Huntingdon Primary School Governing BodyThe 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?
- 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
- 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.
HeadteacherI 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.
Co-opted GovernorI rejoined the governing body in September 2015 as a co-opted governor. I am a member of the Teaching and Curriculum and the Premises, Health and Safety committees. My working life was spent in various roles in primary education including periods as headteacher and Ofsted inspector.
And maybe you?
Parent GovernorIf you think you might like to help shape HPS for the future then drop into the school office and talk to us about becoming a governor. We’d love to have you on board!
Chair of Governors, Local Authority GovernorI am married and have 3 grown up children and 4 grand children. Before retiring I was a teacher, deputy head and then an adviser for the Local Authority. I enjoy being a governor and getting involved in Huntingdon Primary School. I am currently Chair of the Governing Body and if you have any questions please get in touch.
I have one daughter at HPS and volunteered to become a governor after she finished EYFS.
I work as an Admin Assistant in the office at HPS and previously worked as a fundraising manager in the charity sector.
Mrs A West
Associate GovernorI have been involved with primary education in Cambridgeshire for nearly 40 years, firstly as a teacher, then a headteacher and now as a Local Authority Adviser. There have been many changes to our schools in that time but children essentially remain the same and so does my commitment to wanting the very best start in life for each and every one of them.
Staff GovernorMy 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.
Throughout my career, I have developed an interest in the importance of our education system, right from early years through to further education, university, and beyond. I currently work with the University of Cambridge, helping the University to reach out to prospective students from all backgrounds. I joined Huntingdon Primary School as a Governor in 2018 in order to support my local community.