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The function and role of governors


The three key functions of governors at any maintained (Local Authority) school are defined by the Department for Education as:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the appraisal of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money well spent.


In order to carry out these functions well, the Governing Body needs members who:

  • have a clear commitment to the vision and ethos of the school, which are shared with the headteachers, staff, parents and others of our school community
  • understand well how the school works, including its strength, weaknesses and current development priorities
  • are committed to personal development to make sure the Governing Body has the necessary skills and experience to challenge and support the school in its development.
The Governing Body at Hardwick & Cambourne acknowledges that it has a collective responsibility to appoint, train and support new governors so that they can become effective as quickly as possible.  It also has a responsibility to the school to make sure that its members have the range of skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the three governor functions well.

Our Governing Body


Co-Opted Governors Term of Office

Jane Cadwalladr (Co-Chairperson)

Claire MacDonald (Co-Chairperson)

Sue Kearsey (Vice Chairperson)

Shani Lee

Sujit Bhattacharya

Cait Dawkins

Chris Mela

Lisa Eadon (staff)

1 x vacancy

Parents Governors  

Nigel Maguire

Izzy Harrison

Local Authority Governor  
Michael Matthews  
Staff Governors  

1 x Vacancy

Pupil Governors  
To be confirmed....  
Associate Member  
Steve Gaze  

Cate Thompson

James Hoban

Clerk to Governors  
Vicki Fielding-White  


Click here for specific areas of governor responsibility

Meeting Schedule


The full Governing Body usually meets one evening each half-term, to discuss issues related to its three key functions.


In addition, all governors take part in monitoring an area of the School Development Plan for the year.  This involves meeting with schools staff several times during the academic year, sometimes with pupils or other members of the school community.  These meetings are usually (though not exclusively) during the school day.  The work is essential in developing an understanding of how the school works, and see first-hand how areas of development are progressing.

For anyone considering applying to be a governor


Sometime the Governing Body seeks people with specific skills or abilities, to fill a gap in its combined skills set.  These will be outlined in any communication that seeks applicants.  Generally, though, the attributes needed to become an effective governor are enthusiasm and commitment.


The commitments to becoming effective include:

  • commitment to the school's vision and ethos - these can be found on the school's website
  • commitment to attending appropriate training - some is provided by the Local Authority, some is done within the Governing Body
  • commitment to the workload of being a governor - including attending evening and daytime meetings as needed.


Note that anyone applying to become a governor at our school will need to have an enhanced disclosure check from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).  Click here for more information.