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Follow the 3 core functions set out in the Governance Handbook 2020:

  1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its children;
  3. Oversee the financial performance of the Academy and making sure its money is well spent.

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 (LGB).
  • 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.

The LGB comprises of:

The Executive Head Teacher

Staff governor - elected by the staff at the Academy 

4 Parent governors - elected from parents at the Academy

4 Co-opted governors - Invited by the LGB for their skill set from the local community

Associate member - Appointed by the governors to provide short term support in areas identified by the LGB. They have no voting rights and their term of office will be limited to 1 year. 


Chair of Governors:; 

                                   Aspin Park Academy, Wetherby Road, Knaresborough HG5 8LQ

 Your Governors:

 Sharon Robertson: Executive Head teacher

Sharon was born in North Yorkshire and have lived in the area for the majority of her life. She attended Sunderland University and completed a business degree initially and worked in business and accounting for 4 years before completing a degree in Primary Education at Sunderland as a PGCE. She later completed an MA in Special Educational Needs and have since continued to develop further education with NPQH, Leadership training and Special Needs Training.

Sharon has taught for nearly 20 years in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and North Yorkshire. She has been a head teacher for the past 10 years. Starting with a small infant school and amalgamating with a junior school before moving to Errington Primary School and now Aspin Park as an Executive Headteacher and part of the school improvement team. She has worked with various alliances and academy trust developing SCITT training, NLE work and supporting leadership. She has been a National Lead of Education for 3 years and continue to develop and support schools through various school developments and aspects of improvement.

Sharon works closely with other schools to support collaboration and continue to develop improvement and research in education.

Dan Wilson: Chair

Dan has a background in education, having previously worked as a teacher and local authority curriculum consultant in London, Coventry and Newcastle. Having left the profession in 2014 he is currently the Director of Development at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, working with communities and organisations to enable more people to be more active. He has established close links with the Department for Education by helping shape their implementation of the PE and Sport Premium grant for primary schools and co-designing the Creating Active Schools Framework.

Dan has two children at Aspin and has been a governor for three years. He is now the chair of governors and in this role is driven to support the Academy to achieve is vision of every child reaching their full potential.

Andrew Craddock: 

Andrew joined the Governing Body in November 2017. I am a father of 3 children, 1 of whom is at Aspin.. My eldest child moved on to King James’s School a few of years ago with my middle child  having recently joined them

This is my first role as a Parent Governor, I have previously contributed to helping the Academy by being an active member of the PTA and was Chair Person for 3 years.

I have a range of professional skills and experience that I am able to apply in my role as a parent governor. My goal is to represent other parents and to make sure that Aspin provides the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children.

Sasha Sencier:

Sasha Sencier is currently the Board Secretary and Governance Lead for the NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Governor Lead for wellbeing at Aspin Park Academy.

 She has over 18 years’ experience in Communications, Engagement and Governance roles across a number of public sector organisations, including local and national government, the education sector, children’s charitable sector and health sector.

 Sasha is currently studying an MBA in Senior Leadership and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

 She lives and works in the local area and is a strong advocate of health and wellbeing, particularly acknowledging the need for equal priority and value to mental health and physical health needs.

 When not working or studying, Sasha enjoys spending time with her family, going on long walks in the Yorkshire countryside, taking her child to football practice and listening to music.



Term of Office

Link Governor Role

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Sharon Robertson




Aspin Park Academy


Executive Head Teacher

Helen Windsor


To 03.05.2022


Aspin Park Academy


Deputy Head teacher

Dan Wilson


To 27.11.2021

Health and Safety


Yorkshire Sport Foundation


Questr CIC


Development manager for education



Andrew Craddock


To 27.11.2021



Financial Force

Product engineering

Senior management

Dawn Ankcorn







Gordon Hay

Co opted

To 25.09.2022



Methodist Church



Sasha Sencier

Co opted

To 25.09.2022

Staff and Pupil Well Being

Behaviour/attitudes to Learning

Parent and community

NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group


Corporate Governance & Assurance Manager

Katie Hitchings






Ian Holmes







James Durran

Associate Member

To 29.04.2021



North Yorks Education Services

North Yorks School Improvement

Providing traded involvement services to academies.


English Adviser 0-19






Governors Attendance at LGB Meetings:

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