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Halfpenny Lane, Knaresborough HG5 0SL

Mrs R Maiden


Local Governing Body

Meadowside has been part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust from the outset and is happy to be part of the educational vision of the Trust, whilst retaining their own strong identity.  The Trustees have allowed its Academies to retain the same composition for their local governing bodies, which is set out below. 

The three core functions of the local governing board are:

To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its children;

To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure its money is well spent.


 And to monitor the Ofsted Framework priorities of intent, implementation, impact, behaviour & attitudes, personal development and leadership & management.


Together, the Governors are responsible for:

  • Setting aims and targets for the Academy and checking the Academy’s progress towards attaining these.

  • Monitoring how well the Academy’s policies and plans are working.

  • Accounting for the performance of the Academy and the Local Governing Body.

  • Working with the Head teacher to make sure that teaching at the Academy is effective and good quality and the children are making the best possible progress.

  • Taking general responsibility for the Academy and its budget.

  • Challenging and supporting the senior management team and taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of staff and children.

  • Promoting the interests of the Academy and its children in the wider community.

 Types of Governors 

There are several different types of Governor:

  • Parent Governor

    Elected from parents at the Academy by parents at the Academy.

  • Staff Governor

    Elected from staff at the Academy by staff at the Academy.

  • Co-opted Governors

    Appointed by members of the Local Governing Body. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.


 Chair of Governors: Jean Carter

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Meadowside Academy, Halfpenny lane, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SL


Rebecca Maiden: Head teacher

Rebecca was born in Manchester and lived and studied in the City until she moved to Yorkshire in 2006. She attended Manchester University and completed a BSc in Psychology then later a PGCE in Primary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Rebecca moved to Yorkshire in 2006 after taking a gap year to travel around the world.  

Rebecca began teaching in Mannigham, Bradford and during this time she completed an MA in Special Educational Needs at Leeds University. Rebecca then moved to Harrogate and began teaching at Meadowside as well as taking on a Senior Leadership role. She became an SLE for the North Star Teaching School Alliance and has worked with other schools to support their school development priorities as well as providing training across the Alliance. 

Alongside teaching at Meadowside, Rebecca was the SENDCo for many years then became the Associate Headteacher, whilst studying for an NPQH. In 2019, Rebecca became the substantive Headteacher at Meadowside and has since continued to develop further, with the ILM Coaching qualification. 

Rebecca works closely with other schools in Elevate to support collaboration and continue to develop improvement and research in education.

Helen Corkhill: Staff Governor

Having worked at Meadowside since 2011, Helen feels very privileged to have been part of such a dedicated team who work tirelessly to bring about changes for the benefit of all.  Helen previously worked as an SLE (Senior Leader in Education) for Elevate, where she worked to support other schools in the development of Outstanding practices in Key Stage 2 and in Mathematics. 

On securing the role of Assistant Head teacher, Helen has remained focused on in-school development as she leads on all Pastoral aspects of school, Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged, along with teaching full-time in Year 5. Helen is extremely proud to be able to lead her Meadowside family in her role as all stakeholders are nurtured in the development and growth of their curiosity, courage and kindness. 

Jean Carter: Co- Opted Governor and Chair of Governors

I am a local Knaresborough resident and am a proud community member and supporter.  As a graduate I entered the teaching profession and enjoyed a long career in Secondary Education within many roles, including Headteacher.  In my early career I also had experience in Primary and Middle schools.  After retirement I worked in the charity sector in a variety of management roles and latterly as a Senior Business Development Manager.

Most importantly I am a very proud mother of three adult children and the very proudest Grandma.

Whilst I can give experience drawn from a wide working background, I hope to bring to Meadowside Academy a real passion for the children in school and their experience of learning.  I believe a good school should equip children for a lifelong learning journey that will prepare them for a healthy, happy and prosperous future life.  My life has been so enriched by working with children, being with children and helping them on their journey.
I hope to continue this at Meadowside Academy.

John Hutchinson: Co Opted Governor

John has worked in several business areas in Yorkshire and the Northeast - a National Utility Company, Unitary Authority, Housing Association and currently works in the Charitable sector.  He  has several Business and ILM qualifications and experience as a business mentor working through Businesslink for small and medium enterprises employing up to 250 staff.   John is currently the Chair of both his local Area Partnership and Parish Council and lives near Leyburn in Wensleydale.

Vacancy: Co-Opted Governor


Barry Blake: Co-Opted Governor

Barry, now retired, had a career in two parts. For the first part he was in sales and marketing - in construction, and then energy (coal, oil and gas). The second part was as a University Lecturer, lecturing in Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship and Creative Thinking. He was also Course Director for a distance learning online Master’s Degree with a cohort of students from around the world. 

When LMS (Local Management of Schools) was introduced, Barry was a parent governor for two years at Aspin Park School which was attended by his two daughters.

Barry has an HND in Business Studies, an MBA from the University of Leeds, the Diploma in Marketing, and a C&G Certificate in Further Education Teaching. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Barry strongly feels, “early years education” sets the foundation for lifelong behaviour and health, it helps children to get along with others and cope with daily stresses and challenges. As a Governor he hopes to contribute to these objectives, with the future of his own grandchildren very much in mind.

His interests include: jazz, drumming, golf, sailing, food science, walking the dog, volunteering for The Prince’s Trust and a charity called Dementia Forward.

Vacancy: Parent Governor


Debs Foley: Parent Governor

As the mother of a child at Meadowside, Debs is passionate about creating opportunity for her and all the children in her community to receive excellent educational, pastoral and wrap around care. Debs hopes to be able to support the leadership at Meadowside to make sure school life gives children great memories, long lasting friendships, and the best chance of success as an adult, including a healthy mind-set. 

Professionally, Debs is a qualified secondary school Teacher with over 25 years’ experience, working for most of that time as senior leader in inner city schools in Leeds.  She now works as a Development for the Teach First, an organisation that strive to ensure every child leaves school with the skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in the world.  Debs works developing trainee and newly qualified teachers working in schools with high levels of deprivation across the north of England. 

It is Debs' hope that her educational knowledge, ability as a Teacher, passion for education combined with her desire for Meadowside to be a great Academy will enable her to make a significant contribution to the Academy as it embarks on its journey towards maintaining its outstanding grading. 




Term of Office

Link Role

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Rebecca Maiden

Head Teacher



Meadowside Academy


Head teacher

Helen Corkhill


27.11.2019 to 27.11.2023

Health & Safety

Meadowside Academy


Assistant Head teacher

Jean Carter (Chair)

Co opted

31.03.2022 to 31.03.2026












Debs Foley


13.12.2022 to 13.12.2026






Co opted



Barry Blake

Co opted

14.09.2022 to 14.09.2026










John Hutchinson

Co opted

13.07.2022 to 13.07.2026






Clerk to the LGB: Dianne Mousley



Sophie Smith 01.08.2022

Grant Woodvine 16.03.2022

Tessa Beaumont Co-opted 25.09.18 to 25.09.2022

Sam Turner Chair of Governors 22.01.2022

Keri Standen Co opted 29.09.2020

Dan Styles Associate Member 

Malcolm Gardiner Associate member - end of term of office

Jo Crouse Parent governor - end of term of office