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.
Dawn Naughton

• 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.
Jayne Askew
Paul Vickerman

Principal – ex officio member
Steve Perren

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


Please click on the thumbnail for details of meetings from October 2019 to July 2020


Please click on the thumbnail for the 2018/19 Academic Year Governor Register of Interest /Meeting Attendance information.


Please click on the thumbnail for the 2017/18 Academic Year Governor Register of Interest /Meeting Attendance information.


Please 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

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

Chair of Governors
Joan Haines

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).

Steve Perren

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.

Dughall McCormick
Vice Chair and Community Governor

Dughall's 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 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.

Paul has worked at Castle Hill school for since 2013. During that time he has worked with a variety of age groups from early years, primary and sixth form. Paul was also a member of the initial staff team to work in our two achievement for all class settings when they were introduced. In addition Paul has sat for three years on the positive behaviour working party. 

Mr Paul Vickerman
Staff Governor


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
ICAT Director / Member Register of Business Interests is available here