Manor CE Academy
Manor CE Academy
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Vale of York Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary
Manor CE Academy
Manor CE Academy
Barlby High School
Vale of York Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary


Our Governors

Strategic planning and support for the Principal and his staff – that’s the key role of the governors of Manor CE Academy.

The governors also set the admissions policy, monitor finances and also look at the academy’s Christian ethos.

Manor’s governors have a wide and interesting range of backgrounds and experience upon which to draw when making policy decisions.

Manor is a Church of England Academy and the majority of the governors are appointed by the Diocese of York. Others are appointed by the local authority, and staff and parents each elect three from among their number to join the full governing board. The governors also enjoy the expertise and support of three attendee governors, who do not have voting rights but who make an invaluable contribution.

Appointed for a four-year term of office, governors attend five full governing board meetings a year. In addition, there are three annual strategy mornings to discuss the academy’s vision and future plans.

Governors are also allocated to sub-committees that deal with the day-to-day running of the academy. Currently, there are five sub-committees:  Finance, Attainment & Learning, Student Welfare, Staffing and Premises. Each committee meets five times a year.

Another role each governor undertakes is as a link to a particular academic department, visiting regularly and building up a supportive relationship with the staff. These links allow governors to take part in lessons, talk with the students, analyse the department’s achievements and understand their needs. The governors are then able to report back to the full governing body with confidence.

However, being a governor is not all work: they enjoy attending the annual presentation evening, the Minster carol service, the senior citizens’ Christmas lunch and the many plays, concerts, presentations and sports events to which they are invited.

To contact the governors, please write to the Chair of Governors, Mr A Richardson, Manor CE Academy, Millfield Lane, York YO26 6PA or e-mail:

Manor Local Governing Committee
NameDate of appointmentTerm of officeCommittees served onSpecial roles
Mr S Barber (Principal)01/09/164 yearsResources Cttee, Standards Cttee, Ethos Cttee
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS | Appointed by the Diocese of York
Mr A Richardson06/05/154 yearsEthos CtteeChair of Governors
Chair of Ethos Cttee
Mrs E Jones01/09/144 yearsResources Cttee, Ethos Cttee
Dr S King29/11/174 yearsResources Cttee, Ethos Cttee
Dr S Smith01/09/154 yearsStandards Cttee
Revd A Gready29/04/20194 years
PARENT GOVERNORS | Appointed following vote by parents
Mr K Jones24/10/184 years
STAFF GOVERNORS | Appointed following vote by staff
Mrs C Day14/10/184 yearsStandards Cttee
TRUST GOVERNORS | Appointed by Hope Learning Trust York
Dr D Cooper10/01/184 yearsStandards CtteeChair of Standards Cttee
Mrs F Titterington17/07/20094 years

There is currently one vacancy for a parent governor. Nomination forms are available by emailing

Governors profiles


Andy Richardson | Chair of Governors
Debbie Cooper | Trust Governor
Edie Jones | Foundation Governor
Steve King | Foundation Governor
Martyn Quick | Foundation Governor
Sally Smith | Foundation Governor
Charlotte Day | Staff Governor
Kieran Jones | Parent Governor
David Rycroft | Parent Governor

I am originally from Hull and studied for a degree in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford before embarking on a career in Human Resources. This has included roles with London Underground, the University of York, Citizens Advice and Bettys,
among others. I am currently HR Manager with the Diocese of York, based at Clifton Moor.

I have lived in York since 2001, and enjoy being part of the St Paul’s church community in Holgate. I am married to Kat, who has been involved with the PTA, and I have two sons at Manor, one going into year 10 and the other going into year 8, who are both members of the Tech Crew, supporting Manor’s wonderful theatrical productions.

In my spare time, I am a keen runner, and enjoy playing and watching football, as well as occasionally helping out with some coaching at our local club York Railway Institute.

I was born in Andover, Hampshire and attended a local comprehensive school followed by a sixth form college. After sixth form, I joined a local insurance company on their ‘A’ Level training scheme and joined the IT department as a systems analyst. In my mid-twenties I moved to work for a software house as a software design consultant where my work took me to client sites around the UK and continental Europe. Mid-way through my career there I took a year out to work and travel around Australia. In my early thirties, I married and decided on a change of career path.

I returned to higher education to study law as a mature student at the University of Nottingham, where I obtained an LLB and PhD. Since then I have taught law part-time at both the University of Nottingham and the University of Leeds.

My specialist teaching area is crime and the law of evidence, but I also teach public law and have worked on a small number of empirical research projects. I am married to Rob who is an Actuary and a senior finance director at Aviva and we have a sixteen-year-old son who recently left Manor following his GCSE exams. We have lived in Rufforth for fifteen years. I like to spend my spare time with friends and family and I also enjoy playing tennis, walking and reading.

Educated in Scotland, I came to Poppleton in 1991, returning to the UK from South Africa where I had taught in a missionary school and at the University of Natal for twenty years. I continued to teach Geography and Psychology at Selby College. In 1999 I moved to Askham Bryan College as Assistant Director of Business and Corporate Development.

In 2005 I retired from full-time work, and have since become involved in local activities, as a Nether Poppleton Parish Councillor, and a Governor at Manor School. I have a strong sense of service to the community and like to feel that I am returning some of the investment in time and encouragement that teachers, lecturers and friends have made in me over the years. I enjoy tennis, walking, cycling, and reading and continue to study.

I was brought up in North London, and then spent 15 years in Oxford, as an undergraduate (maths) then postgraduate student and researcher (computer scientist). I moved up to York in 1995 to an academic post in the Computer Science department, where I’m now a Reader. My role currently is split between the Computer Science department and chairing the university’s assessment committee,
and I am also involved with the university’s new International Pathway College, which offers preparatory courses to international students.

I married Clare in 1997 and we have two children, both of whom are working their way through Manor: Jennifer has just finished, and Charlie is in year 10. Clare also works at the university, as a cell biologist. We all worship at St Olave’s, where Jenny and I (and sometimes Clare) sing in the choir, Charlie helps with altar serving and I serve on the PCC and on Deanery Synod. In my spare time, I enjoy both walking and cycling, sometimes with our dog for company.

I was born and brought up in York. I am married to Deborah, my daughter and son attend Manor CE Academy. I am the Commercial Manager for BAM Construct UK (North East), part of the Royal BAM Group, one of the largest European multidiscipline construction companies based in Holland. I attended Nunthorpe Grammar School and then trained as a Quantity Surveyor on a day-release basis at York College.

I serve the Poppleton Scout Group as a Section Assistant Leader, helping to organise a wide and varied programme based on a faith ethos, helping the young Scouts grow together and individually, into the community. My current work affords me the opportunity to help young people with work experience and I have also assisted in the supervision of DoE bronze and silver expeditions and I have previously mentored at York High School.

I was born in Canada and brought up in Cambridge. I moved to Yorkshire at the age of 18, when I went to Leeds University to study medicine. I spent the next 18 years studying and working in different hospitals around Yorkshire until I moved to Poppleton in 2005 when I became a consultant Paediatrician at York Hospital. I work part-time and have a special interest in neuro-disability (and in particular autism). I’m also the Designated Doctor for child deaths in York and North Yorkshire. This challenging work gives me a unique insight into the threats facing our young people, and mental health issues and suicide prevention are a major focus for me at the moment.

I’m married to Andy, and we have two children, one in year 8 at Manor and one in year 5 at Poppleton Ousebank. Football is all important in our family – I’m a lifelong Cambridge United supporter (this has made me very resilient when it comes to failure….) and played for the Leeds University women’s team whilst at University.

These days I leave the playing to my sons, who both play for Poppleton JFC, and my husband, who plays 6 aside for a Manor parents’ team. My husband and older son are season ticket holders at Stoke City, and my younger son supports Leeds United. The only team we all watch together is York City! When not busy football watching / kit washing / taking children to matches, in my spare time I also enjoy skiing and photography.

I am now in my sixth year of teaching here at Manor. Before I moved into the world of education, I worked in the youth and children’s sector. As well as teaching Religious Studies, I am also a Head of Year, and am currently studying in my spare time for my MA in Education. These two roles have given me a good overview of both academic and welfare areas within Manor, whilst my MA is developing my knowledge of Education on a national picture and how that impacts on a local level within a school. I am also well known amongst staff, and therefore in a good position to represent staff as the Staff Governor.

I have a degree in Psychology specialising in psychodynamic-psychotherapy. I am a foster carer for York and am currently training in counselling; I hope to start my doctorate in counselling psychology in 2019. Children’s mental health and wellbeing is a particular interest and somewhere I hope to work in the future.

I also run an ISP (internet service provider) which I started aged 16 so have a strong business background with in-depth knowledge of computer systems, internet technology, online safety and threat mitigation – especially relevant to the modern “hyper-connected” child.

My passion is providing an environment conducive to optimising many generations growth, both personally and educationally. A student should thrive from the facilities, opportunities and teaching provided by school. I have served as Governor for eight years (two as chair), involved in building a new school, initiating academy process and appointing a new head with responsibilities for Infrastructure, Finance and School Strategy. My career in the Finance Industry as a Programme Manager has complimented my role as Governor.

I am a long-standing and active member of a local Church and strongly believe in “Deo Duce”.

Register of Business Interest 2018/19: Manor CE Academy
NameNature of any business interests Date of start
of interest
Details of other governor membershipDetails of any relationship between governor and member of school staff
Mr S Barber (Principal)NoneN/AN/A
Mrs Edie JonesNether Poppleton Parish Council2011N/AN/A
Mr Andy RichardsonEmployed by the Diocese of York2019N/AN/A
Dr Sally SmithNoneN/AN/A
Dr Debbie CooperNoneN/AN/A
Dr Steve KingNoneN/AN/A
Mr Kieran JonesCompany Director Freethought Internet LTD2003N/AN/A
Mr David RycroftNoneN/AN/A
Mrs Charlotte DayNoneN/AN/A
Rev'd Andrew GreadyNoneN/AN/A
Mrs Fiona TitteringtonExam Invigilator at Joseph Rowntree School2019N/AN/A
Governors who have served in the past 12 months
NameDate of (latest) appointmentTerm of officeEnd date
Mr David Rycroft24/10/20181 Year30/09/2019
Mr Martyn Quick06/05/20154 Years12/09/2019


Additional Information
  • To view meeting dates, please click here
  • To view the LGC Attendance Register 2018-19, please click here
  • To view the LGC Attendance Register 2017-18, please click here
  • To view the LGC Attendance Register 2016-17, please click here
  • To view minutes of Governors’ meetings, please click here


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