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:



Meet the Heptonstall School Governing Body



Tim Machin, Chair of Governors

Tim Machin is a parent governor, elected in 2016. He has two children in the school, Elsie and Ira. Tim is an artist and curator and runs the art gallery at Sheffield Hallam University. He's lived in the Calder Valley for more than a decade and (when he has a minute) enjoys walking and pottering in the garden.   

Tim was appointed Vice Chair on 1st September 2018.


Jennie Clark Gourley, Vice Chair of Governors





Jennie is a parent governor, elected in July 2017 and serves as the Health & Safety Governor. Jennie has 3 children at the school and works in Financial Services.



Carley Stansfield


Carley Stansfield is the mother of Isobel who began her educational journey at Heptonstall J, I & N School in September 2015 and Finn who recently joined Class One.
Seeing how much her children thrived and loved their school inspired her to become a parent governor when the position became available.
She has been a professional photographer for over 10 years specialising in photographing children, her other passions include walking in the beautiful countryside surrounding Heptonstall, travel and editing.

Canon Rev. Peter Calvert

Sophia Bourne 




Judith Parish


Judith was brought up in Manchester but has lived in Heptonstall since 1982.  She has had a long association with the school.  Her children, and several of her grandchildren, have been pupils here and have benefited enormously from the family atmosphere and the support and encouragement of the staff.

She ran the village Post Office until 2000 and continues to work there occasionally and thus keep in touch with village life.

She is an active member of St Thomas' Parish Church and values the connections between church and school.


Helen Starmer

Helen is a family solicitor and her children had a happy time at Heptonstall school which gave them a grounding to go on to senior school and university. Helen was parent governor a long time ago when she had children at the school and Helen has been a community governor for the past 2 years and has particular responsibility for safeguarding.





Carol Blanch (LA Governor)

Carol is a proud Northumbrian brought up in a mining village with strong community values. None of its 3 pits survive. She went to a local grammar school, then onto Bristol University to take a degree in English and Drama.

That gained her entry to a production training course at Granada television in Manchester for would-be directors. She was obliged to practise every element within the industry - live television news and pop shows in studios, location documentaries and drama - everything from World in Action to Coronation Street - the latter being a bit of a baptism of fire for a new, young director. She went on to enjoy a lively and varied career, discovering the Pennines while scouting locations. Falling for its wild landscape, she dragged her cockney husband here to live in Colden. Their son, Davy, was born here, started his schooling at Heptonstall School, some 30 years ago, and is a proud Yorkshireman despite his hybrid parentage.

She also shot locally, a couple of series of How We Used to Live with the 'help' of her son and his classmates as 'extras'. Some children at the school today, if they looked hard, might still recognise their parents looking uncomfortable but cute in starched Victorian frocks and sailor suits!

Carol was a parent governor at Heptonstall School then and is delighted to serve again, as a co-opted governor while finding the school still espouses the values that it enjoyed when her son was there - a small community hilltop school with big ambition in the highly imaginative education it offers, alongside the welcome and security of an extended family.


The Headteacher is also a member of the Governing Body as are two other members of staff, currently Megan Dodd and Polly Williams.


Governor Vacancies

There are currently no Governor vacancies


Governing Body Details and Register of Interests

Coming soon