The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy

We will ensure that all children are nurtured, challenged and inspired so that they achieve the best outcomes during their time at our school and contribute positively to society.

Governors

Our Governors

Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Chloe Webster
    Principal
  • Wendy Baxter
    Trust Senior Link (Vice Chair)
  • Emma Foxley
    DRET Appointed Governor (Joint Chair)
  • Elizabeth Rohan
    DRET Appointed Governor (Joint Chair)
  • Helen Savage
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Sophie Jackson
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Anna Chester
    Clerk
  • Vicki Pattinson
    Staff Governor
  • Lisa Cheetham
    Parent Governor

Current Governors

Name Governor Type Appointed By Term of Office  Term From Term To Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles as at 8 May 2024 Governor Assigned Responsibilities  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Wendy Baxter Trust Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Not applicable  20 Mar 2019 Ex Officio
  • Governor at Ainthorpe, Endike, Eresby and The Richmond Primary Academies.
  • Vice Chair
  • Safeguarding
5 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 4
Lisa Cheetham Parent governor Elected by parents First 19 Apr 2024 18 Apr 2028
  • Nothing to declare
  Not applicable, not in post  1 of a possible 1 
Emma Foxley Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Third 01 May 2023 30 Apr 2027
  • David Ross is Emma's brother.
  • Joint Chair
  • Attendance
4 of a possible 5 4 of a possible 4
Sophie Jackson Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First 23 Aug 2023 22 Aug 2027
  • Nothing to declare
  Not applicable, not in post  1 of a possible 4
Vicki Pattison Staff governor Elected by school staff First 04 Dec 2023 3 Dec 2027
  • Nothing to declare
Buddy Not applicable, not in post  2 of a possible 3
Lizzie Rohan Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second 02 Dec 2023 1 Dec 2027
  • Nothing to declare
  • Joint Chair
  • Parental Engagement
  • Buddy 
1 of a possible 5 2 of a possible 4
Helen Savage Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First 23 May 2023 22 May 2027
  • Nothing to declare
  Not applicable, not in post  1 of a possible 4
Chloe Webster Principal Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
Not applicable  01 Sep 2023 Ex Officio
  • Sister is Kim Lawton who is Thomas Hinderwell's Regional Director.
  5 of a possible 5 4 of a possible 4 

Former Governors

 Below is a list of Governors that have served in the past 12 months.

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Terms Served  First Appointed Leaving Date Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Aimee Steedman Appointed governor Appointed by Foundation/Trust  1 1 Dec 2022 1 Aug 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
1 of a possible 4 Not applicable, not in post 
Dominique Osborne Executive Principal Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
Not applicable  14 Oct 2019 31 Aug 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
2 of a possible 5 Not applicable, not in post 
Garry Johnson Appointed governor Appointed by Foundation/Trust  1 12 Sep 2023 18 Apr 2024
  • Nothing to declare 
Not applicable, not in post  1 of a possible 3 

Contacting Us

The Governance Officer for Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy is Gemma Yates. Gemma can be reached at governance@dret.co.uk

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing governance@dret.co.uk.

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust’s scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team (governance@dret.co.uk), who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at governance@dret.co.uk or review our information pack below. 

march 2024 governor recruitment booklet.pdf

   

What is it like being a governor with DRET?

To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.

governor testimonial booklet .pdf

 

 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

Garry Allen 

What training do Governors receive?

We offer an extensive range of training opportunities. Take a look at what is on offer for the current academic year. 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf

 

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