We are a small (120) primary school with a head who is part time teacher, part time head. Our head has been off sick twice since taking the job 3 years ago - first time for a year, then came back for 2 terms then went off sick again for elective surgery and has still not returned one year later. We employed an interim head from a local primary school who has dropped her teaching responsibilities there to cover the head role at our school. The part time teaching role has been covered by a series of supply teachers this year. Our county HR department has handled the head being of sick and receives monthly sick notes from a private doctor. The governing body are informed each time this happened but are not involved in discussion (privacy issues apparently). My questions are - does the governing body have any rights to be involved in the future with the employed head or do we just have to leave this to county HR as they tell us. Do we have any power to change this situation? What are the other possible outcomes that we can affect. If OFSTED come in will they be satisfied with our management of the situation?