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THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BOARD

The governing board is responsible for working with the schools to ensure that they deliver a good quality education. Together with the headteachers, who are responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

The 3 key roles of a governing board are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteachers to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the schools and make sure their money is well spent

 

STRUCTURE OF GOVERNING BOARD

The work of the governing board is carried out through both meetings of all the governors (Full Governing Board) and committees. The committees are:-

  • Standards & Teaching committee, chaired by Nick Campion.
  • Finance & Premises committee, chaired by Peter Williams
  • Safeguarding committee, chaired by Dawn Bentley
  • Pay committee chaired by Bob Gallear.

 

In addition particular governors have a watching brief on Pupil Premium and Sports premium and these governors liaise with the staff responsible within the schools, reporting back to the full governing body. Some governors are assigned to link with particular year groups, making regular visits to the schools and supporting staff in their year.

Governors, from time to time, are also involved in Working Groups to look at particular issues related to the development of the schools.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Name

Category

Date of

appointment

Duration

Committees

Other Roles

Dawn Bentley

Community

1st Oct 2018

4 years

Safeguarding (chair)

Y5 link

Physical and Emotional fitness link

Nick Campion

Community (co-vice chair)

1st Oct 2018

4 years

Standards (chair)

Pay

Sports premium

Languages link

Strategy group

Shelley White

Co-headteacher (HPS)

 

 

Standards

Finance & Premises

 

Tricia Edwards

Co-headteacher (HPS)

 

 

Safeguarding

Standards

Finance & Premises

 

Bob Gallear

Community (chair)

1st Oct 2018

4 years

Standards

Finance & Premises

Pay (chair)

HTPM

Maths link

Strategy group

STEM

Julia Hart

Headteacher (MSA)

 

 

Safeguarding

Standards

Finance & Premises 

Strategy group

Sujinder Lehal

Parent

15th Nov 2016

4 years

Finance & Premises

Y6 link

Humanities link

Joe Handy

Staff

 

 

Standards

 

Amy Plenderleith

Community

1st Oct 2018

4 years

Standards

Pay

Pupil premium

Y1 link

Anna Selby

Parent

15th Nov 2016

4 years

Finance & Premises

HTPM

Y3 link

H&S

Julie Somers

Parent

15th Nov 2016

4 years

Standards

Strategy group

N/YR link

Pupil premium

STEM

Emma Watson

Community

1st Oct 2018

4 years

Finance & Premises

Y2 link

H&S

Peter Williams

Community (co vice chair)

1st Oct 2018

4 years

Finance & Premises

(chair)

Y4 link

Strategy group

Terry Irvine

Community

24th Sep 2019

2 years

Finance & Premises

 
Laura Briggs Parent 24th Sep 2019 2 years Standards  

 

 

Governing Board - Pen Portraits

 

Dawn Bentley (Community Governor)

I have been part of the governing body at Hilton Primary School since 2004. For eight years I was a parent governor until my children left the school. Since then I have been fortunate enough to be able to continue as a governor in a different capacity.

During this time I have actively helped and supported the school with the many challenges faced always considering the best outcome for the children at the front of everything I do. It is important to me that every child realises their full potential in a safe and happy environment.

Until this year when the governing body reorganised I spent my time on what is now the Standards & Teaching Committee (formerly Attainment & Progress).  I am also the Nominated Safeguarding Governor.

 

Nick Campion (Community Governor)

I believe that pupils' time at HPS should not only be about aspiring to excellence in the classroom but also exploring as many avenues of learning as possible. I enjoy working with the senior leadership team to find ways for the school to educate and nurture the whole child - intellectually, socially, emotionally, creatively and physically.

I am rigorous in holding the school to account in every facet of education but also commit to be constructive and supportive at all times.

 

I am in my eleventh year as a governor. I have served on a number of committees, have been vice-chair and I currently chair the Quality and Standards committee. I am also the link governor for the subject of English. I enjoy coming into school to speak to teachers, pupils and leaders so I can understand more about our school and how Governors can help it to continue improving.

 

I am a freelance writer and psychotherapist, and like to offer my expertise to the school in any way possible. The academic year 2020-21 is the first year without one of my daughters in HPS since 2009; both of them loved their time at the school and I want to ensure all other pupils have a similarly rewarding experience.

 

Bob Gallear (Community and Chair of Governors)

I have been a governor at Hilton Primary School for 16 years, and chair for the past 12 years. During this time I have worked closely with senior leaders in school to improve the provision the school makes for its pupils and raise standards. Throughout my time in office I have supported the school in any way that I can to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity reach their full potential and enjoy their time at primary school. I meet with the headteacher every week to ensure that I have am aware of emerging issues at an early stage and to review with him the impact of any changes that are made.

 

I have spent most of my working life in education as a teacher, an advisory teacher in Derbyshire and in initial teacher training. I have a wide experience of a number of schools and current educational practice. My main interests are in the curriculum and assessment but as chair of governors I attend all the main committee meetings.

 

Sujinder Lehal (Parent Governor)

I have been a parent governor at Hilton Primary School since November 2016. I am currently working within the Standards and Teaching Committee of the governing body. I am a mother of 3 children, 2 of which attend Hilton Primary School. I moved into Hilton 5 years ago, and I am originally from Kent. I have worked, and continue to work (Part – Time) for Costco’s Optical Department.

 

I assumed my current post to gain more of an awareness of how the school makes decisions related to improving educational standards, and making positive contributions to the decision making process myself. Although not involved in education in a professional capacity, I have good inter-personal skills and experience of working in partnership with work colleagues, professionals, and management staff to improving working conditions and raising standards of service provided. I share the school’s commitment to improving educational attainment levels and it’s aim to achieve ‘outstanding’ status.

 

My parent governor role also enables me to make positive contributions to ensuring that pupils continue to thrive and maximise their potential in a fun, stimulating and happy educational environment.

 

Joe Handy (Staff Governor)

I have been a proud member of staff at Hilton Primary School since 2015 and currently teach in Year 5. For the past 4 years I have also been a year group leader and helped lead an amazing group of colleagues in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I was keen to be a part of the governing body as it's an important part of the school structure that I wanted to know more about and be more involved with. As well as this, I have been lucky enough to form lots of close relationships with many of my colleagues and think this will help me represent staff views and ideas well at meetings. Every part of my job revolves around delivering the very best opportunities and outcomes for the children in our school and I look forward to working alongside our governing body to ensure we continue to provide these.

 

Amy Plenderleith (Community Governor)

I have been a governor since 2006 and currently sit on the Standards & Teaching committee. I am also one of the governors responsible for safeguarding.

 

As a parent of three children, all of whom have attended HPS, I am keen to see the school succeed and continue to provide a high standard of education and care for its pupils.

 

My role as a community governor enables me to draw on my knowledge and work within local government in Derbyshire. I have been a District Councillor for Hilton since 2007, and have experience of planning issues and local government finance, as well as being an active member of several other governing bodies in the last 10 years, including Derbyshire’s Police & Crime Panel, Etwall Sure Start Children’s Centre and the Council of Governors at Burton Hospitals FT. These roles and other community connections enable me to bring useful local strategic perspective and knowledge to governor’s meetings.

 

Anna Selby (Parent Governor)

I have been a governor since November 2016. I have lived in Hilton since 2013 and am married with 2 children, both of whom are at HPS. I currently work at the Royal Derby Hospital, having previously spent 11 years working for the University of Nottingham.

I chose to become a governor because I believe I possess useful project management skills acquired through my employment and wanted to use these to support and improve HPS. I have been very impressed with HPS, in particular the standard of teaching and care. My desire is for the school to become outstanding and remain a happy, supportive environment for each pupil.

 

Julie Somers (Parent Governor)

I have been a parent governor at Hilton Primary School for nearly 8 years. Throughout my time on the governing board I have had the pleasure of working with all year groups.

 

I have 2 children both have attended Hilton Primary since Nursery, with my youngest just starting in year 6 this year.

 

Professionally, I am a qualified primary school teacher and worked for 15 years in a South Derbyshire Junior School, taking responsibility for History, English and Relationship and Sex Education. I left the classroom in 2014 and moved to Derby University where I am a Senior Lecturer on the Initial Teacher Education programmes and work closely with schools to provide placements for the trainees and moderate their teaching as they progress towards gaining their Qualified Teaching Status.

 

Emma Watson (Community Governor)

I was invited to join the governing team at Hilton Primary School in May 2017, after my active involvement in fighting for extra funding for the school. Schools are sadly having to become increasingly business and financially aware to face the challenges from funding constraints and government metrics, whilst remembering these children are people and not just targets.

 

As a qualified CIMA accountant with a business studies honours degree and 19 years experience at Rolls-Royce in Finance. I believe I can help the school by bringing both business and financial expertise at this difficult time. However, as a parent of one child in the school, I am conscious that despite financial burdens at the school, the primary focus in all decisions should be the welfare of the children. The quality of teaching and support to the individual child should not be forgotten in these difficult times.

 

Peter Williams (Community Governor)

My involvement in the school started 7 years ago as part of the PTFA for 4 years as vice chair. During the recent battle for funding I got much more actively involved in the financial and emotional battle that ensued. I decided it was an appropriate time to give focus to another area of school life.

 

I have an honours degree in Information Technology and have worked in IT in various different companies for 18 years. 6 years ago I started a company with two colleagues specifically in the insurance debt recovery sector. Being a company director has given me insights into finance, HR, operations, sales, marketing as well as my familiar home of IT. I believe I can apply this to our school and its governance. My enthusiasm to do a good job is driven by my children who love this school.

 

Laura Briggs (Parent Governor MSA)

 

I have two children, one of whom has just started at the Mease. My children’s future, and that of the others attending the Mease, is of huge importance to me and I am really excited to be able to support their education as a Governor.

 

I currently work as a Project Manager for a large Midlands based Social Landlord, and at University I studied Education and spent a great deal of time working in schools and working with children with special educational needs. I hope that this experience will allow me to help drive and support the fantastic standards that have already been established by the Teachers and staff at the Mease.

 

Terry Irvine (Community Governor MSA)

 

My eldest child is in Year 1 at The Mease and as a governor I am delighted to be part of such a welcoming,  nurturing and supportive school. In my role I hope to support the school to ensure all the children continue to thrive in a happy, safe setting where they can learn and grow.

 

My background is in commercial and export compliance and I currently lead an export compliance team in the aerospace industry. My role is heavily focused on compliance and governance which I hope stands me in good stead as a member of the governing board.

 

Julia Hart (Headteacher MSA)

 

I during my teaching career, have worked in 4 schools – all very different!  After 11 years at Hilton Primary as Deputy Head, I finally took the plunge into headship when The Mease Spencer Academy opened in September 2019.  It is an absolute privilege to be the Principal at The Mease – having come from the largest school in Derbyshire, I am now at one of the smallest – although not for long as we will grow year on year.  To start building a brand new school from scratch is a joy and a challenge and, along with my fabulous team, we all relish every minute.  I am extremely grateful that HPS governors on this new chapter for the village of Hilton and to be working in partnership with both HPS and Spencer Academies Trust.  

The table below is a summary of governor attendance at meetings 2019 - 20:

                         

Full Governing Board

Quality & Standards

Finance,Premises & Personnel

 

24/9

25/2

7/7 (Z)

16/10

15/1

4/3

10/10

 5/12

6/2

Dawn Bentley      

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaydine Breadon

 A

A

ETO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Campion

 

 

 

Tricia Edwards

 ✓

 

 

 

Bob Gallear

Julia Hart

A

A

A

Sujinder Lehal

 

 

 

A

A

Kevan Lomas

Joe Handy

 

 

 

Amy Plenderleith 

 

 

 

Anna Selby

A

 

 

 

Julie Somers

A

A

A

 

 

 

Emma Watson

 

 

 

Peter Williams

 

 

 

 Shelley White

     

 Terry Irvine

      A
 Laura Briggs A      

 

ETO  end of term of office

Z = Zoom virtual meeting

Governor Business Interests 2019 -20

Name

Category

Register of

business

interests

Relations between

Governor/staff

Roles in other

Educational establishments

Dawn Bentley

Community

none

none

none

Jaydine Breadon

Parent

none

none

none

Nick Campion

Community

none

none

none

Shelley White

Associate

none

none

none

Tricia Edwards

Associate

none

none

none

Bob Gallear

Community

none

none

none

Julia Hart

Headteacher

none

none

none

Sujinder Lehal

Parent

none

none

none

Kevan Lomas

Headteacher

none

none

none

Joe Handy

Staff

none

none

none

Amy Plenderleith

Community

none

none

none

Anna Selby

Parent

none

none

none

Julie Somers

Parent

none

none

Lecturer

Univ of Derby

Emma Watson

Community

none

none

none

Peter Williams

Community

none

none

none

Terry Irvine Community none none none
Laura Briggs Parent none none none
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