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The Governors of the school work with Mr. Buttery to make sure that the children get the best education we can give.

We have responsibility for the school’s finances, but more importantly, we monitor standards and performance, and support Mr. Buttery and the staff by ensuring that school is doing everything in the best possible way. Each year we complete the Schools Financial Values Standard:

Final SFVS 20162017

Sutton on the Forest SFVS Response March 2016

We meet as a full Governing Body every half term, and in addition two committees meet at other times to review aspects of the school in more detail. We are a mixture of parents, members of the village community with expertise to offer, and people from further afield who are passionate about education and want to make a difference. The one thing we have in common is our love for the school and our ambition for its pupils.

Governing Body Information

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 11.07.2017

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 25.05.2017

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 04.05.2017

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 27.03.2017

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 15.03.2017

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 31.01.2017

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 28.11.2016

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 18.10.2016

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 05.07.2016

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 16.03.2016

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 02.02.2016

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 10.12.2015

Minutes of Governors’ meeting 18.11.2015

Minutes for Governors’ meeting 1.10.2015

Minutes for Governors’ meetings held academic year 2014-2015


Meet the Governors


Chris Henderson

Retired Senior Health Service Finance Manager with experience in costing, local pay and conditions of service and Occupational Pension Provision. Current activities include fundraising and support for the Royal British Legion, Samaritans and York Theatre Royal.

Valérie Gale

I am a part-time teaching assistant in a primary school and an administration clerk in a consultancy business. I have qualifications and work experience in business management and project management and have recently completed two courses on supporting learning in primary...
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Denise Craig

I am the staff governor for our school.
Posted On 02 Nov 2016

Angela Instone

I work for North Yorkshire County Council and act as Clerk to a number of Governing Bodies within the Easingwold cluster. I have been employed at the school since 2007. Outside of work, I am a member of a local Walking Group, have an interest in modern foreign languages and enjoy...
Posted On 30 Oct 2016

Stephanie Windsor

My background is in education having worked in five different local authorities and taught across the primary age range. I have had experience of being a Headteacher in a successful small village primary school and currently work in a neighbouring local authority as Head of...
Posted On 30 Oct 2016

Anne Williams

I have been involved with Sutton on the Forest Primary School as a parent and volunteer music teacher for over 20 years. My 3 sons have all attended the school – the youngest is about to take his A levels! I became a governor recently to support the headteacher in an...
Posted On 30 Oct 2016

Judith Catchpole

I have been a Governor for 7 years and have had two children go through Sutton School (Jack and Hannah Catchpole). I have also been on FOSS as Chair and generally been heavily involved in the life of the school. I have managed a number of charities and had my own business...
Posted On 30 Oct 2016

Helen Morris

I was a lawyer for 18 years before taking redundancy. As my children needed me less I decided that I would try looking after other people’s children and became a registered childminder. I found this a real pleasure and started to do more of it. When the opportunity came...
Posted On 30 Oct 2016

Catherine Dearden – Vice Chair of Governors

Mum to Harry and Holly who are both at Secondary School and Grace who is here at Sutton School. I work as a People Consultant for Aviva and volunteer for North Yorkshire Police. I also volunteer within the school.
Posted On 30 Oct 2016

Martin Wiltshire – Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor for 8 years, 7 of them as Chair.  In my working life I am a Marketing Manager for a meat company, but I love being involved in, and able to influence, the start we give to children in our community.  My own 3 children have passed through the school, and the...
Posted On 03 Nov 2015