Harpur Hill Primary School

Trent Avenue, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9LP

01298 23261

info@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk

The School Governors play an important role in supporting the Headteacher with various school management issues. The
full governing body meets once each term.

The three core functions of a governing body, as reflected in Ofsted’s inspection criteria are:

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met:

  • Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety: challenging and strengthening leadership: contributing to school self-evaluation.
     
      
  • Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards 

They are also responsible for specific actions such as approving the school budget and appointing the Headteacher. 

What do Governors do?

Liaise with Derbyshire County Council about the maintenance of school buildings, equipment and some aspects of finance.

Work closely with the school staff, receiving regular reports from the Headteacher.

Oversee what is taught in the school including the introduction of National Curriculum initiatives, approving policy statements and determining the school's financial affairs, health and safety, and the appointment of staff.

Visit the school and have links with staff, pupils, parents and the local community. 

Who are the Governors?

The governing body of this school allows for 12 governors: 3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 1 Headteacher, 1 staff governor and 6 co-opted governors. Our Instrument of Governance was reconstituted 11/11/2014.

Governors can be contacted through the school office: Tel: 01298 23261

Harpur Hill Primary School, Trent Avenue, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9LP

The Clerk is Pat Gyongyosipatgyongyosi@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk

The Chair of Governors is Mark Rushworthmarkr@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk 

Business Interests

Mark Rushworth: Works for Corporate Property at Derbyshire County Council

David Smith: Works at High Peak Borough Council 

Governor Roles

We have 2 main governors’ sub-committees:

• Management and Leadership (including Finance and Performance Management)

• Learning, Teaching and Assessment 

Management and Leadership (including Finance and Performance Management)

The Management and Leadership Committee, reviews how the resources of the school are managed. The committee reviews the school’s finance polices and school budget along with policies and matters relating to staffing and personnel, premises and health and safety.  

Chair: Ryan Gordine: ryangordine@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk

Other members: Mathew Lomas, Vicky Morten, Paul Wood, Mark Rushworth 

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee

The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee reviews the curriculum along with teaching and learning and curriculum-related policies. They monitor the quality of teaching and learning within the school, and assessment aspects of the school. It regularly reviews the School Improvement Plan and monitors the school’s selfevaluation summary and progress towards key areas identified by Ofsted or through the SIRR (School Improvement Review Record). This committee regularly analyses the performance of the school in terms of pupil progress and attainment. It also monitors the impact of the Pupil Premium.

Chair: Sylvia Bunting: sylviab@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk 

Other members: Lis Carver, David Smith, Mark Rushworth 

Named Governors

We also have named governors who have responsibility for key areas, such as Literacy, Numeracy, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Engagement, Provision of extra curricular activities etc. These governors have a specific area to monitor; they meet with key staff in school and engage in monitoring activities, such as analysing data or taking part in Learning Walks. 

Please click on the name links below to view our Governor profiles         

 Name

Date of appointment

Term of office expires

Category

Appointed by

Mark Rushworth

markr@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk

Chair-Governing body

11.11.2014

10.11.2018

Co-opted

Governor

Governing

Body

Sylvia Bunting

sylviab@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk 

Chair-Learning, Teaching & Assessment Committee

14.11.2015

13.11.2019

LA Governor

Derbyshire

County Council

Vice Chair-Governing body  

Vacancy

 

 

 

David Smith

20.10.2014

19.10.2018

Parent

Governor

Governing

Body

Paul Wood

11.11.2014

10.11.2018

Co-opted

Governor

Governing

Body

Vicky Morten

11.11.2014

10.11.2018

Co-opted

Governor

Governing

Body

Lis Carver

20.09.2016

20.09.2020

Staff Governor

Governing

Body

Victoria Giliker

N/A

N/A

Head Teacher

N/A

Mathew Lomas

08.2.2016

08.2.2020

Parent

Governor

Parents of school

Ryan Gordine

ryangordine@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk

Chair-Management & Leadership Committee

08.2.2016

08.2.2020

Parent

Governor

Parents of school

Caitlin Bisknell

21.02.2017 

20.02.2021 

Co-opted 

Governor

Governing

Body 

 

Governors who have resigned within the last year

Mrs Louise Davis                             Joined 11.11.2014                       Resigned October 2017

Mr Colin Boynton                            Joined 06.12.2016                       Resigned October 2017