Juniper Hill School

Welcome to Juniper Hill School…

“We take pride in all we do”


What do Governors do?


School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.


Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

* set the aims and objectives for the school

* set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

* set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

* monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

* be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.


Governors are required to complete a Pecuniary Interest form on an annual basis and all Governor meetings ask for any 'Declarations of Interest' at the start of the meeting which are then minuted.


Governor Category Term of Office Finance and Resources Teaching, Learning and Community Strategy and Planning Specific Role
Mr Charles Newhouse Co-opted Jan 2018-Jan 2022 X (Chair)   X

Chair of Governors and


Mr Andrew McClean Co-opted March 2016- March 2020   X (Voting Rights) X (Chair)

Child Protection

Deputy Chair of Governors

Ms Joanne Harper LA Oct 2014-Oct 2021 X (Clerk)   X



Performance Management

Mr Andy Tagg Headteacher Ongoing X X X  
Mrs Cara Duhan Staff Sept 2018-Sept 2028   X (Clerk) X Diversity & Equality
Ms Maddy Sykes Parent Sept 2017-Sept 2021 X X X

Performance Management

Literacy Development


Ms Anna Trott Co-opted Sept 2017-Sept 2021 X   X Communication
Mr Phil Parry Parent March 2018-March 2022   X X Science
Mrs Annette Wilkes Co-opted March 2018-March 2022 X   X


PTA Link

Mr Sasha Lakovic Co-opted March 2018-March 2020   X Chair) X (Clerk) Numeracy




Juniper Hill Governing Body – Roles and Responsibilities

A group of Governors may be required to form the Complaints Panel, Staff Dismissal, Staff Dismissal Appeals, Employee Grievance, Pay Review Appeals or Pupil Discipline Committees.   The Chairman of Governors has the authority to form such committees from the Governor’s pool, should they be required to meet, and a Chairman of such a committee would be elected at such a meeting.  No Governor can sit on a committee if they have prior knowledge of a staff dismissal incident, an employee grievance, an exclusion issue or staff (with regard to pay related issues).  Any Governor who sits on the Staff Dismissal committee cannot sit on the Staff Dismissal Appeals committee.  Governors are reminded of the need to attend Committee meetings at the agreed time – if governors are unable to attend, please could they inform the relevant Committee Chairmen/school of their absence 



Governing Body Documents


Many of our Policies are available online as pdf documents – please click on the 'Policies' page under the 'Parents' section of the web site.

Other documents are available on request from the school office. There is a file readily available in the school reception area of the Minutes of the termly Full Governing Body Meetings, and other committee minutes and documents are filed by the office. Single copies of most items are free. If your request means that we have to do a lot of photocopying or printing, or pay a large postage charge, or is for a priced item such as some printed publications or videos we will let you know the cost before fulfilling your request.