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What is a Governing Body?

The governing board has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting the best development of children – academically, emotionally and socially. The three key areas of responsibility are:

  • Setting the school vision and strategy
  • Supporting and challenging the Headteacher – including setting their objectives and ensuring they are met
  • Overseeing the school finance

More specifically governors support the process of setting an improvement plan and then conduct visits and check data to ensure the school is delivering planned improvements. Schools are expected to be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and governors also ensure that the school maintains an accurate self-evaluation. This will include challenge based on pupil performance data (both attainment and progress) as well as other educational  evidence the governors obtain. Governors also monitor pupil wellbeing through attendance data, pupil surveys and visits. In a Church of England school such as Headlands, governors are responsible for ensuring the Christian Distinctiveness of the school is promoted and the ethos and values of the school are maintained.

Governors have no operational, day-to-day responsibility for the school. The Headteacher has responsibility for delivering every aspect of education and support to the pupils. Governors help set the vision, the Headteacher and school staff deliver it.

The Governing Board at Headlands CE (C) JIN School

Our Chair of Governors is Naomi Bell.

We have one sub-committee within our governing body: Finance and Resources Committee

This committee is responsible for finance, staffing and managing the school premises. The chair of this sub-committee is Naomi Bell.


Governing Body Members

NameElected byTerm of Office startTerm of office end 
Melusi SibandaEx-officio by virtue of role as Vicar of Christ Church, Liversedge21/09/202320/09/2027 

Annette Cockfield            

Parent appointed by Governing Body due to no election candidates




Laura Looker

Parent appointed by Governing Body due to no election candidates




Naomi Bell

Co-opted Governor



Donna HolmesAppointed by the Local Authority23/11/202320/11/2027 

Emma Green

Elected by school staff



Hannah Lord

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher



Jonathan O'DwyerAssociate Member - voting rights on the curriculum committee 21/09/202320/09/2027 
Samantha Ellam Co-opted Governor 25/01/2424/01/28 
Natasha CampbellCo-opted Governor14/03/2413/03/28 


Meet our Governors!













Register of Business Interests

Members of the Governing Body are asked to record any pecuniary interests held either personally or through a company or relative or partner. An ‘interest’ is a situation where a member of the governing body may be affected personally or financially, directly or indirectly, or in some other way by a decision made at a meeting where the governor is present.

Governors End of Term 

The table below indicates any governor who has served on the governing body in the last 12 months but is no longer in post. 



Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Date ceased

Appointed by

Hayley Clacy


4 years


Governing Body

Rachel McCardle


4 years


Governing Body

Steve Woodhouse


1 Term


Ex-officio by virtue as Head Teacher

Ashleigh Dunn




Ex-officio by virtue as Head Teacher

Laura Drummond


4 years


School staff

Mariam McFarlane


4 years


Governing Body

David Claughton


4 years


Governing Body