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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. HFJS 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, HFJS 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 HFJS – 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.

HFJS Governing Body is comprised of 12 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.

Who are our Governors?

Governor NameDate
Stepped DownHow
Head Teacher Mr Chris Hill  01/09/16    School  100%  
Chair/Safeguarding Gov Mrs Kim Ellis  23/04/15    Community  100%  
Vice Chair/Link Gov Mr Laurence Shone  23/04/15    Community  100%  
Clerk Mrs Jo Longland  01/09/07    School  100%  
Writing Gov Mrs Jenny Willetts  15/11/16    Community  100%  
ICT Gov Mr Geoff Moore  23/04/15    Community  80%  
Local Authority Vacany      LA    
Reading Gov Mr Sean Reedman  14/01/16    Community  100%  
SEN Gov Mrs Barbara Drysdale  01/09/14    Parent  60%  
Maths Gov Mrs Liz Swanson  01/09/14    Parent  100%  
Pupil Premium Gov Mrs Irena Trippett  01/09/14    Parent  100%  
Teaching Miss Emma Brayfield  01/09/16    School  100%  

Meeting Dates   

DateCommittee 1Committee 2Committee3
22/09/16  Main    
08/11/16  Premises     
15/11/16  Main  Finance  
11/01/17   Premises    
17/01/17  Main  Finance  
08/02/17  Pay & Personnel    
21/03/17  Main  Finance  
18/04/17  Premises     
13/06/17  Main Finance   
11/07/17 Main Finance  

Main Contact

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Mr Chris Hill,
Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED

Tel: 01933 312748
Fax: 01933 418703

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