Dear Parents/Carers

From 1 September 2020 we are changing the way our academies and college are governed. Please see the letter below for details of the new arrangements and the members of the new Local Governing Body.

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The role of the Local Governing Body at Bruntcliffe Academy is to help the establishment fulfil its main aim: which is to provide the best possible education for all of its students.

There are many things which governors are expected to do.  The following provides a brief outline:

  • Governors have responsibility with the Principal for deciding, reviewing and monitoring many of the policies, plans and procedures within which the academy operates
  • The governors’ role is strategic. The Principal’s role is both strategic and operational
  • It is important to recognise that governors are part of a team. They all have equal status and though they are appointed by different groups (parents, staff, The Gorse Academies Trust, etc.), their main concern is the welfare of the whole academy
  • Governors make decisions democratically, by consensus. Governors do not have individual powers to act alone
  • Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice at all times
  • Governors share the responsibility of appointing staff with the academy and must act in the same way as any good employee
  • Governors should consider carefully how their own decisions might affect other academies
  • Governors should encourage openness in all of their work for the academy and should welcome enquiries from parents and the general public
Name Category End of Term of Office Area of responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance
Tarsilo Onuluk
TGAT 31/12/2020 PPM / HAL Yes None None None 5/5 4/5
Steven Sharpe
Vice Chair
TGAT 30/12/2022 Health & Safety and Estates / Policy Group Yes None None None 3/3 5/5
Caroline Priestley Community 31/12/2022 CIAG Yes Bowling College – Board of Directors None None 4/5 3/5
Chris Stokes Principal  n/a n/a Yes None TFA None
Colin Fisher Staff 27/03/2023 n/a Yes None TFA None 3/5 4/5
Kate Grimshaw Parent 27/03/2023 Safeguarding Yes None None None 1/3 2/5
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 Education n/a PPM Yes None TFA, TRGA, TMA, TSLA, BSA None
Ralph Hyde Community 31/12/2022 Pupil Premium / PPM Yes None None None 3/5 4/5
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer  n/a n/a Yes None TGAT, TFA, TMA, MNA, TRGA, RA, HA, EHC, SCITT, RHA, BSA None
Zoe Bawn Parent 27/03/2023 SEND / Policy Group Yes TBC None None 3/3 3/5
Marie Suggit Parent 02/10/2023 n/a Yes TBC None TBC 5/5
Kingsley Ofeim Community 02/10/2023 n/a Yes TBC None TBC 5/5

Chair of TGAT Board – Terry Elliott

All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our Trust website at