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.

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Morley Newlands Academy’s Local Governing Body includes representation from parents, community and sponsor governors from The GORSE Academies Trust. The intention of this Local Governing Body is to ensure Morley Newlands Academy provides an exceptional education for all students.

Become a Governor

Becoming a governor is a rewarding way to help your local community and have a positive influence on the quality of young children’s education. Morley Newlands Academy’s Local Governing Body includes people from all walks of life with each person adding their unique experience and skills to the work of running an academy.

If you would like to become a governor to please contact us for further information.

Get in Touch

Chair of Governors
Morley Newlands Academy
Wide Lane
LS27 8PG

Our Governors

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance 2020/21 Attendance
Mark Roper(Vice Chair) Community 31/08/2022 Yes None Drighlington Primary, Leeds College of Building None 4/5 4/5 0/1
Graham Crerar Community 31/12/2022 Curriculum / T&L / CIAG Yes Partner in Grangeside Nurseries. Supplies the Trust. May bid for small scale landscaping. None None 4/5 4/5 1/1
Helen Townsley Principal N/A No None None Spouse (CEO of TGAT)
Natalie Pickering TGAT 14/07/2023 Pupil Premium Yes None None 1/1 4/5 1/1
Ross Stringer Parent 31/12/2022 Yes None None None 5/5 4/5 0/1
Simon McCarthy Executive Principal: Primary Education N/A Yes None HA/RHA, TSLA None
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer N/A Yes None BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, MNA/RA, HA/RHA, SCITT, TGAT Board Spouse (Principal of RA)
Tina Dunderdale TGAT 31/12/2022 Safeguarding (incl E-safety) Yes Son works for David Yeadon
Daughter is teacher at RA
None Daughter (Teacher) 5/5 5/5 1/1
Angela Bradshaw Community 31/08/2022 SEND Yes None None None 4/5 4/5 0/1
Craig Davey Community 31/12/2022 Yes Daughter teacher at MNA None None 4/5 4/5 1/1
Emily Fitzsimons Staff 21/12/2022 Pupil Premium Yes None None None 4/5 1/1 1/1
Jonathan Fyffe (Chair) TGAT 31/08/2022 Health & Safety Yes Wife is teacher at MNA
Wife’s cousin is TA at MNA
None Wife – teacher MNA 4/5 4/5 1/1
Matt Fitzpatrick Principal n/a No None None None
Sophie Dunderdale Staff 13/09/2024 SEND Yes None None Mother – Director of Trust Projects 1/1

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