Dear Parents/Carers

From 1 September 2020 we are changing the way our academies and college are governed. Please see the letter below for details of the new arrangements and the members of the new Local Governing Body.

Click here to view the letter


I consider it a great honour and privilege to be Chair of the Governing Body at The Morley Academy. In March 2009 we were judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in all aspects of our work; student care, teaching and learning, curriculum and students’ achievement. Following our May 2013 Inspection we were re-designated as Outstanding. I am delighted that the Ofsted inspections recognised the strength and professionalism of the academy and the dedication of all teaching and non teaching staff.

The usual guidance to governors is that they should act as ‘critical friends’ to the academy, and whilst The Morley Academy governors have done just that they have also gone appreciably further.

Wholehearted support of our excellent Chief Executive Officer, Sir John Townsley, Executive Principal: 11 – 16 Education, Leanne Griffiths and staff has been combined with a questioning and inquisitive approach that has emanated from a clear desire, on the part of all, to see the academy continue to flourish.

Individually and collectively governors have involved themselves in the life of the academy, both in the creation of the vision and strategy for improvement and in the support of the many and varied activities which exist in, and help characterise, our top class academy. As governors we know our academy and are closely involved in its day-to-day running and development.

By questioning, supporting and, when necessary, challenging, the governing body has played a major role in the academy’s journey to becoming Outstanding.

We are now, not only working with all professionals in The Morley Academy but professionals across The GORSE Academies Trust, in our aim to become ‘world class’; an aim which we genuinely believe to be achievable.

So, I reiterate my delight with the progress which the academy has made, the status which it now enjoys, and its prospects for the future. The governing body will do all in its powers to try and ensure the continuation of progress which has been made in recent years.

– Karen Lawson.

Governors are a diverse group of committed, hardworking people who offer support,  not only through their attendance at meetings but through their presence, within the academy.

Anyone over the age of 18 can become a governor. Being a school governor can be very rewarding and a good way of helping your local community, as well as having a positive influence on the quality of children’s education. Governors play a vital role in shaping the education of young people by helping to set the ethos, vision and strategy to raise school standards so all students reach their full potential.

The Morley Academy’s Governing Body welcomes people from all walks of life as each person brings their unique experience and talents to the work of running an academy.

If you would like any more information on the role of a governor, or becoming a governor here at The Morley Academy, please contact us at [email protected].

The Governing Body at The Morley Academy gives the strategic direction and acts as a critical friend to assist the academy in improving the standards of education and opportunities for all students.
This includes:
  • Setting the vision, ethos and clear ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the academy.
  • Making sure that all young people, including those with special education needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Engaging stakeholders and ensuring statutory duties are met.
  • Holding the senior leaders to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety.
  • Challenging and strengthening leadership and contributing to the school evaluation.
  • Ensuring financial solvency and effective management of financial resources, including pupil premium to raise standards.
  • Appointment of staff.
  • Serve on panels for disciplinary matters, appeals and grievances.

Address – c/o The Stephen Longfellow Academy, Phoenix House, Global Avenue, LS11 8PG
Telephone – 0113 487 8888
Email – [email protected]

All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our trust website at

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of responsibility Voting Rights Declaration of Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance
Karen Lawson Chair TGAT 31/12/2021 SEND / Inclusion / PPM Yes None TFA Daughter (Admin Assistant) 5/5 4/4
Claire Smith
Community 31/12/2020 H & S / PPM / CIAG Yes None SCITT None 4/5 3/4
Adam Ryder Principal n/a PPM Yes None None None
Alex Goodwin Staff 31/12/2021 n/a Yes None None None 5/5 3/4
Ann Poyner TGAT 31/12/2021 Pupil Premium Yes None None None 3/5 1/4
Charles Boothroyd TGAT 31/12/2021 T & L / Curriculum Yes None None None 5/5 4/4
Ian Craigen Staff 31/12/2021 n/a Yes None None None 3/5 4/4
Joseph Bell Community 31/12/2022 PPM / CIAG Yes None None TBC 4/4 3/4
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 Education n/a PPM Yes None TFA, TRGA, BA, TSLA, BSA None
Mark Robinson Parent 17/03/2024 Yes None None None 3/3
Shaun Macklin Parent 31/12/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 0/4
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a n/a Yes None BA, TRGA, TFA, EHC, MNA, RA, HA, SCITT, TGAT, BSA None
Victoria Clayton Parent 14/05/2023 Safeguarding / Policy Group Yes None None None 2/2 4/4
All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our Trust website at