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.
Chair of 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 – Year 2, Finance, Sport Funding, Admissions & Pay Panel governor
Victoria Buckland – Head Teacher
Anna Sketchley – Co-Opted Governor – Year R & Early Years governor
Ken Brown – Co-Opted Governor – Year 3, English & Pay Panel governor
Jacqui Gush – Co-Opted Governor – Year 6, Integrated Curriculum & Admissions governor
Cathy Symonds – Co-Opted Governor – Year 1, Maths; SEN / Inclusion governor
Scott Staples – Elected parent Governor – Year 4, Health and Safety & Premises Management governor
Emma Homer – Staff Governor
Lynda Hamlyn – Staff Governor – Safeguarding and E-safety link governor
Teresa Beckingham – Co-opted Governor – Year 5 & Pupil Premium governor
Paul Kenchington – Elected parent Governor
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.
Panel Hearings / Appeals (three selected by the clerk)
Headteachers Performance Review Panel