Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
The Governing Board plays a vital role in supporting and challenging the school. Governors are keen to work with parents and welcome the opportunity to discuss any element of school life. Governors play an important part in monitoring and evaluating the school's performance, which it does through a variety of committees. Governors can be contacted via the school office or our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Governing Board is responsible for the conduct of Halton Community Combined School. It is the school’s accountable body whose role is to promote high standards of educational achievement. It does this through three core strategic functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Our Governors represent the many walks of life within the community and share the same goal; to act in the best interests of the children and to support them in their learning journey through the school.
The Governing Board currently consists of:
- The Head Teacher
- 1 Local Authority Appointed Governor
- 1 Member of Staff
- 5 Parents
- 6 Co-opted Governors* (includes 1 staff member) *recruited to the Governing Board because of their specific skills set
We can often be found at the school gates keen to talk to you, in particular Colin Horsfield and Caroline Allen, (our Staff Governor), as well as various Parent Governors.
All who serve on the Governing Board do so voluntarily for a maximum period of four years at a time, so Governing Board vacancies do arise. If anyone is interested in learning more - or taking on this demanding, yet extremely rewarding role, please look out for notices and contact either the Head Teacher, Colin Horsfield, or Chair of Governors, Jennie Crummack, via the school office or our email: email@example.com
Please click on the links here to see our latest communications, reports and committee structure. Minutes of meetings are available on request:
Details and photos of many of our Governors can be found below; a full list of all Halton’s Governors and a register of any interests they are involved with can be found in the 'Committee Grid 2020-21' file above. A register of attendance for both the full board meetings and individual committees, is also detailed in a separate file at the bottom of the page.
Jennie Crummack is a Co-opted Governor who originally joined the Governing Board in 2013 as a Parent Governor, and now chairs the Full Board. In the past her roles have included chairing the Teaching & Learning Committee, chairing the Personnel and Pay Review Committee, Governor with specific responsibility for 'Special Educational Needs' (SEN) and 'Personal, Social, Health and Economics' (PSHE) as well as Maths.
Jennie currently works in a local secondary school invigilating exams and was previously a clerk for school governor meetings. She also has past experience of school governance within the county as a pupil premium governor. Her background lies in technical sales and chemistry related R&D.
Vanessa Smith is a Parent Governor who joined the Governing Board in 2019. She is the Vice Chair to the Governing Board and Chairs the Finance Committee. She also sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee and is subject governor for Humanities, primarily History and Geography.
Formerly working in London for many years as a HR, Pensions and Payroll Manager she was also a Pension Fund Trustee for 7 years. Vanessa now works in a local secondary school dealing with their examinations and data.
Rick Avory originally joined the Governing Board as a Parent Governor in 2014 and has since been co-opted. He brings his professional experience as a Health and Safety specialist to the school and chairs the Premises, Health and Safety Committee. Rick has since expanded his involvement with roles on the Teaching & Learning Committee. He is our appointed Governor for Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion and Safeguarding. He has served as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassador for many years and is a keen musician.
Janette Scott is Halton's LA Governor with specific responsibility for financial matters. She sits on the Finance, Personnel and Pay Review, and the Premises, Health and Safety Committees.
Janette joined the Governing Board in 2014 and brought with her a wealth of financial experience - in particular from within the education sector. She is AAT qualified and has been the Finance Manager at The Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury for many years.
Louise Jones is a Parent Governor who joined the Governing Board in December 2019. She chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee with specific responsibility for SEN and PSHE. Louise is also the subject lead for Humanities, primarily Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Languages.
A former Conveyancer and Administrator, Louise has recent experience working for HomeStart where she gained an interest in the welfare and safeguarding of Children. She has a wealth of experience that she is looking to use to assist Halton Community Combined School continue achieving excellence.
Remco van den Heuvel is a Co-opted Governor. Remco is the minister at Wendover Free Church where he started in September 2015. As a part of this role he leads some assemblies at the school and is now also involved through school governance. Before becoming a minister Remco worked at Brunel University doing research in Bioengineering, he also brings IT expertise. Remco currently sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee and is the subject governor for both Science and Pupil Premium.
Katie Angus joined the board as a Parent Governor in July 2020 and sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee. She is also the Subject Governor for both English and The Arts.
Katie forms part of our military community and works in Marketing, PR and Social Media for a well-known toy retailer. Katie brings that expertise alongside knowledge of a variety of communication methods to support stakeholder engagement and the identification of funding opportunities.
Lindsay Ablitt became a member of the board in July 2020 and is a Parent Governor. She sits on the Finance and Teaching & Learning Committees and is the Subject Lead for Maths.
Lindsay has over 10 years experience in PR within the motor industry and now enjoys time away from the corporate world to be with her young family. She likes exploring the Buckinghamshire countryside, and beyond, and also loves baking.
Sue Harratt is a co-opted Governor who joined the board in September 2021 and is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee with subject responsibility for English.
Sue is a retired headteacher with many years’ experience of leadership at several schools in the primary sector. Sue currently supports school improvement services in neighbouring counties, working as a consultant advisor. When not working, Sue enjoys gardening, walking and spending time with her young grandchildren.
Governor attendance records for FGB and all committee meetings over the last two years can be found in these files: