Hatfield Peverel Infant School


Governing Body 2016

Governors 2015/16

Co-opted Governors

Leslie Naish 

Liz Austin

Phil Ingram

Jane Rodwell

Simon Reed (Vice Chair)

Ellie Wilkinson (Chair Curriculum Committee)

Chris Dymond

Samantha Longbottom



 Mary Gurr

 Staff Governor:

 Zoe Fairbairn


Local Authority Governors:

 John Guy (Chair Finance, Premises,    Personnel Committee)



 Parent Governors:

 Louise Poulton (Chair)

Kathryn Jacobs

Catherine Hale

Information on Governors' attendance at each Governing Body meeting can be obtained from the school office.

We work in partnership with Mrs Gurr and the school staff. Working together we strive towards our vision:

'A welcoming, stimulating and happy environment that enables all pupils to attain high levels of achievement whilst catering for individual needs'.

We have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school e.g. deciding the school's priorities, compiling the school development plan and agreeing how the budget is spent.
  • To act as a 'critical friend' to the headteacher e.g. setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies, celebrating successes, balancing challenge with support.
  • To ensure accountability e.g. publishing a prospectus, school profile and conducting the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.


We do not become involved in the day to day management of the school - that is the role of the headteacher, Mrs Gurr. When OFSTED assesses the overall leadership and management of the school the performance and involvement of the Governors is taken into account and does have an impact of the overall grading of the school. Governors are expected to have a good understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses, understand the school's pupil assessment data and be comfortable that the quality of teaching is monitored effectively within the school.

We try and keep you updated in what we are doing in various ways:

  1. We have a notice board just inside the school doors that shows details of what we are currently working on.
  2. We issue Governor Updates via the school newsletter.
  3. We issue questionnaires from time to time to gather evidence.
  4. We attend school Open Evenings, promotional Open Days and the New Intake Induction Meeting to answer any questions raised.


We are always keen to hear the views of children, parents, prospective parents and members within the local community and take these views into consideration in our work. We listen to children's views through the school council and also through our frequent visits to the school; we talk to parents and prospective parents at Open Evenings and Parents' Evenings as well as on an as-needed basis; and we all act as ambassadors for the school within the local community – listening to the views of others, explaining the school’s position, and bringing back feedback where necessary.

How to become a Governor

There is no such thing as a 'typical governor'. You do not need any formal qualifications, just an interest in the school, some energy, enthusiasm and some time to commit to the role.

Who can be a Governor?

  • almost everyone over 18 can become a governor
  • governors are volunteers from all walks of life - everyone has experience and ills to offer
  • an effective governing body has people from different backgrounds with a mix of skills
  • governors are not education experts - they are there to bring a fresh perspective
  • no formal qualifications are needed

What makes a good Governor?

  • common sense
  • the ability to work in a team
  • an interest in education and a commitment to the school
  • patience, energy, enthusiasm and some spare time


If you would like to find out more about being a governor of if you just wish to contact us, please ask at the school office or email an enquiry through our 'Contact Us' page and we will respond as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your interest.


1) Full Governing Body (termly)

We meet as a Full Governing Body once every term on a Thursday evening from 7 p.m. All governors attend these meetings. The Full Governing body meetings are chaired by Mrs Louise Poulton.

There are also a range of sub committees that drive the work of the group:

2) Curriculum and Pupil Related Matters (held once a term on a Thursday evening)

This committee keeps a watching brief; monitors and reviews schemes of work, policies and changing curriculum requirements; it analyses pupils progression which indicate how well the school is ‘performing’. This committee is chaired by Mrs. Ellie Wilkinson.

3) Finance, Personnel & Premises (held once a half term on a Thursday morning)

This committee deals with finance, personnel, premises and health & safety issues. It has the responsibility for the overall financial position of the school, including the strategic plan. This committee is chaired by Dr. John Guy.

4) Other

We also have a number of committees which deal with specific issues. Many of the committees (marked *) are only staffed if needed. The committees are:

1. Head teacher’s Pay & Performance Committee

2. Staff Pay Committee

3. Staff Pay Appeals Committee*

4. Pupil Discipline (Exclusions) Committee*

5. Staff Disciplinary/Dismissal Committee*

6. Staff Disciplinary/Dismissal Appeals Committee*

Governors choose which sub committees they would like to take part in with new governors having a chance to try out each committee before making a final choice.

Membership of and terms of reference for these committees are reviewed annually at our full governing body meeting in July

We also have working groups that pick up short term pieces of work when appropriate e.g. Safeguarding Working Party, Parent Working Group and the School Financial Value Standard Group. These working parties report back to the committee that initiated them.