Dear Parents/Carers

From 1 September 2020 we are changing the way our academies and college are governed. Please see the letter below for details of the new arrangements and the members of the new Local Governing Body.

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I consider it a huge privilege to be Chair of Governors at Boston Spa Academy. Governors play a key strategic role in leading the direction of an Academy and we have a great team of Governors who bring many and varied skills to our Governing Body whilst acting as ‘critical friends’ yet applying rigour and challenge.

Boston Spa Academy joined The GORSE Academies Trust in September 2018 with very clear strategic goals to improve the provision for our students. The improvements in outcomes that we have seen since then have been brilliant and currently place us in the top 12% of schools nationally and 4th out of 66 for Secondary and 3rd out of 48 for Post-16 across Leeds.

Our strategic aim is to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted and whilst we recognise that is a bar that is now higher under the latest Ofsted framework, all that we do has this goal in mind.

Governors key strategic focus is on delivering exceptional learning in a safe and caring environment for all students whilst maintaining financial jurisprudence.

Over the last year we have seen significant investment in our facilities and infrastructure and into the future there are further plans for improvement in the fabric of the academy.

Being part of The GORSE Academies Trust gives us all the ability to draw upon the wider expertise across the whole Trust and at all levels for staff, governors and students.  The value of that alone is immeasurable and the likes of which we never had as a maintained school.

As we move into this new decade our aspirations for our students and our community remain as ambitious as ever.

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.

Boston Spa 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 Boston Spa Academy, please contact us at [email protected].

The Governing Body at Boston Spa 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.

Address – c/o The Stephen Longfellow Academy, Phoenix House, Global Avenue, LS11 8PG
Telephone – 0113 487 8888
Email – [email protected]

All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our trust website at

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of Responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the Academy 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance 2020/21 Attendance
Dawn Knight (Vice Chair) Community 31/12/2022 Yes None None None Safeguarding (including E-safety) 5/5 5/5 1/1
Ben Mallinson Principal n/a No None None None
Francesca Robinson TGAT 02/12/2022 Yes None TMA/TSLA None CIAG 5/5 4/5 1/1
Helen Davies Community 31/12/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 4/5 1/1
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 Education n/a Yes None BA/TFA, TMA/TSLA None
Linda Hoult Staff 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 5/5 1/1
Caroline Ishaq Parent 15/03/2024 Yes None none None 2/2 1/1
Paul Jonsen TGAT 31/08/2022 Yes None None None T & L / Curriculum 4/5 3/5 0/1
Rachael Law Community 01/12/2023 Yes None None TBC SEND (including mental health/wellbeing) 4/4 1/1
Minnie Rahman Parent 15/03/2024 Yes None none TBC T & L / Curriculum 1/2 1/1
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a Yes None BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, MNA/RA, HA/RHA, SCITT, TGAT Board None
Vicki Franks Community 11/03/2024 Yes None None None 5/6 2/5 0/1
Stephen Hall (Chair) TGAT 31/08/2022 Yes None TGAT Board None Policy Committee 5/6 5/5 1/1
Tony Wildgoose Community 31/08/2022 Yes Openreach/BT – employee and share holder Post-16 None Health & Safety CIAG Policy Committee (reserve) 5/6 4/5 1/1
Debbie Young Parent 11/03/2024 Yes None None None Pupil Premium 3/3 1/1
Adam Ryder Principal n/a No None None None
All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our Trust website at