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Dear Parents & Carers

In September 2017 I became joint chair of trustees and from November, I became chair. I am proud to work with a school where the support and care for individuals are exemplary, enabling our young people to achieve and thrive. As trustees we work closely with the headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, and the senior leadership team to ensure the leadership and management of our school is strong and effective.

Our dedicated team of trustees give their time and individual skills on a volunteer basis to the school. We represent our parent body, the community around us and both the teaching and support staff at the school. This balanced representation helps us to set the strategic direction of the school, holding the headteacher and senior leaders to account and ensuring the school is in a sound financial position.

As a full board of trustees we meet every half term. At each meeting we take feedback from the three committees: curriculum, finance and personnel. Trustees decide which committee they can best serve and have the choice to ‘drop-in’ to other committees so they understand many different aspects of school life and the decision making that takes place. Meetings are lively and informative and trustees work closely with members ofthe school’s senior leadership team. Some trustees also have an additional responsibility including: pupil premium; attendance; health and safety and SEN. Our relationships are strong and this makes for a positive environment. Recently we have implemented trustee learning walks to focus on key areas of school life so that we are up-to-date and in a position to ask appropriately challenging questions.

In return for the work we do at John Kyrle, trustees have the opportunity to be fully involved with all aspects of school life. This ranges from interaction with the senior team, through visits to key areas of the school, and a wide range of school activities. We enjoy being invited to the shows, concerts, sporting activities, exhibitions and feel proud when we are able to see at close hand the range of work and activities students undertake. Moreover, trustees are involved in all interview processes for new staff.

Providing our time freely, does mean that we want to give purpose and meaning to our work and, as such, we like to do everything to a very high quality. So we are pleased that Ofsted have rated the governance of the school Outstanding in the last two inspections. Likewise, we have also been successful in being awarded Governor Mark. This is an award that reviews the work of governing bodies against specific criteria of excellence. The first time we applied and were successful we were the 11th school in the UK to gain this national accreditation.

It is a pleasure to be trustees at a school where the ethos and attitude of leaders, staff and pupils are positive and encouraging. Trustees are always on hand and available to speak to parents, students and the wider community either at school events or by contacting the school. We welcome any thoughts and ideas that will help the on-going and future success of John Kyrle High School & Sixth Form Centre.

Best wishes

D Strutt sig N17

Denise Strutt
Chair of Trustees






JKHS Trustees


Mr Neil Pascoe
Mr Rick Stevenson
Mrs Denise Strutt

Board of Trustees:

Mr Andrew Bailey
Mr Jason Harris
Mr Rob Jones
Mr Andrew Middlecote
Mr Timothy Murray
Mr Rick Stevenson
Mr Nick Dale
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mr Neil Pascoe
Mr David Potter
Mrs Denise Strutt
Mr Brent Vinall
Mrs Lisa Lown
Mrs Julie Markey
Teaching Staff
Mrs Hayley Knapper
Mrs Kate Nicholls
Support Staff
Cllr Christopher Bartrum LA
Mr Nigel Griffiths (Headteacher) Ex Officio
Mrs Carol Straughan Clerk to the Board of Trustees


  • Mr Andrew James Bailey: Parent (Joint Chair, Finance Committee)

    Appointed 19th May 2015
    Andrew has two children at the school and was elected as a parent trustee in May 2015. Formerly chair of governors at a local primary school, he is an accountant by training. However, after a period of business consultancy in the SME sector, he is now proud to be involved in a business providing arts-therapy services in a variety of settings from adoption support to brain injury.
  • Cllr Christopher Mark Bartrum: Local Authority

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Reappointed December 2014
    Chris has lived in Ross since 2000. Both his daughters went to John Kyrle and both got a well-rounded education which enabled them to progress to Russell Group Universities. As a retired Inspector of Taxes, Chris has an interest in finance but is also delighted to be part of a team that focuses relentlessly on improving and driving up standards. Chris is also a Ross Town Councillor.
  • Mr Nick Dale: Co-opted Community

    Appointed 7th February 2018
    Nick’s whole working career has been with Haigh Engineering in Ross-on-Wye (42 years). He started as an electrical apprentice, became maintenance electrician followed by two years as field service engineer before returning to the plant as electrical foreman. He then had seven years as a sales representative before becoming sales manager and a member of the senior team. Nick retired in February 2017 at the age of 58.
    Nick is an active member of Ross Lions Club and serves on the committee at Ross Conservative Club. He also holds a helicopter pilots’ license and regularly flies. He enjoy many types of motor sports and photography.
  • Mr Nigel Griffiths FRSA: Headteacher (ex-officio)

    Appointed 1st January 2011
    Nigel has been head of the school since September 2000, and holds office as a trustee in this role. As such, he attends all committees which are led by trustees who work closely with members of his senior leadership group. Nigel presents at all full board meetings and his deputies also attend these but do not vote. Nigel is a qualified lead Ofsted inspector and a National Leader of Education.
  • Mr Jason Michael Harris MBA-Cert ED-DSML: Co-opted Parent

    Appointed 27th February 2012
    Reappointed December 2016
    Married with two children, Jason lives in Herefordshire. He has a positive outlook in all aspects of work and private life. Being self-employed for much of his working life provided a unique position that forged the necessary skills of self-reliance and management. From this Jason moved into Lecturing in Music Technology at Herefordshire & Ludlow Colleges where he recognised the paths of success for a young person are so varied that they require support and guidance at every stage. From a single GCSE when he left school to recently completing a Masters in Business Administration Jason’s personal journey has been pivotal to his current roles as Course Leader in Music Technology, Mentor and Parent trustee. His passion for allowing others to experience what he has achieved is what drives Jason to challenge and support the many varied circumstances that these roles embody and he looks forward to many more in the future.
  • Mrs Diane Elizabeth Hudson: Community (Vice Chair, Curriculum Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Reappointed September 2014
    Diane has been re nominated by the trustees several times. She was initially a parent trustee, who was elected three times by the parent body. She has previously been Vice Chair under three different chairs of governors and is currently Vice Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Diane has experience as a parent governor of Ashfield Park Primary School and has retired from a career in secondary education as Head of Department. Diane currently enjoys her involvement with English Heritage Discovery Visits for schools.
  • Mrs Hayley Maria Knapper: Support Staff

    Appointed 14th May 2012
    Reappointed July 2016
    Hayley has been a Support Staff trustee since 2012. She currently has one child at John Kyrle. Hayley’s role within the support staff is head of year and careers advisor. Hayley is link trustee to the sixth form and she is keen to continue with her role within school to maintain close links to the local and wider community supporting sixth-form students with their work-experience placements.
  • Mrs Lisa Jane Lown: Teacher

    Appointed 5th September 2016
    Lisa has been a teacher of Computer Science and IT at John Kyrle since 2010.  She has worked as an IT Technician and IT Trainer both in schools and in Industry before training to become a Teacher in 2008.  Lisa joined John Kyrle as Second in Department having successfully completed her NQT year at Cleeve School in Cheltenham.
  • Mrs Julie Markey: Teacher

    Appointed 3rd February 2015
    Julie has been a teacher trustee since January 2015. She has worked at John Kyrle High School since 2005 as a mathematics teacher and also as a head of year for lower school for the last seven years. Before studying with The Open University and gaining a mathematical sciences degree, Julie qualified and worked as a microbiologist in the National Health Service.
  • Mr Andrew Middlecote: Co-opted Parent

    Appointed 7th February 2018
    Andrew has two children whom attend John Kyrle. He has worked in local government for 26 years and currently works for Gloucestershire County Council as a highways manager. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers. Andrew is also a a member and past president of Ross-on-Wye Lions Club. Currently he is secretary.
  • Mr Timothy Murray: Parent

    Appointed 5th  December 2017
    Tim’s daughter joined John Kyrle in September 2017 and is loving every moment of it. A huge part of this is down to the school staff and the importance they place not only on academic success, but also to pastoral care. Tim welcomes the opportunity to be part of this caring, successful community. He is currently a governor at Walford primary school and has a good understanding of the roles of a school governor or trustee.  He enjoys working with the school staff to support them in all the responsibilities and challenges they face and to ensure the best possible outcomes for all pupils.
    Tim currently works in further education and understands how important a secure secondary education is to enable pupils to achieve their goals and dreams. He is looking forward to contributing to the continued success of John Kyrle High School and, thereby, that of his children by sharing the experience and knowledge that he has gained through his own career and as a governor of a successful school.
  • Mrs Katherine Nicholls: Support-Staff (Chair, Health & Safety Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Reappointed September 2015
    Kate has been a governor/trustee since 2001.  She was originally appointed as a parent governor and then moved to staff governor.  She is chair of the health and safety working party as well as link trustee for safeguarding and SEN.  Kate has had three children successfully go through John Kyrle High School.  Her role within the support staff is staff cover manager, transport and she manages lunchtime duty staff.

  • Mr Neil Barrington Pascoe: Community (Chair, Curriculum Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Reappointed September 2014
    Neil has been a member of the governing body for some time, initially as a Parent trustee and, more recently, as a Community trustee. Neil has three children all of whom attended the school, his daughter having left the Sixth Form in 2009. Neil currently works for a Housing Association based in the Forest of Dean providing affordable housing throughout West Gloucestershire and in South Herefordshire. He also chairs another Housing Association and sits as a Magistrate on the Herefordshire Bench. On the governing body, Neil currently chairs the Curriculum Committee and attends the Finance Committee.
  • David Potter: Community(Chair, Personnel Committee)

    Appointed 5th September 2016
    David taught in schools and colleges for 17 years, including a period in charge of a large secondary school.  He then worked in local authorities as education adviser and inspector, eventually becoming deputy director of education, in charge of school improvement.  He then worked as a freelance school improvement adviser, including leading Ofsted inspections, acting as a DfE adviser on schools in difficulties, and supporting schools and education departments in the UK and abroad.  David has lived in the Forest of Dean for over 30 years; in addition to being a trustee at John Kyrle, he is on the board of a multi-academy trust in the Bristol area.
  • Mr Richard Ian Stevenson: Parent (Joint Chair, Finance Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Reappointed April 2015
    Rick’s youngest daughter has just left John Kyle to study at Plymouth University. He is proud to have served as a parent trustee for the last six years, during which time he has learned a lot about the workings of the academy and developed good working relationships with the senior leadership team. He is currently serving as joint chair of the finance committee.
  • Mrs Denise Joan Strutt: Community (Chair)

    Appointed 10th November 2015
    Denise joined the board in October 2015 having retired as headteacher of Whitecross school in Hereford in August 2015. During her headship, she supported other headteachers and their schools in her roles as a school improvement partner and a local leader of education with the National College for Teaching and Leadership. She was vice chair of governors at Hereford College of Art for over eight years and governor lead on child protection and safeguarding. Denise was also a governor at Queen Elizabeth High School in Bromyard for two years to support their improvement.   She is a trustee of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership and also of Creative Connections Hereford.  This reflects her particular interest in enabling students to achieve regardless of their ability or personal circumstances. She has lived in Ross with her partner for 16 years and loves singing (with the Ross Penyard Singers), reading, going to the theatre and live sporting events and travel.  
  • Mr Brent Allen Vinall: Community

    Appointed 15th January 2018
    Brent spent forty years in secondary education in the UK, teaching in grammar schools, a secondary modern, sixth form colleges, 11-18 comprehensives, a Tertiary college and an academy converter. His final post was deputy headteacher at John Kyrle, from which he retired in August 2012. Having lived in Ross-on-Wye for 25 years, he is committed to the success of JKHS for the benefit of future generations of students.
  • Mr Mark Christopher Button: Parent (resigned July 2017)

    Appointed 1st September 2013
    Mark joined the governing body of John Kyrle High School in September, 2013 as a parent trustee, having lived in Ross for 12 years and having a son at the school and a daughter continuing through to the school’s sixth form college. He is a registered pharmacist who runs a group of community pharmacies and also works in the pharmaceutical industry. Mark is a trustee with special responsibility for special educational needs (SEN) at the school, having a personal interest in the subject. 
  • Mrs Karen Frost: Community (Joint Chair)(Chair, Personnel Committee) (resigned November 2017)

    Appointed 1stJanuary 2011
    Karen has been a member of the governing body since 2000. She was appointed as a community Governor co-opted by the board and has been reappointed every 4 years since 2000. She was elected as chair of trustees in 2004 and has been re-elected each year since. She is also chair of the pay committee. Karen is married with two grown-up children who both went to John Kyrle High School. She is operations director for Values Based Leadership, an international leadership development company. She was appointed as a national leader of governance with the National College for Teaching and Leadership in 2013 and mentors up to six chairs of governors of other schools in Herefordshire and the wider school community. She has also conducted school reviews for schools in Ofsted categories and is a mentor for Teach First.
  • Mrs Helen Lindley: Community (Chair, Personnel Committee) (resigned September 2017)

    Appointed 11th October 2013
    Helen was appointed as a Community trustee in 2013. Her background is in post-16 education and vocational training. She currently works as an independent Quality Assurance Advisor to several Training organisations and an Awarding Body. Helen has lived in Ross for the past 23 years and has two children who both attended JKHS and Sixth Form college.
  • Mrs Belinda Kate Mackintosh: Parent (resigned 6th Feb 2018)

    Appointed 1st April 2014
    A parent trustee since 2014, Be has one child currently at the school. It has been an interesting and enlightening journey since her appointment, with Be trying to attend as many school functions and meetings as possible in order to gain a greater depth of knowledge and to ensure she can positively contribute as a parent trustee. Be had great fortune following her own school education to be able to attend a cooking school in London for a year – leading to a great passion for food and cooking. It is through this Be has carved a successful career not only as freelance cook but also as a cookery demonstrator, teacher and, at present, a cook for two Early Years Settings in Herefordshire. Through these varied positions Be has had many fantastic opportunities to instil the values of healthy eating, not only to adults but also to encourage children of all ages to eat a healthy and varied diet.
  • Mr Jonathan Patrick Sanger: Parent (Joint Chair) (resigned November 2017)

    Appointed 28th September 2011
    Reappointed September 2015
    Jon has served as a parent trustee for the last 6 years. His youngest son is in year 13 and his remaining two children have successfully completed their journey through John Kyrle High School. Living on Great Doward, Jon works as a project manager as part of a major change programme and is currently serving as joint chair of trustees.
  • Mrs Ali Thompson: Parent (resigned 3rd July 2017)

    Appointed 25th November 2016

    Ali has only very recently been elected as a parent trustee and is excited for the future in the role. She is a mum to three children, two boys aged 29, 27 and her daughter, who is a year 8 student at JKHS, is 13. She also has a 6 year old granddaughter and blessed to also have two grown up stepdaughters and three young step grandchildren.  She has worked for West Mercia Police for the past 10 years as a Police Community Support Officer and for the past 5 years has worked exclusively on the Youth Engagement Team. Although her primary role is to educate young people, she is committed to the safeguarding of them.

All trustees are appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.


All committees are closed. All trustees are eligible to attend meetings but only committee members are entitled to vote.

Vice Chair:
Mr Neil Pascoe
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mr Nigel Griffiths
Mr Rob Jones
Mrs Hayley Knapper
Mrs Julie Markey
Mrs David Potter
Mr Rick Stevens



Mr Andrew Bailey
Mr Rick Stevenson
Mr Nigel Griffiths
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mrs Hayley Knapper
Mr Neil Pascoe
Vice Chair: 

Mr David Potter

Mr Andrew Bailey
Mr Nigel Griffiths
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mrs Lisa Lown
Mrs Julie Markey
Mrs Kate Nicholls
Mr Rick Stevenson 


Mr Jason Harris
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mr Neil Pascoe

Committee (Staff & Student)
Chair:   Mr Jason Harris
Health & Safety Committee Business Manager:
Site Manager:
Deputy Headteacher:
Head of PE:
Head of Technology:
Resources Supervisor:
Mrs Christine Bryan
Mrs Kate Nicholls
Mr Andrew James
Mr Mark Burton
Mr Mike Donoghue
Mr James Morgan
Mrs Wendy Dallison
Pay Committee Mr Andrew Bailey
Mr Neil Pascoe
Mr David Potter
Mr Rick Stevenson
Mrs Denise Strutt


Link Trustees Roles:

Attendance Mrs Denise Strutt
Health & Safety Mrs Kate Nicholls
Literacy Mrs Diane Hudson
Pupil Mentoring Mr David Potter
Pupil Premium Mr Jason Harris
SEND Mrs Kate Nicholls
Sixth Form Mrs Hayley Knapper


Trustees’ Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • We maintain a register of pecuniary interests which is updated annually.

    Forms are held by Clerk to the Trustees.  As of March 2017 the pecuniary interests declared were:

     Trustee Non-pecuniary Pecuniary
    Mr Andrew Bailey 2 children @ JKHS None
    Cllr Christopher Bartrum None None
    Mrs Karen Frost Chair of Governors @ Dean Academy, Gloucester Advisor to four Acres Charity Trust on developing learning skills and working as a National Leader of Governance with six Chairs of Governors to other schools in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
    Mr Nigel Griffiths None Lead Inspector, Ofsted
    Mr Jason Harris 1 child @ JKHS None
    Mrs Diane Hudson None None
    Mr Robert Jones 1 child @JKHS None
    Mrs Hayley Knapper 2 children @JKHS None
    Mrs Helen Lindley None None
    Mrs Lisa Lown 1 child @ JKHS None
    Mrs Belinda Macintosh 1 child @ JKHS Freelance cook/demonstrator/teacher working with two early years settings in Herefordshire
    Mrs Julie Markey None None
    Mrs Kate Nicholls None None
    Mr Neil Pascoe None None
    Mr David Potter Governor @ St Anthony’s Primary School in Cinderford None
    Mr Jon Sanger 1 child @ JKHS None
    Mr Rick Stevenson 1 child @ JKHS Director, Swimming Pool Solutions
    Mrs Denise Strutt Governor, QE Bromyard None

Board of Trustees Meeting Dates:

  • 2017/18

     Full Board
    of Trustees
    FinanceCurriculumPersonnelHealth & Safety
    Aut Tue
    Nov 17
    (date tbc)
    (AGM 6pm,
    FBT 6.30pm)
    Spr Tue
    (FBT & Review)
    16/01/18 (tbc)
    March 18
    (date tbc)
    Sum Tue
    June 18
    (date tbc)
    (FBT & Review)

 Trustees’ Attendance (2016/17):

  • Board Meetings

    Meetings attended Out of a possible
    Andrew Bailey 5 6
    Chris Bartrum 3 6
    Karen Frost 4 6
    Mark Button 3 5
    Nigel Griffiths 5 6
    Jason Harris 4 6
    Diane Hudson 5 6
    Rob Jones 4 5
    Hayley Knapper 1 6
    Helen Lindley 5 6
    Lisa Lown 5 6
    Belinda Mackintosh 5 6
    Julie Markey 6 6
    Kate Nicholls 3 6
    Neil Pascoe 5 6
    David Potter 6 6
    Jon Sanger 6 6
    Rick Stevenson 5 6
    Denise Strutt 4 6
    Alison Thompson 3 4
  • Finance Committee

    With effect from 1st April, 2017, it was voted for committees to become ‘closed’. The membership of the finance committee become those highlighted in yellow below:

     Meetings attended Out of a possible
    Andrew Bailey 5 5
    Chris Bartrum 0 5
    Karen Frost 2 5
    Mark Button 0 5
    Nigel Griffiths 5 5
    Jason Harris 1 5
    Diane Hudson 5
    Rob Jones 0 4
    Hayley Knapper 0 4
    Helen Lindley 0 5
    Lisa Lown 0 5
    Belinda Mackintosh 0 5
    Julie Markey 0 5
    Kate Nicholls 0 5
    Neil Pascoe 3 5
    David Potter 2 5
    Jon Sanger 4 5
    Rick Stevenson 4 5
    Denise Strutt 2 5
    Alison Thompson 2 5

Please contact Mrs Carol Straughan, Clerk to the Trustees, about all matters relating to the Trustees, including requests for copies of minutes.