The Governing Body

What is an Academy?

Huxlow is an Academy but is not part of a chain. We report directly to the Department for Education (DfE) and they provide our funding. Therefore we are an independent body subject to company and charity law as well as our funding agreement with the DfE. We are solely responsible for our activities and outcomes.

The Governing Body of the College is responsible for all aspects of the College; we delegate the normal running of the College to the Headteacher.

Financial Information

Who are the school governors?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school, who together are known as the governing body. Huxlow's governors include members of the local community, parents, teachers and support staff. All governors serve a four year term, unless they choose to resign early. Governors are appointed by the full governing body, with the exception of parent governors, who are voted in by the parents of current students.


Governance arrangements for the year ended 31/08/2016
Governors' relevant business and pecuniary interests


Why does the school need governors?

The governing body works largely ‘behind the scenes’, but they are involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school. This includes a wide range of regular tasks, such as:

  • Setting strategic direction and long-term goals for the school as a whole
  • Supporting the headteacher and also holding them to account for improving performance
  • Setting budgets and ensuring that money is well spent
  • The governors also play a crucial role in big decisions that have to be made from time to time, such as appointing a new headteacher or deputy headteacher, or making the change from a maintained school to an academy school.
  • Further information about the roles and responsibilities of school governors can be found at:

What does the role of governor involve?

Governors work as a team to make joint decisions on the school’s policies and procedures.

Click here to view Huxlow’s policies and procedures

The full governing body meet at least once a term. Representatives from within and outside the school are invited to discuss specific themes.

Much of the detailed work is carried out by four main committees, containing several governors each, which meet regularly:

  • Finance, premises and personnel
  • Welfare
  • Health and Safety
  • Curriculum

Who can become a school governor?

Anyone over 18 can become a school governor. Huxlow’s governing body includes individuals from many different backgrounds. All the governors share a commitment to providing, for all of our students, a good education and a happy and safe experience.

Click here to see Huxlow’s Vision, Goal and Values Statements

How can the governors be contacted?

The governors can be contacted through:

Mrs Kay Lynch, Clerk to the Governors
Finedon Road, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 5TY
01933 650496
Governor meeting dates and term dates
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Parent Governor Vacancy – nominate now

Huxlow’s Governing Body has a vacancy for a Parent Governor. All parents/carers are invited to stand for election, or nominate another parent to do so. Please click the link below to find out more.

Parent Governor nominations

Meet the Governors .....

Mr Mike Fargher

Chair of Governors and Parent Governor.

I have had the privilege of being a Governor at Huxlow for more than eight years now and was previously Chair of Governors at one of our local primary schools before moving with my children to Huxlow. I am also an Appointed Additional Governor for the Local Authority supporting Governing Boards in schools where needed, as well as Vice Chair at Irthlingborough Junior School. I had been a School Governor Chair elsewhere before moving to East Northamptonshire.

I originally trained and qualified as a Chartered Forester and moved all over the UK in both the private and public sectors before specialising in environmental management and infrastructure development. In my current day job I work for a large Public Company where my role involves me leading a strategic regulatory relationship to ensure that we provide the best service possible to our customers.

In my spare time I enjoy a busy family life as well as sailing and numerous outdoor activities. We are a Local Authority foster family, so we have the additional insight into supporting young people in care to help them cope in difficult times as well as giving them the skills and experiences to help them develop and thrive. All our children are or have been at Huxlow and so have a good perspective of how great a school it really is.

I really enjoy being able to play my part in the strong Governing team at Huxlow Science College, who will bring both their professional and life skills to help guide the School's Senior Leadership Team manage the school. The work of the Governors directly supports our young people to ensure that they get the very best education and the important life skills that they deserve to set them up for adult life.

Mr David McVean

Vice Chair of Governors - appointed September 2016.  I have just joined the Executive Leadership Team of Eact as their Head of Internal Audit.  Previously, I worked as the Education Funding Agency's Regional Director for Academy operations covering East Midlands, West Midlands and the South West of England.  I had been a civil servant in the Department of Education for almost 30 years.

I joined this Governing body in December 2014 because of the ethos that exists in the school that 'Every Child Can Succeed' and want to play my part in helping to make Huxlow an outstanding school.

I am married, have two grown-up boys and a granddaughter who lives in Irthlingborough.


Mr Peter Kelby

Parent Governor.  Member of Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.  ICT and TENC Curriculum link governor.

 I have held senior management roles in companies such as Cadbury Typhoo and Scott Bader and am currently a Management Consultant.  I am also Chair of Cransley Hospice Trust, the charity that supports Cransley Hospice.

My particular areas of expertise are strategy, governance and finance.


Mr Robert John Barron

I started as a Local Authority Governor about 30 years ago.  Later elected as a Community Governor.  I am Vice Chair of the Curriculum Committee.  I am also a Governor at Finedon Mulso School.

I am married to Glenys and have two grown up children.  I am 72 and have been retired for 5 years.

I worked all my life in the building trade in accounts.

I was initially invited to become a Governor but I enjoy the work.


Mrs Stephanie Cawley

With most of my family involved in education in some form or another, I thought it was time I got to know more about life in a school and felt I could offer some experience from industry by becoming a Governor.

I’ve really enjoyed the last few years in the role.  My own education was very important to me, so I feel passionate about the opportunities offered at Huxlow.  I have also found the differences and similarities between education and large private organisations extremely interesting.

Outside of Huxlow, I work for BT running operational teams.  I have been there for 14 years and have loved the opportunities I’ve had to manage diverse teams and large budgets.

I am married to Michael, a teacher and we have two young daughters so life is busy but fun!  We enjoy holidays in Wales and Cornwall and before the children, were keen skiers!

Mr Andrew Dickerson

I have only been a Governor since April 2014 so I am still a newbie to the whole process.  I find the whole Governor role really interesting and always look forward to meeting the staff and students everytime I enter the school.

A bit about me, my family are from Irthlingborough and I grew up down the road in Burton Latimer.  Since leaving school I have worked for Sainsburys, I started work as a trainee baker, a job which I loved and did for many years.  I then took up a job in a management role within Sainsburys working in may stores across Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.  I am currently a Departmental Manager, a job I really enjoy doing.

Outside of work I really enjoy fishing, paintballing and wargames.


Mr Michael Hodgson

Co-opted as a Governor in February 2014, I elected to sit on the Curriculum and Welfare Committees.  I work in the education sector as a Teacher at secondary level; beginning my career in inner city Birmingham, I now teach in Daventry.  I am an English, Media and Drama specialist and I am also currently undertaking the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.

I am dedicated to improving the quality of education for the children of this county, which is why I am so happy to be associated with Huxlow Science College.

Miss Ruth Moss

I joined Huxlow Science College in September 2000 as a Learning Support Assistant in Huxlow's very successful Education Support Department (ESD).  Although I supported students in a wide range of subjects, my main area of expertise was English.  This meant that when the new role of Literacy HLTA was advertised in July 2013, I felt I was in a position to apply and was appointed to start in September 2013.  A particular focus of this role is to help all Pupil Premium students to reach their potential.

When our Clerk to the Governors made a request for a Support Staff Governor in early 2010, I felt my knowledge of the school and my understanding of the students meant I had something to offer.  Being a school Governor provides a different perspective on the running of a school

During all my time as a Governor, I have been a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Mr Stuart Pentlow

I started work in 1970 as an apprentice toolmaker, and progressed well within the same company, at 27 years old I was promoted to New Products/International Project Manager.  I left to pursue my insatiable desire to progress to Board level, taking a job as Technical Director Designate in Matlock, then soon after I was poached as Technical Director by an ailing company in Corby to rescue them after they lost a major contract, the company was destroyed soon after by fire.

I then set up my own company as Plastic Injection Moulders, and ultrasonic welders.  I enjoyed the 20 years as Managing Director and during this time, made many substantial achievements working with Ford, Rover, Royal Ordnance, MOD, Landrover, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, to name a few.  My experience running this company was enhanced significantly by giving troublesome and disabled kids a chance in life within my company.  I have many of them still as friends and their parents are very thankful to me for giving their kids a start in life.

I have two children, my boy was at Huxlow and he has turned out great, and my daughter who is 26 and lovely and autistic.  Obviously I have lots of experience with disabled and autistic children, which I enjoy and will pursue more when my workload reduces.

I am married to my rock Linda, who supports me in everything I do.

I am a founder member of the Institute of Learning and Management (ILM), and also a member of the Institute of Diagnostic Engineers.  My current position is Plastic Consultant, covering all aspects of plastic processing.


Mr Steve Ward

I have been a Governor at Huxlow for many years and was for 19 of those years, Chair of Governors.  As well as a Governor at Huxlow, I am also a Governor of Irthlingborough Junior School and have been Chair of Governors there for the past 8 years.

Recently I have been designated a National Leader of Governance (NLG) 'Advocate' and through this, I help many schools' Governing Bodies.

In my professional life, I am a retired Electrical Engineer.  I am a member of the Institution for Engineering and Technology and am a registered Incorporated Engineer MIET IEng.


Mr Richard Sewell

I joined Rock UK in May 2009.  I enjoyed a whirlwind introduction into this exciting business having previously worked as a Sales Director in London.  Prior to that, I originally come from Cape Town, South Africa and worked as a horticulturist in my home country.

I live at the Frontier Centre with my wife and two teenage daughters.  I have a strong competitive nature and enjoy trying out the wide variety of activities offered at the Frontier Centre, but especially love the water based ones!