Local Academy Board Members

The Role of a Local Academy Board Member

Local Academy Board Members lead schools, they don’t manage them. They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; to be critical friends to the school; and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions. Members discuss and have input on:

– School policies, such as discipline, dress, sport, bullying and homework
– Long term plans and the future of the school
– How the school budget will be spent
– How the school will try to reach performance targets
– Appointment and dismissal of staff
– Complaints from pupils, staff and parents
– Repair and maintenance of school buildings
– Use of school premises outside school hours

The board often appoints sub-committees to look at specific issues such as the school’s finance, staffing, curriculum and premises.


Academy finance documents

Our Local Academy Board Members

Mrs Yvonne Baker
Role: Chair
Trust Board Appointment
Term: 01/09/20 – 31/082024

Mrs Denise Nicholson
Role: Vice Chair
Trust Board Appointment
Term: 01/09/20 – 31/08/24

Mrs Victoria Fenwick
Role: Staff Governor
Staff Elected
Term dates: 01/10/2018 – 30/09/22

Mrs Kelly Hope
Role: Parent Governor
Parent Elected
Term dates: 12/05/17 – 11/05/21

Miss Shirley McConnell
Role: Parent Governor
Co-opted Appointment
Term dates: 15/02/2017-14/02/21

Mrs Judith Russell
Role: Parent Governor
Parent Elected
Term dates: 12/05/17 – 11/05/21

Ms Allie Denholm
Role: Headteacher
Term commenced 01/09/20

Meet our New Chair

Yvonne Baker:

Yvonne is a Chemical Engineer by background, who now leads STEM Learning – an organisation supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. She has been a school governor for over 20 years in a range of places and settings and sits on the Royal Society’s Education Committee. Yvonne is Co-Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Education and Skills Panel as well as a Trustee of the 5% Club, which encourages employers to offer meaningful ‘earn and learn’ opportunities including apprenticeships. However, her interests extend far beyond STEM – thanks to her inspirational music teacher, Yvonne has always been a keen amateur musician and singer (even now being part of a Sea Shanty Group) and over the last few years, she has become a pilot gig rower.

Yvonne believes that a great education is the right of every child and young person, whatever their background. Education opens doors and gives choice – and, to this day, Yvonne  remains grateful for those teachers, her parents and others who supported her throughout her education from pre-school to the world of work. She looks forward to working with the staff team, governors, students, parent/s/carers and wider community at Heworth to ensure that all our young people have this opportunity and choice.

Register of Pecuniary Interests

There are currently no interests declared, this is reviewed at each meeting of academy board members and the register will be updated immediately with any change.


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