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What is a Governing Body and what do we do?

The general idea behind a Governing Body is about overseeing the success of the school and working in partnership with the Head and teachers to agree priorities and monitor progress towards them. HFJS Governing Body is there to provide constructive support and challenge to the Head and teachers to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability. From a legal perspective, HFJS Governing Body works as a decision making body with corporate responsibility to work in the best interest of the school.

The overall role of a governing body is a strategic one its key functions are 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 HFJS – we 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 we spend between 10-20 days per year on governing responsibilities – monthly meetings, training, school visits etc.

HFJS Governing Body is comprised of 12 governors who all play differing roles. Our aim is to have a balanced group with diversity in gender, age, experience and skill sets to ensure our support can be as effective as possible to the Head and teachers.

A Governors term of office is normally 4 years.

Who are our Governors?

Governor NameDate
Governor role in another school



Financial Interests
Head Teacher Mrs Victoria Bull   01/09/19  School    None  None
Chair John Ireland  01/01/18 Local Authority    None  None
Vice Chair/ Safeguarding Sarah Church  16/10/17  Parent    None  None
Clerk Jo Longland  01/09/07 School    None  None
Staff Gov Gemma Oakenfull  14/10/20 School    None None 
Chair of Finance/Premises  Lisa Sacco  01/11/18 Community     None None 
Governor VACANCY   Community    None  None
Governor for Pupil Premium Lisa Gibbs  01/11/18  Parent  Governor at SEJS  None  None
Governor Karen Wheeler 01/11/18 Parent   None None
Governor Vijay Paul  09/11/20 Community  Governor at Irchester Yes Yes 
Governor  VACANCY   Community       
 Governor  VACANCY    Parent      
 Governor  VACANCY    Community      

Meeting Dates   

23.09.2021   Finance/Premises      
30.09.2021 Full Governors Meeting      
11.11.2021    Finance/Premises      
25.11.2021 Full Governors Meeting      
20.01.2022    Finance/Premises      
 27.01.2022 Full Governors Meeting      
 24.03.2022    Finance/Premises      
 24.04.2022  Full Governors Meeting      
 26.05.2022    Finance/Premises      
07.07.2022   Finance/Premises      
14.07.2022 Full Governors Meeting      

Main Contact

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED


Head Teacher

Mrs V Bull

Tel: 01933 312748

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