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Hayfield Lane Governing Body, Information and Duties

Governors of Hayfield Lane Primary



Hayfield Lane is supported by its board of Governors which under the terms of the 1998 Education Act is responsible for the curriculum and welfare of pupils, the school’s budget, staff appointments and the care of the buildings.


Structure of our Governing Body

There is one full Governing Body meeting each term at which issues are discussed and decisions made. The Governing Body is then split into two sub-committees: a Strategic Development Committee chaired by Kath Lister; and a Finance and Personnel Committee chaired by Rob Jenkinson. Each committee meets at least once a term. It has been decided that all Governors will attend all committee meetings to prepare for succession planning. Where necessary, the Governors are split into two smaller groups where it may be necessary for the decisions made to progress to an appeals panel.


The Governing Body of Hayfield Lane consists of:


  • Headteacher

  • Two parent Governors (appointed by parents)

  • One Local Authority Governor (appointed by the Local Authority)

  • One staff Governor (appointed by the school staff)

  • Four co-opted Governors (appointed by the Full Governing Body)


Chair of Governors

Kath Lister. Can be contacted through the school office.



Louise Tempest. Remains on the Governing Body as Headteacher.


Parent Governors

Rob Jenkinson – term of office 2 May 2019 to 1 May 2023

Jodi Kendall – term of office 24 May 2021 to 23rd May 2025


Local Authority Governor

Kath Lister – term of office 2 July 2020 to 1 July 2024


Staff Governor

Andrea Law – term of office 24 November 2019 to 23 November 2023


Co-opted Governors

James Clark-Allan – term of office 11 February 2019 to 10 February 2023 (re-appointed to 10 February 2027 at Full Board Meeting 31 October 2022).

Alastair Gooderham – term of office 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2023

Sharon Toothill – term of office 10 November 2020 to 9 November 2024

Brendan Pell-Culshaw - term of office 10 February 2020 to 9 February 2024




Governors who have resigned/term of office has ended during the last 12 months




Governing Body Full Board Attendance 2020 - 21

 Autumn Term Meeting 12th October 2020 – All governors present except Sharon Toothill (apologies)


Spring Term Meeting 8th February 2021 – All governors present


Budget Meeting 13th April 2021 – All governors present except James Clark-Allan (apologies)


Summer Term Meeting 12th July 2021 – All governors present except Sharon Toothill (apologies)



Governing Body Full Board Attendance 2021 - 22

Autumn Term Meeting 15th November 2021 – All governors present except Sharon Toothill (apologies)


Spring Term Meeting 14th March 2022 – All governors present except James Clark-Allan (apologies)


Budget Meeting 25th April 2022 – All governors present except Brendan Pell-Culshaw (apologies)


Summer Term Meeting 4th July 2022 - All governors present except Robert Jenkinson and Sharon Toothill (apologies)



Register of Interests

From 1 September 2015, Governing Bodies of maintained schools have a duty to publish their register of interests. This register is required to include the following details:


Any business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:

  • Governance roles in other educational establishments
  • Any material interests arising from the relationships between Governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

    Please see below details of any interests declared by our current Governing Body for the academic year 2021-2022.


Name of Governor

Interest Declared

Louise Tempest


Kath Lister


  James Clark-Allan


Alastair Gooderham

Pastor of Grace Church – hire the school hall each Sunday.

Son is also employed by Metro Clean as a relief cleaner and the school as a relief Midday Supervisor.

  Rob Jenkinson 

 Governor at St Hugh's in Scunthorpe

  Jodi Kendall


Andrea Law


Brendan Pell-Culshaw


Sharon Toothill



Minutes of Governor's meetings are available on request from the school office. Please contact Mrs Harkin, School Business Manager on 01302 770427 or



Our governors have 3 core functions:


1) Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school


2)Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff


3)Overseeing financial performance of the organisation and making sure that money is well spent.



To ensure that the above occurs, they attend the following meetings each term:


  • FULL BOARD with Strategic Development
  • Finance, Pupils and Personnel


The governors then visit the school to monitor effective spending by seeing the impact on the children. They talk to pupils and get to find out if the vision for the school is being realised.  The governors do this via their GOVERNOR RESEARCH GROUPS, where they work in teams  to examine their core functions in the following categories:


  • Maths
  • English
  • Curriculum
  • Mental wellbeing and SEND provision.


They have termly training sessions where they examine educational research and use quality assurance materials to plot their lines of enquiry to hold school leaders to account.


In addition to this, they employ external consultants to monitor safeguarding and GDPR (data protection) within the school.


A governor representative is always available during one of the PARENTS EVENINGs each term so that parents are able to meet with them or discuss matters. 

Committee Terms of Reference

Committee Structure and Specific Responsibilities