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GovernorsDronfield 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.

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Governor Name Elected By Term of Office Committees Responsibility Business and Pecuniary Interests Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutions Relationships Between Governors and / or School Staff
Mr Martin Brader LA 09-07-2018 Resources / Personnel / Curriculum / Strategy Chair of Governors / Chair of Curriculum Committee / ICT Caz Brader (daughter) / Director of Cultural Programmes / Curious Minds DHFS Foundation Governor
Mrs Christine Smith Foundation 21-09-2019 Personnel / Curriculum None DHFS Foundation Governor None
Mr Simon Clark Foundation 21-09-2019 Resources / Curriculum / Strategy None DHFS Foundation Governor None
Mr David Hill Foundation 21-09-2019 Curriculum DHFS Foundation Governor Janet Hill
Mrs Janet Hill Co-opted 11-05-2019 Resources / Curriculum Student Council Liaison / Looked After Children DHFS Foundation Governor / Governor at Unstone Infants David Hill
Matthew Lilleyman Co-opted 11-05-2019 Resources / Curriculum DHFS Foundation Governor
Mrs Sue O'Donnell Co-opted 11-05-2019 Curriculum / Strategy SEND / Safeguarding / Pupil Premium / PHSE None DHFS Foundation Governor Terry Furniss
Mr Terry Furniss Co-opted 11-05-2019 Resources / Curriculum PHSE None DHFS Foundation Governor Sue O'Donnell
Mr David Owens Co-opted 21-09-2019 Curriculum
Mr David Cheetham Co-opted 21-09-2019 Curriculum
Mr John Yates Co-opted 11-01-2020 Curriculum None None None
Mrs Anne Kangley Staff 12-12-2017 Curriculum Head of Humanities
Mrs Tina Bennett Parent 19-10-2020 Personnel / Strategy / Curriculum Student Council Liaison / CEA None None None
Mr Richard Gilson Parent 23-10-2018 Curriculum / Personnel Governor at Dronfield Infant School and Dronfield Junior School / Vice Chair Dronfield Junior
Mrs Karen Hoyes Parent 23-10-2018 Personnel / Curriculum MFL / Sixth Form / School Visits None None None
Mrs Rachel MacLeod Parent 23-10-2018 Curriculum None None None
Mr John Staniforth Parent 12-01-2019 Curriculum Safeguarding Invigilator Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School Chair of Governors at Stonelow Junior School
Mrs Suzanne Clark Parent 19-10-2020 Curriculum None None None


Governors' Meetings 2017-18

  • Tuesday 19th September 2017, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 16th January 2018, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 13th March 2018, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 8th May 2018, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 10th July 2018, 6:30pm


Governor Meeting Attendance

Governors have met over 25 times during the course of the year for full governors' meetings, Curriculum, Personnel and Resources committee meetings for the year 2015 – 2016.

Governor attendance has, as always, been of a very good level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted and approved by the governing body.

There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by any member of 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.


GovernorsMore 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, which is currently around £18,000 per annum, is administered by the Foundation Governors. Every year over £3,000 is allocated to the Learning and Resource Centre. Funding is also provided for Student Council lunches, Student of the Year Awards, and Sixth Form Celebration evenings. In addition, bids from individual departments are also considered. In the year 2009/2010 funds were allocated to support a diverse range of projects including upgrading the PA system in the hall, and purchasing rugby shirts, video cameras, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme kit and a tailor’s mannequin for use in technology courses.

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 departments in the school and grants that benefit all the students in the school as a whole. Applications for grants are made from within the school to the Foundation Governors.


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