Hatfield Peverel Infant School

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Governing Board 

Co-Opted Governors:

Local Authority Governors:

Ellie Wilkinson .

Chris Smith

Helen English 

Lesley Henderson


Mary Gurr

John Guy (Chair of Governors)

Parent Governors:

William Guy

Mark Elliott

Joanne Fraser (Chair of curriculum committee)

Staff Governor:

Mrs Kerry McGaughey

Chris Smith registerd an interest on his declaration of business interest form. All other governors declared no pecuniary interests.

We work in partnership with Mrs Gurr and the school staff. Working together we strive towards our vision:

'A welcoming, stimulating and happy environment that enables all pupils to attain high levels of achievement whilst catering for individual needs'

We have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school  e.g. deciding the school's priorities, compiling the development plan and agreeing how the budget is spent
  • To act as a 'critical friend' to the headteacher e.g. setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies, celebrating successes, balancing challenge with support
  • To ensure accountability e.g. publishing a prospectus, school profile and conducting the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement

We do not become involved in the day to day management of the school - that is the role of the headteacher, Mrs Gurr. When OFSTED assesses the overall leadership and management of the school the performance and involvement of the Governors is taken into account and does have an impact of the overall grading of the school. Governors are expected to have a good understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses, understand the school's pupil assessment data and be comfortable that the quality of teaching is monitored effectively within the school.

We try and keep you updated in what we are doing in various ways:

  1. We issue Governor Updates via the school newsletter
  2. We issue questionnaires annually to gather evidence and share the outcomes with parents and staff.
  3. We attend school Open Evenings, Open Days and the New Intake Induction Meeting to answer any questions raised


We are always keen to hear the views of children, parents, prospective parents and members within the local community and take these views into consideration in our work. We listen to children's views through the school council and also through our frequent visits to the school; we talk to parents and prospective parents at Open Evenings and Parents' Evenings as well as on an as-needed basis; and we all act as ambassadors for the school within the local community – listening to the views of others, explaining the school’s position, and bringing back feedback where necessary.

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