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Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. From December 2020 when we became part of The University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWinAT), our governing body became a Local Academy Committee, working alongside our Trustees who have overall responsibility for our five schools. This means that our governors focus solely on Halterworth, but the school benefits from excellent support and advice of trustees.




David Brown (Chair)
Verity Pillinger-CorkCo-opted
Ben MeehanParent
Adrian MartinCo-opted
Luke KotchieCo-opted
John QuayleCo-opted
Jo Cottrell
Executive Headteacher
Phil Thomas
Jackie MurphyStaff 



Halterworth School has a dedicated team of Governors who are either elected as Parent Governors, Community Governors or Local Authority Governors. They remain on the Local Academy Committee for a period of four years and may be re-elected if no other candidates come forward. Vacancies for Governors are communicated through the school to parents.  Each governor has a clear role in supporting and holding the school to account, this ensures that Halterworth Governors ‘know their school’ and are able to challenge the school to achieve the very best outcomes for children. A number of governors have been trained to be ‘Pupil Mentors’ and support many of our children during their last year at school and help to prepare them for secondary school.


Chair of Governors

David Brown joined the Halterworth Governors in 2016 and has two children currently at school.

David is a professor of History has wide experience in higher education. He is committed to supporting the School in offering all pupils the opportunity to thrive.

David’s current roles on the Governing Body, are as Chair of Governors. Having previously acted as Vice Chair of Governors, David is well known to parents, staff and children and often a presence in school and at evening events.


To contact our Chair of Governors please email [email protected] or telephone the school office on 01794 512028 to ask for a return call.


Vice Chair of Governors

Verity Pillinger-Cork has been a governor at Halterworth since last year and also has a child currently at the School.  She is committed to supporting the School in offering all pupils the opportunity to thrive and is passionate about sustainability.

Parent Questionnaire 

We believe it is vital to be in regular communication with parents and make sure that Governors and senior staff are available at different times of the day and are in attendance at Parent Consultations. From time to time we issue questionnaires to gauge feedback and direct our planning for the future.