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

  • The minutes of the Full Governing Body are available by request.
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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