Our Governing Body

Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).

The purpose of the Governing Body is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  Its three core functions are:

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

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

Hutton Henry CofE Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.
For further information please view or download the documents below.

The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools (2017)
Governor Code of Conduct

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.

Governing Body Committee Structure

NameRepresentingAppointed ByTerm
Start Date
End Date
Susan Gibbins -Headteacher Staff01/09/2015N/ACurriculum and Standards
Finance and Premises
Pupil Discipline
Samantha Harrison -
Deputy Headteacher
Clare Shakespeare-Watts Chair of GovernorsCo-optedCo-opted04/03/202403/03/2028Finance, Premises & Staffing
First/Pay Review
Headteacher's Performance Review
Paul DeBrett-WatsonLocal AuthoritySchool Governing Body11/02/202110/02/2025Appeals (Chair)
Curriculum and Standards (Chair)
Finance, Premises & Staffing
Headteacher's Performance Review (Chair)
Pupil Discipline (Chair)
Staffing (Chair)
Mike DavisonFoundationDiocese03/05/201802/05/2026Curriculum and Standards
Headteacher's Performance Review
Chair of Governors
at St Aiden's Church
of England Academy, Darlington.
Clerk of St Hild and St
Bede Trust.
Educational Consultant
Finance, Premises and Staffing
Dawn TaylorParentParents20/10/202120/10/2025Curriculum and Standards
First/Pay Review
Ryan CarterParentParents29/03/202228/03/2026Curriculum and Standards
Kimberley OliverParentParents30/01/202429/01/2028Curriculum and Standards
Finance, Premises and Staffing
Darren WallParentParents17/01/202416/01/2028Curriculum and Standards
Sally ClarkParentsParents16/02/202215/02/2026Finance, Premises and Staffing
First/Pay Review

Schools are required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year.

✓   – Attended meeting
A/A   – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N   – Did not attend
n/a  – Not a member of the committee

Governor Attendance

Record of Governor Attendance 2022-2023

NameFGB Meeting
Susan Gibbins
Samantha Harrison
Paul DeBrett-Watson (Chair)A/A
Mike Davison
Clare Shakespeare-Watts
Sally Clark
Dawn Taylor
Ryan Carter
Emma RobertsN

Archived Attendance
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.