0116 233 8411

Hazel Street, Leicester, LE2 7JN



Governance at Hazel. What do we do?
The Governors of Hazel Community Primary bring expertise from education, industry and from the wider school community; we meet regularly at the school to provide challenge and support to the headteacher.

We value and promote a positive and committed school atmosphere at Hazel Community Primary. We believe the school enables staff, pupils, parents and governors to work together to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential and that the school is an exciting place for learning.

The Governing body plays an important strategic and legal role in maintaining the success of Hazel Community Primary, helping to raise standards and ensuring that all pupils receive the best possible education. We work closely with the headteacher, staff and the local authority in setting and agreeing the strategic direction of the school.


Our core functions are:

• 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


At Hazel Community Primary School we operate a broadly no-committee model of school governance. The no-committee model allows all governors to be present at, and contribute to, all discussions held at the regular governing body meetings. These meetings include all key areas as appropriate.

Named Governors are linked to each key area and report back to the full governing body where relevant at the regular governing body meetings.

Link Governors meet with key staff in their area at least one per term. Their role in this meeting is to observe, monitor and evaluate the work in their area of responsibility. Link Governors support and challenge staff in order to build capacity and to develop their own understanding. (Further link work may be undertaken where relevant through Learning Walks, external Governor training etc.

Outcomes from these interactions are reported back to the full Governing body using the Hazel template and are discussed as a group at the regular governing body meetings. All Governors are free to enquire and further challenge the Link Governor on this. Further actions may be required or inspired which the Link Governor will undertake and report back.

Governors are also involved in supporting the school in making sure the education provided is the best it can be through visiting the school and watching lessons, as well as talking with children, parents and staff on a regular basis.

FGB meeting dates 2019–2020

Autumn 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020

       26th September 2019

24th October 2019

28th November 2019

 19th December 2019

 23rd January 2020

 27th February 2020 

26th March 2020

14th May 2020

 25th June 2020


       We also hold a Finance and a T+L committee.

Finance and T+L committee meeting dates 2019-2020
Finance Committee T+L committee

                                                   23rd October 2019

                                                   16th. January 2020

4th November 2019
24th March 2020 10th February 2020

23rd June 2020


Annual Governance Statement

As a result of a Governing Body/Senior Leadership Strategy day in the summer of 2019 the Governing Body self-evaluated and concluded:

  • Governors are committed to working with the SLT and teachers to improve the quality of education and experiences that pupils receive
  •  They have a growing confidence in their strategic role
  • They have developed effective questioning of the SLT and holding them to account
  •  Governors have a good working knowledge and understanding of schools and the education system


  • The Governing Body profile is not high enough and too many staff are unclear who we are and what we do.
  • As  Governors find themselves responsible for new areas relevant training will be needed. 
  • The skills audit highlighted areas where we would benefit from training and which would direct future recruitment.
  • Whilst beneficial to individual governors, school visits are sometimes without strategic purpose
  • Full Governing Body meetings are too long and often too operational

As a result of this self evaluation, and as part of our improved effectiveness, we are determined to address the issues that were highlighted during that day. These points are addressed in our governor development plan which sits within the overall school development plan for 2019-20.

Would you like to join us?

We currently have vacancies for Governors and Parent governors on the Governing body and would like to increase the range of skills available to support the work of the school.

We are especially seeking governors with financial management expertise, with experience of basing funding decisions on organisational priorities and the ability to interpret financial data and question financial performance against strategic priorities. Prospective  governors with HR experience and expertise would also be very welcome. Governors are vital to ensure the governing body is fully representative of school users and our local community. Being a member of our governing body is a rewarding experience and will ensure you continue to make a lasting contribution to the development of the school and the education of its pupils. 

If you would like to become involved as a Governor/Parent Governor please contact Lynda Callaghan, our Chair of Governors, for an informal discussion. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Email lcallaghan@hazel.leicester.sch.uk or call 0116 233 8411

Alternatively contact:

Governor Services Team – Education Performance Service
Social Care and Education
Leicester City Council

Tel: 0116 454 1916



Governor Blog

Check out our Governor Blog to keep up to date with what Governors do eg. 

* Governor training
* Accompanying pupils on school visits
* Walkthroughs to monitor the day to day running of the school
* Supporting initiatives in the community


Governor Responsibilities 2019 – 2020

Subject areas

Statutory responsibilities

Other responsibilities

Lynda Callaghan

MFL/Language clubs






PE/Sports clubs



Pay and appraisal; HT





Alan Curtis


 PHSE/Fundamental values

School Council



Pupil well-being

T+L Committee Chair

Governor induction

Eileen Marlowe









Cindy Gunn



Social media


Recruitment of staff

 Parents and the community

Health and Safety

Governor induction

Sarah Thomson




D+T/Food for life/Fuel for School


Pay and appraisal; staff

Finance Committee Chair

Alvin Raj




Karen Bishop, Staff governor




Sarah Duffy, Parent governor




Governor Training 2019-20

Name Course Provider  Date
Lynda Callaghan SEND Governors; improve your understanding of the important statutory duties Governing Bodies have towards SEND pupils. Leicester Teaching School 22.10.19
Lynda Callaghan 

Preparation for Ofsted

Learn how Ofsted will inspect governance under the new inspection framework, and what your role is as a governor

Leicester Teaching School 29.10.19

Lynda Callaghan/Eileen Marlowe


Safeguarding: whole school training 

Leicester LA 6.1.20
Eileen Marlowe/Cindy Gunn


              Preparation for Ofsted

Learn how Ofsted will inspect governance under the new inspection framework, and what your role is as a governor

Leicester Teaching School 14.1.20
Cindy Gunn/Alan Curtis/Sarah Thomson/Sarah Duffy/Lynda Callaghan


Prevent Online Training Course


HM Government

Spring 2020