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Local Governing Body

Message from the Chair of EHPS Governors


Welcome to East Hunsbury Primary School. My name is Louise Whaites and I am the Chair of the Local Governing Body (LGB). But what exactly does a Local Governing Body actually do?  

The LGB is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The LGB carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving this vision. It does this by developing a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

The LGB is accountable to all of the school stakeholders including the pupils, staff, parents, NPAT and the local community. They work with the Headteacher to raise standards of achievement for all pupils at the school, to set the budget and to oversee the curriculum.

Some of the Local Governing Body's tasks include:

  • Supporting the Headteacher in strategic decision making
  • Considering, agreeing and monitoring the annual budget
  • Developing and agreeing school policies and procedures
  • Ensuring the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the national curriculum
  • Creating and monitoring a School Improvement Plan with the Senior Leadership Team in order to address school priorities in all areas of school life including achievement and attainment.

Louise Whaites
Chair of Governors

East Hunsbury Primary School is part of Northampton Primary Academy Trust. The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who delegate some of their functions for the school to the Local Governing Body (LGB).

For more information about governance in Northampton Primary Academy Trust, including the Scheme of Delegation that sets out what functions are delegated, the Local Governing Body Terms of Reference that gives more information about the work of the local governing body and the Governance Code of Conduct that all governors sign up to, please see the NPAT Governance Webpage.

Who the School’s Governors Are

The Local Governing Body is made up of:

  • The Headteacher
  • Parent Governors (elected by parents)
  • Staff Governors (elected by staff)
  • Co-opted Governors (appointed by the Trust)

More information about who the current governors are is available from the school’s page on Get Information About Schools.

Governor Monitoring

The Local Governing Body monitors in detail areas such as finance, health & safety, safeguarding, inclusion and the curriculum. They also ensure that legally required policies and documents are held and are available for staff, pupils, governors, parents and carers, and any visitors to school when and where relevant. The LGB receives a report from the Headteacher once a term which keeps them up to date with pupil’s academic achievements, staffing, attendance, special projects, school life in general and other legally required reports. They support and challenge the Headteacher and make crucial decisions about the school in meetings.

Governors triangulate information they receive about the school by visiting the school to undertake monitoring visits and to talk to pupils and staff. Governors with monitoring roles in a specific area meet with leaders responsible for that area in school and discuss plans and progress with them.

Contacting a School Governor

Should you wish to contact a Governor please telephone the school or email the Governance Professional to the LGB and your enquiry will be passed on to the relevant Governor.

The Chair of Governors is Louise Whaites. The Chair can be contacted via the school email address . The Chair can also be contacted in writing via the school office.

The Governance Professional to the LGB is Diane Atkinson. The Governance Professional can be contacted via her email address .

Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings

The Local Governing Body keeps track of all governors who attend or are absent from meetings. It is important for the development of the board that governor absence from meetings is kept to a minimum.

Business and Pecuniary Interests of Governors

Governors are not allowed to be involved in decision making relating to the purchases by the school of goods and services from themselves, their relatives or any organisation in which they or those close to them have significant interest.  A declaration of interest is updated annually by all governors to declare such interests. If interests change, this is updated.

At every governance meeting, governors declare as to whether they have any pecuniary interests related to the items on agenda.

Minutes of Local Governing Body meetings

To view a copy of the minutes of the LGB, please contact the Governance Professional to the LGB, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Becoming a School Governor

School governors do not have to be experts in education and almost everyone has something they can contribute. Training about the role of governors is provided. Parent governors are very valuable as they have experience of the school and they can help us to keep in touch with what parents are thinking. We are particularly looking for candidates that can bring specialist skills to the governing body, such as in Finance, IT, Law, Marketing or HR. We also strive to have a governing body that is representative of the pupils at our school and their parents/carers, so those from diverse backgrounds, with protected characteristics and people under the age of 40 are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor or would like to find out more, please email the Governance Professional to the LGB via the email address above.