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?
Date of Appointment
Term of Office
Chair, Pupil Premium, SEND, Performance Management, SEND, Writing, RE, History, DT
Vice Chair, Safeguarding, Looked after children, Music, Art, MFL
Vice Chair Finance, Performance Management, Maths
Pupil Premium, Science
Health and Safety, PSHE