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Welcome to the Hertford Heath Primary and Nursery School Website.

Governing Body

The Role of the Governing Body

All schools have a Governing Body that is responsibile for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates.
The Head Teacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and the operation of the curriculum and reports to the Governing Body. The Governing Body is not directly involved in day-to-day management, but shapes the school via three main roles:
- to provide a strategic view of where the school is heading
- to act as a critical friend
- to hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides.

How the Governors work

The whole Governing body meets four time a year, twice in the Autumn term and once each in the Spring and Summer terms. We use these meetings to take reports from the Head Teacher and our own committees and make sure we are doing everything required of us by law, by Hertfordshire County Council, and by OFSTED.

Much of the Governors' work is done by our committees which meet once per term but work from day to day. We have committees for Finance, Personnel, Premises and Monitoring (monitoring as in how well the school is performing).

 
GOVERNOR MEETING DATES
TIME OF MEETING DATE OF MEETING GOVERNING COMMITTEE ATTENDING
6.30pm 28th November 18 Full Governing Body
6.30pm 12th March 19 Full Governing Body
6.30pm 9th July 19 Full Governing Body

 

Hertford Heath Primary & Nursery School

Governors’ information:

 

Governor’s name

Category

Appointing body

Term of office ends

Which committee/s he/she serves on

Positions of responsibility

Relevant business interests, financial interests, other governor role at another school, relationship to staff members

Andy Dixon

Parent governor

HCC

10/11/17

Premises

Website link governor

Business experience (management and organisation)

Suzanne Fogden

LEA governor

HCC

23/3/19

C&M

Safeguarding governor

Previous experience of being a governor, member of Parish Council

Kelly Gradwell

Parent governor

HCC

18/9/17

C&M

Chair of C&M

Primary teacher

Tracey Head

Community governor

HCC

7/5/19

C&M

Finance

Vice Chair

Secondary teacher

Joanne Hole

Parent governor

HCC

4/9/22

Personnel

 

Qualified Social Worker

Simon Pattison

Parent governor

HCC

10/11/17

Finance

Chair of finance

Professional experience of finance

Chris Grundy

Parent governor

HCC

4/4/21

Premises

 

Chair of premises

Buildings maintenance experience

Becci Smith

Community governor

HCC

4/9/21

Personnel

Finance

 

Business experience

Janice Smith

Staff

HCC

 

Finance

Personnel

Premises

Link governor re. CPD/training

Head Teacher

Sheila Stephens

Associate 

governor

HCC

 

Premises

 

 

Former responsibility for H&S, ex-Deputy Head

Teresa Walker

Parent governor

HCC

18/9/17

Finance

Personnel

Chair

Business experience (management and organisation)

Member of the Parish Council

Helen Watson

Staff

HCC

19/1/21

C&M

 

Deputy Head Teacher

 

 

 

Picture 1 Teresa Walker - Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Tracey Head - Vice Chair of Governors
Picture 3 Suzanne Fogden - LEA Governor & DPO
Picture 4 Becci Smith - Co-opted Governor
Picture 5 Andy Dixon - Parent Governor
Picture 6 Kelly Gradwell - Parent Governor
Picture 7 Chris Grundy - Parent Governor
Picture 8 Sheila Stephens - Associate Governor
Picture 9 Simon Pattison - Parent Governor
Picture 10 Helen Watson - Staff Governor
Picture 11 Janice Smith - Staff Governor

Our Governing Body 2018-2019

 

Chair of Governors:  Teresa Walker

Vice Chair: Tracey Head

 

Andy Dixon

Becci Smith

Suzanne Fogden

Kelly Gradwell

Tracey Head   

Chris Grundy                       

Simon Pattison

Joanne Hole 

                                        

Janice Smith        

Helen Watson          

 

Clerk:   Barrie Anderson  

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing

Body of Hertford Heath Primary and Nursery School

 

September 2016

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Hertford Heath Primary and Nursery School Governing Body are:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educations performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

In exercising their functions, the Governing Body shall;

 

  1. Act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school; and
  2. Be open about the decisions they make and the actions they take and in particular shall be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to interested parties.

 

Our Governing Body has a code of conduct which is reviewed and agreed annually.  All governors are obliged to abide by this code.

 

 

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body of Hertford Heath Primary and Nursery School was re-constituted in 2015 and is now made up of;

 

                              2 Staff governors

                              5 Parent governors

                              1 LEA governor

                              4 Co-opted governors

 

The Clerk to the Governors is Barrie Anderson

The Chair of Governors is Teresa Walker

The Vice Chair of Governors is Tracey Head

 

There are four committees within the governing body. 

They are;     Finance committee

                    Personnel committee

                    Curriculum and monitoring (C&M) committee

                    Premises committee

 

The committees meet termly and full Governing Body meetings are also held on a termly basis.

 

Charging and remissions policy:

Government legislation states that schools are unable to insist that parents pay for trips etc. that take place in school time. Our governing body in common with all other schools sets out a charging policy (part of our Lettings & Charging policy) to avoid the school going into debt or parents subsidising each other. The school receives no money from the education authority to fund trips and therefore this cost has to be passed on to parents. We consider that educational visits are essential in bringing learning to life and hope that you support us over this. The school makes no profit with a trip. If a parent has a financial problem then the school may be able to help and the Head teacher should be approached directly. However if parents refuse to pay then inevitably the trip may be cancelled.

 

Contact

The Governing Body always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents.  Contact can be made via the school office or by using the contact form below. 

 

 

 

Outturn Document 2017 2018

Should you wish to contact our Governors, you may use the contact form below or alternatively contact them via the school office.

  • Head Teacher: Mrs J Smith
  • Office Manager: Mrs K Jones
  • Hertford Heath Primary School and Nursery,
  • Woodland Road, Hertford Heath,
  • Hertfordshire, SG13 7QW
01992 583622
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