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Local Governing Body

Headlands 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). The LGB provides focussed governance for the school at a local level and works alongside the school leadership team to provide support, challenge and strategic direction. It also monitors a range of the school’s activities. The LGB is responsible for:

  • Supporting, monitoring and challenging senior leaders in relation to its educational and financial performance
  • Agreeing the school improvement plan and monitoring progress
  • Monitoring the risks to the school
  • Ensuring statutory policies are in place and being adhered to
  • Having regard to the voices of the school’s stakeholders, especially of pupils, parents and staff.

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.

There are currently two vacancies on the local governing body; one for co-opted governor and one for a parent governor.

The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Jon Atkinson. He can be contacted via the governance professional or the school office.

governor 0001 01 Adam Eakins

"I am a semi-retired NHS manager, having been a local GP Practice Manager for over 12 years. Prior to that I worked for over 20 years in retail and commercial financial services. Outside work I have been Chair of the Northamptonshire Society for Autism, and was a School Governor at Caroline Chisholm School in Wootton during its build and opening years. All of my three children attended Headlands Primary at some point. Although my strength is Business and Finance, as a parent of a son with ASD I am interested in the continued success of Woodlands and disadvantaged children in particular."

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Darren Smith
Head Teacher
 Mr Kelly
 Staff Governor 
 Jenna Warren
 Staff Governor
 Matt Rodger
 Parent Governor
 Parent Governor
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Matthew Abraham

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 Karen Bailey
 Co-opted Governor
 Vice Chair
 Jill Ramshaw
 Co-opted Governor
 Matthew Abraham
 Co-opted Governor
 Melissa Malander
 Co-opted Governor  
 Co-opted Governor  
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 Diane Atkinson
 Clerk to LGB

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 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.




Our Address

Headlands Primary School
Bushland Road

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Tel - 01604 407098

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