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About Our School

Our Governors

Our Governors help our school run effectively, they help shape the overall purpose, ethos and strategic direction of the school.

They are responsible for making some of the biggest decisions within our school. They do this through 3 core functions:

  • Planning the strategic direction of the school
  • Over see the financial performance of the school and ensure that public money is well spent
  • Hold the Principal to account

Governor's report of effectiveness 2022-2023

Reflections Looking Ahead 2023-2024

Hovingham’s Governors meet up to around 6 times a year and checks evidence of if the school is on track with its one year plan.

If you would like to register an interest in becoming a Governor at Hovingham please contact us

All relevant Governance information can be found in our document library

If you are interested in our latest FGB or committee minutes please email us

Governor Profiles 2023-2024


Name of Governor


Joined Governing Body

Monitoring Role

Shelagh Henderson

Certificate of Education

Masters in Education

Headteacher for 20 years

January 2022

Attendance, Training and Complaints Governor

Colin Noble




September 2011

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Sports Premium Governor

Juliet Bailey


September 2014

Health & Safety Governor

Anna Pridmore




Cert HC

July 2022

Safeguarding, Child Protection, Behaviour, Wellbeing and CLA Governor

Stephanie Nyirenda

Degree: Law LLB, Level 2 certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health. 

Current qualifications undertaken: CIPD Level 5, People Management (completion April/May 2024)

Additional Roles: Governor at secondary school and Property management company Director 

June 2022



Equalities Governor

Louise Hannon

Degree in English with History from Leeds University 2002

Primary PGCE from Leeds University 2003

MA in Literacy Learning from Institute of Education, 2016

January 2022

Early Reading/Reading Governor

Cathy Thomas-Varcoe

Diploma in Nursing


Certificate in Editing


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

July 2023

Pupil Premium Governor and Review of the website


Hajra Rashid

Degree in Psychology and Crime (Bsc)

October 2021


Ellie Ormonde-Church

Degree is in Sociology


October 2022


Sarah Makepeace

BA (hons) Primary Education 5-11

September 2023


Kellie Halliday

BA with QTS

MA - Education


Ex- Officio


Parent vacancy




LEA vacancy





Governors in the last 12 months

  • Saima Arif
  • Violetta Cooper
  • Nasir Ali
  • Dr Arun Rai
  • Saleem Ali

Click on the names of our Governors, below, to find out more about their individual roles and responsibilities.

Shelagh Henderson

Chair of Governors

Colin Noble


Juliet Bailey


Hajra Rashid

Parent Governor

Louise Hannon


Stephanie Nyirenda


Anna Pridmore


Cathy Thomas-Varcoe


Sarah Makepeace

Staff Governor