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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



Acting Head Teacher Miss Gemma Oakenfull  01/09/18    School  100%  None
Chair/Safeguarding Gov Mrs Kim Ellis  23/04/15    Community  100%  None
Vice Chair Mr Laurence Shone  23/04/15    Community  100%  None
Clerk Mrs Jo Longland  01/09/07    School  100%  None
Writing Gov Mrs Jenny Willetts  15/11/16    Community  100%  None
Local Authority Mr John Ireland      LA    
Reading Gov Vacancy      Community  100%  None
SEN Gov Vacancy      Parent  60%  None
Maths Gov Vacancy      Parent  100%  None
Pupil Premium Gov Vacancy      Parent  100%  None
Teaching Mrs Anita Homan  01/05/18    School  100%  None
Parent Gov Mrs Sarah Church 16/10/17    Parent  100%  None

Meeting Dates   

DateCommittee 1Committee 2Committee3
25/09/18  Main Pay & Personnel   
13/11/18  Main     
15/01/19  Main  Finance  
26/03/19 Finance    
29/04/19 Finance  Main  
04/06/19 Main    
16/07/19 Finance Main  

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:

Miss Gemma Oakenfull,
Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED

Tel: 01933 312748
Fax: 01933 418703

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