April 2018 – Please note this page is currently under review and being updated.

Who are we?

At Castle Hill School there are 6 Local Governing Body governors and the Principal (ex.officio).

The Local Governing Body at Castle Hill school is made up of all different ‘types’ of local governors:

Parent governors – elected from parents of registered pupils at the school.
Kate Shepherd
Tracey Wheldon

 Community governors – appointed by members of the Local Governing Body who are not themselves co-opted, they are intended to be representatives of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.
Dughall McCormick
Joan Haines

 Staff governors – people who work in school and are elected by their colleagues. There are two different types, teaching and non-teaching staff governors.
Antony Morris
Jayne Askew

• Principal – ex officio member.

What we do:

The governors at Castle Hill School meet at least twice every term to discuss the running of the school. This would include looking at:

• The school’s budget and various policies e.g. behaviour, sex and relationship education.
• Performance management.
• The overall ethos and direction of the school.
• Long-term planning.
• Target setting for pupils.
• Staffing structures.

policies_1 Please click on the thumbnail for details of meetings from January to July 2017.

policies_1Please click the thumbnail for past meeting minutes.

The Local Governing Body  play both a strategic and operational role, meaning that they focus on the underlying issues of school management and practical active topics. They are involved in reviewing exclusions and dealing with any cases of staff appeals.

The governors also focus on improvement and achievement and they play an important role in accountability. Not only is the Principal accountable to the Local Governing Body, but the Local Governing Body in turn is accountable to parents/carers, the Board of Directors and the Members and ultimately the Department For Education.

How to contact us

8If you wish to be a governor in the future please contact the school and we will contact you when a vacancy occurs.

Joan Haines photo June 2017
Chair of Governors
Joan Haines (Community Governor) – Joan has experience as Head of The Sensory Service for Deaf and Visually Impaired children and young people (Leeds) and regional Coordinator Yorkshire and Humber ‘SEN Hubs of Effective Practice’. She was an experienced Ofsted Inspector (Early Years). Currently Joan is working with Achievement for All across the North of England in Special schools, Early Years settings, Primary and Secondary schools to implement a School Improvement Framework. She is a skilled and experienced Coach and Consultant and works with schools and senior leadership teams. Joan is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), has an MA in Leadership and Management and National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Vice Chair of Governors
Tracy Wheldon (Parent Governor) – Tracy has been a governor at Castle Hill since January 2007 – just after the school opened.  She originally started out as a parent governor, Tracys son started in Early Years as the school opened and he is now preparing to go into Sixth Form in September. Tracy then became a staff governor as she took on the role of Review Officer, looking after the Statement of Educational Need (now the EHC). During this time she met most of the families of our students at the review meetings and hopefully helped them out along the way.  She remained a staff governor for a while longer as she then moved to be the Headteachers PA. Tracy is now a parent governor again as she gave up my work to spend more time caring for her son. Throughout the years Tracy has been actively involved in many different aspects of being a governor. She has seen how a school works from many different perspectives and whilst it has often been a learning perspective it has been very interesting and enjoyable too, definitely something she is glad to have been involved in.

Mr Steve Perren (Principal) – Steve has been the Principal here at Castle Hill School since January 2018. Prior to this he was Head of School and then Acting Principal. Steve came to Castle Hill from Highfields School in 2006, when the school was first built and over the years he has had the privilege of seeing the school grow and develop. Since that time the school has gone through a lot of exciting changes and developments. Our latest new development is Academy conversion and as such our exciting journey as part of the Interaction and Communication Multi Academy Trust in its infancy. Our Local Governing Body has evolved from this change and he feels fortunate to be part of this motivated and dynamic team.

Mr. Antony Morris (Staff Governor) – Antony works as higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) at Castle Hill School splitting his time between working as a member of the support staff and covering for teachers. Antony has completed a undergraduate History degree and also a postgraduate degree in Special Education: Autism.

Dughall McCormick (Community Governor) – Dughalls professional background is in Primary Education having been a teacher and schoolleader for a number of years.. Dughall is currently working for Kirklees Learning Service as a Schools’ Learning Partner and in this capacity he supports 14 primary schools across Kirklees helping them to be the best they can be. As well as supporting schools directly, he leads on school governor training for Kirklees. Dughall is also a National Leader of Governance.

He has an interest and expertise in technologies for learning and young peoples’ use of technology and Dughall supports schools and their staff in getting the best from technology as well as ensuring young people are kept as safe as they can be in its use.

Mrs. Kate Shepherd (Parent Governor) – Kate has been a parent in school since Castle Hill opened and, before that, her son attended Turnshaws School. This is her second term being a Governor at Castle Hill. She has had responsibility for Secondary and now Sixth Form. Kate is also the Safeguarding Governor.

Kate is a business owner and lives in Holmfirth with her husband and five children.

jayne askew
Mrs Jayne Askew (Staff Governor) – Jayne has been a class teacher at Castle Hill school since it opened in 2006 and previously at Highfields school. She now works part-time as the communication teacher in school,  liaising with the speech and language therapist, setting up low and high tech communication systems, running communication groups and being part of the curriculum working party. She also is responsible for maintaining and resourcing the Chill den – and making sure everyone keeps it tidy!

Jayne is a mum to adult triplet daughters, one of whom was a pupil in our school. She has first hand experience of life with a special needs child and this has enriched her role as a teacher.

policies_1Click on the symbol to access more information regarding Governor details.
policies_1Click on the symbol to access the Local Governing Body attendance information.
policies_1 Click on the symbol to access the Castle Hill School Local Governing Body Terms of Reference

Please click here to see  the Interaction and Communication Academy Trust Governance structure

ICAT Member information is available here
ICAT Director information is available here