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Governors

The Local Governing Body (LGB):

Follows the 3 core functions set out in the Governance Handbook 2020:

  1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its children;
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and making sure its money is well spent.

Together, the governors are responsible for:

  • Setting aims and targets for the Academy and checking their progress towards attaining these;
  • Monitoring how well the Academy’s policies and plans are working;
  • Accounting for the performance of the Academy and the Local Governing Body;
  • Working with the Head teacher to make sure that teaching at the Academy is effective and good quality and the children are making the best possible progress;
  • Taking general responsibility for the Academy and its budget;
  • Challenging and supporting the senior management team and taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of staff and children;
  • Promoting the interests of the Academy and its children in the wider community.

 

The LGB comprises of:

 The Executive Head Teacher & Head of School

 Staff governor - elected by the staff at the Academy 

 2 Parent governor - elected from parents at the Academy

 4 Co-opted governors - Invited by the LGB for their skill set from the local community

 Associate members - Appointed by the governors to provide short term support in areas identified by the LGB. They have no voting rights and their term of office will be limited to 1 year. 

 

Local Governing Body

Nikkie Godbold - Executive Head teacher

Nikkie Beniams

Nikkie is the executive head teacher at Keeble Gateway Academy and Thornton Dale CE Primary Academy. Until July 2021, Nikkie was Executive Head teacher at Knayton C of E Academy. The academies are part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust. She has been actively involved in the creation of the Trust, and has been developed the teaching, learning and assessment policy adopted by Elevate’s Academies. In addition, she leads on CPD for 'Keep up not catch up', the unique approach adopted by Elevate. Knayton was graded outstanding in all areas by OFSTED in 2017. "The head teacher has instilled a culture of high expectations that is shared by all teachers and governors." (OFSTED 2017)

 

Hannah Layfield - Head of School

Hannah Burrell

Jane Makin - Co opted governor and Chair

Jane Makin

Jane has spent 35 years in education working both within the state and independent sector. She is a great supporter and advocate of small rural schools. Latterly, she was a Head teacher of a small independent day school with a day care facility for babies and children from 0 - 11 years before taking early retirement to be able to spend time giving back to the world of education. During her 13 years of Headship Jane was a strategic leader within a Teaching Alliance and an ISI Inspector. Jane is also a governor of another local state school where she has delegated Governor responsibility for Safeguarding. Jane also acts as a mentor for Head teachers and consultant to schools. She has a passion for education and the holistic development of all children. She fully upholds the vision, values and ethos of Elevate. In her spare time she is a keen sportswoman, enjoying cycling, walking and skiing.

Julie Dent- Co opted governor

Julie Dent

Julie has worked in the Early Years sector for 35 years and has worked in Early Years management for local authorities and in a small independent school. Julie is currently a serving Ofsted Inspector and published author. Julie has, also, undertaken duties as an Independent Schools Inspector. Julie has 3 daughters and a granddaughter who keeps her very busy in her spare time. 

Emma Roberts - Elected Staff governor

Katie Parsons -Parent governor

Katie Parsons

Katie has followed the journey of Keeble from a prospective parents’ perspective in the early stages of the school’s concept and proposals, through to enrolling her child  who started in nursery from its opening in September 2019.  Katie has worked in PR and Communications for 12 years, which includes strategic experience of stakeholder engagement and supporting the establishment of a new business.  Katie and her family live on the Gateway development and is passionate about supporting her local school as it establishes its future.

Hannah Secouet - Co Opted Governor

Following University, Hannah moved to London to work as a producer in radio and audio production for national networks and large corporate clients. In 2000, she joined the Central Office of Information, where she worked closely with central government policy makers in turning policies into public messages. After the birth of her daughter in 2010, she returned home to North Yorkshire with her family. Soon after her children started at Knayton C of E Academy, she began to volunteer in school, becoming a governor in 2014, with specific interest in SEND, and Chair of Governors in 2018. Hannah has a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools, she also captains a team for Thirsk Hockey Club and helps coach their junior section.

Ian Haylett - Co-opted governor

Ian and his wife have both been the local Salvation Army ministers in Thirsk since 2018 and prior to that, held the same responsibilities in Selby for 12 years. As a resident of the Sowerby Gateway housing development, Ian enjoys being involved in the local community, working to bring a sense of unity and being particularly mindful to include those at the margins or who feel isolated. Ian is a Chaplain for the Thirsk Racecourse, actively involved in the Gateway residents group and he also volunteers at the Salvation Army charity shop in Thirsk. Before becoming a Salvation Army minister, Ian had a career in IT working for a global financial services company. In his spare time Ian enjoys films (he is a volunteer at the Ritz Cinema), Astronomy and baking bread!  Ian feels honoured and privileged to be a part of the Keeble Academy and he looks forward to doing what he can to ensure that all children continue to be afforded the opportunities and encouragement that they need to fulfil their potential.".

Tom McDonald - Parent governor

Being a qualified primary teacher, Tom has 6 years’ experience teaching children and young adults from ages 2 to 19 with special educational needs and disabilities. Tom has has twin boys who attend Keeble and try to squeeze in as much quality family time as possible by visiting National Trust parks and grounds. Tom is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which helps him stay fit and he also like to play guitar. 

Clerk: Dianne Mousley

Elevate's compliance officer. Dianne has a BA joint hons law and history and was then called to the Bar in 1981. She worked as an employed lawyer  from 1982 to 1987. Since moving to North Yorkshire she joined North Yorkshire County Council governor support as a clerk to governing bodies until 2017 when she joined Elevate Multi Academy Trust. She achieved the National College for Teaching and Leadership qualification in 2014.

 

 

 Governors 2021-2022

Name

Term of Office

Link Governor Role

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

 

Nikkie Godbold

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Keeble Gateway

 

Education

 

Executive Head teacher

 

 

Hannah Layfield

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Keeble Gateway

 

Education

 

Head of School

 

Emma Roberts

To 01.09.2025

 

 Keeble Gateway 

 Education 

 Teacher

 

Jane Makin

Co opted

 

To 27.09.2023

 

Safeguarding, Leadership and Management, Behaviour, Well-being and RSE

 

Retired

Knayton Academy

 

 

N/A

Education

 

N/A

governor

 

Ian Haylett

Co opted

 

To 01.09.2025

 Personal Development, Finance

 

 

Julie Dent

Co opted

 

To 27.09.2023

 

EYFS

 

Ofsted

 

Education

 

Early years inspector

Hannah Secouet

Co opted

To 01.09..2025

SEN, Pupil Premium, Quality of Education 

 

 

 

 

Katie Parsons

parent

 

To 27.09.2025

Health and Safety, Quality of Education: Writing

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Tom McDonald

Parent

To 01.09.2025

 Quality of Education: Support staff development and writing