School Governors


The Governing Board 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 Board meeting.


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

 Governor Category Term of Office  
Neil Smith (Chair) Co-opted 14/3/20 - 13/3/24 (first appointed 1/4/12)  
Dawn Moody (Vice Chair, SEND and Safeguarding Governor) Co-opted 1/9/23 - 31/8/27 (first appointed1/4/14)  
Martin Thompson Co-opted 16/3/23 - 15/3/27  
Catherine Smith Parent Governor 17/3/22 - 16/3/26   
Sarah Naismith Co-opted 15/10/21 - 14/10/25 (first appointed 20/10/17)  
Brian Bagnall LA Governor 15/1/21 - 14/11/25 (first appointed 1/9/2005)  
Karen Grant Headteacher Appointed 1/9/22  
Sarah McLennan Staff Governor 30/10/21 - 29/10/25 (first appointed 30/10/17)  

Anna Wylie 

Simon Jude

Barbara Oxley 

Mike Hilditch 

Emma Ward 

Parent Governor

Co-Opted Governor

Former Chair of Governor 



22/10/21 - 21/10/25

26/09/23 - 25/09/27

Term Expired 31/8/2023

Term Expired 31/8/2023

Term Expired 31/8/2023



Governing Board Committees/Specified Roles


Finance and Premises

Teaching and Learning

Neil Smith (Chair)  Dawn Moody (Chair) Dawn Moody (Chair)  
Martin Thompson  Sarah McLennan Neil Smith  
Karen Grant  Karen Grant    

Sarah Naismith

Simon Jude

Catherine Smith    
   Anna Wylie    


Pay Pay Appeals  
Dawn Moody (Chair) Neil Smith (Chair) Brian Bagnall (Chair)  
Anna Wylie Dawn Moody Martin Thompson  
  Catherine Smith Anna Wylie  



Attendance Record of Governors

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


The Core Strategic Function of the Governing Board

The core strategic function of the governing board 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 Board.

  • Mr N Smith is Head Teacher of Cheadle Hulme School and trustee of The Blackden Trust.
  • Mrs D Moody is a teacher at Oldfield Brow Primary School in Altrincham


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