Cove Infant School is very much part of the community to which we, pupils, parents, teachers and governors all belong.  The governors share a common interest in our school and recognise that the school has a role to play in the success of the community, which it serves.

The governors are responsible for the general management of the school, acting within a policy framework set by National Legislation.  It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to carry out the day-to-day management of the school.  At Cove Infant School the Headteacher and governors work in partnership and liaise closely on all matters affecting the school.

The governors meet formally twice a term with the Headteacher for a general review of the school.  Governors will also meet at other times to deal with specific issues, either as a whole or in working groups where appropriate.  All fundamental decisions would only be taken at a full meeting of the governors and Headteacher.

Governors at Cove Infant School are either elected, appointed or co-opted.  A Chair and vice-chair are elected each year to conduct the meetings and to be available for contact by the Headteacher.  A clerk to the governors is also appointed to take minutes and to deal with correspondence.

The governors are responsible for the following areas of the curriculum.

Hampshire Governor Services

Name Governor Category Appointed By Committee Membership Term of Office/End Date Responsibilities
Hilary McKay Headteacher Governing Body ALL Ex-officio

Head Teacher


Tanya Whitby Staff Governor Governing Body



4yrs       30.09.2018 Business Manager (Finance)
Esther Prior Co-Opted Governing Body


Pay Committee



4yrs       19.11.2018


Collective Worship/RE

Barbara Hurst LA Governor Governing Body


HT Perf Management


4yrs     20.10.2018

Gifted & Talented

English / Maths

Nick Pearson Co-Opted Governing Body


HT Perf Management


4yrs     19.11.2018

Vice Chair of Governors


Forum Rep

History / Geography

Madeleine Peck Co-Opted Governing Body

Pay Committee


4yrs     11.02.2019

Development & Training

Science / Music / PE


Esme Trufitt Parent Parents


Pay Committee

Resources (Observer)


4yrs     01.12.2017


Extended Day (Explorers)

H & S Rep

Art / DT


Milesh Lakhani Co-Opted Governing Body

Resources (Observer)

HT Perf Management


4yrs     24.11.2020

Chair of Governors

ICT / Computing

Jo Barker

Associate Governor

(No voting rights)

Governing Body 4yrs       31.08.2019 Deputy Head (Data)
Beverley Marshall  Co-Opted Governing Body FGB 4yrs December 2021  TBC

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