Dear Friends,

We would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to The Michael Syddall Church of England Aided School. We hope you find our website informative and user-friendly. We believe our school motto ‚ÄėLearning is the Key to the Future‚Äô combined with our motivational approach to all that we do provides our children with a positive and exciting learning experience.

We believe in working together with staff, children, parents, St Anne’s Church, our local community and the wider world to make our school the very best possible. 

Our¬†‚ÄėVision and Values‚Äô¬†outline the main characteristics of our school.

If you are within travelling distance of Catterick Village you are most welcome to come and see us in action! We love having visitors! If you live further afield we hope you enjoy reading about us.


Governing Body and Committee Structure and Responsibities 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Michael Syddall C of E (Aided) School Governing Body are:


1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the local authority, the Diocese, elected parents and members of school staff. The Headteacher and the Ex-Officio both have an ongoing term of office. All other governors serve a four year term of office before needing to seek re-election or re-appointment.


In addition to the main Governing Body we have two governor committees:

School Improvement Committee Рoversees the school’s support for learning, curriculum design and monitoring of pupil outcomes.  This committee meets at full governing body meetings which are held 4 times a year.

Resources Committee Рoversees the school’s financial, staffing, health and safety, facilities, resources and asset management.

This committee meets once a term.

List of Governors

Name Term Committee Position

 Foundation Governor

 Mr Robert Knowles  31/08/2013 Р31/08/2021  Resources

Chair of Governors

Chair of Resources


 Mrs Alison McHarg

¬†01/01/2013 –¬†


School Improvement

 Ex Officio РFoundation

 Rev Lindsay Southern

¬†23/01/2012 –

School Improvement

Chair of School


 Foundation Governor

 Mrs Ceri Tucker

 09/06/2015 Р09/06/2019

School Improvement


 Co-opted Governor

 Mrs Jackie McGilp

 11/05/2015 Р10/02/2024



 Staff Governor

 Mr Neil Saunders  21/11/2016 Р21/11/2020 School Improvement  

 LEA Governor

 Cllr Carl Les  31/08/2017 Р31/08/2021



Parent Governor

Mrs Joanne Jackson  12/12/2017 Р12/12/2021



Parent Governor     

 Mrs Stacey Arling

 10/02/2020 Р10/02/2024



In Attendance





Valerie Brown  

School Improvement

Full Governing Body



Governor Register of Interests


Register of Personal Interests

Register of Business Interests

Register of Financial Interests

Membership of other Governing Bodies

Mr Robert Knowles Nil A1 Environmental Nil None
Mr Carl Les Nil NYCC Elected Member

Michael Syddall Education Charity

Aiskew & Leeming Bar Primary School,

Northallerton and Catterick Federation 

Mrs Alison McHarg Nil Nil Nil None
Mrs Jackie McGilp Nil Nil Nil None
Mr Neil Saunders Nil Nil Nil None
Rev Lindsay Southern Nil Nil

Margaret Earle Charity,

Michael Syddall Charity,

Michael Syddall Education Charity,

Friends of St Anne’s,

Catterick Parish Church Council

Mrs Ceri Tucker Nil Nil Nil None
Mrs Joanne Jackson   Nil Nil Nil None
Mrs Stacey Arling Nil Nil Nil None