Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School has a governing body of 20 people, representing parents, the Foundation Governors, the Local Education Authority (LEA), staff, and the local community. The governing body plays a largely strategic role in the running of the school, and is keen to see education standards raised even higher in Dronfield. The governors have set up a number of committees to perform detailed work on finance, curriculum, premises management, Health & Safety, personnel issues and discipline. The full governing body meets around six times a year, with committees meeting more frequently, so the task of a school governor is demanding yet very rewarding when we see the school doing well.
|Governor Name||Elected By||Term of Office||Comittees||Responsibility||Business and Pecuniary Interests||Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutions||Relationships Between Governors and / or School Staff|
|Dr Alan Thomas||Co-opted||03/04/2023||Quality of Education / Pay Committee / Strategy Group / Resources / Premises / Attendance Panels / Disciplinary||Chair of Governors / Chair of Strategy Group / Chair of Quality of Education / Headteacher PM / PSHE Wider Curriculum||None||Chair of Governors at Northfield Junior School||None|
|Mr Martin Brader||LA||09/07/2022||Resources / Premises / Quality of Education||ICT / PODS / Planned, Taught and Learnt Curriculum / Professional Learning||None||Ecclesfield School||None|
|Mr Matthew Lilleyman||Co-opted||11/05/2023||Premises / Resources / Quality of Education / Strategy / Pay||Chair of Premises||None||None||None|
|Mrs Sue O’Donnell||Co-opted||11/05/2023||Quality of Education / Strategy / Disciplinary||SEND / Pupil Premium||None||None||None|
|Mr David Owens||Co-opted||16/09/2023||Premises / Resources / Quality of Education / Attendance Panels / Disciplinary||Mathematics||None||DHFS Foundation Governor||None|
|Mr John Yates||Co-opted||11/07/2020||Quality of Education / Premises / Strategy||Technology||None||None||None|
|Mrs Christine Smith||Co-opted||14/01/2024||Quality of Education / Premises / Resources / Pay Committee||None||None||None|
|Mrs Suzanne Clark||Co-opted||09/11/2025||Quality of Education||None||None||None|
|Mrs Tina Bennett||Parent||03/12/2024||Resources / Strategy / Quality of Education / Pay||Student Council Liaison / Science / Safeguarding / Mental Health and Wellbeing / Buddy for new Govs||None||None||None|
|Mrs Amanda Downs||Parent||03/12/2024||Quality of Education||Safeguarding / PSHE Wider Curriculum||None||None||None|
|Dr Ben Crunkhorn||Parent||03/12/2024||Quality of Education / Premises||Health and Safety||None||None||None|
|Mr Richard Gilson||Parent||15/10/2022||Resources / Quality of Education / Strategy||Chair of Resources / CEA / GDPR / Antibullying, eSafety / buddy for new Govs||None||Governor / Vice Chair Dronfield Junior School||None|
|Mrs Karen Hoyes||Parent||15/10/2022||Resources / Quality of Education / Headteacher PM / Disciplinary / Attendance Panels||PE / Sixth Form / School Visits||None||None||None|
|Mrs Luci Windle||Parent||15/10/2022||Quality of Education / Strategy / Headteacher PM||English / Governor Training / IAG Careers / Pupil Premium||Abbey School Discovery Academy||None||None|
|Mrs Arlene McLeish||Staff||05/05/2025||Quality of Education||None||None||None|
|Cllr Alex Dale||Foundation||19/12/2023||Quality of Education||Humanities / LAC, Post Adoption||Derbyshire County Council||None||None|
|Mrs Beverley Kenyon||Foundation||19/12/2023||Quality of Education / Pay committee / Attendance Panels / Disciplinary||MFL / Safeguarding||None||None||None|
|Mr Paul Parkin||Foundation||19/12/2023||Quality of Education||NE Derbyshire District Council||Governor Lenthall Infants School||None|
Governor’s Meetings 2021-22
- Tuesday 21st September 2021, 6:30pm
- Tuesday 9th November 2021, 6:30pm
- Tuesday 18th January 2022, 6:30pm
- Tuesday 8th March 2022, 6:30pm
- Tuesday 10th May 2022, 6:30pm
- Tuesday 12th July 2022, 6:30pm
Governors Meeting Attendance
Governors meet during the course of the year for full governors’ meetings, Curriculum, Resources, Premises and Strategy committee meetings.
Governor attendance has, as always, been of a very good level, with absences explained, accepted and approved by the governing body.
There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by the governing body.
This excellent attendance has allowed dialogue to take place with school leaders and governors to be up to date with school, local and national developments.
More About The Foundation Governors
The Foundation Governors are the trustees of the fund, which was endowed by Henry Fanshawe in the sixteenth century, to provide education for the children of Dronfield. The investment income is administered by the Foundation Governors.
From 1579, when the fund was used initially for the education of the children in Dronfield, until 1990, the income from the Henry Fanshawe Foundation was used exclusively to support the education of the pupils at Henry Fanshawe School. From 1990, when secondary education was reorganised in Dronfield, the income from the Foundation has been used to fund projects on the Gosforth and the Henry Fanshawe sites of the Dronfield School.
Three main types of project are supported by the Foundation Governors. These are small grants to individual pupils or groups of pupils to support specific projects, grants to individual faculties in the school and grants that benefit all the students in the school as a whole.
Members of staff at the school submit bids for projects that benefit provision and experiences for students. A sub-committee reviews bids and awards grants. Previous successful projects include a greenhouse for the allotment, kitchen resources for the independent living space, materials for outdoor learning and a blast freezer for technology.