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All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a "critical friend": to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Principal and staff. Whilst the Principal is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

A typical example of student artwork at Hockley Heath

A typical example of student artwork at Hockley Heath

Governor Roles
Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community. The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement.

  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates.

  • Management of the academy's budget.

  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based.

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of informal sub committee-meetings dealing with more specific issues. A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific issues such as safe-guarding.

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management. We are here to ask questions, which are probing but hopefully not too confrontational, and to work with the Principal and staff. Governors should not be involved in the day to day running of the school, (or try to), and should respect the professionalism of the Principal and staff.

A close partnerhip
We believe that the school itself fits in with the old adage that ‘small is beautiful’. Hockley Heath draws a unique strength from its size, fostering a close knit family atmosphere where staff, pupils, parents and governors work together to ensure that all our pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. The Governing Body is rightly proud of the achievements of the school, not only in terms of high academic results, but also in the solid foundations it provides in preparing all our pupils for the remainder of their formative education.

The Governing Body can be contacted via Miss N Hawkins (Business Manager).



Link Role

Gary Campbell – Chair of Governors

Pupil Premium, Safeguarding and SEND

Claire Bond – Vice Chair of Governors

Attendance and Early Years Foundation Stage

Catherine Ridout – Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee

Assessment, Curriculum – General and Curriculum - Maths

Robert Keates – Chair of Resources Committee

Curriculum – English, Online Safety and PE and Sports Premium

Racheal Dinn-Carlton


John Ward

British Values and PTA

Richard Whitehead

Premises and Health and Safety

Roulla Gabriel


Louise Porter

Teaching Staff Governor

Jill Waters

Non Teaching Staff Governor