The Governing Body

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.

To contact the Governors, please email: or you can write to us at the school address.

Governor NameElected ByDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeComitteesResponsibilityBusiness and Pecuniary InterestsGovernance Roles in Other Educational InstitutionsRelationships Between Governors and / or School Staff
Dr Alan ThomasCo-opted04/04/201903/04/2023Quality of Education / Pay Committee / Strategy Group / Resources / Premises / Attendance Panels / DisciplinaryChair of Governors / Chair of Strategy Group / Headteacher PM / PSHE Wider CurriculumNoneChair of Governors at Northfield Junior SchoolNone
Mr Frank StaintonParent17/10/202216/10/2026Quality of EducationNoneNoneNone
Mr Matthew LilleymanCo-opted12/05/201911/05/2023Premises / Resources / Quality of Education / Strategy / PayChair of PremisesUnstone Parish CouncilNoneNone
Mrs Sue O’DonnellCo-opted12/05/201911/05/2023Quality of Education / Strategy / DisciplinarySEND / Pupil PremiumNoneNoneNone
Mr David OwensCo-opted17/09/201916/09/2023Premises / Resources / Quality of Education / Attendance Panels / DisciplinaryMathematicsNoneNoneNone
Mr John YatesCo-opted14/07/202013/07/2024Quality of Education / Premises / StrategyTechnologyNoneNoneNone
Mrs Christine SmithCo-opted15/01/202014/01/2024Quality of Education / Premises / Resources / Pay CommitteeNoneNoneNone
Mrs Suzanne ClarkCo-opted10/11/202109/11/2025Quality of EducationNoneNoneNone
Mrs Tina BennettParent04/12/202003/12/2024Resources / Strategy / Quality of Education / PayStudent Council Liaison / Science / Safeguarding / Mental Health and Wellbeing / Buddy for new GovsNoneNoneNone
Mrs Amanda DownsParent04/12/202003/12/2024Quality of EducationSafeguarding / PSHE Wider CurriculumNoneNoneNone
Dr Ben CrunkhornParent04/12/202003/12/2024Quality of Education / PremisesHealth and SafetyNoneNoneNone
Mr Richard GilsonLA11/10/202210/10/2026Resources / Premises/ Quality of Education / StrategyChair of Resources / CEA / GDPR / Antibullying, eSafety / buddy for new GovsNoneGovernor / Vice Chair Dronfield Junior SchoolNone
Mrs Jenna GlossopParent17/10/202216/10/2026Quality of EducationNoneNoneNone
Mrs Luci WindleParent17/10/202216/10/2026Quality of Education / Strategy / Headteacher PMEnglish / Governor Training / IAG Careers / Pupil PremiumNexus Academy TrustAbbey School / Discovery Academy / Fountaindale SchoolNone
Mrs Arlene McLeishStaff06/05/202105/05/2025Quality of EducationNoneNoneNone
Cllr Alex DaleFoundation20/12/201919/12/2023Quality of EducationHumanities / LAC, Post AdoptionDerbyshire County Council/ North East Derbyshire District Council/ East Midlands Regional Migration BoardDHFS Education TrustNone
Mrs Beverley KenyonFoundation20/12/201919/12/2023Quality of Education / Pay committee / Attendance Panels / DisciplinaryMFL / SafeguardingNoneDHFS Education TrustNone
Mr Paul ParkinFoundation20/12/201919/12/2023Quality of EducationNE Derbyshire District CouncilDHFS Education Trust / Governor Lenthall Infants SchoolNone
Mr Richard SpoonerFoundation13/09/202212/09/2026Quality of EducationThomas Taylor / Dronfield Relief in Need / Dronfield Town CouncilDHFS Education TrustNone

Governor’s Meetings 2022/2023

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.

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