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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

Melusi SibandaEx-officio by virtue of role as Vicar of Christ Church, Liversedge 21/09/202320/09/2027

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 Authority 23/11/202320/11/2027

Emma Green

Elected by school staff




Hannah Lord

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher




Jonathan O'DwyerAssociate Member 21/09/202320/09/2027
Samantha Ellam Co-opted Governor  25/01/2424/01/28

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.