The Local Governing Body of Hartest School aims to ensure that Hartest Church of England School maintains a broad and balanced curriculum, promoting progress and achievement for all pupils within a distinctly Christian School.

  • All governors on the Local Governing Body are enthusiastic volunteers and their main focus is to try to ensure that Hartest C of E Primary School is the best school it can be for every pupil who attends.
  • Hartest School is very fortunate to have governors who bring a wide range of skills to the governing body that are very useful in the strategic leadership and management of the school.
  • Governors work closely with the Headteacher and all the staff. They monitor data which they analyse to see how the school is performing. They also analyse the finances and try to ensure that monies spent are used as efficiently as possible.
  • Through being on the governing body all governors gain an in depth knowledge of the school.
  • Governors have to work within a budget which is set by the Diocesan Multi Academy Trust.
  • A Governor is not the same as a volunteer helper who may come into the school and help on a regular basis, although obviously they can do this too.
  • Governors take different roles within the committee, based on their expertise and interest, for which they also receive training.
  • Some governors have specific roles to cover such as SEND, Safeguarding and Link Governor.
  • The Local Governing Body meets twice a term. Items on the agenda can be working on the School Development and Improvement Plan, budget monitoring, discussing pupil scores, papers on national issues and the approval of Educational visits. They also discuss the Headteacher’s report which gives them day to day information on the running of the school.
  • Governors have a vital role to play in the effective running of the school.

The Local Governing Body is overseen by the MAT Trustees.  More information can be found at St Edmundsbury and Ipswich MAT Governance

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please either contact the school or look on the Suffolk County Council website (, where you will find further information.

Here you can find out more about your school governors and the work of the school’s Local Governing Body.

Our Governors

Our Governing body is made up as follows:

Chair of Governors

Mr Neil Gooding- Co-opted Governor until 05/07/2023, Past parent of the school.


Mrs Amanda Woolmer- (Ex Officio – remains as a governor unless she should leave her post as a Headteacher)


Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected from the parent body.

Mrs Anna Laflin

Mrs Nicola Jackson


Diocesan Governors

Diocesan governors are those who are responsible for the Church link, as Hartest is a Church of England Primary School. The Diocese is responsible for electing these governors.

Rev Patrick Prigg

(Ex Officio – remains as a governor unless he should leave his post as a Reverend)

Mrs Kate Long

Vice Chair of Governors

Staff Governor

Mrs Karen Temple-Nidd

Co-Opted Governors

Co-Opted governors are people from the community who wish to help the school. They are voted as members by the Governing Body.

Mrs Katie Jackson

Mrs Pat Cawston

Mrs Jackie Crisp


Governor Details and Register of Interests 2020-2021

View here: Governor Details and Register of Interests 2020-2021

Governor Details and Register of Interests 2019-2020  

View here: Governor Details and Register of Interests 2019-2020


Scheme of Delegation June 2017

Supplemental Funding Agreement Hartest 2017

Meeting Dates for 2020-2021

There are at least six meetings held across the school year.   The following meetings are clerked:

  • Tuesday 22nd September 2020
  • Tuesday 1st December 2020
  • Wednesday 20th January 2021
  • Wednesday 17th March 2021
  • Monday 10th May 2021
  • Wednesday 7th July 2021

In addition, sub-committees meet regularly together and report back to the LGB.


We like to hear from you if you have either praise or concerns.

  1. Ringing the school and ask that a governor returns your call, 01284 830343.
  2. Writing a letter ‘For the attention of the Governors’, and send it via the school office.
  3. Email the Chair of Governors –

Your views are really important and help us to run the school effectively.