What is a Governing Body and what do we do?

The general idea behind a Governing Body is about overseeing the success of the school and working in partnership with the Head and teachers to agree priorities and monitor progress towards them. Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School (HFNIS) Governing Body is there to provide constructive support and challenge to the Head and teachers to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability. From a legal perspective, HFNIS Governing Body works as a decision making body with corporate responsibility to work in the best interest of the school.

The overall role of a governing body is a strategic one its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Head.

Our Governing Body does not run or manage HFNIS – we have no responsibility for the internal organisation or management of the school. 

Who can become a Governor?

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. Our school governors are people who genuinely want to make a positive contribution to our children’s education. Time commitments can vary but on average we spend between 10-20 days per year on governing responsibilities – monthly meetings, training, school visits etc.

HFNIS Governing Body is comprised of 10 governors who all play differing roles. Our aim is to have a balanced group with diversity in gender, age, experience and skill sets to ensure our support can be as effective as possible to the Head and teachers.

Governor Role

Governor Name

Date Appointed

Term of office

How Appointed

Attendance Ratio

Business Interest

Head Teacher

Mrs Linda Ward

01/09/2016

n/a

School

100%

None

Chair

Mr James Denne

14/09/2016

4 years

School

100%

None

Vice Chair

Mr Simon White

01/03/2018

4 years

Parent

100%

None

Clerk

Miss Gemma Wright

01/09/2009

n/a

School

100%

None

Local Authority

Miss Zoe Ilott

31/08/2015

4 years

LA

100%

None

Co-Opted

Mr Andrew Whitmill

30/03/2017

4 years

Community

100%

None

Co-Opted 

Mrs Lynn Robinson 24/09/2018 4 years Community 0% None

Parent Governor

Mr Mark Walton

01/12/2016

4 years

Parent election

100%

None

Parent Governor

Miss Alison Pullin

13/11/2018

4 years

Parent election

100%

None

Parent Governor

Miss Jennifer McAllister

01/03/2018

4 years

Parent election

50%

None

Parent Governor

Mr Simon White

01/03/2018

4 years

Parent election

100%

None

Staff

Mrs Angela Goode 06/12/2016 4 years School 100% None

Meeting dates

Date of meeting

Full Governing Body

Behaviour and Welfare Committee

Quality of Teaching and Outcomes for Pupils Committee

Leadership and Management Committee

20/09/2018

   

15/11/2018

       

24/01/2019

     

25/04/2019

     

04/07/2019

       

 

Contact Us

School Business Manager, Miss Gemma Wright

Higham Ferrers Nursery & Infant School
Wharf Road
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire
NN10 8BQ

Tel: 01933 312904