About our school
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.
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
Note: Due to current circumstances, the committee meetings are not currently taking place.
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
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
Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair
I qualified as a teacher in 2003 after my children were born and after a career in business. After working in a number of Cambridgeshire schools, I became a Head Teacher before moving on to lead 2 schools within a federation.
I loved my job, but took early retirement in 2021 to take care of my family. I became a Governor in March 2022 and am really enjoying being part of the HPS Governor team.
Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor
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.
Dr Salman Arif