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Meet the Governors

Highfurlong governors, in partnership with the Head Teacher, provide the overall strategic lead for the school. Our governing board includes in its membership parents, people from industry and other professionals. The full governing board meets once a term.  The Board has in place statutory committees, with sub-committees (Finance and Resources and Learning and Outcomes).  These committees meet at least once termly.

The governors at Highfurlong School work collaboratively with leaders in school. They are responsible for making sure the school continues to provide outstanding quality education for all pupils. Ensuring there is a relentless drive to raise educational standards in school is a key priority. This happens when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school’s future direction
  • selects the head teacher
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy
  • ensures the agreed curriculum is well taught 
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils

Highfurlong School governors take an active role in the life of the school.  All members have been elected to the board by quorate vote of the governing board, with the exception of staff governors, who are elected by school staff. 

Christine Russell

Chair of Governors (co-opted)
Progress and Outcomes
Work Related Learning, Careers and Enterprise
Safeguarding

Helen Brough

Co Vice Chair
(co-opted)
Building and Premises

Nicola Farrer

Co Vice Chair
(co-opted)
Chair of Finance and Resources Committee
Finance and Resources

Susan Strother

(Local Authority)
Chair of Learning and Outcomes Committee
Disadvantaged Pupils

Chantelle Altham

(staff representative)
CPD and Training

Chris Lamb

(co-opted)
Health and Safety
Wellbeing (staff and pupils)

Lara Little

(associate member)
Disadvantaged Pupils

Erica Smith

(LA co-opted)
Parental Engagement

Michelle Stewart

Parent Governor
Learning (curriculum)
Wellbeing (staff and pupils)

Gary Walker

Parent Governor
Finance and resources
Information Governance and ICT