Value Who We Are and Who We Can Become

The Governors are a small group of volunteers who are enthusiastic to see the continued progress of The Hendreds CofE School and in ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for the children and staff in our school.  

The governors are inquisitive and offer strategic guidance to the school leadership, through ongoing discussion.  They are always looking for new recruits! If this is something you are interested in, please speak to our Chair of Governors (email chairofgovernors@hendreds.oxon.sch.uk) for a no obligation chat about the role.  

The role of Governors is not about the operational aspects of running the school, instead our governors are established to ensure the good governance of the academy: ensuring statutory duties are met, setting a standard of excellence and focusing on improving teaching and learning outcomes for pupils. This is done through: 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction 
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff 
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent 

The Governors are supported in their work by a qualified Clerk, currently Keith Bossom, who can be emailed at: clerk@hendreds.oxon.sch.uk   

Structure and remit of LGB 

The Hendreds CofE School is an academy maintained by the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST). The Trust is responsible for the school but they delegate considerable autonomy to its Local Governing Bodies (LGBs), who are, effectively, committees of the Board of Trustees – one for every school in the Trust.  

The delegated powers of the LGB are defined in the Scheme of Delegation. As Hendreds was previously a VA Church of England School, the majority of the governors are reserved for being “Foundation Governors”, which means they are appointed by the Diocese having been approved by the Board of Trustees. Governors appointed this way need to be endorsed by the local church, and will need to commit to upholding the Christian principles of the school. 

The LGB is intended to have 12 members: 7 of which are reserved for Foundation Governors, 1 Community Governor, 1 Staff Governor, 2 Parent Governors and the Headteacher, however co-opted governors can also be adopted by the LGB.  

The LGB meets monthly, during term time, with part of the meetings designated for Finance Committee matters in October, February, April and June.  

 

Membership, attendance and pecuniary interests 

Chair of Governors  Susie Morrissey chairofgovernors@hendreds.oxon.sch.uk  
Vice Chair of Governors  Jenni Dimbylow 

 

Type of Governor Name
Foundation Chris Wheaton

Gillian Jones  

Kathryn Dawson  

Susie Morrissey 

William Luttrell-Hunt

Vacancy

Vacancy

Parent Governors Darren Hopgood  

Jenni Dimbylow 

Community Governor Nicholas Graham
Headteacher  Lisa Rees 
Staff Governor Karen Jones
Co-opted Governors* Jamie Barton 

Louise Feltham

 

*Co-opted governors serve for two years and count towards the quoracy of a meeting. Co-opted governors are able to vote on items where there is an overall majority of foundation governors present. 

Find out more about our governors here, their declared interests and attendance history. 

 

Lead Governors 

To provide resilience and depth to monitoring, each Governor has a lead responsibility as well as a deputy responsibility for an aspect of the work of the Governing Body. The leads are: 

Role  Lead Governor  Deputy 
Safeguarding  Jamie Barton  Gillian Jones 
Premises  William Luttrell-Hunt  Jamie Barton 
Finance and Staffing  Darren Hopgood  William Luttrell-Hunt 
Progress  and attainment  Chris Wheaton  Susie Morrissey 
Inclusion (Pupil Premium & SEND)  Louise Feltham  Kathryn Dawson 
SIAMS** / RE  Nicholas Graham  TBC 
Training  Gillian Jones  Jenni Dimbylow 
Admissions  Susie Morrissey  Chris Wheaton 
Whistleblowing  Susie Morrissey
Jenni Dimbylow

 

Lead Governors have a terms of reference clarifying their roles and responsibilities. Governors are also encouraged to participate in regular visits to school to monitor prioritised aspects of the curriculum in line with the school’s development plan. 

** SIAMS = Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

 

Feedback and complaints 

The staff and governors of The Hendreds C of E Primary School welcome feedback and make every effort to address any concerns raised at an early stage. The school operates an open-door policy and encourages parents to discuss any concerns with class teachers, or an appropriate member of the school staff at the earliest opportunity.   

There is a formal complaints policy that outlines the process should a parent or third party feel the need to make a formal complaint. Governors are usually the point of escalation if the school is not able to resolve a complaint, unless the issue relates to the Headteacher, in which case please address your concern to the Chair of Governors (email:  chairofgovernors@hendreds.oxon.sch.uk) 

Safeguarding concerns should always be addressed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – who, at The Hendreds, is the Headteacher.