School Governors


An introductory message from our Chair of Governors – Mrs Barbara Oxley


“I am delighted and proud to have been elected Chair of Governors at Hursthead Infant School. I have been on the Governing Body since 2010 and have been part of both the Personnel and Teaching and Learning committees. I am a retired Stockport Headteacher and enjoyed 40 years working within the teaching profession including class teaching, advisory teaching, SEN and lead senior university lecturer. My ambition for Hursthead Infant School is to ensure all the staff, children and parents are supported and encouraged, not just to maintain the excellent standards that Hursthead Infant School has achieved, but to ensure the school continues to develop further, raise attainment and remain outstanding.”

Mrs Barbara Oxley


The Governing Body meets formally once a term to discuss the Headteacher’s report and matters raised by the Chief Education Officer. The committees also meet termly and their minutes are reviewed and contribute to the Full Governing Body meeting.


Hursthead Infant School's Governing Body (as reconstituted July 2015)

  Category Term of Office
Barbara Oxley (Chair) Co-opted 1/9/15 – 1/9/19
Richard Benton (Vice Chair) Co-opted 1/9/15 – 1/9/19
Denis Boxall Co-opted 1/9/15 – 1/9/19
Mike Hilditch Co-opted 1/9/15 – 1/9/19
Dawn Moody Co-opted 1/9/15 – 1/9/19
Neil Smith Co-opted 1/4/16 – 31/3/20
Sally Abraham Co-opted 1/9/17 – 1/9/21
Emma Ward Parent Governor 1/9/17 – 1/9/21
Sarah Naismith Parent Governor 1/1/18 – 1/1/22
Brian Bagnall LA Governor 1/9/13 – 31/8/21
Jane Driscoll Headteacher  
Sarah McLennan Staff Governor 1/9/17 – 31/8/19

Governing Body Committees/Specified Roles


Finance and Premises

Teaching and Learning

Barbara Oxley Barbara Oxley  
Richard Benton Richard Benton  
Denis Boxall Denis Boxall  
Mike Hilditch (Chair) Dawn Moody (Chair)  
Jane Driscoll Neil Smith  
Emma Ward Jane Driscoll  
Sarah Naismith Sally Abraham  
Sarah McLennan    


Barbara Oxley    
Richard Benton    
Denis Boxall (Chair)    
Jane Driscoll    



Attendance Record of Governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not "quoate" (the number of Governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).


The Core Strategic Function of the Governing Body

The core strategic function of the governing body is

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent


Register of Interests

Please find below the register of any business/financial interests held by the current Governing Body.

  • Mr Richard Benton and Mr Denis Boxall are directors of the Kirkstead Educational Turst (Hursthead Junior School)
  • Mr Mike Hilditch is married to the school's Administration Manager, Mrs Claire Hilditch