Welcome to the Governors section of Heanor Gate Science College. We do hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and learning more about us. 


Who are our Governors?

Each Governor has a set of different skills, expertise and experience. We will be developing our Governor profiles on an on-going basis. Click on the name of each Governor, for their profile...




Mr Stephen Huntington


Mr Wayne Judson

Vice Chair & Community Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2013)

Miss Rebecca Baker

Staff Governor (Appointed: 1 October 2016)

Mr Ian Miller

Parent Governor (Appointed: 1 January 2017)

Miss Gemma Kidd

Staff Governor (Appointed: 1 December 2019)

Mr Richard Havill

Community Governor (Appointed: 1 January 2019)

Mr Dean Watson

Parent Governor (Appointed: 1 January 2019)


For details about our Chair of Governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governors in the first instance.


When do we meet?

The Full Governing Body meets twice during the Autumn term, twice during the Spring term and once during the Summer term.

What do we actually do?

During each academic year, Governors will conduct monitoring visits to see how the overall performance of the school is doing. During these visits, Governors get the chance to speak to staff and students and see the school in action. Our Governors are invited to attend a range of school events and productions such as awards events, end of year productions, celebratory events etc.


The core functions of a Governing Body are:


governor functions

The Handbook was last updated in January 2017 (Click here to download)

The DfE also launched in January 2017: ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’. This document outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance, but in brief can be shown as:


In addition, we:

  • Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • Appoint and conduct the performance management of the Principal.

  • Agree the school's improvement strategy, which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budges and staffing structures.

  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Principal, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.

  • Sign off the self-evaluation process and respond to Ofsted reports as necessary.


Chairs Development

Our Chair meets with other Chairs in The Spencer Acadmies Trust and provides a feedback report to the Directors of the Trust on the work of the Local Governing Body (LGB), including celebrations and challenges. This network provides the opportunity to find out what's new and what the expectations are on Governors going forward - both from the Trust, Government and Ofsted. The Chair has also undergone the Leadership Development Programme for Chairs. This also provides an opportuntiy for our Chair to network, learn and share with others across the region.


Governor Training

The following Training has been undertaken by one or more Governors:

  • Safeguarding / FGM / Prevent / Safer recruitment
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) - to keep abreast of latest legislation
  • Induction - Effective Governance - an induction refresher on the role of school Governor
  • Inspection Dashboard - how to interpret performance data
  • Preparing for an external review/inspection
  • Conducting a school visit
  • Health & Safety - the role of Govenors


The Trust has supported our school with memberships to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association (FASNA) networks to ensure that we are as up-to-date as possible with any changes in policy and/or legislation in school governance.


Clerking Competency Framework

Introduced in April 2017 the new Clerking Competency Framework outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide a professional Clerking service to the Governors.

Four competency areas covered in the new Framework are:

  • Understanding Governance
  • Administration
  • Advice and Guidance
  • People and Relationships

The new Framework recognizes the value of professional quality clerks and realises they are critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions.

To read the full framework, please click here.