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Holt Farm Junior School

South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT)

Our Governors

The HFJS Governing Body

School governors are one of the country's largest voluntary groups with around 300,000 contributing to strategic development and raising standards of achievement at more than 30,000 schools.

Our Governing Body works hard to ensure the best for the children.

School governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They are in charge of planning the school’s future direction and can thereby help raise the standards of pupil achievement. Governors are also accountable to parents and their wider community for the performance of the school.

There are three core functions of a governing body, as reflected in Ofsted’s inspection:

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met;
  • Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school self-evaluation; and
  • Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards.

They are also responsible for specific actions such as ensuring that there is a procedure in place for handling complaints; approving the school budget; and appointing the headteacher.

Governing bodies meet at least three times a year and usually rely on committees to advise their decisions. Committees may address issues such as staffing, finance, curriculum and premises.

As from September 2014 Holt Farm Junior School became part of a Multi-Academy Trust known as South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT). The Multi-Academy Trust has its own Board of Directors. Holt Farm Junior School has its own Local Governing Body, which includes parent governors.


Meet Our Governors

Chair of Governors: Mrs R Walter rwalter@hfjs.co.uk ( Holt Farm Junior School)

  Roles and Response

 Documentation and Information

 Documents and Information

Governance structures and roles: An explanation of how governing boards of maintained schools and academy trusts are structured and descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of members.

Governance handbook and competency framework: Guidance on the roles and duties of governing boards, and advice on the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to be effective.


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