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This school has a Local Governing Body (LGB) which is responsible for making day to day decisions on the running of the school.  Its power is delegated from Trustees of the main multi-academy trust board.

The LGB consists of members of the local community interested in education and no formal qualifications are required as full training is given.  The Headteacher is automatically a member of the LGB by nature of their position, but cannot Chair.  Parents are welcome to join the LGB and when there are vacancies, we particularly welcome applicants with skills in managing budgets, legal work, human resources, running a business, or any work connected with young people.

For more information on the Ebor Academy Trust Trustees, please click on the link below:


Any Governor vacancies will be advertised here.

The Chair of Governors, John Tweedlie, can be contacted via the school, by post to Staynor Hall Community Primary Academy, Staynor Link, Selby, YO8 8GE or by email:



Be a Governor – September 2019

Governance Matters – Sept 2019

Register of Business Interests 2020-21

Register of Business Interests 2021-22

Governor Attendance at Meetings

Governor Attendances for 2021-2022

Governor Attendances for 2020-2021

Our Governing Body

John Tweedlie - Chair of Governors

I originally joined the school when it first opened as a parent helper in Team Nidd. I was persuaded to come on board as a Parent Governor by the then Head due to the vacancy remaining unfilled after elections had been held. Since then I have been a link governor for a number of different subjects, had a year as Vice-Chair, and was very proud to move up when our first chair Duncan stepped down from the role. As the Chair I am regularly in school, meeting with the Head or visiting classes to see our excellent teaching staff in action and I remain a parent helper working with the Reception class (Covid restrictions notwithstanding).

In my day job, I am a Change Specialist for Aviva insurance working primarily in our Financial Adviser facing function looking after some of our online processes. In this role, I specialise in enabling effective communication between our customers, our frontline teams, and our technology teams. Using data to identify and highlight risks and opportunities to the business and leveraging my understanding of our internal technology and processes my role is to provide the best outcomes for our customers. The skills I have developed fit well with my role as the Chair of Governors, leading a group of passionate people who all have their own specific sets of skills and experience, working together to help ensure Staynor Hall is the best version of itself.

Whilst my experience of supporting and leading in a school environment is limited to what I have learned as a member of the LGB I have been working with young people in my spare time for over 25 years as a senior instructor with the Army Cadet Force and more recently as an adult leader with the Scouting movement. I very much thrive on the challenge of working with young people, guiding them and helping them grow into successful young adults either directly through intervention in the classroom as a parent helper or indirectly by shaping policy and holding the school leadership to account as Chair of the LGB.

Working with the school has been an immensely rewarding experience and I would encourage anyone who is even vaguely interested to give it serious consideration. There are many ways you can help shape the future for our young people, as a volunteer in class where a couple of hours a week can have a much greater influence than you could imagine, as a member of the LGB helping to shape school policy and being that critical friend offering the school leadership an alternative perspective or joining FOSHA and helping raise funds and organise events that make the school experience just that little bit more special.


Caroline Telford - Vice Chair & SEN Governor

I have worked in education for nearly 15 years. I am currently working in a school as Head of Learning Development, where I manage the provision for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Due to my experience, I am the SEND link governor. I am passionate that all children should be able to access an exciting and inspiring curriculum and given the support they need to succeed and achieve their goals. 


Mark Berry - Parent Governor

I have worked at schools in the City of Bradford since 2000. I’m currently Information Systems Director and Data Protection Officer at an all-through Academy and have also led the Facilities Team for a couple of years. I have extensive knowledge of school building projects having been closely involved in the construction of numerous new build schools and many large school extensions over the years. In addition, I am on two Bradford Council committees, responsible for providing schools across the area with secure, safe, and cost-effective broadband, inter-school connectivity, and safeguarding systems.

I have lived on Staynor Hall since 2012 with my partner and 2 children, one of which attends Staynor Hall. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and travelling. I’m also a trained Neapolitan pizza chef and love serving up pizzas at home and can occasionally be found serving up pizzas at venues around Selby!

Bobby Watson-Frank - Parent Governor

Hello My name is Bobby and I am delighted to have been selected as a Parent Governor for Staynor Hall Primary Academy. I am a mum of 2 girls and my daughters both attend the primary school.  Through the role, I hope to help the school continue to provide an outstanding education for our children and also help to build stronger relationships between the parents and the School. I am really looking forward to working more with the children, staff and families within the school community.


Julie Lynch - Community Governor

I am an administrator for a local company, previously my background has been as a sales office manager  specialising in conference and events with over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry.    I have a keen eye for detail and a wealth of knowledge and experience in customer service, sales, and team management including recruiting, training, and motivation.

I decided to become a governor after finding out there was a vacancy for a community governor and as a mum myself of children that have flown the nest I understand the school process from Reception to University level.  Being a governor with no children at the school or of school age means that I can look at matters arising from a different perspective.

I am proud to be part of the Staynor Hall Governing Body and how the school is constantly developing.

Donna Bedford, Headteacher

I have worked in NYCC schools prior to guiding Tadcaster through the academisation process in September 2018 and then I joined Staynor Hall in April 2019. I am passionate about giving all children the opportunities to thrive and exceed in all areas of the curriculum. Working with the school team and supporting the development of confident, happy learners is what is most important to her. In my spare time, I am a whizz with the sewing machine and enjoy creating dance costumes for the youngest members of her wider family. Chasing Bonnie the Beagle around the local countryside is also an important pass time!

Lucy Hargreaves - Staff Governor

Hello!  I am the Staff Governor at Staynor Hall Primary Academy. I first joined Staynor Hall in September 2020 having previously taught at another Ebor Academy school for 7 years. I am the EYFS Lead and my role includes teaching a Reception class along with overseeing Tiny Steps and Esk, our nursery. I am also a member of the Senior Leadership Team and lead Art and Music across the school. I really enjoy Music, especially singing and I am really looking forward to joining in with Choir rehearsals next academic year.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends, jogging by the River Ouse, and planning my wedding!