The Governing Body of South Craven School works in partnership with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for establishing and maintaining the school’s aims, values and ethos, deciding its policies as well as scrutinising and monitoring its performance.

The governing body will meet on at least thirteen occasions throughout the academic year. Teaching & Learning, Premises and Health & Safety business on eight occasions and Finance and Audit & Risk business for the remaining five.

There is only one standing committee, the Personnel Committee. The following sub-committees will be created as and when they are needed:

  • Admissions Committee
  • Pay Committee
  • Pay Appeals Panel
  • Staff Disciplinary
  • Staff Disciplinary Appeals Panel
  • Reorganisation and Redundancy Committee
  • Reorganisation and Redundancy Appeals Panel
  • Appointments Committee
  • Student Disciplinary

Business Interests Disclosure


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Rachael Simeone

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Mrs Emma Benn - Chair of Governing Body & Trust Member

"Having become a Parent Governor in 2012, I recently became Chair of Governors. I have two children at South Craven; Daniel in Year 13 and George in Year 9.

I have worked in Financial Services for 19 years in a variety of roles and am currently an Integration Manager with Computershare. I believe I can use the skills and experience I have gained over the years to contribute to the continued success of the school community particularly in strategy and planning.

I have a keen interest in education and am committed to improving pupil outcomes and ensuring South Craven students receive the best possible all-round education to enable them to reach their full potential.

Being a Governor at South Craven is a rewarding experience and I am looking forward to working with Martyn and his team to support the school, ensure its continued success and contribute to its strategic direction."

Mr Terry Hawley – Vice Chair of Governing Body & Trust Member

"I have been a governor at South Craven for over 18 years and vice-chair of the governing body. I am very proud to have seen all four of my children successfully through the school, with one of them graduating with a Masters in Nuclear Science from Cambridge University.

Until my recent retirement, I worked within the banking industry and my finance background and experience has proved invaluable.

I play a very active role as a governor and regularly visit the school in order to carry out health and safety inspections.

Sport features hugely in my personal life and in particular rugby. Apart from playing for over 40 years I also coached junior rugby for 20 years."

Mr David Harvey - Trust Member

"I have spent several years as a Governor of South Craven School during a period of substantial growth in the capabilities and infrastructure of the school. With over 35 years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector and more that 10 employed at a senior level at Skipton Building Society with risk assessment a primary focus, I believe the strengths and further development of the school will benefit from my continued involvement.

Seeing youngsters of varying capabilities and backgrounds benefit for the individual support the school provides is a source of constant pride one gets from being a Governor."

Mr Robert Bellfield - Trust Member

"I have recently retired as principal of Craven College after 37 years teaching agriculture and leading further education in Northumberland, Lancashire, North-East Scotland and Craven. I am currently Chief Executive of Craven Educational Trust, a member of the Management Committee of Craven PRS and a Settle Town Councillor.

I am keen to contribute and support the continued success of South Craven School and education in the Craven area."

Mr Colin Mellors – Trust Member

"I am Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of York and also hold a visiting professorship at Huddersfield University.

I have worked at the Universities of Sheffield, Southampton, Bradford and York, moving into senior management as Dean of Social Sciences and, in 1994, as Pro-Vice Chancellor at Bradford, subsequently becoming Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of York.  I was the founding chair of the Executive Board of Yorkshire Universities, a member of the Executive group of N8 and of the Executive Board of the White Rose University Research Consortium.

Whilst spending a career in higher education, I have devoted time to roles in the public sector focusing on local and regional government, business development and capacity building with private sector and community partners. I was closely involved with the former Regional Development Agency (Yorkshire Forward) – acting as their strategic director on higher education - and also served as a NED on the Board of Government Office for Yorkshire & the Humber for several years.  More recently, I have been a Board Member of the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership since its inception and chair the area’s European Structural and Investment Funds Committee.

In my spare time, I also chair the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and also chair the Yorkshire Region Flood and Coastal Committee."

Trust Appointed Governors

Mrs Amer Sarai

“I am delighted and feel very privileged to have recently been appointed a governor of South Craven School. I have a daughter in Year 8 and hope that my son will be joining Year 7, in the next academic year.

My career started as an Arts Officer for Bradford Council in 1991, having completed an Arts Degree and for 18 years I worked on arts projects through ‘social practice’, with all sections of the community; locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. I moved across to the Education sector in 2009, for Bradford LEA and I currently work within the School Standards and Performance Department of Children’s Services. I manage a District wide initiative called ‘Aspiration Bradford’ which harnesses support from the whole community to help improve outcomes for children and young people. I support and challenge leaders to raise aspirations and build community cohesion both within the wider community and with local employers.  

Studying part time, I secured my teaching qualification (PG Dip Level 7) in 2015 and a Masters of Education in 2017, as a way to professionally develop myself. I also have experience of previously being an LEA governor in a Secondary School in Bradford.

My specific interests as a governor for South Craven School is around the curriculum, effective teaching and learning practice and collaborative work with external partners to raise students and parent’s aspirations."

Mr Chris Pomery

"I have been been involved in the field of education locally since 2010, primarily as an HLTA working in a Skipton primary school, but including spells as a governor at the local primaries in Bradleys Both and Glusburn.

I am currently finishing a PhD in education policy at the University of Manchester, where I have a research interest in multi-academy trusts.

My son is a pupil in the school."

Mr Darren Minton - Safeguarding Lead

“I am a former Police Superintendent of 30 years’ service. I retired from West Yorkshire Police in September 2018 as the Head of Safeguarding Governance for the fourth largest force in the country, and was the Strategic Lead for protecting vulnerable people.

I was responsible and influential in ensuring the force improved its grading from “Requires Improvement” to a “Good” grading from Her Majesty’s inspectorate for the past two previous inspections, and was responsible for laying the foundations through the governance structures and audit regime that recently saw the force being awarded “Outstanding” in the recent inspection on Crime Data Integrity.

On two separate occasions I proposed important reform elements to UK legislation around sexual offences linked to Human Trafficking and unlicensed premises being used for the purpose of Child Sexual exploitation, both of which are now statute.

I have secured a reputation as a Policing Safeguarding Specialist.. Of note, I was influential in assisting in the Police response elements for the revised Working Together 2018 (a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children).

I have received many awards for my work with safeguarding and have recently been working with the Home Office on supporting victims of Domestic abuse and the Management of Sex and Violent Offenders utilising technology.

In October 2020 I will take up my new role with Bradford Council as the Safeguarding Partnership Business lead. I am hoping to make a positive contribution and challenge to the continued success of South Craven School.”

Mrs Sam Cramby

Parent Governor

Dr Joy Adamson

"As someone who works in Higher Education I was interested to find out more about the issues faced by those involved in the provision of secondary school education.  I have worked at the University of York for over 10 years and an currently a Senior Lecturoer in epidemiology and Deputy Director of York trials Unit – a large research group dedicated to the design and running of large pragmatic research trials in health and education.  The landscape of higher education is changing dramativally and I am keen to see that opportunities in higher education remain open to all students who have the desire to participate."

Staff Governors

Mrs Wendy Hamilton

"I have been teaching for 21 years in a variety of different schools and locations, including the London Borough of Sutton, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and now Yorkshire. In that time I have held a number of roles, such as Head of Year, Head of Upper School, Assistant Headteacher and Headteacher at two different schools. I also worked for the Lincolnshire School Improvement Service in the 14-19 team. I am in the second year of my role at South Craven School as Head of Humanities, which incorporates History, Beliefs and Values and Careers and Progression."

Mr Paul Morrison

"Having being appointed as Head of Year 7 in 2013, my current role is Head of the Faculty of Geography and Computing. I have always endeavoured to be as involved as possible in school life, an active member of the PTA at my previous school and a staff governor for four years now at South Craven."

Mrs Kika Masters

"I was appointed Premises and Contracts Manager in September 2012 and became a Staff Governor in May 2013. I sit on the Premises Committee and report to Governors any issues relating to the Premises, Health, Safety and Security. I also draw up the five year maintenance plan and report on any projects undertaken with regard to minor capital works.

I joined South Craven School in 2011 having worked in criminal justice as an inspector of courts and previously for Royal Mail in a number of management roles. My skills and experience include operational and strategic management, industrial engineering, project management and change programme management. I have underpinned my work experience with two Masters Degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Criminal Justice Studies."

Ex-Officio Governor

Mr Martyn Hill – Headteacher

"As Headteacher, I am automatically a governor. The Governors play a vital role in running the school and hold me and the Senior Team accountable. However, as a Governor, I am fully tied into all decisions and certain powers are delegated to me, such as staff appointments up to a certain level of seniority.

We work hard as a governing body to ensure the very positive attitude and approach that you can see in the school is also reflected in our work."