Governance

The role of the Local Governing Body at John Smeaton Academy is to help the academy fulfil its main aim: to provide the best possible education for all of its students.

The Governing Body at John Smeaton Academy gives the strategic direction and acts as a critical friend to assist the academy in improving the standards of education and opportunities for all students.
This includes:

  • Setting the vision, ethos and clear ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the academy.
  • Making sure that all young people, including those with special education needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Engaging stakeholders and ensuring statutory duties are met.
  • Holding the senior leaders to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety.
  • Challenging and strengthening leadership and contributing to the school evaluation.
  • Ensuring financial solvency and effective management of financial resources, including pupil premium to raise standards.
  • Appointment of staff.
  • Serve on panels for disciplinary matters, appeals and grievances.

The governing body meets regular during the academic year. During these meetings they systematically challenge leaders on all aspects of the academy. This includes, but not exclusively, the effectiveness of:

  • Attainment and progress
  • Finance and estates
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Safeguarding
  • The quality of teaching and its impact over time
  • SMSC and MBV
  • The use of pupil premium funding
  • Catch up funding

Becoming a Governor

Governors are a diverse group of committed, hardworking people who offer support, not only through their attendance at meetings but through their presence, within the academy.

Anyone over the age of 18 can become a governor. Being a school governor can be very rewarding and a good way of helping your local community, as well as having a positive influence on the quality of children’s education. Governors play a vital role in shaping the education of young people by helping to set the ethos, vision and strategy to raise school standards so all students reach their full potential.

John Smeaton Academy’s Governing Body welcomes people from all walks of life as each person brings their unique experience and talents to the work of running an academy.

If you would like any more information on the role of a governor, or becoming a governor here at John Smeaton Academy, please contact us.

Name

Category

End of Term of Office

Voting Rights

Business Interests

Other establishments they govern

Relations within the Trust

Specific Responsibility

2021/22 Attendance

Francesca Robinson

TGAT

01/09/2025

Yes

None

BSA/TRGA

None

TBC

0/0

Leanne Griffiths

Executive Principal: 11-16 Education

n/a

Yes

None

BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, TMA/TSLA

None

TBC

0/0

Rachael Law

TGAT

01/09/2025

Yes

None

BSA/TRGA

TBC

TBC

0/0

Sir John Townsley

Chief Executive Officer

n/a

Yes

None

BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, TMA/TSLA, MNA/RA, HA/RHA, SCITT, TGAT Board

Wife Principal at RA; Daughter Teacher at RHA

TBC

0/0

Tracey Thomas-Marshall

TGAT

01/09/2025

Yes

None

TGAT Board

None

TBC

0/0

Ryan Stephenson

Community

01/09/2025

Yes

Leeds City Council Councillor

TGAT Board

None

TBC

0/0

Paul Forbes

TGAT

01/09/2025

Yes

None

RHA/HA, TGAT Board

Daughter Vice Principal at MNA

TBC

0/0

Jonathan Morgan

Community

01/09/2025

Yes

None

None

None

TBC

0/0

Parent Governors x 2 (TBC)

Parent

TBC

Yes

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

0/0

Staff Governor (TBC)

Staff

TBC

Yes

TBC

TBA

TBC

TBC

0/0