Huntingdon Primary School Governing Body
The HPS Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher in the management of the school and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school. The Governors have a general responsibility for the effective management of the school but do not take decisions about the day to day running of the school. This responsibility lies with the Headteacher.
The Governing Body is here to support the school and is made up of a group of 11 individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the governors are parents and staff and some come from the wider community or the Local Authority. This mix provides a wealth of experience and views.
The Full Governing Body meets once every half term. In addition, our governors also form the following sub committees which again meet every half term, and in some instances many more times:
- Resources and Finance Committee: responsible for managing the school budget (salaries, fuel costs, rates, repairs and maintenance)
- Personnel Committee: responsible for staff issues
- Teaching & Learning Committee: responsible for monitoring the curriculum
The minutes of the Governors’ meetings are available to all parents.
The Governing Body have specific responsibility in a number of areas including:
- Curriculum and conduct of the school
- Children with special educational needs
- Overseeing the school budget
- Appointment and disciplinary procedures with regard to staff
- Discipline and attendance of pupils
- Community use of the school
- Extended services
Why have Governing Bodies?
Governors help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils by:
- thinking and working strategically to help to raise standards
- monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
- supporting the Headteacher and staff as well as challenging their expectations
Role of Governors
There are three interwoven strands:
- to take a largely strategic role in the running of the school
- to act as a critical friend to the school
- to ensure accountability of the Governing Body to the parents and of the Headteacher to the Governing Body
The responsibilities and powers have to be exercised in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.
If you would like to contact the Governing Body, you can do so via the school office. Please note that many issues should normally be raised with the school staff in the first instance, but if you are not sure how to proceed we will be pleased to advise and look forward to hearing from you.
I have spent my career working in primary education teaching in a range of schools in London and Cambridgeshire. My first role as Headteacher was in 2002, since than I have been the Headteacher of a number of schools sometimes as the permanent Headteacher and sometimes working on a temporary basis to help a school in difficult circumstances.
My career in education began as a TA in Hertfordshire. I gained my QTS through the Cambridgeshire GTP (Graduate Teacher Programne). For me, the best route into teaching as I was in the classroom from day one. I started teaching here at HPS back in 2004-when the school was a Junior school. Since then I have had many roles within the school-all of which I have enjoyed.
Mrs D McGough