Governors (Sep 2018)

The governing board comprises 12 members:

3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 1 Headteacher, 1 staff governor and 6 co-opted governors. Our Instrument of Governance was reconstituted on 11th November 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

The Chair of Governors is Mark 

What do Governors do?

The School Governors play an important role in supporting the Headteacher to effectively lead and manage the school. The full governing board meets once each term.

The three core functions of a governing board are:

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

  • Holding the headteacher 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.

Our Governors liaise with Derbyshire County Council about the maintenance of school buildings, equipment and aspects of finance.  They oversee what is taught in the school including the introduction of National Curriculum initiatives and their effectiveness. They approve policy statements and determine the school's financial affairs as well as overseeing health and safety, and the appointment of staff.  They work closely with the school staff, receiving regular reports from the Headteacher.

Governors regularly visit the school and have links with staff, pupils, parents and the local community. 


Governors' year plan 2018 - 2019 

Governors' year plan 2019 - 2020


Business and Financial Interests

Mark Rushworth: Works for Corporate Property at Derbyshire County Council and a family member works at Harpur Hill Primary and Nursery School

David Smith: Works at High Peak Borough Council and a family member works at Harpur Hill Primary and Nursery School

Vicky Morrell: Works for internal audit at Derbyshire County Council

Caitlin Bisknell: Works for MP Ruth George and is Chair of Governors at Fairfield Primary School

Matthew Lomas: Works for Buxton Community School.

Ryan Gordine: Works for the NHS and  family member volunteers for the school.


Governor Committees

We have 2 main governors’ sub-committees:

  • Leadership and Management (including Finance and Performance Management)
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment 

These committees meet regularly each term and are in addition to the main meetings where all Governors are expected to attend.

Leadership and Management (including Finance and Performance Management)

The Leadership and Management 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: 

Members: Ryan Gordine, Mathew Lomas,  Paul Wood, Mark Rushworth, Vicky Morrell 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment 

The Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee reviews the curriculum along with teaching and learning and curriculum-related policies. They help school leaders to monitor the quality of teaching, learning and assessment aspects of the school. It reviews the school improvement plan and monitors the school’s self evaluation summary as well as progress towards key areas identified by Ofsted. 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 grant.

Chair: David Smith:

Members: David Smith, Sylvia Bunting, Lis Carver, Anne Rogerson, Mark Rushworth  

Named Governors

We have named governors who have responsibility for key areas such as safeguarding, health and safety, SEND and subject areas such as English and  mathematics  etc. 


Governor Profiles

Role Abbreviations: TLA: Teaching, learning and assessment,    LMF: Leadership, management and finance


Term of Office



Appointed by

Mark Rushworth

10/11/2018 to 10/11/2022

Chair of Governing Body

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

Sylvia Bunting

14/11/2015 to


TLA Committee

LA Governor

County Council

David Smith

19/10/2018 to 18/10/2022

Vice Chair Main

Chair TLA Committee

 Co-opted Governor 

Governing Body

Lis Carver

06/05/2016 to 


TLA Committee 

 Staff Governor 

Governing Body

Victoria Giliker



 Head Teacher 


Mathew Lomas

08/02/2016 to 


LMF Committee

 Parent Governor 

Parents of school

Ryan Gordine

08/02/2016 to


Vice Chair Main

Chair LMF Committee

Parent Governor

Parents of school

Caitlin Bisknell

21/02/2017  to


TLA Committee 


Co-opted Governor


Governing Body 

Vicky Morrell

14/11/2017 to


LMF Committee


Co-opted Governor


Governing Body


Anne Rogerson


25/09/2018 to 25/09/2022 

 TLA Committee

Co-opted Governor 

 Governing Body


Gary Wentworth


26/11/2018 to 25/11/2022


 Parent Governor

 Parents of school




Co-opted Governor

Governing Body


Governor Roles in Other Schools

The following governors are also represented on the governing body in other schools:

Caitlin Bisknell is a Governor at Fairfield Endowed CE Junior School 


Resignations in last 12 months:

Miss Vicky Morten Joined November 2014 Resigned July 2018
Mr Paul Wood Joined November 2014 Resigned November 2018



Governor Meetings Attendance Record 2017-18

19-09-17 01-11-17 05-12-17 13-02-18 10-04-18 08-05-18 22-05-18 17-07-18
CB 0 / / / 0 / / 0
DS / / / / / / 0 /
LC / / 0 / / 0 / /
MR / / / / / / / /
PW / 0 0 0 / / 0 0
RG / 0 / / / 0 / /
SB 0 0 / / 0 / / /
VM / / / / / 0 / 0
VML - / / / / / 0 /
ML / / / / / / / /
AN - - / / / / 0 /


Key: / Attended, 0 Absent (apologies sent), 0 Absent