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Message from the Chair


On behalf of the Governors, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Federation of Snape and Thornton Watlass Schools.  The Governing Body works hard to support the head teacher, teaching staff and pupils with the aim of ensuring the Federation is the best it can be.


Membership of the Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, representatives of the community, the Diocese and the Local Authority.  On an ongoing basis, we all work together to ensure the Federation continues to improve in every aspect possible, delivering strategic leadership to ensure that we can plan for and carry out continuing improvements for the benefit of the children.


I am personally very proud of the behaviour and attitude to learning of our pupils, which is often commented on by visitors and in OFSTED reports.  We feel extremely privileged to be part of the life of the Federation and appreciate the active and enthusiastic role parents play, both in the development and growth of the children, and through the fundraising activities of the Friends of School.


If you would like to contact the Governing body, please get in touch via the school office, by emailing


Joanna Swiers




Our governing body is currently made up of 11 members (maximum 13), representing the local authority, the diocese, elected parents and members of school staff.  The governors have a general responsibility for the effective management of the school, acting within the framework set by legislation, in order to provide the best possible education for the children.


The day-to-day management lies in the hands of our head teacher and her team of staff.  We always act in the best interests of the school and the children.  If you are interested in becoming a governor, then please feel free to talk to members of the current governing body.


The head teacher and the ex-officio have an ongoing term of office.  All remaining governors serve a four-year term of office, with the exception of parent and staff governors, who serve a three-year term before needing to seek re-election or re-appointment.


Governor meetings are generally held twice a term.


Co-Opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body from the local community)

Joanna Swiers (Chair, Early Years Governor)

Appointed: 10/05/2019   Term Ends: 09/05/2023

Steve Palmer (Vice Chair, Safeguarding Governor)

Appointed: 10/05/2019   Term Ends: 09/05/2023

Vicki Jowett (Health & Safety Governor)

Appointed: 01/12/2015   Term Ends: 30/11/2019

Gussie Wood (Finance & Pupil Premium Governor)

Appointed: 03/09/2017   Term Ends: 02/09/2021

Janet Pentelow (SEND Governor)

Appointed: 01/07/2017   Term Ends: 30/06/2021

Local Authority (appointed by North Yorkshire County Council)

Richard Corner

Appointed: 01/09/2017   Term Ends: 31/08/2021

Head Teacher

Jane Wood

Appointed: 01/09/2019   Term Ends: n/a

Staff Governor (elected from the staff, by the staff)

Karen McLeod

Appointed: 17/01/2019   Term Ends: 16/01/2023

Parent Governors (elected from the parents, by the parents)

Charlotte Rudd

Appointed: 18/09/2018   Term Ends: 17/09/2022


Foundation Governor (appointed by the Church of England)



Please note that none of our Governors have personal, financial or business interests.




Together, the Governors are responsible for:


• Setting aims and targets for the school and checking the school’s progress towards attaining these.


• Monitoring how well the school’s policies and plans are working.


• Accounting for the performance of the school and the Governing Body.


• Working with the Headteacher to make sure that teaching at school is effective, good quality and the children are making the best possible progress.


• Taking general responsibility for the school and its budget.


• Challenging and supporting the senior management team and taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of staff and pupils.


• Promoting the interests of the school and its pupils in the wider community.