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Welcome from Huntingtree Primary School Governors


Welcome to Huntingtree Primary School!

Thank you for choosing to visit our website to find out about the work that our governors do in support of our wonderful school. At Huntingtree, we believe that children learn and flourish when they feel safe and happy to come to school. We therefore work hard to develop the personal and social skills of our children, rooted in mutual respect and high expectations. We aim to offer the highest possible academic standards, supporting the expectation that all pupils are encouraged to do their very best.


Our governors come from a wide range of backgrounds. We have staff and parent governors who have direct links to the school, a governor appointed by the Local Authority, and governors who have been co-opted to serve on the governing body in view of the particular skills they offer. The diversity of skills, experience and expertise we possess as a team enables us to challenge, support and complement the work of the school. The governing body meet as often as required, meeting once each term as a minimum. 

The work of the Governing Body

We have termly meetings in place with governors carrying out delegated monitoring and evaluation between meetings aligned to a scheduled programme of work. In addition, we also have statutory committees in place for the purposes of school improvement, resources, performance management, pay, appeals, disciplinary and dismissal matters. Governors have specific responsibilities attached to their roles and visit the school on a regular basis to meet with staff and pupils.


Whole School Community – Our Role

As a governing body, we believe that our parents, carers, pupils, staff, governors and members of the wider local community all have an equally important part to play in the success of our school. Your views are important to us, and we are always pleased to hear your suggestions as to how we can improve. If you would like to pass on a suggestion for school improvement, or if you are interested in becoming a school governor, I can be contacted via the school office for further information.

Governing Body Structure

The governors are a team of people, drawn from the local community who are responsible for ensuring that the school provides the best quality education that we can for the children.

Following due consideration and full discussion by the Governing Body at the FGB meeting in September 2014, it was decided to reconstitute the governors to the following:

  • 4 Parent Governors
  • 1 LA Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Headteacher Governor
  • 5 Community Governors
  • 12 in total

From the above, the Chairperson is elected by all the governors on an annual basis.

All parents at the school are eligible to vote and elect parent governors. Governors hold office for four years. You will be notified when elections are due. If you are interested in being involved in this capacity please ask for more information or speak to one of the governors who will be happy to tell you about their work. Minutes of the Governing Body Meetings are available on request from the school office.


Governor Name

Type of Governor

Date of appointment

Term of office end date

Chair /Vice Chair

Committee member

Area of responsibility

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Full voting rights

Helen Griffiths Local Authority 16/1/2019 15/1/2023 No School Improvement Committee and Pay Committee Teaching & Learning and Outcomes Related to Paul Griffiths (Head of Service) Dudley MBC Yes
Ian Collier-Dart Co-opted  12/7/2018 11/7/2022 No Resource Committee Early Years Early Years Consultant, service provider Yes
Peter Lopeman Co-opted 12/7/2018 11/7/2022 No School Improvement Committee SEN and Looked After Children None Yes
Ibtisam Kassim Co-opted 12/7/2018 11/7/2022

1. Vice Chair of Governing Body

2. Chair of Resource Committee

Resources Committee and Head Teacher's Appraisal Training Trustee at Halesowen Cultural Centre and Governor at Caslon Primary School Yes
Stuart Steele Parent 22/6/2018 21/6/2022 No Resources Committee and Head Teacher's Appraisal Child Protection and Safeguarding None Yes
VACANCY Parent TBC TBC No School Improvement Committee and Pay Committee Vulnerable groups None Yes
Kester Roper Parent 1/4/2021 30/3/2025

1. Chair of Governing Body

2. Chair of School Improvement Committee

School Improvement Committee, Pay Committee and Head Teacher's Appraisal Literacy and Maths None Yes
Emma Jennings Staff 8/3/2021 7/3/2025 No School Improvement Committee N/A None Yes
James Harrold Head Teacher 1/9/2016 31/8/2020 No Attends and presents at all governors and committee meetings N/A Wife is employed by First for Education Supply Agency Yes
Ian Lloyd (Deputy Head Teacher) Observer 10/3/2017 9/3/2021 No Invited to attend all governor and committee meetings N/A None No
Robert Hickman (Assistant Head Teacher) Observer 10/3/2017 9/3/2021 No Invited to attend all governor and committee meetings N/A None No
Jenny Lee (School Business Manager) Observer 10/3/2017 9/3/2021 No Invited to attend all governor and committee meetings N/A Brother is employed by Dudley MBC, HR First No


Governors that have left within the past 12 months:


Governor Name

Type of Governor

Date of appointment

Leaving date

Chair /Vice Chair

Committee member

Area of responsibility

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Full voting rights

Jo McGrath Parent 31/3/2017 30/3/2021 No School Improvement Committee   None Yes



Governors attendance


Full Governing Body Meetings:


Governors name 13/9/2018 16/1/2019 22/5/2019 19/9/2019   29/1/2020 23/9/2020 10/2/2021    
Mr J Harrold
Mr C Partridge Apologies Apologies
Mr D Evans
Mr K Roper Apologies
Mrs J McGrath
Mr S Steele
Mr I Collier-Dart
Mr P Lopeman Apologies
Mrs I Kassim Apologies Apologies
Mrs Helen Griffiths (Observer) Apologies


School Improvement Meetings:


Name   21.11.2018 13.3.2019 10.7.2019 13.11.2019 4.3.2020 18.12.2020  
Mr J Harrold  
Mr K Roper  
Mr D Evans  
Mrs H Griffiths   Apologies Apologies
Mrs J McGrath  
Mr P Lopeman    


Resources Meetings:


Name 20.11.2018 23.4.2018 24.10.2018 20.3.2019 10.12.2019 16.11.2020  
Mr J Flanagan          
Mr J Harrold
Mr C Partridge      
Mrs J McGrath          
Mr K Roper          
Mrs J Nisbet Apologies          
Mr I Collier-Dart    
Mrs I Kassem     Apologies
Mr S Steele     Apologies


Annual Governance Statement for Huntingtree Primary School

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of our Governing Body are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction;

2. Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and for the performance management of staff;

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term, we also have two committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail and three committees to carry out statutory functions.  These committees are:


  • School Improvement Committee

  • Finance and Premises / Resources Committee

  • Pay Committee

  • Performance Management Committee

  • Appeals Committee.


The work that we have completed in our committees during the past year includes:

· Annual review of the work of the Governing body carried out

· School budget monitoring

· Pupil Premium /Sports Premium monitoring and evaluation

· Health and Safety issues and building works monitored

· Scheduled policies and procedures updated and reviewed

· Staff recruitment and staff allocation monitoring

· New Curriculum implementation and assessments monitored to ensure pupils develop their learning

· Data analysed to ensure that pupils make good progress from their starting points

· Attendance monitored and tracked

· Parent events attended



Register of Business Interests - Annual Report (Overview of financial year 2017/2018)