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The Governing Body

The governing body comprises appointed, elected and co-opted governors. Governors delegate responsibility for the day to day running of the school to the Head teacher, but they are responsible to:

  • ensure safeguarding procedures comply with statutory guidance and monitor the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff;
  • establish the aims and policies of the school;
  • support and monitor the review and development of the curriculum;
  • monitor standards of achievement and pupil progress;
  • provide support and challenge;
  • help decide the spending of the school’s budget and to monitor expenditure and financial procedures to ensure best value;
  • monitor the condition of the school premises;
  • appoint new staff.

Governors are responsible for the appointment of the Head Teacher and Deputy Head. They act as a link between school, parents, and the local community, promoting a strong partnership between them.  The governing body meets formally each term working closely with the Head Teacher and staff to stay well-informed about the school.  Regular committee meetings and link governor visits ensure governors receive up to date information on curriculum policy, progress on school development plans, standards, special educational needs, personnel and finance. The school premises are inspected with health and safety checks being regularly completed. As well as formal planned visits, governors also make informal visits to the school during the working day.  Governors are elected for a four-year period of office. Any parent or guardian of a child at Almond Hill may stand for election, details of which will be supplied by the Head Teacher.

Opportunity to Support the School

We have a great team of governors who work closely with staff to maintain high standards at our school and to shape future developments. We are currently looking to recruit new governors to bring new skills, interests and ideas to our team. You do not need any qualifications to be a governor, just an interest in education and the ability to give some of your time. If you think there is a possibility you would be interested, please come and talk to Mrs Fordham to find out more about the role without making any commitments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Our Governors
Term of Office
Diane Cawthorn   Associate 31/10/20 - 30/10/24
Emma Fordham Headteacher Staff 01/01/21
31/10/16 - 30/10/20 (in Deputy Head role)
Stephen Fuller  Co- Chair Co-opt 20/05/21 - 19/05/25
Deborah Furness   Co-opt 28/01/23 - 27/01/27
Claire Lanni Co-Chair Parent  19/10/20 - 18/10/24
Lisa Leonard    Co-opt 08/12/21 - 07/12/25
Heidi Nash Vice Chair Co-opt 03/07/22 - 02/07/26
Lydia Andrews   Co-opt 07/12/22 - 06/12/2
Kanwal Rizvi   Parent 19/09/23 - 18/09/27
Ian Panton   Parent 15/05/24 - 14/05/28

Instrument of Government

Staff Governors  2
Parent  2
Co-opt  7
Associates No limit if skills are needed by the governing body



Governors in post

Staff Governors  1
Parent  3
Co-opt  5
Associates 1



Vacancies: Co-opted and Parent Governors
Copies of full governing body minutes are available from the Almond Hill Junior School office.  Attendance at governing body meetings is minuted in these documents.

Governors are appointed following a meeting with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.  Recommendation is then made to the full governing body and a request for them to approve the appointment.

Governors Committees and Link Roles

Finance and Personnel Committee

  • Heidi Nash (chair)
  • Diane Cawthorn*
  • Debbie Furness
  • Lisa Leonard

*Associates do not have voting rights on committees to which they have been appointed. 

Link Governor Roles

Child Protection Stephen Fuller 
Safeguarding  Stephen Fuller 
Child Looked After Stephen Fuller 
Pupil Premium Claire Lanni
SEND Stephen Fuller (Shahnaz Birchall)
Premises and Health and Safety  Heidi Nash (Lee Browne)
Online Safety Lisa Leonard

Attendance at Governor's Meetings 

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings this academic year:

Date Meeting  Deborah Furness Diane Cawthorn Emma Fordham  Heidi Nash  Louise Barham  Claire Lanni Stephen Fuller  Lisa Leonard Lydia Andrews Kanwal Rizvi
19.09.23 FGB Y Y Y Y MAT Y Y Y Y Y
13.11.23 Safeguarding Y Y Y N N N Y N N N
14.12.23 FGB Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
06.02.24 Finance  N Y Y Y NA NA NA Y NA NA
26.02.24 Safeguarding Y Y Y NA NA NA Y NA NA NA
05.03.24 Finance  N Y Y Y NA NA NA Y NA NA
19.03.24 FGB Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
07.05.24 Finance  Y Y Y Y   N NA N N N
15.05.24 FGB Y Y Y N   Y N Y Y N


Additional Information 

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  • Governors who served in 2022/23

    Published 14/05/24

    Governors who served at Almond Hill in 2022/23

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  • Governor's Biographies

    Published 14/05/24

    Here you will find information about our governors.

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  • Governor's Declarations - 2023/24

    Published 14/05/24

    Relevant business and financial interests including governance roles in other educational institutions and any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).

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