On behalf of the Governing Body I would like to welcome you to The Market Weighton School.

The Governing Body is a group of volunteers who have chosen to involve themselves and take some responsibility in the life of the school.

We work with Mr Harrison, the Senior Leadership Team and all the staff to ensure that your children achieve their full academic potential, as well as provide an enriching environment for them to develop socially and emotionally.

The Governing Body consists of committed individuals who believe that a good education is extremely important. We are a diverse group, who bring many different skills and experiences from business, the local community and other educational establishments. We actively contribute to all aspects of life of the school. We understand and take our role as “critical friend” seriously. We are proud and very supportive of the school and its place within the local community.

If you would like further information about the role of the Governing Body, please contact the school and I will be happy to speak to you.

Rachel M Davies
Chair of Governors

Annual Governance Statement for The Market Weighton School

The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the TMWS Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangements
The full Governing Body meets once each term, as does the Resources Committee and the Achievement & Wellbeing Committee. We also have sub-committees that meet when required to consider pupil discipline, staffing matters and pay review.

Attendance Record of Governors
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not ‘quorate’ (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made). See below for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

Future Plans for the Governors
Consistency and high expectations are fundamental to the school and its Governance moving forward in the desire to be outstanding. Governors will be monitoring the key priorities as identified in the School Development Plan.

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021



Full Governing Body

(3 Meetings)

Extraordinary FGB

(0 Meetings)

Achievement & Wellbeing Committee  (5 Meetings) Resources Committee           (3 Meetings) Pay Review Committee           (1 Meeting) Pay Appeal Committee   (0 Meeting)
Rachel DAVIES 100% n/a 80% n/a n/a n/a
Matthew HENDERSON 100% n/a 80% n/a 100% n/a
Chris URWIN 100% n/a n/a 100% 100% n/a
Dale NEEDHAM 100% n/a 80% 100% 100% n/a
Jo SMITH 100% n/a 100% n/a n/a n/a
Caroline PINCHBECK 100% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Rob COUCH 100% n/a 100% 66% n/a n/a
Iain ROBINSON 100% n/a n/a 100% 100% n/a
Jason POULSTON 100% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Marc SMITH 60% n/a n/a 66% n/a n/a
Clare BREEN Associate  Associate  Associate  Associate  Associate  Associate
New New New New New New


TMWS Governing Body – Register of Interests (2021-2022)

Name Status Role Start of


End of


Any Relationship with Staff Relationship with pupils on roll Business/Place of Work Pecuniary Interests
Rachel DAVIES Co-opted Chair of Governors        Child Protection    Educational Visits Safeguarding Link    Humanities Link                Society & Ethics Link        Maths Link 07.07.15 12.03.23 Parent of Student Headteacher        Oakfield School None
Rob COUCH Co-opted 05.12.17 04.12.21 Parent of Student ERYC None
Christopher URWIN Co-opted Vice Chair of Governors    Resources Committee      Health & Safety                    Pay Review Committee  English Link 29.03.17 28.03.25 Britcom None
Matthew HENDERSON Parent Chair Achievement & Wellbeing                 Science Link                Pupil Premium/LAC Link      Data Link 09.02.16 08.02.24 Longcroft School None
Richard HARRISON Headteacher  


N/A N/A Headteacher TMWS None
Revd. Caroline PINCHBECK Co-opted Humanities Link              Society & Ethics Link 02.07.19 01.04.23 Vicar All Saints Church None
Dale NEEDHAM Co-opted Chair of Resources Committee                      Chair of Pay Review Committee 07.07.15 12.03.23 Parent of student Potential business: prom
Jason POULSTON Staff 04.07.16 03.07.24 The Market Weighton School None
Iain ROBINSON Co-opted  


13.04.15 04.12.22 Business Manager  TMWS None
Marc SMITH Parent Science Link 02.07.19 01.07.23 RAF None
Jo SMITH Parent Achievement & Wellbeing  English                            NQT Link                            Wellbeing Staff                  RSE 26.10.17 26.10.21 Parent of student Parent None
Clare BREEN Co-opted 03.07.19 02.07.23 Deputy Head None
Co-opted Music,  Technology 06.07.21 05.07.25 None
Vacancy Local Authority

The Full Governing Body meetings are clerked by the Local Authority clerking service.

All governors can be contacted through Mrs S Florence (PA/Clerk) in the school office:

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