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The Board consists of 9 Governors, together providing a strong and balanced mix of personal and professional experience which is of great benefit to York House.


Our Governors are Trustees of the charitable trust that owns and runs the School. They are unpaid volunteers but take an active interest in overseeing and directing the School.

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS | Mrs L Keating B.A. (Hons) Law.


Designated Governor for Headmaster

Finance & General Purposes Committee Member




Designated Governor for Safeguarding

Designated Governor for SEN


Mrs J Ginger, MRPhamS


Designated Governor for Early Years


Dr K V Young B.Sc. Hons. (Eng) A.R.S.M. Ph.D.


Chairman of Finance & General Purposes Committee


Mr P C E Atkinson B.Sc., CBiol, P.G.C.E.


Governor for Education


Cllr R C Khiroya


Building Project Sub-Committee Member


Mr J Scragg


Chairman of Education Committee


Mrs M Ward LLB Hons


Designated Governor for Health and Safety Committee

Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee


Mr B Porter


Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Chairman of Build Sub-Committee




The Chair of Governors can be contacted at:

c/o York House School, Sarratt Road, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 4LW.


The Headmaster can be contacted by email at:

Or by post to the school address:

York House School, Sarratt Road, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 4LW




York House usually has 9 to 10 governors. Governors are unpaid and also act as Trustees of the York House educational trust.


Governors' responsibility is to oversee the school charitiy’s activities, provide strategic direction to the School and monitor its activities, providing both challenge and support. Each Governor is linked with a specific area of the school so that he/she can develop in-depth knowledge and act as an advocate for it.


Governors regularly visit the School to watch productions, attend Open Day and New Parents’ evening and to see the school in operation. They also host an annual social event for all staff and for the Parents’ Association. The full Board meets once a term but most of its work is carried out as a result of individual governor’s designated areas of responsibility and within 3 Committees who meet regularly and report back in detail to the full Board:






Early Years Foundation Stage

Special Educational Needs

Health & Safety



The Education Committee


Mr J Scragg, Deputy Head (Academic), Curriculum Leadership Team, Headmaster


Has the responsibility for overseeing the preparation, updating and reviewing of all educational and pastoral policies and procedures of York House School, including the strategic planning of these areas. It has the task of ensuring that the ethos of the school is adhered to at all times and that academic standards, professional behaviour and pupil welfare is maintained throughout the school.


The Finance & General Purpose Committee


Mr K Young, Mrs L Keating, Mr B Porter, Mrs M Ward, Bursar, Headmaster


Oversees the School’s financial performance, ensures that all procedures are of the highest standard and that budgeting is soundly based and prudent. It also ensures there is complete regulatory compliance, tight internal control and effective risk management. It recommends an annual budget to the full Board, together with fee levels and plans for capital projects.


Build Project Sub-Committee


Mr B Porter, Cllr R Khiroya, Bursar, Headmaster


This sub-committee has been formed by the Board of Governors to take responsibility for the development of the school’s building project, liaising wherever necessary with the Finance & General Purposes Committee.




The Headmaster, Mr Gray, leads the School and has overall accountability to the Governing Body.  


The Senior Leadership Team


Mr Gray meets regularly with the Chair of Governors and also works closely with his Leadership Team that comprises the Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral), the Deputy Headmaster (Academic) and the Bursar.  This team supports the Headmaster in providing the strategic link between governors and the school by considering the school’s continuous development, its financial management / direction and its subsequent recruitment planning.


The team also provides direction for the management of the school through continually monitoring academic and operational systems and considers changes, improvements and the impact of new regulations.


The Curriculum Leadership Team

Mr Gray also works closely with his Curriculum Leadership Team that comprises the Deputy Headmaster (Academic), a representative from each section of the school (EYFS, Pre-prep and Middle School), and the Head of Learning Support.


This team has the responsibility for overseeing the curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, and all other academic provision within the school.


The Pastoral Leadership Team (PLT)


Mr Gray also works closely with his Pastoral Leadership Team that comprises the Deputy Head of Pre-Prep (Pastoral), the Head of the Pre-Prep, the Head of the Middle School and is chaired by the Head of Upper School.


Each has responsibility for the pastoral, administrative and organisational for the children within their section of the school but also take on wider responsibilities such as academic monitoring as well as individual projects requiring senior management control.  The PLT, as a whole, reviews and co-ordinates all the school's day to day logistics / activities.


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