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The Governing Body firmly believes that a good relationship between school and home is vital to achieving a happy and productive journey through school.  We are fortunate to have the co-operation, support, and involvement of parents and the community in daily life here, and hope that that relationship doesn't end at the school gates.

With the talented, dedicated school staff, we constantly work hard to ensure that the educational standards, pastoral care and curriculum enhancing opportunities that are offered at Pannal Primary School combine to create a challenging and stimulating environment in which every child will thrive.

The Pannal Local Governing Body oversee the work of Pannal School. This role is devolved to them by the Board of Trustees of the Multi-academy trust, The Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust. To visit the YCST website, please click on the logo below.

The Scheme of Delegation, which explains which roles have been delegated to the Pannal Governing body by the Board of Trustees, can be downloaded here.

Documentation relating to the work of Pannal's local governing body, including minutes of meetings, can be accessed at the foot of this page.

The Role of the Governors

Some of the things we do are:-

  • Make sure we keep our children safe. 
  • Work with the school staff to ensure equality and inclusion for children, staff and parents. 
  • Work with staff, parents and children to plan for the future - making sure we anticipate future demands and opportunities to further improve our school. 
  • Work with the staff to understand how well our children are achieving and if there is more we could be doing to make sure all our children have the best possible chance to succeed. 
  • Look at how we are spending pupil premium monies.
  • Have meetings with curriculum leaders to understand how well we are supporting both curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Monitor and measure the Strategic School Development Plan, agreeing on clear objectives and measures to track how we are doing. 
  • Get involved in recruitment and make sure we offer quality continuing professional development to ensure our staff have the best possible skills and support to educate our children. 
  • Work with school staff to best prepare our children to live in modern Britain by ensuring children understand British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without faith. 
  • Work with staff to ensure robust financial management and that we make the best use of funds to support our children. 
  • Talk to parents and professionals to understand their views, listen to complaints and develop ideas for how we can further improve our school. 

Governors are expected to declare any interests at each governing body meeting. The only interest currently recorded is for Mrs Sarah Downham who also works in school as the business manager.

Attendance at meetings is recorded by the Clerk at each meeting and details are available below.

The following are at present members of the governing body and, with the exception of Mrs Turner who is an ex-officio governor, will hold office until the dates indicated.

  • Jo Thompson (Chair)

    Co-opted Governor
    May 2020

    Link governor for Literacy & Inclusion/Special Educational Needs

    Chair of Communications, Admissions and Pastoral Committee

    Standards Committee

    I have been a parent at Pannal School; Jessica and Beth have moved on to secondary school.  In addition to overall general contribution to the governing body, I chair the CAP (Communications, Admissions and Pastoral) committee, am involved in the academic standards committee and also conduct Head Teacher performance management and teacher recruitment.  I am also the link governor for SENCO, numeracy and literacy which provides me and the governors a great insight to the work within the school in these areas and also the opportunity for independent questioning and challenge.

  • Sarah Mulrooney

    Co-opted Governor
    November 2018

    Link governor for Early Years and Numeracy

    Communications, Admissions and Pastoral Committee

    Standards Committee

    I have been a governor since 2008, starting as a parent governor. I currently chair the standards committee.

    My daughter, Rachel, attended Pannal for her primary school years and had a fantastic time, remembering her time here with great fondness.

  • Peter Stretton




    Co-opted Governor – 2017

    Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

    I spent my working life in the brewing industry. My wife and I moved to Wetherby in 1990 when my job moved to Leeds. On early retirement, I became involved in a number of voluntary organisations. I was elected to the Town Council in 1994 and was Mayor in 2000/1. We downsized to Burn Bridge in 2004 and I was chairman of Pannal Village Society until it was wound up on the formation of the Parish Council in 2016. My main interests are music, singing and walking.

    I am excited at the prospect of playing a small part in the future development of the wonderful school we have in Pannal.

  • Sally Dent

    Co-opted Governor
    November 2018

    Communications, Admissions and Pastoral Committee

    Clerk to Finance and resources committee

  • Mark Colbourn (Deputy Headteacher)

    Staff Governor
    January 2018

    Finance and Resources Committee

    Standards Committee

  • Jane Turner (Headteacher)




    Associate Governor

    Finance and Resources Committee

    Communications, Admissions and Pastoral Committee

    Standards Committee

  • Paul Dinning (vice chair)

    Parent Governor 
    March 2018

    Standards Committee

    Paul is a Parent Governor with two children, Evie (now at high school) and Henry,still at the school. Paul sits on the Standards committee and started his term as a Governor in March 2014.

    Paul works in Leeds at commercial law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP as a commercial property adviser and, in his spare time, is an active member of Harrogate Round Table, a charitable organisation dedicated to the local community and charitable causes.

  • Rev. John Smith

    Co-opted Governor
    November 2018

    Finance and Resources Committee & link wellbeing governor

    I am the Reverend John Smith. I am the Vicar for St Robert’s, Pannal with St Michael’s Beckwithshaw and the Area Dean of Harrogate. I have been on the board of Governors since the autumn of 2014. I am married to Sally and we have a daughter, Rebecca who is currently a student EYFS teacher.

    Before I was ordained in 2010, I worked as a Senior Healthcare Manager for many years, working at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, as well as in a large care home for the elderly and in private healthcare at the Duchy Hospital. I bring business management skills, as well as pastoral skills to the mix of governors.  I am passionate about helping children find their full potential and becoming well-rounded in every aspect of their lives.

  • Nicky Woodcock





    Clerk to the Governors

  • Andrew Shepherd





    Andrew took on a role as governor in June 2019 and has a daughter, Chloe, who attends the school. 

    Andrew is a qualified actuary and his day job involves providing investment advice to trustees of final salary pension schemes. 

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