Governing Body

Statement by the Chair of the Governing Body


I have had the privilege of serving as Chair of the Wetherby High School Governing Body for over four years now.  It has been four challenging, but extremely rewarding years during which the Governing Body has worked closely with the Local Authority and with the Governing Body and leadership team of Carr Manor Community School to bring about much-needed change. 

We know that we now have a successful school which enables all of our children to achieve their potential, both personal and academic, and to leave us as confident and resilient young adults, well prepared for whatever lies ahead for them.  

The role of the Governing Body is not to run the school on a day-to-day basis – that is the preserve of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  Governors set the long-term strategic goals for the school and monitor its performance against them.  We act as ‘critical friends’ to the School’s leadership and staff, balancing independent scrutiny with genuine support for our dedicated team of professionals.

Our Governing Body has a wide range of skills and experience, and, in addition, we are all local residents and have a common aim – to ensure that Wetherby High School is an excellent school and a real asset to the community it serves.  We want the school to play an active part in the life of our town, including the sharing of our facilities and participating in community events. 

School governors are unpaid volunteers, but the role is a demanding and responsible one which requires both time and commitment.  We are very fortunate at Wetherby High School in having a team of individuals who are keen to ensure its continued success.  You will find more information about them on this page of the school website.

If you would like to ask a question or make a comment, whether it be critical or complimentary, governors can be contacted via this website or through the School Office.

Cindy Bentley
Chair of Wetherby High School Governing Body



List of Governors - September 2018/19

Wetherby High School Governing Body

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Name of GovernorCategory of Governor and committees servedDate appointed and term of officeRelevant business/personal interestsAny other educational establishments governedRelationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives
Lucie LakinHeadteacherNoneN/A
Cindy BentleyChair of Governors Local Authority17/09/2012 - 16/09/2020Town Councillor Trustee/Director of the Education Trust for WetherbyN/A
Neil O'ByrneCo-Vice Chair/Chair of Resources with responsbility for Safeguarding. Co-opted Governor01/10/2014 - 01/02/2022Town CouncillorN/A
Paul SibbonsCo-Vice Chair/Chair of Learning Committee Co-opted Governor01/10/2014 - 01/10/2022Trustee/Director of the Education Trust for WetherbyN/A
Caroline NielsonParent Governor - Member of the Learning sub committee with responsibility for Special Needs07/05/2014 - 20/06/2022NoneN/A
John EatonParent Governor - Member of the Resources-sub committee with responsibility for Premises and Health and Safety07/05/2014 - 20/06/2022NoneN/A
Denise PodlewskaCo-opted Governor - Member of the Learning sub committee with responsibility for Pupil Premium24/12/2015 - 23/12/2019NoneN/A
Sandra ClynesCo-opted Governor - Member of the Resources sub committee19/05/2016 - 18/05/2020NoneGovernor at Crossley Street Primary School, WetherbyN/A
Michael GreenFoundation Governor16/01/2017 - 15/01/2021Trustee/Director of the Education Trust for WetherbyN/A
Heather ShipmanCo-opted Governor06/07/2017 - 05/07/2021NoneN/A
Malcolm WinterburnCo-opted Governor30/11/2017- 21/11/2021NoneN/A
Mark HopkinsFoundation Governor15/01/2018 - 14/01/2022Co-opted member of the Education Trust for WetherbyN/A
Paul StevensStaff Governor25/02/2019 - 24/02/2023 NoneN/A