Mrs Alison Smith

Trust Board Foundation Governor
Start date 16.05.17 (re-appointment)
Term of office 4 years
Meetings 2016/17: 7/7
Meetings 2017/18: 2/2
Appointed by Trust Board

Link Governor:  Church School Distinctiveness and KS3 outcomes


ASP / Data training, Assessment/PiXL reforms, Creating and embedding a safeguarding culture in education, Curriculum reforms, Governors’ Visits to School, GDPR, Monitoring and Evaluation – the GB’s role, Ofsted Church of England , Preparing for OfSTED, Prevent, E- Learning, Safeguarding Level 1, Safeguarding Awareness Course, Safer Recruitment, SIAMS, Understanding School Data

Register of Interest

Diocese of York

Pathfinder MAT
Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (June 2018)

Trustee (of Charity)
Pathfinder MAT
Trustee/Director of STAR Multi Academy Trust (as of May 2018)

Declaration of interests of immediate family
S Greaves (husband) – Morgan Sindall – Employee

Alison has worked in education for the past 19 years and joined the ASA governing body in May 2016. She is highly committed to supporting the development of educational provision which allows pupils to flourish both ‘academically and personally’, and provision which ensures pupils develop a life -long ‘love of learning.

Alison is currently the School Effectiveness Adviser for the Diocese of York Education Team. As School Effectiveness Adviser for the Diocese of York, Alison provides a role which focusses upon monitoring the overall effectiveness and performance of all 127 schools across the Diocese of York locality. In order to do this she has developed strong partnerships with 7 LA’s, and also liaises with colleagues at NCTL, OFSTED, DfE and the Church of England Education Office. She also works with a number of governing bodies across the diocese.

Prior to joining the Diocese of York Education Team, Alison worked for North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Service for 16 years, beginning as a Primary School Teacher, and then as an Advanced Skills Teacher. Most recently she was a Head Teacher of a C of E Primary School for almost 10 years. As a Head Teacher, she had varied experience, leading an infant school initially from ‘good to outstanding’, and then being Executive Head Teacher for a second school which required additional leadership support when being deemed to require special measures and led the school successfully from this.

On a more personal note, Alison is married and has a very loveable (if a little excitable) dog named ‘Jasper’ . She is a VW Campervan fanatic and enjoys the ‘great outdoors’ !