Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School


Welcome to Heathwood Lower School.  Governors, Staff, Parents and Children work as a team building on success in a happy, creative environment.  Heathwood has always had a strong family ethos and every individual, who is part of our school, is important and valued.

Our team of Governors provide support in a number of ways.  We are there to make sure that the school performance is evaluated and continuously improves.  We provide safeguarding and strategic direction through The School Development Plan.  Governors ensure financial accountability and sustainability.  

The full Governing Body meets once a term and the sub committees, Teaching & Learning and Management & Resources, also meet once a term.  Minutes of recent meetings are available from the school office. I meet with our Head Teacher informally once a week to discuss any current issues and to maintain a constant flow of information and support between the Staff and Governing Body.

If you would like to contact me, you can through the school office.

I sincerely hope that your children enjoy their time at Heathwood Lower School.

Paula Bangs

Chair of Governors

Making butter during Year 4 residential trip


The Governing Body of this school comprises: -

  •  Representatives of the Local Authority

  •  Parent Governors

  •  Staff Governors

  •  Representatives of the local community


Local Authority Governors



Parent Governors

Mr Jonathan Young (Vice-Chair of Management and Resources Committee and Health and Safety Governor)

Ms Beth Sedgwick (Management and Resources Committee)


Staff Governors

Headteacher: Mrs Susanne Dove – Ex-officio

Teaching Staff Representative: Miss Bryony Leary


Co-opted Governors

Mrs Paula Bangs (Chair of Governors and Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee)

Mrs Rose Gunter (Vice-Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee)

Mrs Hayley Fitch (Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Management and Resources Committee)


Clerk to the Governors 

Mrs Sarah Sandiford


The Chair or Clerk of the Governing Body may be contacted via the school.



Code of Conduct for School Governing Boards (2015 Version)

This code sets out the expectations on and commitment required from school governors and trustees in order for the governing board to properly carry out its work within the school and the community.  It can be amended to include specific reference to the ethos of the particular school. ‘School’ includes academies, and it applies to all level of school governance.


The governing board has the following core strategic functions:


Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  •       Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school

  •       Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

  •       Meeting statutory duties


Ensuring accountability, by:

  •       Appointing the headteacher

  •       Monitoring progress towards targets

  •       Performance managing the headteacher

  •       Engaging with stakeholders

  •       Contributing to school self-evaluation


Ensuring financial probity, by:

  •       Setting the budget

  •       Monitoring spending against the budget

  •       Ensuring value for money is obtained

  •       Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed


As individuals on the board we agree to the following:


Role & Responsibilities 

  •       We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the headteacher.

  •       We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us          delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board              when we have been specifically authorised to do so.

  •       We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents.              This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.

  •       We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff,        we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.

  •       We will encourage open government and will act appropriately.

  •       We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.

  •       We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of        our school. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.

  •       In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the                          procedures established by the governing board.

  •       We will actively support and challenge the headteacher.



  •       We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant                    amounts of time and energy.

  •       We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair              share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.

  •       We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance              why we are unable to.

  •       We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school              activities.

  •       We will visit the school, with all visits to school arranged in advance with the staff and undertaken          within the framework established by the governing board and agreed with the headteacher.

  •       We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development, and            will undertake relevant training .

  •       We accept that in the interests of open government, our names, terms of office, roles on the                  governing body, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published        on the school’s website.



  •       We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.

  •       We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other            governors.

  •       We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all            times.

  •       We are prepared to answer queries from other governors in relation to delegated functions and              take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that        have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.

  •       We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the headteacher, staff and parents, the        local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.



  •       We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they                concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school.

  •       We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business            arise outside a governing board meeting.

  •       We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.


Conflicts of interest

  •       We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those related to people we are          connected with) that we have in connection with the governing board’s business in the Register of        Business Interests, and if any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the          meeting for the appropriate length of time. We accept that the Register of Business Interests will            be published on the school’s website.

  •       We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise.

  •       We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group,        even if elected to the governing board.


Breach of this code of conduct

  •       If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the chair and the chair will          investigate; the governing board will only use suspension/removal as a last resort after seeking to          resolve any difficulties or disputes in more constructive ways.

  •       Should it be the chair that we believe has breached this code, another governor, such as the vice          chair will investigate.


The Seven Principles of Public Life

(Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations).


Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.


Integrity - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.


Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.


Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.


Openness- Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.


Honesty - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.


Leadership - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.


Adopted by the Governing Board of Heathwood Lower School on September 2015