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Parent Governor Vacancies

Highfields School currently has vacancies for two elected parent governors on the school’s governing board. If you would like to stand for election, please read the information sheet ‘Could you become a parent governor?’

In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and

• overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

There is an expectation that on election you will be willing to:

• undertake appropriate induction training;

• prepare for and attend all meetings regularly;

• undertake further training to develop your skills.

If you would like to receive an information pack on becoming a parent governor, please contact Jacqui Wheatcroft via email at

Nominations will need to be received in school by 12 noon on Friday 23 October. If there are more than two nominations, an election will be held and ballot papers will be circulated to all parents/carers to be returned within five school days of issue.

If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible to stand or vote in the election or about anything else contained within this letter, please contact Jacqui Wheatcroft.

The role of the Governors is to help the school provide the best possible education for students by:

• Setting the school’s values, vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources

• Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher to support and challenge them in managing the school

• Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.

The Governing Body can consist of a maximum of 16 Governors, split as follows, each with a term of office of four years:

• 4 Parent Governors

• 1 LA Governor

• 1 Staff Governor

• 1 Headteacher

• 9 Co-opted Governors

Most queries about the management of Highfields School and the progress of any individual child should be directed in the first instance to the school itself, but we or other Governors will be happy to answer any more general questions, particularly in relation to the role of the Governing Body. Letters directed to us should be sent to the Clerk to Governors at school for our attention.

Name Governor Type Start Date End Date Responsibility
Mr A Marsh Headteacher 1st September 2018
Miss A Ellson Co-Opted 17th January 2019 16th January 2023 Chair
Mr P Steeples Co-Opted 22nd September 2020 21st September 2024 Vice Chair
Mr R Atkinson Co-Opted 26th September 2019 25th September 2023
Mrs A Beesley Co-Opted 25th June 2020 24th June 2024
Mr E Coxhead Co-Opted 25th June 2020 24th June 2024
Miss L Dence Staff 14th March 2019 13th March 2023
Ms A Goodall Co-Opted 24th September 2020 23rd September 2024
Ms E Hill Co-Opted 24th September 2020 23rd September 2024
Mr D Holmes Parent 26th September 2019 25th September 2023
Mr D Matthews Parent 26th June 2018 25th June 2022
Mrs A O’Donoghue Co-Opted 6th February 2020 5th February 2024

Governor Link Areas


Link Area Link Governor Areas of Interest Key Policies
Finance / Resources / Personnel Mr D Holmes SFVS, budget, staffing updates, staff attendance Charging, Teachers Pay
Standards: Curriculum (intent, implementation, impact) Mr T Smith Teaching, learning, exaimnation results, curriculum, extra-curricular offer, pupil premium strategy Performance Management
Inclusion (SEND behaviour / attendance) Mr R Atkinson SEND funding, Children in Care SEND, Disability Equality, Accessibility Plan, Attendance, School Discipline & Behaviour
Safeguarding / Health & Safety / Wellbeing Mrs A O’Donoghue Early help offer, single central record, safeguarding training Admissions, Child Protection, Medicine, Collective Worship, Health & Safety
Leadership and Strategy Miss A Ellson Strategic planning, KPIs Complaints Procedure

Resignations during the last 12 months:

Mr T Smith – Co-Opted (25.06.2020)

Ms J Lane – Co-Opted (30.04.2020)

Mrs S Evans – Local Authority (21.01.2020)

Mrs J Birtwistle – Co-Opted (28.11.2019)


End of term of office during the last 12 months:

Miss J Rogers – Co-Opted (05.07.2020)

Mr N Newberry – Parent (05.07.2020)