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Governing Board

School Governors have an important and responsible role in the management of schools. The Governing Body meet regularly to discuss issues and plan strategy for the school. The “behind the scenes” roles are vital for the school to progress and improve.

All governors are encouraged to play an active and participating role. The governors are drawn from all walks of life and represent the local community, parents and political parties.


The structure of the Governing Body is as follows:


Category                                               No. of Seats                  Appointed            Vacancies                             


Co-opted Representatives:                         5                                     4                                 1

Head Teacher                                             1                                     1                                 0

LA Representatives                                    1                                     1                                 0

Parent Representatives                              4                                     4                                 0

Staff Governor Representative                   1                                     1                                 0


Horsforth Featherbank School Governing Board


Chair: John Millar           Vice Chair: Marc Eatough


The constitution of the governing board is: 


• Headteacher

• 1 x Local Authority (LA) governor, recommended by the LA and approved by the governing board

• 4 parent governors, formally elected through a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontested

• 5 co-opted governors, nominated and appointed by the governing board

• 1 staff governor, formally elected by staff employed at school

• 1 associate members, appointed by the governing board (can/can not vote in committee meetings)


The governing board operates with the following committees:


Resources committee - responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards. 

Committee chair: Marc Eatough


• Teaching and learning & Pupil support committee  - responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy),  monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring that the governing board is represented at school improvement. Also responsible for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities, cluster and other partnerships. 

Committee chair: Chantel Horsbrough


• Pay Review committee – responsible for ensuring the implementation of the school Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy (responsibility delegated to Headteacher through Resources committee)


• Pay Appeal committee – responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.


Current Governors

Current and recent (in the last 12 months) governors and business/other interests declared are provided in the table below.  


Name of



Category of

governor &

committees served




& term of








with school







John Millar LA appointed governor - Chair of the FGB; member of the resources sub-committee


4 years

N/A N/A N/A 12/10/2018
Lorraine Scudder Head teacher


4 years

N/A N/A N/A 11/10/2018
Marc Eatough Co-opted governor, appointed by the governors - Chair of the resources sub-committee; Vice Chair of FGB


4 years

N/A N/A N/A 28/09/2018
Chantel Horsbrough Parent governor, appointed by parents - Chair of the TLPS sub-committee; pay appeal sub-committee member


4 years

N/A N/A N/A 26/09/2018
Carol Jackson Staff governor, appointed by staff - member of the resources sub-committee


4 years

N/A N/A N/A 20/09/2018
Esther Patterson Co-opted governor, appointed by the governors - member of the TLPS sub-committee


4 years

N/A N/A N/A 26/09/2018
Lara Rule Co-opted governor, appointed by the governors - member of the TLPS sub-committee


4 years

N/A N/A Organiser of Horsforth "Walk of Art" 12/12/2018
Patrick Buggy Parent governor, appointed by parents - member of the TLPS sub-committee; pay appeal sub-committee member


4 years

N/A N/A Partner of volunteer LSA 30/09/2018
Carlie Newton Parent governor, appointed by parents - member of the resources sub-committee


4 years

Works for Every who supply software to school N/A N/A 13/12/2018
Becky Hayes Co-opted governor, appointed by the governors - member of the TLPS sub-committee; pay appeal sub-committee member


4 years

N/A N/A N/A 26/09/2018
Claire Bottomley Parent governor, appointed by parents - member of the TLPS sub-committee


4 years

N/A N/A Distribution of "Families" magazine 12/12/2018
Adrian Stocks Associate governor; appointed by governors - no voting rights



N/A N/A Owns feeder Nursery N/A


Previous Governors


Name Role Responsibility Term of Office
Jordan Young Co-opted Representative 


19/04/2017 - 28/11/2018
Darren Rose Co-opted Representative   19/01/2017 - 01/11/2017
Julie Moss Co-opted Representative   19/01/2017 - 28/09/2017
Gill Cook Co-opted Representative  

15/09/2016 - 31/07/2017

Cllr Brian Cleasby Co-opted Representative   01/04/2015 - 19/01/2017
Polly Hutton Parent Representative   05/12/2012 - 04/12/2016
John Siddall Co-opted Representative   01/04/2015 - 01/11/2016
Sherrie Morgan Co-opted Representative   01/04/2015 - 31/07/2016
Sharmin Khan Parent Representative   14/10/2015 - 30/06/2016
Phil Stewardson Parent Representative   12 /12/2013 - 11/12/2017
Simone Si Mohamed Co-opted Representative   01/11/2017 - 01/06/18
Elana Shalkowski Co-opted Representative   01/11/2017 - 01/09/2018


Attendance at meetings 2018-2019

Y - in attendance

N - not in attendance & no apologies received / accepted

A - apologies received & accepted

X - not in post / not a member


Name of
















John Millar Y A X A      
Lorraine Scudder Y Y Y Y      
Marc Eatough Y Y X A      
Chantel Horsbrough Y X Y Y (Chair)      
Carol Jackson Y Y X Y      
Esther Patterson Y X Y Y      
Lara Rule Y X Y Y      
Claire Bottomley Y X Y Y      
Patrick Buggy Y X Y Y      
Becky Hayes Y X Y Y      
Carlie Newton Y Y X Y      
Adrian Stocks X X X X      


Governor Visiting Policy and Guidelines

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors 1 John Millar – Chair of Governors I have lived in Horsforth since 1991 and work as a programme manager in the public sector. As Chair of Governors, I ensure that Governors have good oversight of school activities and plans and am pleased to be working with such a good school. With my spare time, I like to keep fit and am a keen watcher of new films and most sports and an enthusiastic world traveller when money and time allows me!
Meet the Governors 2 Marc Eatough: I am a co-opted Governor and have been on the Governing body since autumn 2014. My wife and I moved to Horsforth in 2006 and we have two sons, Harry (Year 3) and Charlie (Year 1), currently at the school. With both my children at Featherbank I wished to become more involved with the school and their education. Becoming a governor is a great way to apply my professional skills to hopefully make a positive difference and help ensure the future development and continued success of the school for the pupils. I grew up in Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby before living in both Newcastle and Southampton. I am an economic and policy analyst with nearly 20 years of experience in public policy design, development, appraisal and evaluation, including for government departments. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and most sports, in particular football, tennis and rugby. I also enjoy reading, gardening, family walks and trips to the seaside.
Meet the Governors 3 Carlie Newton: I am parent to Maia, Alina, and Eddie, and they all attend Featherbank. Being a governor is a way for me to give something back to the school for all the support they give my children. I have a background in finance and management, and am able to use these skills in my role. As a family we all like the outdoors, and love getting away from it all biking or walking, or getting out on the water in our kayaks
Meet the Governors 4 Claire Bottomley: I was delighted to become a parent governor at Horsforth Featherbank Primary School in January 2017. With a son in Year 4, and another in Reception, it is a great opportunity to help support the school and better understand how it works. My background is in journalism and I currently run a magazine for families in Leeds. I grew up on the Yorkshire Coast, near Whitby, and I like to visit and enjoy my new hobby of paddle-boarding, when I get chance!
Meet the Governors 5 Patrick Buggy: I wanted to be a Parent Governor as it is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the running of a fantastic school. My son started in reception last year, and we're looking forward to his little sister starting at Featherbank in a few years’ time. I am a keen musician and arts graduate, so naturally, I work in finance! In my day job I budget, report, strategise and meet with directors, advisers and providers, always with a mind to strictest confidentiality. Through music I have invaluable experience in coaching and teamwork. From an early age I learned to adjust, to be patient, to be pragmatic and to work objectively, and to push myself and encourage others to achieve great team results. I have previously volunteered as a teaching assistant working with youth ensembles at the Kirklees Music School. I left this behind with a move to Horsforth and a growing family, but the skills I learned remain and have proved invaluable ever since. I am very pleased that my son is attending this school with a headteacher and governing body with very high expectations. Cillian’s mummy and I have been delighted with his time at Featherbank so far and, as a parent governor of the school, my only agenda is to see the already high standards of Featherbank Primary School continue long into the future.
Meet the Governors 6 Carol JacksonI am very happy to represent our staff team on the Governing Body at Featherbank. I have worked at the school since July 2003 and been the School Business Manager since April 2007. During my employment at the school I have seen the school change from a very successful Infant School to an equally successful Primary School. My role as Business Manager is to support the headteacher to provide leadership in all aspects of finance and administration and as a governor to support the school to continue to provide a safe and happy environment in which all our children can learn and grow. I enjoy working at this lovely school and love to see the children celebrate their achievements and develop into confident young people. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and walking. I like to travel, socialise with friends and family and have fun.:
Meet the Governors 7 Esther Patterson: I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be a co-opted governor of Horsforth Featherbank School. My son was a former pupil of the school so I have many fond memories of his time here and my experience of being a parent at the school. For many years I have been an active member within the Horsforth community and recognise the importance of fostering strong links between the school and the local area. I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the future development of Featherbank School and its place within the wider community.
Meet the Governors 8 Chantel Horsbrough: As a Featherbank parent, mum to Keira and Zachary, I am impressed with the high standards and core values of school. To represent the voice of parents, as a governor is an honour. I see this as an opportunity to work in collaboration with school to get the very best provision for all of our children. I am an experienced school leader and hope to use my teaching and school improvement background to actively support and strengthen the partnership between school, parents and the wider community. I hope to assist school in providing a safe and nurturing environment where all of our children can thrive.
Meet the Governors 9 Lara Rule: I am so pleased to have joined the governing board at Featherbank Primary School. I have become increasingly involved with the school over the last four years. Initially as the Horsforth Walk of ART community festival organiser, then as a parent and now as a teacher and governor. I have always been struck by the dedication of the staff and I am continually impressed by the team spirit and drive for excellence in the school. My background is based within the field of clinical psychology. Having worked in a residential school and across wider mainstream schools in order to support children affected by moderate to profound learning disabilities, severe epilepsy and autism, I am especially interested in how the needs of children are met in school to ensure that they are able to thrive in their learning environment. More recently, as the organiser of the Horsforth Walk of ART I am passionate about ensuring schools are a centrepoint of their community. I want to see children actively engaged in and using their local environemnt. On a personal level, I am actively interested in environmental issues, sustainability and art.
Meet the Governors 10 Becky Hayes - I have worked in Education for 12 years after Graduating at Goldsmiths University in London. I have worked in many different schools, doing many different roles, but moved to Leeds 8 years ago. At present I work as a year 6 Teacher and am also part of the Senior Leadership Team in a two form entry Primary school in Meanwood. This is my second time of being a school Governor and I am pleased to be able to offer my support to Featherbank Primary School. One of my skills is in computing and online safety. I love finding out about new apps and how they can benefit us, but I also enjoy a good game of 'Doodle Jump'. I have taught Year 6 for 5 years and am very clued up on SATs. My favourite part of being a teacher is putting on the class production. I have a Degree in Performing Arts and love to see the children build in confidence through Drama. I feel I can use my expertise to support Featherbank Primary to be the best that it can be.