School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.  Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.  Hitherfield has 15 full Governing Body members and 2 associate members drawn from the staff, parents and local community.  The full governing body meets four times a year.  In addition governors belong to one of two sub-committees who usually meet six times a year.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school 
  • To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher 
  • To ensure accountability  

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent 
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff  
  • Hearing appeals and grievances 
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline 
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe  
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies  

We have 2 governing body sub committees: 

  • Resources
  • Learning and Personal Development


Annual Statement


Name Position About
Christopher Ashley-Jones