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Local Governing Body

Meadowside has been part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust from the outset and is happy to be part of the educational vision of the Trust, whilst retaining their own strong identity.  The Trustees have allowed its Academies to retain the same composition for their local governing bodies, which is set out below. 

The three core functions of the local governing board are:

To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its children;

To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure its money is well spent.


 And to monitor the Ofsted Framework priorities of intent, implementation, impact, behaviour & attitudes, personal development and leadership & management.


Together, the Governors are responsible for:

  • Setting aims and targets for the academy and checking the academy’s progress towards attaining these.

  • Monitoring how well the Academy’s policies and plans are working.

  • Accounting for the performance of the Academy and the Local Governing Body.

  • Working with the Head teacher to make sure that teaching at the Academy is effective and good quality and the children are making the best possible progress.

  • Taking general responsibility for the Academy and its budget.

  • Challenging and supporting the senior management team and taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of staff and children.

  • Promoting the interests of the Academy and its children in the wider community.


Types of Governors 

There are several different types of Governor:

  • Parent Governor

    Elected from parents at the school by parents at the Academy.

  • Staff Governor

    Elected from staff at the school by staff at the Academy.

  • Co-opted Governors

    Appointed by members of the Local Governing Body. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.


 Chair of Governors: Keri Standen

 Contact:  or

Meadowside Academy, Halfpenny lane, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SL





Jo Crouse


01.09.2019 to 01.09.2023

Sophie Smith


01.09.2019 to 01.09.2023

Helen Corkhill


27.11. to 27.11.2023

 Keri Standen

Co Opted

17.07.2019 to 17.07.2023

Malcolm Gardiner

Co Opted

25.09.18 to 25.09.2022


Co Opted


Tessa Beaumont

Co Opted

25.09.18 to 25.09.2022


Co Opted


Rebecca Maiden

Head Teacher





Richard Owen Hughes 


 End of term of office 

Robert Archibald 

 Co opted

 Resigned 17.07.2019

Nikkie Beniams 

 Executive Head teacher

 Left role as Executive Head teacher

Clive Leverett


Resigned as governor 21.07.2019

Dan Styles

Associate member


Juliet Vigurs

Co opted 

Resigned 09.09.2019

Keri Standen 

Co opted

Resigned 11.11.2020

Pen Portraits:

Jo Crouse:

Sophie Smith:

Sophie was appointed as parent governor in September 2019. Her background is in law, working as a corporate lawyer for the last 15 years. 


Helen Corkhill:

Malcolm Gardiner:

Rebecca Maiden:

Register of Interest:..

Governor Attendance: 

 LGB Attendance
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