Welcome from David Taylor, LGC Chair

Welcome to the community of Archbishop Holgate’s School. We believe that each young person should have the best possible experience of school life. Our school has been delivering an exceptional quality of education for over 450 years. We value that history and it is a privilege to be a part of it in the 21st Century.

What makes Archbishop Holgate’s an outstanding school is the focus on the Values, Care and Achievement of students. This is the special blend of exceptional teaching and learning; strong pastoral care practitioners and systems; and an important focus on living well together as a community. This is a cord of three strands which weaves together a rope to anchor our young people in the storms of life.

The importance we place on the Christian values of Compassion, Justice, Forgiveness and Trust provide a framework which informs the way we run our school and a model for how to live and work well together even in difficult times. We want all our students to value themselves, each other and those who seek to lead and guide them through their education experience.

The excellence of the curriculum ensures every student is supported to achieve their maximum potential. The team at Archbishop Holgate’s will guide your child on an exciting learning journey during their teenage years. They will be there to provide pastoral support to all students and special care and attention when things get tough. We are committed to offering a breadth and the quality of provision for all pupils. Our staff bring enthusiasm, deep subject knowledge and a love of learning into our classrooms which energises our students and inspires them to do their best work.

The combination of the calibre and commitment of our staff, the personalised learning environment we can offer, the breadth of the curriculum enrichment available, and our distinctive values is what makes Archbishop Holgate’s unique. It is our passion to ensure all our students are well-equipped and resilient, ready to set off into the challenges of the adult world with confidence.

There are many ways you can support the work of the school and Staff and Governors look forward to meeting you when you come along to parents’ evenings, shows, Carol Services or other community events.

I have the joy of serving the school and leading the amazing team of Governors. If you would like become a Governor of the school and be a part of the team and investing your skills, time and energy into the continuing success of Archbishop Holgate’s School then read on to find out more about what’s involved.

When we are recruiting for Governors we will let you know via the Newsletter.

About our LGC

The most important thing about any school is the people in it. At Archbishop’s we are very proud of both our staff and the students and the way they contribute to the calm, positive and productive atmosphere that visitors in the school almost always comment on. We believe that our students are happy at Archbishop’s and see our school as a place where they can achieve and succeed. The LGC is a strong working group committed to the success and welfare of the school community.

Archbishop Holgate’s School is an academy which is part of the Pathfinder Multi-Academy Trust. The role & responsibilities of the Local Governing Committee is defined in the Scheme of Delegation of the Pathfinder MAT.

What makes a good governor?

“The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialisation, and their sense of being loved, valued, and included in the families and societies into which they are born.”


The most important quality is the desire to make a difference to children’s lives through education. In addition to this, attributes that a make a good school governor include:

  • A willingness to have courageous conversations for the benefit of young people
  • A desire to understand & support the local community
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • An external perspective
  • The time to get involved

What do governors do?

The role of Governor is strategic and focuses on the longer term priorities. Governors do not get involved in the day to day operational aspects of school – this is the job of the Headteacher and his staff. Among other responsibilities they:

  • Set the Vision & Values
  • Be a “critical friend” to Headteacher and other professionals
  • Ensure school is meeting its legal duties e.g. to students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Health & Safety etc.
  • Sit on specific panels to review appeals, exclusions, complaints etc.

How might I become involved?

There are up to 16 Governor roles that make up the Local Governing Committee. There are typically nine Foundation Governors (appointed in consultation with the York Diocese); three staff governors (two elected by staff, plus the Headteacher ex officio); two parent governors (elected by a ballot for which all parents and carers are eligible to vote); and two co-opted governors.

The LGC meets six times every year and governors also belong to one or two of our committees which meet at other times throughout the year. Governors are also linked to specific areas of school life and are expected to visit the school to meet with staff and provide written reports to the LGC.

Foundation Governors have some additional responsibilities to support the spiritual and moral dimension of school life. Some of the Governors also exercise trusteeship of a Charitable Fund which exists to support the work of the school.

We will let you know when there are vacancies on the Governing Body. If you’d like to have an informal discussion about the possibility of becoming a Governor, do contact David Taylor, Chair of the LGC, via the school (chairofgovernors@ahs.pmat.academy).

Local Governing Committee Members

David has been a governor at the school in various roles since 2018. David has specific interests in the disadvantaged, social mobility and anti-racism, as well as playing a key role in school finance. David is the co-founder of a specialist technology firm that is now part of a global consulting firm.  David loves to travel, to read non-fiction in particular science or human behaviour, and enjoys live music.  David has lived in the York area since 2002 and is married to Truda and has two sons who both attend the school.

“In my time as a Governor I have been deeply impressed by the passion, commitment and professionalism of the leadership team and staff at the school”.

Andy works as a Consultant Histopathologist which is the tissue diagnostic branch of laboratory medicine. He is a member of Christ Church in Heworth. He is deeply committed to the Christian ethos and values of Archbishop Holgate’s school and has been a governor there for the last eleven years.

Andy is a MAT Board member, school improvement lead and Chairman of the MAT Standards Group. For Archbishop Holgate’s he is Chairman of the Curriculum Committee and a Foundation Governor.

Andy’s three children have all completed their education at Hempland primary school and Archbishop Holgate’s school and have moved on to higher education and beyond.

Outside work and school, among many other things he enjoys dinghy racing with his family, being a partner in a small wine business and attempting to unravel the mysteries of his golf game.

I spent the first seven years of my teaching career in the Midlands teaching Spanish and French. I then took a career break to raise my family

before moving to York in 2005. I returned to teaching, initially as a supply teacher, before joining the Modern Languages department at Archbishop Holgate’s in 2010. I am currently teaching French at Key Stage 3 and Spanish at Key Stage 4. I stood for election as a Staff Governor because I would like to contribute to the on-going development of the school. I feel very privileged to represent such a dedicated staff.

Martin and his wife own and run a family business together in York.  They have 3 grown up sons who all came through Archbishop Holgate’s School, and now have a daughter in Year 8.  Martin has been a School Governor since 1993, and has served as Chair of Governors at Osbaldwick Primary School and Vice Chair of Governors at St Aelred’s RC Primary School.  He is an active member of York Community Church where he plays the sax in the worship group. He is a City of York Councillor for Osbaldwick & Derwent Ward. In the spare time that he does have, Martin plays the tuba with the York RI Development Band, and enjoys a bit of golf. Martin was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen’s 2021 New Year’s Honours List for services to the community in York, in particular recognising his 27 years service as a school governor.

I am keen to support AHS as they work with our children in the areas of mental health and wellbeing. I have a wealth of experience, including support work for young carers, supporting SEND students, and as a mentor for young people and families over lockdown. I have experience in family support, particularly regarding the teen years and special needs. Currently, I am completing a BA (Hons) in Development and Education of Children and Young People. I have three children at AHS.

Catherine Reid moved to York in 2020 to begin her role as Chaplain to the University of York.  Prior to this, she was Vicar of the Ampleforth Benefice and was part of the diocesan training team as IME 2 training advisor for the Cleveland archdeaconry.  During her curacy in Ingleby Barwick, Catherine was a Foundation Governor and part of a school chaplaincy team.

Catherine spent several years at university, some of which included her PhD in Philosophy at St Petersburg State University in Russia.  She has a particular interest in liturgical theology and continues to write in this area.  Catherine is an academic tutor at the York School of Ministry and especially enjoys how this teaching context makes meaningful connections between learning and discipleship.

Catherine is married to Andrew and they have two young children.

I continue being a partner at the Law Firm I started off with, in India.  But, presently on a sabbatical since we moved to the UK.

Throughout my professional life,  I have always been drawn towards community social work and hence for many years now, have been fortunate to work with and mentor children and young adults from the economically and socially disadvantaged communities in India (including refugees, particularly Afghans and the Burmese Rohingyas).  My work with them has been on a purely pro bono basis and the experience has been rewarding and enriching.

Over the years while my Law Practice was growing, I realised that familiarity with the courts, knowledge of legal rights and effective legal strategies can all be out of reach (to generally the most vulnerable—the poor, the illiterate, the aged, children, the newly arrived) if one does not have the means to hire an attorney.  Thus eventually, I founded Access to Justice my firm’s pro bono legal aid programme, in 2006.  Every year, we help countless victims escape violence and move toward safety and stability.

I believe that the wellbeing of a country is determined by how well it treats its children and youth.  The need to ensure that they are given the right opportunities and are empowered to lead the conversation has never been greater.  I hope to help them take centre stage.

To be part of a team that is committed to ensuring that no child is left behind, is a great honour.

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I have worked at Archbishop Holgate’s School for 5 years and have been a proactive parent volunteer for nearly 10 years.  All three of my children have excelled at Archbishop’s and I am proud to say I work here.
I believe it is important to have both teaching and support staff represented on the Governing Body and I would be pleased to work with the Head, SLT and other staff to help strengthen and support our school in the coming years.

I have lived in York since 1997.  I am married and have three adult children.  Three of my grandchildren are in primary education and I have an active interest in their schooling.  I taught Humanities in a local comprehensive school for almost 20 years.  I am a member of Christ Church Heworth and have served on the PCC.

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