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Governors

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:

  • Oversee the aims and objectives for the school

  • Oversee the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

  • Oversee 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?

Governors
Appointed by
Date of Appointment
Term of Office
Business Interest
Responsibilities
Vicky Bull
Head Teacher
01.09.2019
Gemma Oakenfull
Staff (elected)
14.10.2020
13.10.2024
None
Joanna Longland
Clerk
01.09.2007
John Ireland
Local Authority
02.01.2018
20.01.2026
None
Chair, Pupil Premium, SEND, Performance Management, SEND, Writing, RE, History, DT
Sarah Church
Parent (elected)
16.10.2021
15.10.2025
None
Vice Chair, Safeguarding, Looked after children, Music, Art, MFL
Vacancy
Co-opted
Vijay Paul
Co-opted
09.11.2020
08.11.2024
None
Vice Chair Finance, Performance Management, Maths
Ian Sorrell
Parent (elected)
07.10.2022
06.10.2026
None
Pupil Premium, Science
Jermaine Sharpe
Parent (elected)
07.10.2022
06.10.2026
None
Health and Safety, PSHE
Luis Mendes
Co-opted
24.11.2022
23.11.2026
None
Reading, Geography
Jeff Yeates
Co-opted
24.01.2023
23.01.2027
None
PE
Vacancy
Co-opted

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