Governing Body

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

My Name is Ian. I am a Chartered Engineer with a passion for supporting the local community. I am proud to be elected as Chair of Governor for Heanor Gate. My own children all have or are still in attendance at HGSC.

I have a desire to ensure the school continuously improves and is an enjoyable place to teach, learn and work. I have a passion for education and the progress of young people in the area. I believe in the potential of allowing all pupils to succeed and maximise their learning potential. I have a desire to ensure that the HGSC School is a safe place for all in the local community; that the school continuously improves. I want to help ensure that we establish an outstanding school that my own children attend, but more importantly for my grandchildren and generations in the area to come.


Who are our Governors?

Each Governor has a set of different skills, expertise and experience. We will be developing our Governor profiles on an on-going basis.

Name Roles
Mr Stephen Huntington Executive Principal
Mr Ian Miller Chair & Parent Governor (appointed 1 January 2017)
Mr Dean Watson Vice Chair & Parent Governor (appointed 1 January 2019)
Mr Wayne Judson Community Governor (appointed 1 September 2013)
Miss Rebecca Baker Staff Governor (appointed 1 October 2016)
Miss Gemma Kidd Staff Governor (appointed 1 December 2019)
Mr Richard Havill Community Governor (appointed 1 January 2019)


For details about our Chair of Governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governors in the first instance.

Meeting Dates

Governor’s Meeting 15th September 2020 5pm
Governor Day 4th November 2020 9am
Governor’s Meeting 17th November 2020 5pm
Governor’s Meeting 26th January 2021 5pm
Governor Day 3rd March 2021 9am
Governor’s Meeting 20th April 2021 5pm
Governor Day 24th June 2021 9am

What do we actually do?

During each academic year, Governors will conduct monitoring visits to see how the overall performance of the school is doing. During these visits, Governors get the chance to speak to staff and students and see the school in action. Our Governors are invited to attend a range of school events and productions such as awards events, end of year productions, celebratory events etc.

The core functions of a Governing Body are:

The Handbook was last updated in January 2017 (click here to download).

The DfE also launched in January 2017: ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’. This document outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance.

In addition, we:

  • Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • Appoint and conduct the performance management of the Principal.
  • Agree the school’s improvement strategy, which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures.
  • Monitor and evaluate the work fo the school by reviewing the performance of the Principal, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.
  • Sign off the self-evaluation process and respond to Ofsted reports as necessary.

Chairs Development

Our Chair meets with other Chairs in The Spencer Academies Trust and provides a feedback report to the Directors of the Trust on the work of the Local Governing Body (LGB), including celebrations and challenges. This network provides the opportunity to find out what’s new and what the expectations are on Governors going forward – both from the Trust, Government and Ofsted. The Chair has also undergone the Leadership Development Programme for Chairs. This also provides an opportunity for our Chair to network, learn and share with others across the region.

Governor Training

The following training has been undertaken by one or more Governors:

  • Safeguarding / FGM / Prevent / Safer recruitment
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – to keep abreast of latest legislation
  • Induction – Effective Governance – an induction refresher on the role of a school Governor
  • Inspection Dashboard – how to interpret performance data
  • Preparing for an external review/inspection
  • Conducting a school visit
  • Health and Safety – the role of Governors


The Trust has supported our school with memberships to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association (FASNA) networks to ensure that we are as up-to-date as possible with any changes in policy and/or legislation in school governance.

Clerk Competency Framework

Introduced in April 2017 the new Clerking Competency Framework outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide a professional Clerking service to the Governors.

Four competency areas covered in the new Framework are:

  • Understanding Governance
  • Administration
  • Advice and Guidance
  • People and Relationships


The new Framework recognizes the value of professional quality clerks and realises they are critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions.

To read the full framework, please click here.