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We would like to welcome you to Huntington Community Primary School.

The Governing Board is made up of parents, staff, representatives of the community and the Local Authority. As well as sharing a common desire to support the School, the Governing Board have statutory duties by which they are legally bound. We are ultimately responsible for all matters relating to the School including teaching and learning, safeguarding, health and safety, staffing, premises and ensuring financial accountability. We work closely with the head teacher, children and staff in an open, inclusive and caring atmosphere to agree the School’s vision, ethos and strategic direction. All our Governors share a common goal in wanting the very best for the children who attend.

I would like to thank all parents and staff for the support and encouragement they give to Huntington school. For children, this support nurtures key social and creative skills, especially in these early years and helps build confidence and self-esteem. Parent interest and support in promoting the school is invaluable, it ensures Huntington School has a strong partnership with the local community and helps us continue to improve the school experience for every child, on an ongoing basis.

Louise Gibson
Chair of Governors


Ms Louise Gibson - Chair of Governing Board
Co-opted Governor

Committees: Curriculum; Finance & Personnel; Premises, Health & Safety
Designated Governor: Safeguarding & Prevent; Staff Welfare
Co-opted: October 2020

Louise is Clerk to Huntington Parish Council and has a keen interest in the Huntington community as well as education, having been a primary school teacher/Assistant Head in her previous career.


Mrs Caroline Willis - Vice Chair of Governing Board
Local Authority Governor

Committee: Curriculum (Chair); Early Years
Elected: March 2023

Caroline is a qualified teacher who has worked in several primary schools in Cheshire. Previously she enjoyed careers in higher education and marketing. Caroline has two sons who both attended Huntington from Nursery class, and have now moved on to high school.


Mrs Claire Callaghan
Parent Governor

Committees: Finance and Personnel (Chair); Premises and Health & Safety

Designated Governor: Website Compliance/GDPR

Claire has 15 years' experience working in Financial Services but following a change in career in 2019 she is now a School Business Manager at a local primary school. Claire has a child who attends Huntington Primary School in Year 4 - her elder child moved on to high school from Huntington last year.

Elected: June 2021

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Mrs Holly James
Parent Governor

Committees: Curriculum
Designated Governor: Behaviour; Mental Health & Wellbeing; Communication with Parents

Holly moved to Chester 6 years ago, and her son moved to high school from Huntington Primary last year. Holly works for Bank of America as a Benefits Manager within Global Human Resources and is also qualified as a Mental Health First aider.  She has a passion for mental health and breaking the stigma this carries.

Elected: June 2021


Mr David Whitehead 
Co-opted Governor

Committees: Premises and Health & Safety (Chair); Finance and Personnel
Designated Governor: Health & Safety
Co-opted: November 2019

David is the Chairman of Huntington Parish Council. He has a son in Year 5.




Mrs Amanda Robinson
Parent Governor

Committees: Finance and Personnel, Curriculum
Designated Governor: SEND; Pupil Premium; Sports Premium.

Elected: April 2023

Amanda works for a global payment and technology company and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. She has 2 children who attend HCPS in Year 5 and Year 2.

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Mrs Beth Hennessy 
Parent Governor

Committees: Finance and Personnel
Designated Governor: Behaviour; Mental Health & Wellbeing; Early Years
Elected: April 2023

Beth has a background in HR and Learning and Development. She now works as the Business Manager of Huntington Under 5’s Preschool. She has 4 children - her two girls are still at Huntington in year 4, while her two sons have both moved on to high school, having attended Huntington throughout their primary years. 

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Mrs Fiona Fenton
Parent Governor

Committees: Curriculum; Finance & Personnel
Designated Governor: Communication with Parents
Elected: April 2023

Fiona is a partner in a national law firm and has lived in Chester most of her life. She has a child in Year 1.


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Mrs Sonja High
Co-opted Governor

Committees: Premises, Health & Safety
Designated Governor: Pupil Premium, Sports Premium
Co-opted: April 2023

Sonja is a chartered certified accountant and has a background in financial services, education, human resources and publishing. She has lived in several countries during the last 20 years, and moved to Chester 9 years ago.


Mrs Nicola Harrison-Smith
Staff Governor

Committee: Premises and Health & Safety
Co-opted: March 2022

Nikki has worked at Huntington for many years as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. She is also our lead First Aider and Religious Education subject leader (teaching the subject herself to Years 1-4). Nikki is also the school's Unison Representative.



Mr Duncan Rose

Committees: Finance and Personnel; Curriculum; Premises and Health & Safety
Appointed: April 2009

Duncan has worked at Huntington since 2002, and became the headteacher in 2009. He was formerly a lead teacher for Cheshire.



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