Heptonstall School Governors

Our Governing Body consists of 12 members whose purpose is to help provide the best possible education for pupils at our school. Their main function is to raise standards, monitoring progress against the targets they set.

What does a school governor do?

The Governing Body meets regularly and works with the Headteacher and the staff to decide the school's aims and policies and to oversee the efficient running of the school.

The governors work in partnership with the school and the Local Authority and have particular responsibility for:
  • Setting aims and planning for the future of the school
  • Agreeing targets to raise standards of achievement
  • Ensuring the curriculum for the school promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils
  • Managing the school budget by providing the Headteacher with guidance, setting priorities and budget monitoring
  • Staffing issues including appointing the Headteacher and other staff and determining salaries
  • Deciding the school's policies on issues including admission and the length of the school day
  • Making sure all pupils have equal opportunities within the school and providing for pupils with special educational needs
  • Ensuring there is a high standard of maintenance of the school's premises
  • Dealing with complaints about the school

Who can be a school governor?

Governors are usually appointed for 4 years.

Some governors represent the Local Authority, some are parents of children at the school elected by other parents. Other governors, known as Co-opted Governors, are people from different walks of life who may have business or other skills. Often just by asking straightforward critical questions of the school on behalf of the community they can have as valuable an influence as the education professionals with whom they work.


Contact the school governors

You can contact members of the Governing Body by email:



Our Governors

Name Appointment Date Appointed Responsible for Registered Interests September 2020
Tim Machin

Chair of Governors

Elected by Parents

Jenny Clark Gourley


Elected by Parents

04/09/2019 Health & Safety
Carol Blanch

Nominated by LA, appointed by GB

Judith Parrish Community 01/09/2018
Rev.Peter Calvert Community 01/09/2018
Rev. Karen Marshall Appointed by GB/board 01/09/2019
Carley Stansfield Elected by Parents 13/02/2018
Helen Starmer Appointed by GB/board 01/07/2016 Safeguarding
Sophia Bourne Appointed by GB/board 01/09/2019
David Perrin Ex-Officio by virture of office as Headteacher 05/09/2009
Polly Williams Elected by School Staff 01/11/2016
Megan Dodd Elected by School Staff 01/07/2015



Governor Vacancies

There are currently no Governor vacancies