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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 09-07-2022 Resources / Premises / Curriculum / Strategy / Pay / HTPM Chair of Governors / Chair of Strategy Group / ICT / PODS / CPD None Ecclesfield School None
Matthew Lilleyman Co-opted 11-05-2023 Premises / Resources / Curriculum / Strategy Chair of Premises None None None
Mrs Sue O'Donnell Co-opted 11-05-2023 Curriculum / Strategy SEND / Safeguarding / Anti-bullying / E-Safety / Pupil Premium / PHSE / Disciplinary Age Concern Chesterfield and District Trustee None None
Mr David Owens Co-opted 16-09-2023 Premises / Resources / Curriculum Disciplinary / Attendance / Mathematics None DHFS Foundation Governor
Mr John Yates Co-opted 11-07-2020 Curriculum / Premises / Strategy Technology None None None
Mr Alan Thomas Co-opted 03-04-2023 Curriculum   None Chair of Governors at Northfield Junior School None
Mrs Tina Bennett Parent 19-10-2020 Resources / Strategy / Curriculum Student Council Liaison / Science None None None
Mr Richard Gilson Parent 15-10-2022 Resources / Curriculum / Strategy Vice Chair of Governors / Chair of Curriculum / Chair of Resources / CEA / GDPR None
Governor / Vice Chair Dronfield Junior School
Mrs Karen Hoyes Parent 15-10-2022 Resources / Curriculum Disciplinary / Attendance / PE / Sixth Form / School Visits None None None
Mrs Christine Smith Co-opted 14-01-2024 Curriculum
None None None
Mrs Amanda Downs Parent 03-12-2024 Curriculum   None None None
Dr Ben Crunkhorn Parent 03-12-2024 Curriculum   None None None
Mrs Luci Windle Parent 15-10-2022 Curriculum Pupil Premium / IAG Website Abbey School Trust None None
Vacancy Staff     None None None
Cllr Alex Dale Foundation 19/12/2023 Curriculum LAC. Post Adoption Derbyshire County Council None None
Mrs Beverley Kenyon Foundation 19/12/2023 Curriculum   None None None
Mr Paul Parkin Foundation 19/12/2023 Curriculum   None None None


Governors' Meetings 2020-21

  • Tuesday 9th March 2021, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 11th May 2021, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 13th July 2021, 6:30pm


Governor Meeting Attendance

Governors have met 22 times during the course of the year for full governors' meetings, Curriculum, Resources, Premises and Strategy committee meetings for the year 2017-18.

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.


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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