School Governors

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Dear Parents & Carers

Since September 2015, we have shared the role of Chair of Governors at John Kyrle. This has added strength to an already effective governing body.  We have complementary skills and 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 very dedicated team of 20 governors 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 & support staff at the school.  Each year we are delighted to welcome as associate governors our Head Boy and Head Girl.  This balanced representation helps us to be a positive force in setting the strategic direction of the school, holding the Headteacher to account and ensuring the school is in a sound financial position. We think we speak for all the governors when we say that creating the best possible environment for both current and future students is at the ‘heart’ of everything we do.

As a full governing body we meet every half term. Feeding in to the main meetings is the dedicated work of our committees in the key areas of Curriculum, Finance and Personnel.  Governors decide which committee they can best work on 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.  Meeting are lively and informative and governors work closely with members of the school senior leadership team.  Our relationship is strong and makes for a positive environment.  Recently we have implemented Governor Learning Walks to focus on key areas of school life so that we are up-to-date and in a position to ask probing questions.

In return for the work we do at John Kyrle, governors 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, governors 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 on a couple of occasions 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 governors at a school where the ethos and attitude of leaders, staff and pupils is positive and encouraging. Governors 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
K Frost & J Sanger sigs

Karen Frost (Community Governor) & Jon Sanger (Parent Governor)
Joint Chairs of Chair of Governors


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Closed committees are Discipline, Appeals and Health & Safety. All governors can attend all other committee meetings


JKHS Trustees


Mr Andrew Bailey
Mrs Karen Frost
Mr Neil Pascoe
Mr Jon Sanger
Mr Rick Stevenson

Board of Trustees:

Mr Andrew Bailey
Mr Mark Hutton
Mr Jason Harris
Mr Rob Jones
Mrs Belinda Macintosh
Mr Jon Sanger
Mr Rick Stevenson
Mrs Alison Thompson
Mrs Karen Frost
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mrs Helen Lindley
Mr Neil Pascoe
Mr David Potter
Mrs Denise Strutt
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 Governor (Vice Chair, Finance Committee)

    Appointed 19th May 2015
    Andrew has two children at the school and was elected as a parent governor in September 2015. Formerly Chair of Governors at a local primary school, he is an accountant by training and now provides business consultancy to local SME businesses. He also practices what he preaches as a part owner in an Arts Therapy business providing services to the public and private sectors.
  • Mr Rodney Egerton Barker: Community/Co-opted Governor (Resigned December 2015)

    Appointed 1st January 2011
    Rod has been a Community/Co-opted governor since 2007. Prior to retirement, he was HR Director of an International Merchant Bank and Business Director of Global Law Practice. He ran his own business consultancy for five years after moving to Hereford in 2001. He is a regular attendee at FGB, Finance, Personnel and Curriculum committees. He is also a Trustee of the Hereford Tertiary Education Trust.
  • Cllr Christopher Mark Bartrum: Local Authority

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    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 Mark Christopher Button: Parent Governor

    Appointed 1st September 2013
    Mark joined the Governing Body of John Kyrle High School in September, 2013 as a Parent Governor, 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 Governor with special responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEN) at the school, having a personal interest in the subject.
  • Mrs Karen Frost: Community Governor (Joint Chair)

    Appointed 1st January 2011
    Karen has been a member of the Governing Board since 2000. She was appointed as a Community Governor co-opted by the Board of Governors and has been reappointed every 4 years since 2000. She was elected as Chair of Governors 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 schools community. She has, in the past year, conducted school reviews for schools in Ofsted categories and is a mentor for Teach First.
  • Mr Nigel Patrick Jonathan Griffiths: Headteacher

    Appointed 1st January 2011
    Nigel has been Head of the school since September 2000, and holds office as a Governor in this role. As such, he attends all Committees which are led by Governors who work closely with members of his Senior Leadership Group. Nigel presents at all Full Governing Body meetings and his Deputies also attend these but do not vote. Nigel is a qualified Ofsted Inspector and a National Leader of Education.
  • Mr Jason Michael Harris MBA-Cert ED-DSML: Parent Governor

    Appointed 27th February 2012
    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 Governor. 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 Governor (Vice Chair, Curriculum Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Diane has been re nominated by the trustees several times. She was initially a parent governor, 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.
  • Mr Robert Jones: Parent Governor

    Appointed 28th November 2016
    Rob hails originally from the Forest of Dean but has also lived in Portugal and more recently Australia, where his two daughters were born. His eldest daughter is just starting Year 7 at JKHS and his youngest daughter is attending primary school in Ross. Rob now works as a Support Engineer on Simulator Equipment for the RAF and has worked all over the world including the Middle East, Australia and China. Being previously involved with his children’s schools in Australia he wanted to take on the role of Parent Governor to get a better understanding of how JKHS is run and to contribute to the school and community.
  • Miss Stacey Fiona Kinloch: Teacher Governor (Resigned August 2016)

    Appointed 3rd December 2012
    Stacey has been a member of JKHS Governing Body since 2012.  She was appointed as a Teacher Governor and, more recently, as Vice Chair of the Personnel Committee.  She has been a teacher of RE and History at John Kyrle since 2010, when she joined as an NQT, relocating to Herefordshire from the Dales of North Yorkshire.
  • Mrs Hayley Maria Knapper: Support Staff Governor

    Appointed 14th May 2012
    Hayley has been a Support Staff Governor since 2012.  She currently has two children at John Kyrle. Hayley’s role within the support staff is Careers Advisor.  In addition, she is Pastoral Support and a tutor for Year 11.  Hayley is Link Governor 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 Work Experience placements.
  • Mrs Helen Louise Lindley: Community Governor (Chair, Personnel Committee)

    Appointed 11th October 2013
    Helen was appointed as a Community Governor 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 Lisa Jane Lown: Teacher Governor

    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 Belinda Kate Mackintosh: Parent Governor

    Appointed 1st April 2014
    A parent governor since 2014, Be has two children 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 governor. 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.
  • Mrs Julie Markey: Teacher Governor

    Appointed 3rd February 2015
    Julie has been a Teacher Governor 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 three 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.
  • Mrs Katherine Nicholls: Support-Staff Governor (Chair, Health & Safety Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Kate has been a Governor since 2001. She was originally appointed as a Parent Governor and then moved to Staff Governor. She is Chair of the Health and Safety Committee and safeguarding governor. She has also served as SEN Governor. Her daughter, Abigail, has just successfully completed her GCSEs and will be joining John Kyrle’s VI Form in September. She has also seen two step-children through John Kyrle; they are now bringing up families of their own. Her role within the support staff is Staff Cover Manager. She also looks after School Transport and manages Lunch Duty Staff.
  • Mr Neil Barrington Pascoe : Community Governor (Chair, Curriculum Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Neil has been a member of the governing body for some time, initially as a Parent Governor and, more recently, as a Community Governor. 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 Governor

    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 governor at John Kyrle, he is a director of two multi-academy trusts in the Bristol area.
  • Mr Jonathan Patrick Sanger : Parent Governor (Joint Chair)

    Appointed 28th September 2011
    Jon is now in his sixth year serving as a parent governor.  His youngest son is in Year 12 and his remaining two children have successfully completed their journey through John Kyrle High School and are now at university. Living on Great Doward, Jon is a director of a locally-based technology company developing sensing devices for the consumer market. Currently joint Chair of Governors, Jon has previously served on the Finance Committee and governor with special responsibility for the Discipline Committee.
  • Mr Richard Ian Stevenson: Parent Governor (Chair, Finance Committee)

    Appointed 2nd February 2011
    Rick’s youngest daughter is just starting John Kyrle’s Sixth Form. He is proud to have served as a parent governor for the last four 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 Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of Governors.
  • Mrs Deborah Ann Stock: Parent Governor

    Appointed 27th September 2011 (Terminated 25th September 2015)
    Debbie was elected as Parent Governor in 2011.   She contributes to all committees, but her main focus has been Enhanced Networks. Previous voluntary positions have included Parent Governor at a local Primary School, work with young offenders, a child bereavement support worker, and helping adults to improve literacy skills. Debbie is married with one daughter. She worked for an international bank in the City of London for several years before moving to Hereford. She then re-trained to enable her to work in education and is currently employed as a Pastoral Support Officer at John Kyrle.
  • Mrs Denise Joan Strutt: Community Governor

    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 8 years and governor lead on Child Protection and Safeguarding. Denise is also a Governor at Queen Elizabeth High School in Bromyard. 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 14 years and loves singing (with the Ross Penyard Singers), reading, watching international sport and is beginning to tick off far-flung destinations on her wish list.
  • Mrs Ali Thompson: Parent Governor

    Appointed 25th November 2016
    Ali has only very recently been elected as a parent governor 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 governors are appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.


All trustees are eligible to attend all committee meetings apart from those which are closed, viz Discipline, Appeals, Health & Safety and Pay. (clink on the links in the table below to view the appropriate Term of Reference)

Vice Chair:
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Mr Neil Pascoe
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mr David Boyd (Deputy Headteacher)


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Mr Andrew Bailey
Mr Rick Stevenson
Mr John Docherty (Director of Finance)
Vice Chair:
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Mrs Helen Lindley
Mrs Denise Strutt
Mr Kristian Phillips (Assistant Headteacher)

Mr Mark Burton
Mr Jason Harris
Mrs Diane Hudson
Mrs Belinda Mackintosh
Mr Neil Pascoe

Committee (Staff & Student)
Mr Jason Harris (Chair)
Health & Safety Committee Business Manager:
Site Manager:
Deputy Headteacher:
Head of PE:
Head of Technology:
Resources Supervisor:
Mr John Docherty
Mrs Kate Nicholls
Mr Andrew James
Mr Mark Burton
Mr Mike Donoghue
Mr James Morgan
Mrs Wendy Dallison
Pay Committee Mr Andrew Bailey
Mrs Karen Frost
Mrs Helen Lindley
Mr Neil Pascoe
Mr Jon Sanger
Mr Rick Stevenson

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 Mr Mark Button
Sixth Form Mrs Hayley Knapper



Governing bodies are under duty to publish on their website their register of interests and these, if any, are given below.


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

We maintain a register of pecuniary interests which is updated annually and refereed to at each governors’ meeting.  Forms are held by Clerk to the Governors.  As of March 2016 the pecuniary interests declared were:

Karen Frost: 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.

Belinda Macintosh: Freelance cook/demonstrator/teacher working with two early years settings in Herefordshire.

Rick Stevenson: Director of Swimming Pool Solutions.