The Governing Body of Lord Deramore’s School has a strategic role in ensuring our school community knows and understands the aims and objectives of our school and that its direction, focus and ambition is realised. They have collective responsibility for financial decisions that are made in the context of how the school is run.

The school governors are a group of individuals, from a variety of backgrounds, who work as a team to support the school in making sure the priorities established are the right ones for school improvement.

Full Governing Body meetings are held at least once a term and, in addition, there are three committees that meet at least termly.

The Staffing & Performance Management Committee advises the Governing Body on the efficient and effective use of staffing resources. They determine, in accordance with the School Pay Policy, the level of salary for new appointments and ensure that appraisal procedures are followed. They also promote and evaluate continuing professional development for all staff. Through good employment practices and safer recruitment, the committee monitors the correlation between teaching quality, pupil progress and pay progression.

The Finance Committee ensures the school is managed well financially by following the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) as well as monitoring and evaluating the school’s financial performance. They ensure the school complies with the principles of Best Value when making decisions about how available resources are utilised. They have direct control over substantial amounts of delegated funds, making key decisions about the allocation of financial resources and guarantee that the school meets all its statutory obligations.

The Curriculum Committee works to plan, monitor and review the academic and pastoral arrangements of the school in order to ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered in line with the aims of the school and the requirements of the National Curriculum. As well as monitoring curriculum provision, pupil progress and the achievement of all pupil groups, the committee also monitors attendance. All governors are appraised of the assessment procedures in school and discuss the impact of these on pupil achievement. Members of staff report to this committee on subject leader roles, the quality of teaching and learning and inclusive practices.

If you are interested in being a governor please contact the school office for an information pack.

Being a Parent Governor

City of York Council Governance Service

National Governors’ Association (NGA)

Governing Body Membership

Category of GovernorAppointing bodyNameTerm of OfficeCommittee membershipAdditional responsibilities
HeadteacherBy virtue of the officeJames Rourke24.4.2017 - ongoingAll Committees
StaffStaff Rachel Carr07.11.2017 - 06.11.2021Curriculum & Staffing
Local AuthorityLAConnie Cullen14.12.2016 - 13.12.2020Curriculum & Staffing
ParentParent Ebony Wonnacott05.3.2018 - 04.3.2022Curriculum & Staffing, PayCurriculum & Staffing Vice Chair
ParentParentDoaa Shohaieb05.3.2018 - 04.3.2022Finance
Co-optedGoverning BodyStephen Danby23.3.2015 - 22.3.2019Finance, Appeal
Co-optedGoverning BodyRichard Frost23.3.2015 - 22.3.2019Finance, AppealFGB & Finance Chair
Co-optedGoverning BodyJane King23.3.2015 - 22.3.2019Curriculum & Staffing
Co-optedGoverning BodySue Perutz23.3.2015 - 22.3.2019Curriculum & Staffing
Co-optedGoverning BodyKate Robson14.12.2015 - 13.12.2019Finance, Appeal
Co-optedGoverning BodyGeoff Harrison27.3.2017 - 26.3.2021Finance, Pay
Co-optedGoverning BodyRachel Lovelady10.07.2017 - 09.07.2021Curriculum & Staffing
AssociateGoverning BodyChris Wood10.07.2017 - 09.07.2018
FoundationDavid Foster 01.9.2014 - 31.8.2018Finance
FoundationLady Penelope Mowbray01.9.2014 - 31.8.2018Curriculum & Staffing, Pay
Foundation Verna Campbell02.11.2012 - 01.11.2018Curriculum & Staffing, PayCurriculum & Staffing Chair, FGB Vice Chair
ClerkJanet EdgarFrom 26.02.18

Governing Body Register of Business Interests 2016-17

Name of GovernorNature of business interestDate of start of interest
Steve DanbyPlayscheme - company owner2005
Ebony WonnacottPlayscheme - company owner2005

Governor Links

Early Years D J Foster & S Danby
Key Stage 1S Perutz & E Wonnacott
Lower Key Stage 2K Robson & C Cullen
Upper Key Stage 2V Campbell. R Frost & Lady P Mowbray
SEND & Child Protection S Perutz
Pupil PremiumR Lovelady
Health & SafetyS Danby & G Harrison
ICTR Frost

Clerk to the Governors:

Janet Edgar
c/o Governance Unit,
Mill House, North Street,
York YO10 6JD

Governor Attendance Register

P= present, AC=Absent – apologies sent, AN = absent no apologies, R=resigned


FULL GOVERNING BODY 25/09/2017 11/12/2017 19/03/2018 09/07/2018
James Rourke (Headteacher) P P P P
Verna Campbell P P P P
Rachel Carr   P P P
Connie Cullen P P AC P
Steve Danby P P P AC
David Foster  AC P P P
Richard Frost  P P P P
Geoff Harrison P P P P
Camilla Hodges  AC R R R
Jane King P P P P
Rachel Lovelady P P AC P
Nell Mowbray P P AC P
Sue Perutz AC P P P
Ann Pye P      
Kate Robson P P AC P
Doaa Shohaieb     P P
Ebony Wonnacott P P P P
Chris Wood  AN AN AN R
Deborah Graham (observor staff gov from 23/7/18)     P
FINANCE COMMITTEE 20/11/2017 30/04/2018 25/06/2018  
Mr James Rourke (Headteacher)  P P P  
Mr David Foster  AC P AC  
Mr Steve Danby P AC AC  
Mr Richard Frost (Chair) P P P  
Mr Geoff Harrison P P P  
Mrs Kate Robson AC P P  
Dr Doaa Shohaieb    P P  
PAY COMMITTEE 06/11/2017      
Mrs Verna Campbell P      
Lady Nell Mowbray P      
Ms Ebony Wonnacott (Chair) P      
Geoff Harrison AC      
CURRICULUM & STAFFING  06/11/2017 26/02/2018 11/06/2018  
James Rourke (Headteacher) P P P  
Verna Campbell (Chair) P P P  
Connie Cullen P P P  
Jane King P AC AC  
Rachel Lovelady P P  
Nell Mowbray P AC P  
Sue Perutz P P P  
Ann Pye AC R R  
Ebony Wonnacott P awaiting re-election    
Rachel Carr (as observor pending appt to comm) P P P  


FULL GOVERNING BODY 26/09/2016 31/10/2016 EO 14/12/2016 27/03/2017 10/07/2017
Sheena Powley (Headteacher) P AC P P  
James Rourke (Headteacher)         P
Verna Campbell P P P P AC
Connie Cullen     P P P
Steve Danby P AC P P P
David Foster (Chair until 31/12/16) P P P P AC
Richard Frost (Chair from 01/01/2017) P P P P P
Geoff Harrison       P P
Camilla Hodges  AC AN AC AC P
Jane King P P P P P
Rachel Lovelady         P
Nell Mowbray AC AC P P P
Sue Perutz P AC AC AC P
Ann Pye P P P P P
Kate Robson P AN P P P
Ebony Wonnacott P P P P P
Chris Wood  AN P AC AN R
FINANCE COMMITTEE 29/11/2016 26/04/2017 21/06/2017    
Mrs Sheena Powley (Headteacher) P        
Mr James Rourke (Headteacher)    P P    
Mr David Foster  P P P    
Mr Steve Danby P P P    
Mr Richard Frost (Chair) P P P    
Mr Geoff Harrison   P P    
Mrs Sue Perutz P P AC    
Mrs Kate Robson P AC P    
Mr Chris Wood AC AN      
CURRICULUM 30/11/2016        
Mrs Sheena Powley (Headteacher) P        
Mrs Verna Campbell P        
Mrs Jane King P        
Lady Nell Mowbray AC        
Mrs Ann Pye P        
Ms Ebony Wonnacott (Chair) P        
Mrs Sheena Powley (Headteacher) P        
Mrs Verna Campbell (Chair) P        
Ms Camilla Hodges  AN        
Lady Nell Mowbray P        
Ms Ebony Wannacott P        
CURRICULUM & STAFFING  08/03/2017 14/06/2017      
Sheena Powley (Headteacher) P        
James Rourke (Headteacher)   P      
Verna Campbell (Chair) P P      
Connie Cullen AC P      
Camilla Hodges  AN AC      
Jane King P P      
Nell Mowbray P P      
Sue Perutz   P      
Ann Pye P P      
Ebony Wannacott P P