School Governors

A Message From The Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governors of Hill View School, I would like to welcome you to the schools web site and hope that you find the information provided here interesting and informative. We hope that the pictures and information give you a small snapshot of the busy life within our school and the learning activities our pupils’ experience.

While naturally in the school we are very much focused on all pupils’ academic achievement, ensuring that children are happy, supported and nurtured in a safe and secure school environment is of paramount importance. Central to the ethos of the school is its ASCENT values which are embedded throughout the curriculum to encourage all pupils to ‘Reach for the Stars’; Aspiring, being Successful, building a strong Community, striving for Excellence, Nurturing each other and building Trust.

At Hill View School we are fortunate to have a very experienced, talented and dedicated team of leaders, teachers and support staff who work hard to make this possible and the Governors take great pride in being part of this team.

Jeff Bray

Chair of Governors

The Governors

The board of governors comprises ten individuals who are either elected by their peers to serve (in the case of parent and staff governors) or selected by the board of governors due to the skills and experience that they have which will be of value to the governing body (co-opted governor). The current composition of the board of governors is as follows:

Jeff Bray – Co-Opted Governor – Chair Governor
Term of Office: 14/07.2015 – 13/07/2019
Responsibility: Year 2, Finance, Sport Funding, Admissions & Pay Panel governor

Victoria Buckland –  Head Teacher
Term of Office: Start Date 07/01.2019
Responsibility: n/a

Anna Sketchley – Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office: 26/09/2017- 25/09/2021
Responsibility: Year R & Early Years governor

Ken Brown – Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office: 05/07/2016 – 04/07/2020
Responsibility: Year 3, English & Pay Panel governor

Jacqui Gush – Co-Opted Governor
Term of Service: 05/07/2016 – 04/07/2020
Responsibility: Year 6, Integrated Curriculum & Admissions governor

Cathy Symonds – Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office: 13/09/2016 – 12/09/2020
Responsibility: Year 1, Maths; SEN / Inclusion governor

Scott Staples – Elected parent Governor
Term of Office:
Responsibility:Year 4, Health and Safety & Premises Management governor

Emma Homer – Staff Governor
Term of Office: 28/02/2017 – 27/02/2021

Lynda Hamlyn – Staff Governor
Term of Office:
Responsibility: Safeguarding and E-safety link governor

Teresa Beckingham – Co-opted Governor
Term of Office:
Responsibility: Year 5 & Pupil Premium governor

Paul Kenchington  – Elected parent Governor
Term of Office:

Governor’s Responsibilities and Actions

The governors have a legal responsibility for the overall leadership of the school; however their involvement in the school extends well beyond these legal duties. The full governing body meet at least twice a term and work together to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Review and approve the schools budget;
  • Oversee the school premises;
  • Discuss staffing plans;
  • Review and agree school policies and procedures;
  • Challenge and support the school leaders to drive pupil achievement
Governor’s Action Plan

It is important in large school like Hill View that the governors have the opportunity to really understand the practices within the school and have the opportunity to meet with the teaching staff to understand their work. The first part of each governing body meeting comprises a learning walk where the governors visit a year group within the school. During this time, the governors observe the work in pupil’s books and on the displays within the classrooms and discuss the projects being undertaken with the teaching staff. These learning walks are very useful in ensuring that Governors have a strong understanding of the practices and challenges within the school.

During the first full governing body meeting of each term the school leadership team submit a short report and summarise through presentation in the meeting the pupil achievement data in their areas of responsibility and discuss the school improvement work being undertaken. This provides the opportunity for Governors to review the strategic direction of the school and to discuss the achievement of our pupils. During the second full governing body meeting of each term Victoria Buckland our Head Teacher produces a report of school progress, achievement data, and actions, which is reviewed and discussed by the governors.

Committee Membership


Jacqui Gush

Jeff Bray


Jeff Bray

Ken Brown

Panel Hearings / Appeals (three selected by the clerk)

Anna Sketchley

Cathy Symonds

Ken Brown

Jeff Bray

Teresa Beckingham

Headteachers Performance Review Panel

Anna Sketchley

Cathy Symonds


Meet the Governors

Lynda Hamlyn

Emma Homer


Scott Staples


Paul Kenchington