to make the most of.  Working with people and understanding how everyone is different has always been my strength and being able to motivate and get the best out of people is what I strive on and clearly matches the goals of The Dunham Trust.

Helen O’Brien – Head of School Term of Office 16.04.18
Teaching & Learning and Resources Sub-Committee

Andrea Sherlock (Parent Governor) Term of Office 25.09.18 – 24.09.22
Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee

As a mother of three children, all of whom are at differing stages of their learning journey, I have a vested interest in the performance and success of the schools they attend.  I became a Parent Governor at The Orchards as it was important to me to be not only a voice for the parents but also for our children. As a parent of a Special Needs child, I wholeheartedly understand the importance of ensuring your child is in the safest of hands and that their needs are understood and most importantly, being met.

I have previously worked as qualified childminder and volunteered at several Local Authority Schools as Support to the Teaching Staff in the classroom.   Eighteen months ago, I embarked upon a Level 3 Teaching Assistant course which has given me the opportunity to volunteer at The Orchards on a regular basis. Using the skills and knowledge I have acquired, I am able to observe first-hand how our children are being supported as well as being able to contribute to and  help discover ways to secure best outcomes

I look forward to my tenure as Parent Governor and am delighted be an advocate for our wonderful children.

Gurpagh Singh (Parent Governor) Term of Office 25.09.18 – 24.09.22
Resources Sub-Committee

Michelle Fletcher (Staff Governor) Term of Office 20.11.18 – 19.11.22
Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee

Ben Spivey (Vice Chair of Governors) Term of Office 20.11.18 – 19.11.22
Resources Sub-Committee

Nik Clifton (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office 06.12.18 – 05.12.22
Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2018/19

Extra Local Board Resources Sub & Local Board Local Board Local Board
  02.10.18 20.11.18 12.03.19 02.07.19
Paul Reilly  Attended Attended N/A
Head of School Attended Attended Attended
June Tracey  Attended Resigned Resigned
Nina Jolley Resigned Resigned Resigned
Dave Heywood Attended Attended Resigned
Gurpagh Singh (parent) Absent Absent
Andrea Sherlock (parent) Absent Attended Attended
Sue Yardley Absent Attended Attended
Michelle Fletcher (staff)  N/A Attended Attended
Ben Spivey Attended Attended
Nik Clifton Attended
Observers Simon Beswick Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Mark Creighton
Helen Walker
Simon Beswick

Jayne Carmichael

Andy Wilson (NLG)

Attendance at Resources Sub-committee Meetings 2018/19

Resources Sub & Local Board Resources Sub Resources Sub
  20.11.18 29.01.19 7.05.19
Paul Reilly  Attended
Head of School Attended
June Tracey  Resigned
Nina Jolley Resigned
Dave Heywood Attended
Gurpagh Singh (parent) Absent
Andrea Sherlock (parent) Attended
Sue Yardley Attended
Michelle Fletcher (staff)  Attended
Ben Spivey Attended
Nik Clifton
Observers Simon Beswick
Jayne Carmichael
Mark Creighton
Helen Walker

Attendance at Teaching and Learning Sub-committee Meetings 2018/19

T&L Sub T&L Sub T&L Sub
  25.09.18 22.01.19 30.04.19
Paul Reilly  N/A
Head of School Attended
June Tracey  N/A
Nina Jolley Resigned
Dave Heywood Attended
Gurpagh Singh (parent) N/A
Andrea Sherlock (parent) Attended
Sue Yardley N/A
Michelle Fletcher (staff) 
Ben Spivey
Nik Clifton
Observers Simon Beswick
Sue Yardley

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2017/18

Local Board Teaching and Learning Subcommittee Resources Subcommittee Local Board Teaching and Learning Subcommittee Resources Subcommittee Local Board Teaching and Learning  & Resources Subcommittee
  14.11.17 14.11.17 21.11.17 01.02.18 06.03.18 13.03.18 17.05.18 12.07.18
Andrew Turner MBE  Attended  Attended (held within LGB 14.11.17)  Attended  Apologies  Apologies Attended Attended
Jo Appleyard Attended N/A As above Attended Attended Attended Attended
Simon Beswick   Attended  Attended As above  Attended  Attended Attended Apologies Attended
Head of School Attended  Attended  As above  Attended  Attended Attended Attended Attended
June Tracey   Absent  N/A  As above  Absent  N/A Apologies Attended Apologies
Nina Jolley  Attended  Attended  As above  Attended  Attended N/A Apologies Attended
Dave Heywood  Attended  Attended  As above  Absent  Attended N/A Attended Attended
Lisa Kgasago (parent)  Absent N/A  As above  Absent  N/A Absent Absent Absent
 Sue Yardley N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Attended Apologies

Register of interests

Role Name of Business/ Associated Interest Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date Interest Commenced
Simon Beswick Executive Principal Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Helen O’Brien Head of School Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Andrew Turner Director (Trust) Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
June Tracey Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Nina Jolley Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Dave Heywood Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Gurpagh Singh Parent Governor Nothing declared
Sue Yardley Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Andrea Sherlock Parent Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Michelle Fletcher Staff Governor The Orchards school Education Teaching Assistant Sep 18
Ben Spivey Co-opted Governor Lloyds Banking Employee School bank accounts held with Lloyds Sep 18
Nik Clifton Co-opted Governor