Carr Junior School


South Bank Multi Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 10067116 whose registered office is at Woodthorpe Primary School, Summerfield Rd, York YO24 2RU

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Carr Junior School

Our Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section


Please see the sections below for a variety of information about the Governors work


Message from the Co-Chairs of Governors


Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and what we do.


The Governors at Carr Junior are a group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom are committed to ensuring that the pupils in this school have the best education and opportunities to become great members of our community.  


Our governors include parents, teachers, members of the community and specialists appointed by the Local Authority.  As a group we are responsible for the major decisions about the school and its future, and work closely with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that Carr Junior School is an effective and successful school for the children.


Our role includes:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent;
  • Ensuring decisions take into account the views and experiences of stakeholders – pupils, parents, staff and our community


Contacting Governors:

A full list of Governing Body members is included. We welcome feedback from anyone involved in the life of our school. If you would like to know more about the school’s plans, the role of the governors within our school or are interested in becoming a governor yourself please get in touch; we would love to talk to you.


Should you wish to contact a member of the Governors please speak to the school office on 01904 798996.

Thank you


Kate Smithson/Jennifer Rampling

Co-Chairs of Governors

Below are the meeting dates for the academic year 2020/21

Full Governing Body

4th November 2020

13th January 2021

3rd March 2021

28th April 2021

16th June 2021

Minutes of these meetings are available upon request from the school office.

Here is a list of current governors with details of their governor category, which committees they sit on and their term of office:



Positions of  Responsibility

Term of Office end date
Headteacher Vicki Kerr  N/A
StaffTom Maskell 28 June 2022
ParentKate SmithsonCo Chair23 October 2023
ParentPaul Bickle  6 October 2023
Co-optedIan Reavill 13 January 2023
Co-optedJennifer RamplingCo Chair8 July 2023
Co-optedKarina Reissland-Burghart 3 November 2024


AssociateLaura Winston N/A
ClerkSophie Triffitt  
NameCategory of GovernorBody appointed byTerm of OfficeDate of appointmentDate term of office endsPositions of responsibilityBusiness InterestsDate of the start of Business InterestOther Educational Establishments governanceRelationships between governors and members of school staff

Mrs Victoria Kerr

HeadteacherEx OfficioOngoing01/09/05-NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Mrs Laura WinstonCo-OptedAppointed associate memberOngoing14/01/15-NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Mr Paul BickleParent GovernorSchool Governor4 Years07/10/1906/10/23NoneNoneNoneYork High School / Extended School CommitteeNone
Mr Ian ReavillCo-OptedSchool Governor4 Years14/01/1913/01/23NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Miss Jennifer RamplingCo-OptedSchool Governor4 Years09/07/1908/07/23Co-ChairNoneNoneNoneNone
Mrs Kate SmithsonParentSchool Governor4 Years24/10/1923/10/23Co-ChairNoneNoneNoneNone
Mr Tom MaskellStaff GovernorSchool Governor4 Years26/06/1828/06/22NoneNoneNoneNoneNone


Dear Parent/Carer,



Behind this school sits a network of volunteers who make sure that it is well-managed, and delivering the best possible education to all our children. As governors and trustees, these volunteers set the school’s strategic priorities, monitor performance, and support the school’s development. The majority are not education professionals, but are drawn from among parents and members of the local community. Every person brings different skills and life experiences, and we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds.

We are now looking for committed and enthusiastic people to join us as governors and trustees. If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you.



Being a governor or a trustee is a great opportunity to contribute to the school’s success. You will develop new skills, meet new people and connect with an extensive network of governors across the city. If you are a parent, it can provide new insight behind the scenes of your children’s education. For teachers and members of staff, it helps professional development and gives the opportunity to gain a broader perspective on the issues confronting schools. And for everyone in our community, there is the strong moral purpose of improving education for children and young people in our area.



As you may know, Carr Junior School is part of the South Bank Multi Academy Trust. The other schools in the Trust are Knavesmire, Scarcroft and Woodthorpe primary schools; and Millthorpe and York High secondary schools. Each school is overseen individually by a Local Governing Body, made up of governors. Collectively, the schools form the Trust which is managed by the Board of Trustees.

We currently have vacancies on most of the schools’ Local Governing Bodies, as well as on the Board of Trustees. Experience of working in education or governance can be useful but is not necessary: full training and induction is provided to all new governors and trustees.



Working with the Trust management team and Headteachers, the trustees identify the strategic challenges across our schools and ensure that the right resources are in place to address them. They are ultimately responsible for all the schools in the Trust, including educational outcomes and financial performance.

We are currently recruiting to fill three positions on the Trust Board. They are for:

  • One person with experience of finance or accountancy in any commercial, charitable or educational context at a senior level.
  • One person with experience of law in any commercial, charitable or educational context at a senior level.
  • One person with substantial experience of school governance. Service within any of the South Bank MAT schools would be preferable, but we are happy to consider any relevant school governance experience.



Governors do not get involved with the day-to-day operations of the school, but instead hold the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for what the school does. Governors set the school’s strategy; challenge and support the Headteacher on key decisions; monitor teaching and children’s learning; and ensure that the school’s budget is spent appropriately.

We currently have vacancies on most of our governing bodies. Governing bodies should include a range of skills and backgrounds, and different governing bodies may have different needs at different times. Many parents are naturally keen to support the school(s) their children attend, but we would encourage you also to consider volunteering at another Trust school, where your particular expertise and independent perspective might make more impact. As part of the Trust, all schools look to support and learn from each other, and our governors regularly collaborate.



If you’d like to find out more about these important roles, please contact the Trust’s Governance Adviser Sophie Triffitt on or 01904 554210. You may also find it helpful to speak to the school’s Headteacher or Chair of Governors, who can be contacted through the school. Full details can be found on the Trust website at or on the school website.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Yours sincerely


Edwin Thomas                                Jill Hodges

Chair of Trustees                            Vice Chair of Trustees

Register of Business Interest 2020/21 – Carr Junior


Name of Trustee

Nature of any business interests including details of the company or organisation

Date of start of interest

Details of governor membership at another school or academy

Details of any relationship between governor and member of school staff (eg spouse)

Vicki Kerr

Trustee for School Fund




Tom Maskell

Maskells Multi Sports Camp

July 2017 – July 2018



Paul Bickle

Greenwich Leisure Limited




Ian Reavill





Jennifer Rampling





Kate Smithson

Sits on the Audience Development Committee at York

Theatre Royal

Jan 2020