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For our school governing body to be truly effective I believe in utilising and combining each person’s strengths and talents. This makes us a strong and effective team.  All our governors have varied abilities, be that their business acumen; past teaching experience, safeguarding awareness, special needs training, sporting prowess, environmental knowledge or their Christian commitment.  Together we work.  This is of enormous benefit to the school, its staff and our children, plus of course their time is freely given as is their committed support.  I am most thankful for each one of them and all they do and fully expect us all to get better still. –                                     

Alison Ivins – Chair of Governors  

The main function of governors is to see that the school is being effectively managed and you are invited to contact them on any matter concerning the life of the school.

The governors meet at least once each term.

Please click to see – Governor Calendar 2022/23

Governor Calendar 2021/2022
Governor Calendar 20/21
Governor Calendar 19/20
Governors Calendar 18/19
Governors Calendar 17/18
Governors Calendar  16/17
Name                                                Governor Type                    Start Date                      End Date                           Committee Voting Rights Declaration of  Interest
Miss Alison Ivins Chair of Governors & Parent 23-March 2023 23-March 2026 Finance, HR Safeguarding & Curriculum Full Governors & Committees None
Mrs E Broomhead



Resigned  June 2022

30- APR- 2020 30-Apr-2024 Curriculum, Assessment & H&S Full Governors & Committees None
Mrs T Blackwell Headteacher 01-Sep-13  On going Curriculum, Assessment &  H&S, Safeguarding and HR, Finance & Premises Full Governors & Committees None
Mrs J Flower Staff  – Temp Clerk to Gov 14-Jul-21 14-Jul-25 Safeguarding,  HR & Finance Full Governors &  Committees None
Mrs K Webley Parent 20 – Apr – 21 20 -Apr – 25 Safeguarding & HR Full Governors & Committees None
Mr John Dean  

Passed away 13-11-22

19-Sep-19 19-Sep-23 Finance & HR Full Governors & Committees None
Mr Tim Polkinghorne Co-Opted, Vice-Chair 23-Jan 2020 23-Jan 2024 Finance & HR Full Governors & Committees None
Mrs Dorothy Hawton Foundation 16 Sept 2020 16 Sept 2024 Finance & Curriculum Full Governors & Committees None
Ms Gillian Dennis Associate 21 Oct 2020 21 Oct  2024 None None
Ms Mary Teeboon Associate 4-May 2022 4 May 2025 Safeguarding & Curriculum None Governor at Taddington School
Mr Nick Rowe Associate 2-Mar 2023 2-Mar 2026 Finance None
Judith Flower Temp Clerk to Governors Post vacant
Local Authority Gov Post Vacant

Please click to see – Resigned Governors

Governor Categories

Parent Governor – Elected by parents of children on roll at school

Staff Governor – Elected by staff at the school

Local Authority Governor – Nominated by the Local Authority but appointed by the Governing Body

Associate Governor – Appointed by the Governing Body

Foundation Governor – Appointed by virtue of the office they hold e.g. the Church

Co-opted – Appointed by the Governing Body

Full Governing Body meetings – Attendance record

Voting Rights 6-7-23 17-5-23 23-3-23 2-3-23 8-12-22 19-10-22 29-9-22 4-5-22 16-3-22 2-2-22 1-12-21 10-11-21 20-10-21 18-11-21 14-7-21
Mrs Tracy Blackwell Full Governors & Committees Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mrs Elizabeth Broomhead Full Governors & Committees N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes
Mrs Judith Flower Full Governors & Committees. Temp Clerk to Governors Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mr John Dean Full Governors & Committees N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Mrs K Webley Full Governors & Committees Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes N/A No No Yes
Miss Alison Ivins Full Governors & Committees,   Chair Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Mr Tim Polkinghorne Full Governors & Committees, Vice Chair Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mrs Dorothy Hawton Full Governors & Committees Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Ms Gillian Dennis Associate Governor No No No No No Yes N/A Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes
Ms Mary Teeboon Associate Governor Yes No Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mr Nick Rowe Associate Governor Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Position Vacant  Clerk to Governors
Position Vacant Local Authority Governor

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Governor Meeting Attendance Record 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022

Governor Meeting Attendance Record 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021
Governor Meeting Attendance Record 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020
Governor Meeting Attendance Record 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019
Governor Meeting Attendance Record 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018
Governor Meeting Attendance Record 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017
Governor Meeting Attendance Record 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2016

Any correspondence may be addressed to the Governors care of Hartington C of E Primary School or an email sent to

 If you wish to speak with a Governor please contact the school on 01298 84254.

Miss Alison Ivins – Chair & Parent Governor

Tracy Blackwell – Head Teacher


Favourite subjects at school: PE, Art and Literacy.

As well as having the privilege of being Head Teacher here at Hartington C of E Primary and enjoying the honour of working alongside the youngsters here on a daily basis; teaching and nurturing them; watching them grow and develop, I am also incredibly pleased to work alongside the dedicated governor team to ensure the right decisions are made for the good of both pupils and staff alike. It is really lovely to be in a position to lead the school and work so closely with passionate members of our local community including partners, staff and residents.

This school has always had a strong Christian ethos, which is reflected in the vision of being at the heart of the community and working in partnership to provide the best quality holistic education for every child.

Judith Flower – Staff Governor & Temp Clerk

JudeFavourite subject at school: Wood work and metal work.

My father went to school here and always has fond memories of his days at Hartington C of E Primary School and that’s why I brought my children here too.

Whilst working in the school I have met some wonderful people who believed in me and have given me the courage to extend my learning. I have gained my Level 2 and 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools certificates, and also qualifications in ICT. I am very pleased to sit on the Governor panel and support the running of this unique family school. I hope to ensure that it remains a wonderful, Christian schooling environment for generations to come.

K Webley – Parent Governor 

Throughout my adult life I have lived in very varied communities and my work as a nurse has enabled me to meet and help people from all walks of life, with numerous life challenges. I am committed to helping people reach their best in life, and be the happiest that they can be. As a school governor I would also like to be able to help young people in my local community achieve this.

As well as my ability to connect with different groups, through my work I have gained numerous other qualities. Skills in communication, research and audit are those which I feel may be particularly helpful to the role of governor. 

Hartington Primary School has an important role to play in shaping the lives of local children, it is my aim that each child who attends the school has enriching and fulfilling experiences which equip them to thrive in the real world.

John Dean – Foundation John Dean2

I find helping with reading and literacy rewarding, particularly encouraging the children to speak clearly with expression as though they are on TV or the stage. I believe the children also enjoy it which makes it worthwhile.

I am a volunteer at the Ashbourne branch of the British Heart Foundation, a charity for which I have helped to raise money for more than 30 years.

It is with regret we must announce that John sadly passed away Sunday 13th November. He will be greatly missed by our school family, but forever remembered.

Mr Tim Polkinghorne – Vice Chair Governor

I decided to join Hartington School as a co opted governor to offer support for the school staff and fellow governors. The mountain of policies, systems and procedures that exist for much larger schools also has to be addressed in this village school.
The staff remain passionate about individual pupil progress and it feels good to offer time and support to such dedicated committed members of teaching staff and governors in a village school

Thank you for all your efforts – much appreciated by many parents.

Mrs Dorothy Hawton – Ex Officio


Having recently retired from teaching, I decided that I would like to continue my interest in education by listening to the children read in Hartington School. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and the way they support and encourage each other in their learning.  I very much hope that I can make a further contribution to this thriving community in my role as a governor.

Speaking as a member of St Giles’ congregation, we would like to strengthen the links with the school and find creative ways to work with the children. I have enjoyed the services where the children have demonstrated their great talent and realise that there will be mutual benefits from such a partnership.

Finally, as we live in such a beautiful part of the country, I look forward to helping with any activities which encourage the children to appreciate and care for their environment. This is so important for the development of thoughtful, responsible young people we need for the future.


Ms Gillian Dennis – Associate Governor

I have been teaching for over twenty years, initially in primary, but then in secondary education.  During this time, I have also taught English GCSE to adults as an Adult Education Tutor for Derbyshire County Council, finally concentrating on just this aspect of teaching.  This has been very rewarding as I have supported adults of all ages back into learning and encouraged them to overcome their barriers to learning, often from bad experiences at school as a child.  This has made me very aware of the real necessity of a positive, caring atmosphere for children at school and the importance of links with the church.  Although I only moved to Hartington a few years ago, I am pleased to now be able to have the opportunity to support the school as a governor.  I am interested in the environment and concerned at the cost of negative human impact on our world.  I spend much of my time outdoors with my dogs.

Ms Mary Teeboon – Associate Governor

Favourite subjects at school – history and child development

I have been working here at Hartington C of E Primary School since September 2009, initially as a SENTA and then more recently as EYFS co-ordinator, having completed further training to become a HLTA in the summer of 2020. I am now pleased to have joined the governing body where I am able to offer my continually developing knowledge of safeguarding and the curriculum.

I also have experience of being a governor at another primary school and am a deputy manager for an additional needs play scheme, which I have been a part of for 20 years.

I feel the schools Christian vision of ‘Caring and Sharing as part of God’s family’ is demonstrated daily by the whole school community and the school is a warm and caring environment that works hard to develop links between families, the local community and the church.

I feel honoured to be a part of the school team and to know that my experience and input are appreciated.

Mr Nick Rowe – Associate Governor

Having lived in rural villages for most of my adult life, I appreciate how fortunate Hartington and its surrounding areas are to have an excellent Primary School forming part of the local community.

With a background of forty years working for large global companies, where I held senior positions, I hope that some of the skills and knowledge I have acquired can be productively employed in retaining and developing such a valuable asset. Access to high quality state education provided me with many opportunities and in a similar manner I hope that I can contribute to ensuring that Hartington Primary School establishes a firm foundation for all of its pupils in their formative years.

Clerk to Governors – Situation Vacant

Temporary Clerk to Governors – Mrs Judith Flower

LA Governor – Vacancy – please contact school


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Terms of Reference 2022 Governing Body terms of reference Safeguarding Committee Health & Safety Committee Human Resources Committee Personnel Teaching & Learning / Community Links / Curriculum Committee Children & Learning / Community Links / Complaints Committee Finance & Premises Committee   Model Protocol for Governor visits to classrooms 2022


Minutes of Meeting 8th December 2022 (FGB) Minutes of Meeting 19th October 2022 (FGB) Minutes of meeting 29th September 2022 (FGB – Quorum not met) Minutes of meeting 22nd June 2022 (FGB) Cancelled due to clerk having Covid Minutes of Virtual Meeting 4th May 2022 (FGB) Minutes of Meeting 16th March 2022 (Curriculum & HR) …

Governors Diary

Dates of Governor Meetings: All meetings take place at Hartington Primary School at 4:30 pm or 6pm Wednesday 22nd June 2022 – FGB Wednesday 4th May 2022 – FGB Wednesday 16th March 2022 – (Curriculum & HR) Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – FGB Wednesday 1st December 2021 – FGB Wednesday 10th November 2021 – Finance …