Local Governing Body Vacancies 


At Hill View Primary, we are spreading the word about the benefits of volunteering as a school governor so we can recruit external governors from the local community. 

Governors make a valuable contribution to school leadership. It is a rewarding role, working towards a shared goal of providing a high-quality education for children and young people in our community. It also provides an opportunity for personal development, building skills and experience in areas such as project management and working as part of a senior team. 

The Governing Board meets each half term to look at the big picture and the school’s long-term goals. They are responsible for:

  • undertaking induction training and ongoing development 
  • developing a vision and strategy for the school
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • holding the school leader to account to ensure that every pupil has the best possible education, looking at information and evidence on the school’s progress and discussing with school leaders
  • engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community to understand their views 
  • visiting the school to see plans working in practice, and listening to the views of staff, pupils and parents 
  • making decisions about issues such as pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary matters

To find out more, please visit the National Governance Association website and if you are interesting in joint the governing body, please email the Chair of Governors to arrange a meeting and tour of the school:



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 school’s website. We hope that you find the information provided here interesting and informative, and 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, it is of paramount importance that children are happy, supported and nurtured in a safe and secure school environment. 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.


Hannah Staddon


Chair of Governors

The Governors

The board of governors comprises of eleven 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:

Governor Records Sept 2023-July 2024
Governor Records Sept 2022-July 2023
Governor Records Sept 2021-July 2022
Governor Records Sept 2020-July 2021

Victoria Buckland – Head Teacher
Term of Office: Start Date 01/01/2019


Hannah Staddon – Elected Parent Governor – Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 13/10/2020-22/10/2024
Link Roles: Head Teacher link; Inspection preparation; MAT link; SLT recruitment; Pay Panels
Year Link: Year 3
Curriculum Link:  SEND; Dis/LAC/PLAC; Curriculum
Sarah Moore – Elected Parent Governor – Vice Chair of Governors
Term of Office: 27/09/2022-26/09/2026
Link Roles: Deputy Head Teacher link; Finance; Admissions & Exclusions
Year Link: Year 4
Curriculum Link: Maths
Cathy Symonds – Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office: 13/10/2020-12/10/2024
Link Roles: Safeguarding; Governor surveys; Policy reviews; HT Performance Management
Year Link: Year 6
Curriculum Link: Science & Technology, DT & Computing
Fiona Dearman – Co-opted
Term of office: 27/09/2023-26/09/2027
Link Roles:   Pupil Premium; Support Staff
Year Link: Year R
Curriculum Link: English; RE
Sophie Jenner – Staff Governor
Term of Office: 11/05/2021 – 10/05/2025
Link Roles: Teaching staff link
Year Link: Year 1
Curriculum Link: Equality Champions (Equity)
Lynda Hamlyn – Staff Governor
Term of Office: 25/09/2022-24/09/2026
Link Roles: Support staff link; Pupil voice; ECO
Year Link: n/a
Vacant Position – Co-opted Governor 
Term of Office:
Link Roles: Estates & H&S
Year Link: Year 5
Curriculum Link: Physical Education, MFL
Vacant Position – Trust-appointed governor
Term of office:
Link Roles: Sports Grant
Year Link: Year 2
Curriculum Link: Humanities and Art; SMSC/Mental Health/Anti-bullying; PSHE; British Values
Governors' 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

To find out more about Reach South Academy Trust governance, click on the following link:

RSAT Governance Handbook 2022
LGB’s Constitution and Terms of Delegation 2022
Reach LGB Management Plan 21-22

Governors' Action Plan


Each LGB comprises a maximum of twelve members (which we refer to as Local Governors), including:

  • the Headteacher of the Academy;
  • at least two elected parents or guardians of a pupil at the Academy (Parent Local Governors);
  • up to two employees of the Academy, usually comprising one teacher and one non-teaching staff member, elected by employees of the Academy (Staff Local Governors);
  • at least two members co-opted by the Local Governors; and
  • up to four members appointed by the Trust Board.

Summary of Hill View Governing Practice

The Local Governing Body meets twice per term. Each meeting is preceded by a focused learning walk where governors visit their link years and curriculum teams to discuss elements of the school strategic plan with teachers.  This often involves looking for evidence in pupil books and learning walls. Year Leaders and Subject Leaders routinely present reports to the LGB for governor challenge and support. 

The school’s strategic plan informs all governor practice; identifying the foci for our learning walks with staff, guiding agenda items and driving governor questioning.  One meeting of each school term includes data scrutiny with the English, Maths and SEND leads, and a pupil group (e.g. Ambassadors, Councillors or Sport Leaders) regularly presents updates to the LGB. At every meeting, the Head Teacher Report explicitly reflects upon the school’s progress toward the agreed strategic priorities.

The governors annually seek the views of parents and staff as well as reviewing responses to the standard OFSTED survey questions. The results from these surveys feed into a Governor and SLT review in the final half term of each year. Parent surveys have, for example, highlighted communication to be a school challenge. This led to the introduction of a weekly newsletter with regular input from governors, redesign/relaunch of the school’s website, introduction of Year Leaders and improvements in the use of home-school link books. This review is also used to analyse a range of school data and develop the school’s strategic priorities for the following year.

Meeting Dates and Minutes

Please find here a list of our meeting dates. Minutes from LGB meetings can be requested via the Clerk. If you have any queries around our Governance practice please do not hesitate to contact us via the Clerk or through the school office. A governor update is also provided on the weekly Hill View Newsletter by one of our governors following each LGB meeting.

Committee Membership


Sarah Moore


Fiona Dearman

Panel Hearings / Appeals (three selected by the clerk)

Three selected by the clerk

Headteachers Performance Review Panel

Cathy Symonds

Contact Details

Chair of Governors

Ms Hannah Staddon

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, you can write to her using the school address or email her directly at chairofgovernors@hillview.bournemouth.sch.uk.
You can also arrange to speak with her by contacting the school office.

If you would like to contact the Clerk, you can email her directly at clerktothegovernors@hillview.bournemouth.sch.uk

Meet the Governors

Hannah Staddon

Sarah Moore

Fiona Dearman

Lynda Hamlyn

Sophie Jenner