Governing Body and Committee Membership 2018/19

 The Government says that the governing body should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its  money is well spent.

Following the successful conclusion of the consultation last term, the new federated governing body met for the first time on Tuesday 8th January 2019.

The new governing board for Cantley, Freethorpe and Horning schools comprises:


Headteacher – Mr Chris Aitken

Assistant Headteachers

  • Head of Lower School – Juliette Branch
  • Head of Upper School – Robbie Houghton

Governors – 

Bruce Gordon (Co-opted governor, Chair)
Alison Earll (Co-opted governor, Vice Chair)
Chris Aitken (Head)
Tessa Beales (Parent governor)
Hannah Flohr (Parent governor)
Robbie Houghton (Staff governor)
Jamie Nickerson (LA Governor)
Lucy Daisley (Co-opted governor)
Kim Gill (Co-opted governor)
Andy McLennan (Co-opted governor)
Shaun Hamilton (Co-opted governor)
Annick Wrench (Co-opted governor)

Details of the composition of the committees will be added soon.

Quality of Teaching & Learning Quality of Leadership & Management inc Finance Behaviour inc Health & Safety (Buildings)


  • Special Educational Needs/Looked After Children –
  • Child Protection –
  • Health and Safety –
  • Curriculum including English and Maths –


Governors are members of our school community – following Reconstitution of the Governing Body we have a core of 5 governors, 2 parent governors, 1 Local Authority or community governor, 1 staff governor and he headteacher; the core governors undertake the key roles outlined above.  The Core group is supported by full governors, as well as associate governors who take on specific roles within the school and also for the Governing Body.

As a full Governing Body we meet 2 times each term in the Autumn and Spring Term; there is a formal Governors’ meeting in the Spring Term and a second meeting where the budget for the next financial year, as well as the evidence relating to the school’s annual return for the Schools’ Financial Value Standard is considered and agreed.

At each meeting an agenda is prepared, part of the agenda allows for committee groups to meet with the allocated meeting time.  Further committee meetings, monitoring visits and Governor visits are also carried out to support governors with their duties to the school.

Governors can be contacted c/o the school office or the Chair of Governors can be contacted directly via email:

Register of Business Interests for Freethorpe Primary and Nursery School Governors

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