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Sowing seeds of success: Growing courageous learners

Growing Courageous Learners.


 The local governing body exists to help the Academy provide a high quality education for children in a supportive, caring environment. It does this by:

  • setting the Academy's values, vision and strategic direction
  • challenging and supporting the Academy by continually monitoring, reviewing and evaluating its performance
  • ensuring that the Academy is accountable to its children, the local community, those who fund and maintain it and the staff it employs

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.

Governors are also responsible for overseeing the Academy's finances, checking that resources are being managed well and helping with the appointment of staff. We meet five times a year as a local Governing Body with every governor taking on specific link roles within the Academy. Minutes of our meetings are available from the office..

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: Ewan Mcintosh

Contact: or

,Topcliffe Rd, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1RX, North Yorkshire,


Keeley Ungerechts Head teacher

Keeley has been working as a teacher and LA Maths Advisor in North Yorkshire since 2000.

Keeley has had the pleasure of being a headteacher for 11 years.  Sowerby is her third headship andshe have been lucky enough to have been here for 6 years.  Sowerby Primary Academy is part of Elevate Multi-Academy Trust, since February 2018.  Keeley is also lead the NQT Development programme for North star Teaching School Alliance and she is a Fellow for Early Career Framework Expansion with Red Kite TSA.  

Rachel Halkyard - Parent Governor

Rachel is a registered dietitian with over 15 years experience working in the NHS as a paediatric dietitian.  She has 3 children, the oldest of whom is at high school, and her  2 other hcildren are currently at Sowery primary academy.  Rachel has an interest in special needs due to personal and professional experience working with children who have special needs, and she is the SEN link governor for Sowerby Primary academy.  



Term of Office

Link Role

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Keeley Ungerechts

Head Teacher



Sowerby Primary Academy


Head teacher

Alison Mount


To 01.09.2022


Sowerby Primary Academy


Deputy Head teacher

Neil Foster


To 01.01.2023

 Maths and English



 Political Advisor to Rachel Reeves MP

Rachel Halkyard


To 01.01.2023

























Ewan Mcintosh. Chair

Co opted

To 19.05.2024


Tilhill Forestry Ltd

UK Woodland Assurance Standard



Myles Strudwick

Co opted

 To 22.03.2025

 H&S and Curriculum


education and support management systems


first aid and water-based training services provider.



Co opted






Resignations: Ro Craven Co opted governor resigned on 21st October 2020 

                          Karen Holdsworth parent governor term of office ended 18th July 2020 


Clerk to the Governors: Dianne Mousley