Remit of the Governing Body

The principal activity is the provision of public benefit education by maintaining, managing and developing an 11-18yr comprehensive school offering a broad and balanced curriculum.

 The Trustees ensure the school operates as a state funded, mixed, independent school for students aged 11-18 of all abilities, drawing mainly from the area in which it is situated.

 To develop a school offering a broad and balanced curriculum. This curriculum is designed to have strengths in the 8 main faculty areas in the school; English, Mathematics, the Sciences, Modern Foreign Languages, the Humanities, Performing Arts, Technology and Enterprise, and PE and Health. Trustees feel it is essential to have strength in each of these areas so that students of all abilities and aptitudes can succeed, thrive and enjoy learning at the Academy.

 The school will be at the heart of its community, promoting community cohesion and sharing facilities with other schools and the wider community.

 We achieve our key aims through:
a) Developing high quality teaching
b) Pastoral care to help each individual to succeed
c) A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities including many that promote student leadership; and
d) Linking with the parents of students and the whole curriculum to ensure a quality education for all.

Trustees Report and Financial Statements 2022-2023

Trustee’s Report and Financial Statements 2021-2022

Trustee’s Report and Financial Statements 2020-2021

Trustees’ report and Financial Statements 2019-20

Trustees’ report and Financial Statements 2018-19


  • Andrew Evans

Chair of Governors
  • Ruth Whitehouse (Chair: 21 March 2023 – October 2024)
    c/o JMHS
Co Vice Chairs of Governors
  • Stuart Mitchell
  • John Otieno
  • Daniel Thomas
Parent appointed by Academy Governing Board due to no election candidates
  • Michael Clayton (30 January 2023 – 29 January 2028)
  • Deborah Clueit (23 April 2021 – 19 March 2024)
  • Peter Crowson (30 January 2024 – 29 January 2028)
  • John Otieno (23 April 2021 – 22 April 2025)
  • Stuart Mitchell (17 January 2023 – 16 January 2027)
  • Daniel Thomas (23 January 2023 – 22 January 2027)
  • Steven Williams (17 January 2023 – 16 January 2027)
Appointed Governors

Appointed by the Academy Members:

  • Kate Harper (23 February 2022 – 22 February 2026)
  • Joanne Hartness (19 May 2020 – 29 September 2023 Resigned)
  • Tom Williams (1 December 2020 – 30 November 2024)
  • Lucy Potter (11 June 2021 – 10 June 2025)
  • Ruth Whitehouse (10 February 2022 – 09 February 2026)
Co-opted Governors

Appointed  by Academy Governing Board

  • Sarah Fletcher (24 October 2023 – 23 October 2027)

Governors’ minutes are available on request from the Clerk to the Governors  at JMHS.

Register of Interests

JMHS maintains a Register of Business Interests and Related Parties Forms for all Governors. The Register of Business Interests Form is completed annually and referred to at each full Governors’ Meeting for review and updating by Governors if required. The forms are held by the Clerk to Governors. The Related Parties Forms are held by the Clerk to Governors.

Register of Interest Sept 2023

Register of interest Sept 2022


Committee membership 2023-2024


Governor attendance 2023-2024

Governor attendance 2022-2023

Members of the Academy Trust

Emma Carr (23/6/2015)

Justyn Crane (9/12/2014)

Lucy Potter (3/12/2019)

Helen Thomas (8/10/2013)

Kevin Welford (29/1/2016)

Dulcie Karadia (30/11/21)


Principal and registered office of John Masefield High School and Sixth Form Centre Academy Trust is  Mabel’s Furlong, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2HF, telephone: 01532 631012.  The trust is registered with England and Wales and the registration number of 07631985.

The Trustees (who act as Governors of John Masefield High School and Sixth form Centre) can be contacted in the first instance by contacting the Clerk to Governors, by email Clerk to Governors  or at 01531 631012.