Pathfinder Northstowe

The Pathfinder

Church of England Primary School

The roots to grow, the path to follow and the wings to fly


School Governors


The role of Governor is an important one and offers the school a form of critical friendship ensuring that our school and our systems remain fit for purpose. The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Their responsibilities include areas such as:

analysing pupil progress and achievement

• managing the school's finances

• making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based

• appointing staff

• reviewing staff performance and pay


Our Governing Body consists of two main committees — Finance and Estates, and Standards and Ethos; these committees meet once a term and the meetings are then shared at the next Full Governing Board meeting, again once a term.

Our Governors help the school provide the best possible education for our pupils.

As part of the School's overall leadership and management, they help to govern the strategic framework of the school, whilst the Headteacher manages the day-to-day management of the school, staff, teaching, support and planning.

Governors do this by:

 • thinking and working strategically to help raise standards

• monitoring and evaluating the progress towards priorities and targets

• supporting the Headteacher and staff, as well as challenging their perceptions

• accounting to all stakeholders for the school's performance and for the decisions taken


The Governing Body also monitors the school policies and procedures.

Our Governors are vital to the school and are dedicated, caring individuals, from various walks of life; including parents, ex-parents and a dedicated school representative. If you wish to speak to them for any reason or have any concerns, they are extremely approachable and would be pleased to contact or meet you.


Key policies are available on the school website

Pathfinder Policies


If there is a vacancy on our Governing Body, the school will inform parents and the wider community and then anyone is free to apply for an application pack.


Attendance Records

Governor attendance records 2017-18

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Governor attendance records 2018-19

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Key Information



Governor resignations (in last 18 months)

 David Birch - resigned March 2019

Shirley Hall – resigned December 2018, end of term of office

Anna White – resigned December 2017, end of term of office


Governance roles in other Educational Institutions (2018-19)

 Mark Gatland – CEO of Leap and Learn

David Lee – DEMAT – Board of Trustees

Penny Conway – Little Paxton Primary School – Chair of Governors.  National leader of Governance

Andrew Latchem – Milton C of E Primary School – Governor

Judith Ostler – University of Cambridge – Faculty of Education


Future Meeting Dates

Finance & Estates – 18/06/19

Curriculum and Staffing – 25/06/19

Full Governing Body – 10/07/19

 Governors' Action Plan 2018 - 2019

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