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
Rev. Julie Anderson


• 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


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

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Please click on the thumbnail for the proposed details of meetings from October 2020 to July 2021

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Please click on the thumbnail for the 2019/20 Academic Year Governor Register of Interest
*Currently being updated for 2020-2021 

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Please click on the thumbnail for the 2019/20 Academic Year
Governor Register Meeting Attendance information.

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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).

Principal
Steve Perren

Dughall McCormick
Vice Chair and Community Governor

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'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.

Rev. Julie Anderson
Community Governor

Julie is the local vicar and has 3 churches in Newsome, Armitage Bridge and South Crosland.  She has lived in Huddersfield since April 2018 but her roots are farther north in Durham.  

Before becoming a vicar Julie had an eclectic mix of jobs including building motorways, running a hospital department, working for the Environment Agency and running a pub!  During those years she was involved in running youth clubs and after school activities as her children grew up.

 

As a vicar Julie has worked in a very deprived area of Liverpool before moving to Cambridge;  but her northern roots called her back to work in and serve families who don’t always find life easy.

 

She has sat on governing bodies for many years and believes that being part of the community is vital to her role in the church and making a commitment to serve the families in those communities is essential.  

 

Julie is passionate about giving every child the same opportunities to grow and learn and to show them that they are capable of achieving great things if they put their minds to it!  She feels privileged to be a part of Castle Hill School as it goes from strength to strength!

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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