School Governors

Headlands School has a very active and enthusiastic Board of Governors. In this section, you can download our school policies and view our current roster of Governors.

Equality Act Training Schools

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Governor Responsibilities 2017

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Governors Committees

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Governor Attendance 2016-2017

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The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools August 2017

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Statutory Polices for Schools

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Dates of Governor Meetings 2017-2018

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Competency Framework for Governance

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Governance Handbook

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Safeguarding Notice

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Governor Job Description

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Committee Structure Terms of Reference Nov 2017

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Onwards to Outstanding School Development Plan 2017 - 2018

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The following individuals make up the School’s Governing Body:

Chair of Governors: Andrew Hirst
Vice Chair: Julie Isham
Headteacher: Sarah Bone
Staff Governor: Ian Walton
Co-opted Governors: Andrew Hirst, Julie Isham, Ken Johnston, Liz Philpot, Matthew Pollard, Phil Robson, Philip Sutterby

Parent Governors: Lorraine Coates, Beth Marshall, Victoria Exon, Elaine Hewitt

If you would like to contact any of the governors please call PA to the Senior Leadership Team on 01262 676198 ext 221, email us at

Governors - Register Of Interest

Name Category Term of Office Responsibility Committees Register of Interest
Achievement Behaviour & Safety Leadership & Management
Sarah Bone Headteacher 4 Years Training Link X X X Director of Rosedale Centre Ltd.
Lorraine Coates Parent 4 Years X
Rob Ellerton Parent 4 Years X
Victoria Exon Parent 4 Years X X Holds the position of Responsible Financial Officer with Bridlington Town Council.
Beth Marshall Parent  4 Years  X  X
Andrew Hirst Co-Opted 4 Years Chair, Educational Visits X X X (Chair) Provides services to Airco Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Limited who are suppliers to ERYC. Director of Rosedale Centre Ltd.
Julie Isham Co-Opted 4 Years Vice Chair, S E N Governor, Children Looked After, Child Protection X X (Chair) X
Ken Johnston Co-Opted 4 Years X X Director – Tops Garage Doors Ltd. Director of Rosedale Centre Ltd.
Liz Philpot Co-Opted 4 Years Careers Education & Guidance X Employed as Renaissance Program Manager (Bridlington) for EYRC
Matthew Pollard Co-Opted 4 Years X
Phil Robson Co-Opted 4 Years X (Chair) X
Ian Walton Co-Opted
Philip Sutterby Co-Opted
“Appointment Pending” LA (ERYC)

Meet Our Governors

Mrs L Coates

I became a Parent Governor at Headlands 4 years ago as I wanted to take an interest in my child’s education. My daughter is now in sixth form.

I am also a member of the Achievement Committee, and my aim is to make a positive contribution to the school.

Mrs V Exon

I joined the Governor body, in my first Governor post, in November 2014.  I currently have two children attending Headlands School and I joined the Governing body because I wanted to support the team at Headlands who are striving to provide an outstanding school for our children.

I am a member of the Achievement Committee, the Leadership and Management Committee and I am the Link Governor for KS3 and KS4 Achievement.  I am also a member of the panel responsible for the Performance Management of the Headteacher.

In my professional capacity, over my working life, I have worked in a number of Retail, Legal, Administrative and Financial roles and I am a qualified Bookkeeper with over 20 years’ experience in both private and public sector financial roles.

I am passionate about promoting the mental and physical well-being of our students as I believe this is fundamental to their success both personally and academically. I was proud to achieve the ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ Training Course certificate, studying alongside the school staff which should help us to better support our young people.

Mrs J Isham

I am very proud to say I have been a Governor at Headlands School since May 2012, firstly as a representative of the Local Authority.  More recently I became a Co-Opted Governor and am currently the Vice Chair. I Chair the Behaviour and Safety Committee and am also part of the Leadership and Management Committee and the Achievement Committee.

I taught for 34 years, retiring in 2010 from my post as Head of School in a Federation of 3 schools in Nottingham. I am interested in all aspects of Education and have always been determined to support young people in achieving their best possible outcomes. My Link Governor responsibilities include Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Safeguarding, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and monitoring the progress of the disadvantaged.

I am passionate about supporting Headlands School in their aims to become a beacon of excellence in the Bridlington community.

Mr K Johnston

I’ve been a Governor at Headlands School since 2009. I spent my working life as a Science Teacher – first at Cambridge Grammar School and then at Driffield Secondary School. I retired as Deputy Head at Driffield in 2008 but retain a strong interest in education. I am heavily involved in local junior football.  I was Chairman of the East Riding Junior League for many years and am currently a Council Member of “The East Riding County Football Association”.

Mrs E Philpot

I have been a Governor at Headlands School for over 3 years, with Careers Link responsibility. I have also been a Governor at feeder school Bay Primary for approx. 8 years, where I Chair the Finance Sub-Committee, and have supported their continuing improvement to achieve a “Good” Ofsted rating in 2015. I firmly believe that our local Schools should be supported to achieve the required standards, so that they are automatically the first choice for their catchment area. I bring over 30 years’ experience in Local Government to my role – I am currently a Programme Manager for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Economic Development Service. As a parent, in my professional role, and as a Governor, my aim is to support the work being done by the School to ensure that our students are aware of the future career opportunities that this area has to offer, and raise aspirations, so that they make the right choices while they are at School to improve prospects and achieve potential. I am also keen to improve links between the School, and local employers, to help to meet the future skills and recruitment requirements of businesses in the surrounding area.

The Revd Matthew Pollard

Matthew is the Rector of Bridlington Priory Church and Area Dean of Bridlington.  Matthew sits on the Standards and Behaviour Committee of the Governing Body and conducts acts of collective worship (assemblies) in school.

Mr P Robson

Married with 2 daughters, employed as the Operations Manager at AB Graphic International Ltd, and have been here for nearly 20 years

As Bridlington biggest employer I am responsible to some extent for over 200 employees and Production output of more than £40m per annum from the Bridlington facility.

Born in Bridlington and a previous student of Headlands I am passionate about the town and the School, I have a Daughter in Yr8 and another that has recently finished Headlands to go to her next challenge.

What I contribute to the Board of Governors is access to Industry, an instigator of the idea for the HEAD partnership, a partnership that aligns an educational pathway into an engineering career with the support of Headlands, East Riding College, AB Graphic and Derwent training.

More recently I have introduced the Senior Leadership Team at Headlands to a number of improvement methods and ideologies that are used in industry to continuously improve systems, processes, quality and outcomes. These methods are very transferable and are currently being implemented in the school with positive feedback being received.

In previous roles I was a Service Manager for a Company that Serviced the Leisure industry, specialising in family entertainment centres and Theme Parks, I have over 30 years’ experience of engineering, industry and manufacturing.

Also a keen if not very amateur cyclist, the Headlands Tour de Bridlington and Villages charity event that supports Young Person’s Sports Clubs in the town was also my idea .. Sorry for that !!

Mr I Walton

I have been a teacher for 19 years and I held a number of Middle Leadership positions joining Headlands School in January 2016 as Head of Geography. I joined the Governing Body in January 2017 and sit on the Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning and Behaviour and Safety Committees.  Headlands School is a “good” school with hardworking students, dedicated staff and impressive outcomes for students.  Being a part of the Governing Body at Headlands School allows me to contribute to the future direction of the School and gives me another opportunity to assist the School as it moves towards “outstanding”.

Mr P Sutterby

My role at Headlands is Subject Leader for ICT & Business Studies. This is my 4th year working in this role which involves leading significant change in the curriculum from “traditional” ICT subjects to Computer Science. 

I became a Governor at Headlands School because the students and staff have made me extremely welcome since I joined the school and I feel that by being a Governor I can be a part of the high level strategic decision making.    

Every student that comes to Headlands School should have access to the best possible opportunities and I really believe the education provision we have here provides them with potentially life-changing opportunities.

Pride. Aspire. Respect are the three values which we strive to instil in all our students, values which are key to success both in school and adult life.  I thoroughly enjoy being part of the team at Headlands School, on our journey to being an outstanding institution. I feel we will achieve this ambition through our hard work, determination and by us all working together as a strong team.

Ms E Hewitt

I started as a Parent Governor at Headlands school in 2016. Both my teenage daughters attend the school. 

I work as an Adult Mental Health Social Work Team Manager for North Yorkshire County Council, which has informed my involvement as a Parent Governor. I am particularly interested in the schools policies around Safeguarding, and the educational attainment of those young people who experience parental substance misuse or mental ill health, and how the school can be an integral part of their support network to enabling young people to reach their full academic potential. 

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  • Headlands School
  • Sewerby Road
  • Bridlington
  • Y016 6UR