What is a Governing Body and what do we do?

At Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School we have a proactive Governing Body who act as a critical friend to the school, providing support but asking challenging questions. They provide strategic planning and reflection and ensure accountability of the staff, Headteacher and themselves.

Their strategic role is 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 HFNIS – they 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 they spend between 10-20 days per year on Governing responsibilities – monthly meetings, training, school visits etc.

Mark Walton, a Parent Governor said "I have learned many valuable things joining the school governors. I never thought a creative designer would be useful to a school but I have been. I was nervous about my first meeting but it proved incredibly interesting and also proved we can all contribute - even if it is simply ’the person in the street’s' view. I even learned while helping an interview process, how I can improve how I present myself in interviews - and landed a new job as a result. I learned about being organised and taking notes. I learned about how important visual colour coding can be. I learned a lot."

HFNIS Governing Body is comprised of 10 Governors who all play differing roles. Their aim is to have a balanced group with diversity in gender, age, experience and skill sets to ensure their support can be as effective as possible to the Head and all staff.

The link to the Schools Financial Benchmarking website is below:

https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/

No employees of the school have a salary of £100,000 or more.

Governor Role

Governor Name

Date Appointed

Term of office

How Appointed

Attendance Ratio

Business Interest

Head Teacher

Mrs Linda Ward

01/09/2016

n/a

School

100%

None

Chair

Mr Simon White

01/09/2021

4 years

Co-Opted

100%

None

Vice Chair

Mr Mark Walton

01/12/2020

4 years

Parent Election

100%

Wife works at the school

Clerk

Miss Gemma Wright

01/09/2009

n/a

School

100%

None

Local Authority

Miss Zoe Ilott

01/09/2019

4 years

LA

100%

None

Co-Opted

VACANCY

 

4 years

 

 

 

Co-Opted 

Mrs Lisa Cessford 01/09/2019 4 years Community 75% None

Parent Governor

Mr George Konstantinidis

01/09/2019

4 years

Parent Election

100%

None

Parent Governor

VACANCY

 

4 years

Parent Election

 

 

Parent Governor

Mrs Angela Corbyn

07/10/2021

4 years

Parent Election 100% DPO  and Governance Professional across other schools

Staff

Mrs Angela Goode 06/12/2020 4 years School 75% None

Meeting dates

Date of meeting

Full Governing Body

Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes Committee

Quality of Education Committee

Leadership and Management Committee

16/09/2021

 

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23/09/2021

 
   

11/11/2021

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25/11/2021

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02/12/2021

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20/01/2022

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03/02/2022

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10/02/2022

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24/02/2022

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10/03/2022

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21/04/2022

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28/04/2022

     
26/05/2022    √  

 

23/06/2022    

 

30/06/2022

 

   
07/07/2022

     

 Committee Structures

Committee Terms of Reference

Contact Us

School Business Manager, Miss Gemma Wright

Higham Ferrers Nursery & Infant School
Wharf Road
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire
NN10 8BQ

Tel: 01933 312904

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