“Aiming high; learning together; living together”


Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the Governing Body is the key to school effectiveness. Ofsted, the national inspection body for schools, has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, including by the Governing Body.

Strategic Leadership

School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They appoint the Head teacher and it is Governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, working with the Head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual Governor is a member of a Governing Body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body and decisions have joint responsibility.

The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one with three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils (and supporting)
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Safeguarding and Child Protraction


The full Governing Body at Hemington Primary School meets ten per times a year and operates within a Scheme of Delegation making clear the way in which decision making authority lies within the various individuals and teams.

The Terms of Reference under which the Governing Body operates are agreed by the full Governing Body.

Full details of Governor Meeting Attendance are available for inspection.

Who are the Governors?

There are a number of different types of Governors serving at Hemington Primary School;

  • Staff : Employed as a member of staff by the school
  • Parent: Elected by ballot of all school pupil’s parents
  • Co-Opted: Appointed by the Governing Body on the basis of specific required skills
  • Local Education Authority (LEA): Appointed by the Local Authority

Full Governor Details including Terms of Office, Pecuniary Interests, governance roles in other schools and material interests are available for inspection.

All Governors at Hemington Primary School undertake to operate within the National Governors Association Code of Conduct.

Governor Details and Tenure
Term Ends
Melvyn Booley
September 2019
3 Years
September 2022
Mary Kate Batterbee
Vice Chair
October 2015
6 Years
October 2022
Craig Witton
November 2018
4 Years
November 2022
Lucy Timbrell
September 2014
8 Years
September 2026
Eimear Davis
June 2021