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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 Academy by parents at the Academy.

  • Staff Governor

    Elected from staff at the Academy 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: Tess Beaumont (Acting)

 Contact:  or

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


Tess Beaumont:

Tess is a co-opted Governor and a parent of 2 children at Meadowside Academy.  As a Governor she really hope to contribute usefully and positively to the life of the Academy.  Tess has a degree in Languages and Management, and a Post-Grad. in Personnel Management.  She is currently working in a local Secondary School supporting the Recruitment and Selection of staff.  As the daughter and niece of Primary School teachers she is absolutely sold on the importance of a strong primary Education.  Tess knows that Children and Young People have the opportunity to acquire the Knowledge, Skills and Experiences that will set them up for life, given a broad, engaging and fun curriculum!  She absolutely believes that the Ethos that drives, and the Culture that pervades Meadowside, are both created by the fantastic Teaching and Support Staff across the Academy setting. Tess hopes that as a Governing body we can harness and support this expertise, and keep the flag flying for this Outstanding Academy! 

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. 


Term of Office

Link Role

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Rebecca Maiden

Head Teacher



Meadowside Academy


Head teacher

Helen Corkhill



27.11.2019 to 27.11.2023


Meadowside Academy


Assistant Head teacher

Jo Crouse


01.09.2019 to 01.09.2023





Sophie Smith


01.09.2019 to 01.09.2023






Co opted






Malcolm Gardiner

Co opted

25.09.18 to







Co opted






Tessa Beaumont

Co opted

25.09.18 to







Clerk to the LGB: Dianne Mousley



Keri Standen Co opted 29.09.2020

Governor Attendance: 

 LGB Attendance
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