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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.We have also provided an Annual Governance Statement at the end of this page. This details work we have undertaken as a Governing Body this year and our priorities for next year. 

The Governors at Gilbert Heathcote Nursery and Infant School have a wide background of experience gained in both Public and Private sectors, bringing together a range of skills within the Governing Body.
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Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Summary (SES). The SIP sets out a strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SES sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.


Our legal duties include:-

setting strategic direction, policies and objectives

approving the school budget

reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives

appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher


The Governing Body meets at least once every term. We also have committees or working groups to look at particular issues (Resource management, teaching and learning etc.).


There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Co-opted governors, the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.



Governor Type Resources Committee School Governance Reconstitution Sept 2015 Business or Pecuniary Interest Attendance at Meetings 2016-2017

Attendance at Meetings


Start Date End Date
Joanne Mappin  Staff Yes 1 Sep 11 - No 100% 100%
Tina Barnes*  Staff No 1 Sep 2015 31 Aug 2019 No 100% /
Andrew Crowther ,Vice Chair Authority Yes 19 Mar 14 18 Mar 18 No 72% 100%
Matthew Broughton , Chair  Co-opted Yes 1 Sep 15 31 Aug 19 No 72% 100%
Andrew Lawton Co-opted Yes 1 Sep 15 31 Aug 19 No 72% 34%
Lauren Kay Staff No


Sep 17

19 Sep


No / 100%
Fiona McDermott ** Parent No 10 Jul 14 9 Jul 18 No 60%


John Fisher  Parent No 22 Jan 16 21 Jan 20 No 100% 100%

Lisa Ryan

Parent No

18 Nov 16

17 Nov


No 80% 100%

Jane McInnes

Parent No

18 Jan


17 Jan


No 25% 50%
 * Resigned at the end of Six Years of Service 
** Resigned at the end of Two Years of Service