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 2021-July 2022

Governor Records Sept 2020-July 2021

Hannah Staddon – Elected Parent Governor – Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 13/10/2020-13/10/2024

Responsibility: Floating between all Year Groups, SMSC/BV/PSHE/RE/Pupil Voice/Anti-bullying & Equality
Head Teacher Link, Inspection preparation & MAT link

Victoria Buckland – Head Teacher

Term of Office: Start Date 01/01/2019

Responsibility: n/a

Karen Everett – Co-opted Governor – Vice Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 14/01/2020-13/01/2024

Responsibility:  Year 3, Integrated Curriculum, MFL/Computing, Non-teaching support staff
Health & Safety, Admissions and Deputy & Assistant Head Teachers Link

Cathy Symonds – Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 13/10/2020-12/10/2024

Responsibility: Year 4, Maths, Governor Surveys & Policy Reviews

Sophie Steele – Staff Governor

Term of Office: 11/05/2021 – 10/05/2025

Responsibility: Safeguarding and E-safety link governor

Lynda Hamlyn – Staff Governor

Term of Office: 25/09/2018-24/09/2022

Responsibility: Safeguarding and E-safety link governor

Gail Thomas – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 03/03/2020-02/03/2024

Responsibility: Year 6, English, Head Teacher Performance Management & SLT recruitment

Steve Bartlett – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 13/10/2020-12/10/2024

Responsibility: Year 1, Arts and Humanities, Finance & Pay Panels

Tracey Holmes – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 13/10/2020-12/10/2024

Responsibility: Year R, Science & Technology

Amy Parker – Elected Parent

Term of office: 29/06/2021-29/06/2025

Responsibility:  Year 2, SEND & Pupil Premium,

Daniel Sharp – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 19/10/2021-18/10/2025

Responsibility:  Year 5, Physical Education & Sports Premium


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:
Reach South Academy Trust – Governance Handbook
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


Karen Everett


Stephen Bartlett

Panel Hearings / Appeals (three selected by the clerk)

Three selected by the clerk

Headteachers Performance Review Panel

Gail Thomas

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
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

Meet the Governors

Hannah Staddon

Lynda Hamlyn

Amy Anderson-Parker

Sophie Steele

Karen Everett

Stephen Bartlett

Daniel Sharp

Tracey Holmes