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Meet the Governors


The Governing Body of Great Horwood C E Combined School


Welcome from the Governors.....  

The role of the Governing Body is to act as a critical friend to the school and to ensure that it carries out its statutory responsibilities.  The Governing Body is responsible for setting the school budget, for approving policies and, along with the Head Teacher, for setting the strategic direction of the school.  
Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and by the Church (Foundation Governors) and can also be members of the local community.  A number of staff and parents are elected onto the Governing Body for a period of four years, after which time they can stand for re-election.
Minutes of any Governing Body meetings are available from the school office, upon request and are displayed on the Parent and Community notice board in reception.  

If you wish to contact a Governor, please contact the school office by email to and your email will be passed onto the appropriate member of the Governing Body.
Alternatively, you may write to the Governing Body via the school office, marking it for the attention of the Chair of Governors and labelled 'confidential'. 

Charlotte Nash 
Chair of Governors  


Information about the Governing body

The Governing Body is made up of 12 members.  The body is made up of three Parent Governors elected by the parents of the pupils, three Foundation Governors nominated by the Diocese, three Community Governors drawn from the school catchment area who are selected because of their skills and interests, one Staff Governor elected by staff members, one Governor appointed by the Local Authority and the Head Teacher.  They all hold office for a period of four years, although they may be invited to stay for further terms of office. 
The Governing Body meets twice a term and more frequently if there is urgent business that cannot wait until the next meeting.  The minutes of Governing Body meetings are available for anyone to look at in reception at school.  In addition, the Governing Body consists of various sub-committees:
The Teaching and Learning Committee provides direction for all aspects of curriculum provision within the school and also reviews most of the school’s management policies. 
The General Purposes Committee is responsible for the following:
  1. Managing the school’s finances, setting the school budget and reviewing the school’s financial performance against this budget.  The committee also reviews major capital projects and makes recommendations on these to the Governing Body.   
  2. Looking after any staffing matters such as recruitment and retention of staff as well as recommending staffing levels to the Governing Body in conjunction with the Head Teacher.
  3. Reviewing regularly the condition of the school buildings and preparing an appropriate annual maintenance plan to ensure they are kept in good order.  The committee also ensures that all governors and staff have access to health and safety policies, codes of practice, risk assessments and other health and safety procedures issued by the local authority.   

Meet the Governors


Charlotte Nash
Charlotte is chair of governors and is a Foundation Governor.  She has one child at the school and two older children who attended Great Horwood.  She leads the Music Group at St James’ Church and is a Languages Teacher at a secondary school.


Paula Shaw
Paula is the Headteacher and Governor at Great Horwood School, taking up the position in September 2014. Her teaching career has spanned 20 years in Primary Education beginning in the City of London. Paula has worked in Wilshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire and has taught in a range of schools from inner city to village, community and Church of England Schools.

​As Headteacher she attends all Governor meetings being part of the Finance and General Purposes committee, the Teaching and learning committee and the SIAMS committee. She is responsible for the Health and safety of the site and all stakeholders when on site. She is accountable for pupil achievement, assessment and pupil progress.
Emma Laird
Emma is our most recently appointed Governor and we welcome her to this exciting role. We look forward to receiving her Governor statement shortly


Tom Davis 
Tom is a parent governor with two children at the school and one more at home. Tom is a GP by profession and has worked in the NHS for over 10 years. Despite being new to education, Tom has already seen many parallels with the NHS. 


Janet Hatfield
Janet is vice chair of governors. She has had a long career in Education including teaching abroad, headship at two schools, an acting headship at Great Horwood for a year and working for a relocation company as their education consultant.


Claire Black
Claire is a parent governor, and chair of the general purposes committee. She has two children attending the school, and an older child at secondary school. She has previously worked in the civil service as a business manager, but now works as a freelance accountant, working with local small businesses.


Reverend Andrew Lightbown
Reverend Andrew has been rector of the benefice since March 2016. He is keen to help the school maintain and grow its distinctive identity as a Church of England School. This means the school being a place where each and every child, and member of staff, can flourish. Prior to ordination, in 2013, Andrew worked first in the financial services industry and latterly as an University Lecturer. He therefore hopes that he can bring a range of practical skills and insights to the work of the governing body and the life of the school.  Reverend Andrew is a co-opted Governor.