Governors

The Governing Body has a strategic role in the management of the school and its responsibilities include:

  • Promoting high standards of achievement and ensuring accountability;
  • Setting the aims, values and ethos of the school;
  • Adopting and reviewing policies for achieving these aims and objectives;
  • Planning the school’s long-term future;
  • Setting and monitoring the budget to ensure best value for money
  • Appointing staff including the Headteacher.

 

There are four different categories of Governor at Huntington School:

Parent Governors (4) Being a Parent Governor

Parent Governors are elected by the parents of all students who are registered at the school.  When a vacancy occurs, parents are informed by a letter from the Headteacher and nominations are invited.

Staff Governors (2, including the Headteacher)

Being a Staff Governor

Staff Governors are elected by their fellow members of staff.  The Headteacher is also a Governor.

Local Authority Governor (1)

Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.  Anyone may submit an application to the City of York Council Governor Support & Development Service.

Co-opted Governors (13)

Co-opted Governors are chosen and appointed by the Governing Body in order to bring in additional experience and/or to develop links with the local community.

All Governors have the same responsibilities and an equal say on the Governing Body.

If you are considering standing for election as a Parent or Staff Governor, you can find out more about these roles by clicking on the links above.

 

The Current Governing Body:

Chair of Governors: Alison Bayliss

Vice Chair of Governors: Chris Hearn

Clerk to the Governors: Kate Barnes

Alison Bayliss, Parent Governor since 2012.

Role on Governing Body: Chair of Governors; Member of Teaching & Learning Committee; Member of Finance Committee; and Member of Student Performance Committee.
Link Governor for English & Media, Music, History and RPE.

Chris Hearn, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 1997.

Role on Governing Body: Vice Chair of Governors; Chair of Buildings & Grounds; Vice Chair of Staffing Committee; and Member of Student Performance Committee.
Link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages and Health & Safety.

Justin Abbott, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2017.

Role on Governing Body: Member of Teaching & Learning Committee; Member of Staffing Committee; and Link Governor for Science and Design & Technology.

Alison Fisher, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2016.

Role on Governing Body: Chair of Staffing Committee; and Member of Teaching & Learning Committee.

Link Governor for Geography and Sociology.

Alison Foots, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2011.

Role on Governing Body: Chair of Student Performance Committee; Member of Buildings & Grounds Committee; and Member of Teaching & Learning Committee.
Link Governor for Learning Support and Business & Enterprise Education.

Rachel Garbett, Staff Governor, Governor since 1997

Role on Governing Body: Vice Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee; and Member of Staffing Committee.

Andrew Hume, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2014.

Role on Governing Body: Member of Buildings & Grounds Committee; Member of Finance Committee; and Member of Pay Committee.
Link Governor for PE.

Nick James, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2017.

Role on Governing Body: TBC.

David Jenkins, Local Authority Governor, Governor since 2017.

Role on Governing Body: Member of Student Performance Committee; Member of Buildings & Grounds Committee; and Link Governor for High Starters.

Tim Lawrence, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2013.

Role on Governing Body: Member of Buildings & Grounds Committee, Member of Finance Committee; and Member of Pay Committee.
Link Governor for Mathematics.

Joanne Olsen, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2009. Chair of

Friends of Huntington School York

Role on Governing Body: Chair of Pay Committee; Vice Chair of Finance Committee, Vice Chair of Student Performance Committee; Member of Buildings & Grounds Committee; Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee; and Member of Staffing Committee.
Link Governor for PHSE and Child Protection.

Jeff Poole, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2008.

Role on Governing Body: Vice Chair of Buildings & Grounds Committee; Member of Staffing Committee; and Member of Finance Committee.

John Tomsett, Headteacher

Role on Governing Body: Member of Buildings & Grounds Committee, Student Performance Committee, Finance Committee, Teaching & Learning Committee and Staffing Committee.

Julie Watson, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2017.

Role on Governing Body: Member of Student Performance Committee and Member of Teaching & Learning Committee.

Sandra Wilkinson, Co-opted Governor, Governor since 2007.

Role on Governing Body: Member of Finance Committee; and Member of Staffing Committee.
Link Governor for Aspirations.

Tony Wills, Parent Governor, Governor since 2013.

Role on Governing Body: Chair of Finance Committee; and Member of Student Performance Committee.
Link Governor for Government & Politics.

 

What do Governors do?

If you are appointed or elected as a Governor, you will be invited to meet the Headteacher during the school day for a chat and a tour of the school.  The school and the Local Authority will send you a good deal of information which you will need to read in order to prepare you for your role.  You will also be invited to attend initial induction training offered by the Local Authority.  This normally takes approximately two hours and is offered during the day or in the evening. A more extended introduction to governance is also available and consists of four modules.

The main task for Governors is to attend meetings.  Meetings of the Full Governing Body normally take place six times per academic year.  These meetings are held between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.  Most Governors also sit on two Committees and each Committee meets once per term, between 5.00pm and 6.30pm.  The dates for Full Governing Body and Committee Meetings are set at the end of the summer term for the following academic year.

Governors should receive papers at least seven days before each meeting and it is necessary to read them in advance.

The Governing Body at Huntington School has five Committees.  They are:

Governors’ Finance Committee

Governors’ Student Performance Committee

Governors’ Teaching & Learning Committee

Governors’ Staffing Committee

Governors’ Buildings & Grounds Committee

If you want to find out more about each Committee’s responsibilities, just click on the links above.

All Governors (except Staff Governors) are linked to one or two subject areas.  This will require one or two visits per subject per academic year and the writing of a very brief report on your visit.  These visits usually take place during, or at the end of, the school day.

A Governor normally sits on recruitment interview panels. This will usually involve being in school from 12.20 until late afternoon. On some occasions, when we are recruiting for a new Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher, Governors may be required all day or for two days. Whilst it is hoped that all Governors will participate in these interview panels from time to time, it is understood that some Governors find it harder than others to visit the school during the day.

Governors are expected to adhere to the Huntington School Governor Code of Conduct.

What support and training do Governors receive?

In addition to the initial induction training offered by the Local Authority, Governors are able and encouraged to attend other training offered by the Authority throughout the year.  Individual Governors decide what is most appropriate for their needs.  Some training is face-to-face and some is available on line.  As and when necessary, some training will be delivered in school to all Governors, usually during meetings.

In their first year all new Governors have a mentor who will help them to settle in and answer any questions.

Dates of Governors’ Meetings: Meeting dates 2017-2018

Contacting the Governors:

If you wish to contact the Governors, please do so by contacting Mrs Kate Barnes, the Clerk to the Governors, at the school.  Tel: 01904 752137 or [email protected].

Useful links:

Governor Membership for Website – June 2017

Register of Business Interests for Website – 2016-2017

Attendance record 2015-2016.