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RILLINGTON Primary School

'Every child matters, every moment counts'

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01944 758402

Rillington Primary School, High St, Rillington, Malton, YO17 8LA

Mrs Carrie Stabler


Rillington are proud to be part of the educational vision of Elevate Multi Academy Trust whilst retaining our 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.

Chair of Governors: Diana Wetherell Terry  or  Rillington Primary School, High Street, Rillington, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8LA

Further information about Governance is available on Elevate MAT website: Elevate Multi Academy Trust - Home (


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 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

  • 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 school by parents at the Academy.

  • Staff Governor - Elected from staff at the school 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.

  • Associate member - Associate members may be appointed by the governing body as members, they are people who the governing body feel could contribute to its work.

 Elevate Governance:

As a multi-academy trust, Elevate is a charitable company limited by guarantee. This means that Elevate is a single legal entity, but it has several Academies within its family. Currently, Elevate has 14 Primary Academies. These are mainly situated across North Yorkshire with 1 Academy in West Yorkshire.

Elevate and their Academies work in collaboration with a single shared vision. The governance structure is designed to reflect the overall responsibility of the Board of Trustees, the (operational) leadership of the CEO supported by the School Improvement Team for education and the Operational Team; for the day to day running of the Academies by the Executive Head Teachers (EHT) and Head teachers coupled with the value of local experience and understanding of the LGBs in assessing the performance of our Academy and their interaction with the local community.

Elevate has established 3 key layers of governance: 

  • Members
  • Trustees
  • Local Governors 

Although Elevate’s Trustees are accountable for all of the Academies within the Trust, it highly values the work undertaken by local governors in supporting, and challenging, our Academies and senior leadership teams to deliver high quality and inclusive education.

Elevate LGBs have a pivotal role in the overall framework of the Trust by having:

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of their Academies;
  • Sustaining uniqueness of their Academy whilst aligning with Elevate’s educational vision;
  • Forging and maintaining links with their community;
  • Providing the vital governance link between themselves and Trustees to enable the Trustees to carry out their responsibilities as leaders of the Trust.

The different responsibilities overseen by Trustees and Local Governors are set out in the Scheme of Delegation, which is reviewed on an annual basis.

Link to Scheme of Delegation

Link to Articles of Association

Rillington's Local Governing Body:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 member of staff – elected
  • 2 parent governors – elected
  • 4 co-opted governors – these may be people who live or work in the community served by our Academy, who are committed to the good governance and success of the Academy, but do not work or live close to it or, who in the opinion of the governors have the necessary skills set. 
  • 1 associate governor

Meet the Governors:

Carrie StablerHead teacher - ex-officio
During her time at Rillington Carrie has steered the Academy in it's drive for improvement, ensuring that safeguarding is effective and pupil's outcomes are improving. Recently, she led the Academy through a successful HMI monitoring visit. Carrie is passionate about reading, mental health and children being physically active, these are at the heart of Rillington's curriculum. 
Outside of school Carrie is passionate about sports and enjoys spending time watching her children play football and cricket.

Diana Wetherell Terry: Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Local Governing Body, Quality of education, leadership and management link Governor

Diana brings skills and expertise gained through over 30 years’ working in higher education. As Deputy Dean at York St John University she worked tirelessly to maintain principles of good quality research-informed teaching through supporting best practice in education. Diana was responsible for strategic direction along with management of a large faculty containing a diverse range of students and staff. In addition, she was responsible for the outreach programme which enabled her to teach in China, Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Hong Kong. Diana is driven by a passion to educate, to enable and empower young people to achieve their full potential, and knows that this is best achieved by developing, promoting, and supporting excellent and innovative teaching practice.
Diana is a mentor for Chairs of Governors in North Yorkshire, is proud to be a governor and Chair at Rillington where her time and knowledge is used to improve the life chances of the children, whilst striving to make it an outstanding place where children can grow. 
In 2022 Diana received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service as a volunteer driver for Ryedale Community Transport. She is an avid reader, loves to travel, enjoys baking, gardening, supporting her local toddler/playgroup, delights in spending time with family, and special friends all around the world.
Vanessa Conman: Co-opted Governor, Safeguarding link Governor.

Vanessa has been employed as an Access and Outreach Manager at the University of York since May 2015, supporting people from under-represented backgrounds and promoting progression to higher education. She manages a range of programmes, focusing primarily on the University’s work to support young people in care, care leavers and young carers. She has built strong partnerships with local authorities, community organizations, and schools across the country. As part of this role, she has also run the University’s flagship schools project for 10-16 year olds, working with over 2,000 children each year in 22 schools. Vanessa is one of the University of York’s Designated Safeguarding Officers, so is one of the first points of contact for staff and volunteers to go to for advice if they are concerned about a child or young person.

Vanessa previously worked at York St John University in a similar role in the Widening Participation team, and prior to that ran the Young Adult Carers Project in York for 4 years. She has also managed an after-school club at a York primary school, run various youth clubs, and volunteered with the Youth Offending Team in York.

Vanessa grew up between York and Leeds and went to the University of Exeter to study Drama in 2005. She moved to Wintringham in 2018 and lives there with her husband and her children, who started at Rillington Primary School in 2022. She enjoys open water swimming, playing netball and going to see live music.



Rosie DaleStaff Governor - EYFS link Governor
Rosie joined the Rillington teaching team in September 2022 having previously worked in another school within Elevate Multi Academy Trust. She is our current year 6 teacher and leads maths and PE across school.  In her previous school, she has had experience of reporting to Governor meetings as a maths subject leader, and when the vacancy for staff Governor arose, she relished the opportunity to understand the role of a Governor further. Rosie is passionate about ensuring all children achieve. She is looking forward to taking on the role of link Governor for EYFS, to ensure that all children have a strong start to their learning journey at Rillington.
Out of school, Rosie enjoys playing competitive sport, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

Elliott Heward: Parent Governor - Finance-including pupil and sports/PE premium, attendance link Governor

Elliott is currently employed as a Regional Director for a Global energy and services business. As part of his employment, Elliott holds strategic accountability for a range of Public/Private partnership schemes with a combined value of £35m per annum. These schemes currently include 50 Schools and 2 acute hospital sites with over 350 employees. Elliott’s role requires regular engagement with a range of Stakeholders including Headteachers, Governing Bodies, Local Authorities and Private Investors.    

Originally from Grimsby in Lincolnshire, Elliott has now settled locally in Wintringham after moving back ‘up north’ from London in 2015. 


Michelle Carter: Parent Governor - wellbeing and learning (to include behaviour and attitudes) Governor

As a busy mum of 5, Michelle is an experienced Primary School Teacher of 14 years. Her passions lie with the arts, and she holds an Honours degree in performing arts with a dance specialism. She has experience in many dance styles, choreography and taking dance performances on tour, as well as playing many lead roles in theatrical productions and pantomime! 

Prior to primary teaching, Michelle enjoyed taking dance into the community through workshops which involved working with many schools and youth groups. She continues to be passionate about opportunities for creativity within the curriculum and takes great pride in her creative approach when delivering it herself; the arts can truly help to bring the curriculum to life. 

Michelle believes it is incredibly important to open up the wider world to children and, being forest school trained, she believes that providing outdoor learning opportunities is an essential part of education for children.   

Michelle also has a keen interest in sports and fitness, is a keen rock climber, a trained fitness instructor and loves the more extreme sporting events such as ‘Tough Mudder’ and ‘Go Below Extreme’ in Wales, and is always searching for the next challenge! She enjoys amateur dramatics/performing for local theatres, watching musicals at the theatre as well as experiencing other cultures through travel.  



Tony Kingston: Associate Member

Tony brings to his role at Rillington 47 years in education which includes being a Headteacher; Lead Ofsted Inspector of primary schools, special schools, and universities offering Initial Teacher Training; Ofsted National Accredited Trainer; Consultant Headteacher at 5 EBD schools nationwide, and School Improvement Partner.

Tony is committed to both the concept and practice of excellence in education and is passionate about schools. He has a particular interest in the inclusion agenda and believes in the provision of a broad, comprehensive and high-quality education designed to meet the needs, interests and abilities of young people of all abilities. Tony has Enhanced Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Accreditation and in addition to inspecting mainstream schools and Initial Teacher Training inspected specialist SEND providers.

Working with schools in the North-East, Tony was instrumental in helping to move schools causing concern into good and outstanding schools as judged by Ofsted.

Tony’s interests are varied and include Golf (at which he considers himself to be very poor), reading, water colour painting, photography, and maths puzzles.

Term of Office:


Term of Office

Link Role

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Carrie Stabler

Head teacher



Rillington Primary School


Head teacher

Rosie Dale


01.09.2023 - 01.09.2027


Rillington Primary School



Diana Wetherell Terry.  Chair

Co opted

01.04.2020 - 01.04.2024

Quality of education and leadership


Trustee Ryedale Community Transport






Co opted

Health and safety



Vanessa Conman

Co opted

01.09.2023 - 01.09.2027


York University




Co opted




Michelle Carter


02.03.2023 to 02.03.2027

Wellbeing and learning (to include behaviour and attitudes)




Elliott Heward


23.02.2021 to 23.02.2025

Finance and attendance

 Engie limited

 Energy and services


Tony Kingston


04.10.2023 to 04.10.2024

Associate governor




Clerk to the Local Governing Body: Dianne Mousley


Sally Dunkley resigned on 16.11.2021 as a co opted governor

Jemma Miller resigned on 10.02.2022 as parent governor

Jo Johnson resigned on 07.04.2022 as staff governor

Rob Williams resigned on 16.12.2022 as co opted governor

Cat Hegarty resigned on 31.08.2023 as staff governor.

Janet Sanderson resigned on 12.11.2023 as co opted governor

June Goodson-Moore resigned 19.03.2024 as co opted governor

Governor Attendance: 

Governor Attendance 2022-2023

Governor Attendance 2021-2022

Governor Attendance 2020-2021

Impact statement:

Impact Statement 2022 - 2023

Impact Statement 2021 - 2022

Annual Governance Statement 2020 - 2021

Annual Governance Statement 2019-2020

Evaluation of Governance Effectiveness document:

Evaluation of Governance Effectiveness 2022 to 2023

Elevate's policies are circulated to all Head teachers and Academy staff.

Copies of the minutes from local Governing body meetings are available upon request.

Should you need a copy, please do not hesitate to contact the office 01944 758402 or