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Local Governing Body

Northallerton School & Sixth Form College works very closely with its Local Governing Body. This group of individuals, who have a very wide range of backgrounds, offers both support and high levels of challenge to the Headteacher and the leadership team, ensuring that standards across the school are constantly being raised.

As an academy within Areté Learning Trust, which has within the governance structure Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) as sub-committees of the Board of Directors, the role of our LGB is clear.

The terms of reference for the committee include realising the Trust’s vision, values, policies and priorities, providing internal assurance/risk management, developing the local community and employer links and focusing primarily on the core areas of the effectiveness of leadership and management in the school, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, students’ personal development, behaviour, safeguarding, wellbeing and progress.

contact the local governing body

The Chair of the Local Governing Body, Mr A Bayston, can be contacted by emailing: abayston@arete.uk

The Clerk of the Local Governing Body, Mr P. White, can be contacted by emailing: governance@aretelearningtrust.org

member profiles

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Mr A Bayston

Chair of Governors


Andrew is a former CEO & Executive Headteacher of a North Yorkshire MAT – now retired he is still keen to use his experience to improve the life chances of young people in Northallerton and the surrounding area. He previously worked at Northallerton College and has thirty two years SLT experience and a career spanning five secondary schools including thirteen years as head in two secondary schools requiring school improvement.  In addition he represented North Yorkshire on the Headteacher Board of the RSC North Region from September 2014. He has experience of working with two Multi-Academy Trusts leading on due diligence, school improvement, growth strategy and has successfully utilised System Leadership and the Deeps school improvement model.  From 2019 until March 2022 he worked closely with the leadership at Northallerton School and has developed a detailed understanding of the school as it is today.

Mrs. J. Bates

Vice Chair


Janet Bates is currently the Chair of the Interim Executive Board at Forest Moor School, and Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body at Northallerton School.


She has a background in education as a teacher, school leader and local government officer. She has a lifelong love of learning and education, and of supporting children and young people to develop as motivated and effective learners.

Mrs. S. Adsett



Sue has been a teacher, Headteacher and Senior School Advisor for the primary sector over a career in education spanning nearly 40 years.  This included a short period as a trained Ofsted Inspector. Now happily retired, she is an elected Councillor on Romanby Parish Council and also involved in youth work with All Saints and St. James churches. As a member and past president of Northallerton Mowbray Rotary Club, she enjoys being involved in youth and community projects, focusing on equality of opportunity and support for vulnerable young people. She is also a trained volunteer with Citizens Advice, running a local outreach project. Previously Vice Chair of a Governing Body in a primary school, she was appointed to the Interim Executive Board for Northallerton School and Sixth Form College in February 2017 and was reappointed to the Local Governing Body when the school became an academy.

Mr. B. Barnbrook

Parent Governor


Lieutenant Colonel Barnbrook has served for 32 years in the Army, both as a Regular and now as a Reservist.  He has served operationally in Iraq and Afghanistan and has a wealth of experience in leadership, management and planning. He now works as a regional director of a national military charity.  He has a strong commitment to upholding values and standards and is the link governor for behaviour and attitudes.

Mr. G. Fielding



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Mr. S. Jennings

Staff Governor

Mr Jennings has been teaching English in Northallerton for 11 years and really feels part of the school community.  As a Senior Examiner and former Lead Practitioner (now Pedagogical Coach) he knows the importance of high-quality teaching and learning.


He aims to bring current experience of teaching and learning at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College into governors’ meetings and to provide the experience of a professional as well as an understanding of the issues facing our students and staff.  One of his main passions is being a champion for LGBT+ and disadvantaged students; he is always looking at ways we can be more inclusive and raise the achievement of all students so they can be the best versions of themselves.

Mr. R. Linsley



I am proud and privileged to be Headteacher of Alverton Community Primary School. Since my appointment in 2015 I have enjoyed working with pupils, staff and parents to ensure we provide a school the community can be proud of.
During the previous 19 years I have worked in a number of schools based in County Durham and Darlington and have developed my passion for Education and a specialism in PE and School Sport. I am a Regional System Leader and have supported other Primary Schools in the Local Authority as well as leading on Pupil Premium for the Swaledale Alliance. I am excited at the prospect of joining Northallerton School & Sixth Form College as a Governor.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as being a passionate supporter of Sunderland Football Club.

Mrs. V. Rahn

Ex Officio


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Mr. H. Rees Jones

Parent Governor


Mr Rees Jones has worked in and around Northallerton for most of his career. He is currently employed by the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership where he works closely with schools and multiple agencies, including the Police, Health and the Local Authority.  As well as holding postgraduate qualifications in Education and Management Development, he has experience in risk management, vetting, quality assurance, project management, auditing and working across the public sector to develop stakeholder relationships in multi-agency environments.  He has seven years’ experience working on the governing body of a local primary school, six of which as the Chair of Governors.


Mr. N. Stafford



Mr Stafford began his career in teaching in the independent sector in 1981, but moved into commercial life in 1988.  He founded and is now Chairman of Hambleton Brewery and it remains family run today. The brewery was one of the early pioneers in 1991 of the craft beer revolution and is now one of the few speciality beer packaging companies in the UK. Between 1991-2019, he was Commercial Director of the Society of Independent Brewers; 2007-2019 a Director of Deliciouslyorkshire; 2015-2018 a governor of Thirsk School and Sixth Form College and from 2018 a governor of Northallerton School & Sixth Form College.


His skills and experience are focussed on strategic planning, operational management and team communication. He believes leadership with purpose is equally applicable in education and dissemination of such values and principles to students is key to developing their aspirations.

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