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 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:

Hannah Staddon – Elected Parent Governor – Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 23/10/2019-22/10/2023

Responsibility: Year 6, SEND, Head and Deputy Head Link

Victoria Buckland – Head Teacher

Term of Office: Start Date 07/01/2019

Responsibility: n/a

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

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

Responsibility: Year 2, Health & Safety, Premises, Non-Teaching Staff & Assistant Head Teachers Link

Jeff Bray – Co-Opted Governor – Chair Governor

Term of Office: 26/03/2019-25/03/2023

Responsibility: Year 4, Finance, Sport Funding, Head Performance Management, MAT Link, Humanities & RE

Cathy Symonds – Co-Opted Governor

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

Responsibility: Year 3, Maths

Emma Homer – Staff Governor

Term of Office: 28/02/2017 – 27/02/2021

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

Paul Kenchington – Elected parent Governor

Term of Office: 12/12/2018-12/12/2022

Responsibility: Year 1, Pupil Premium, Physical Education

Gail Thomas – Co-opted Governor

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

Responsibility: Year 5, English, OFSTED

Steve Bartlett – Co-opted Governor

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

Responsibility: Year R, Integrated Curriculum

Tracey Holmes – Co-opted Governor

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

Responsibility: Year 6, STEAM

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.

Meeting Dates and Minutes
Please find here a list of our meeting dates and copy of minutes from our recent meetings. A summary of discussions is also provided on the weekly Hill View Newsletter by one of our governors following each meeting.  If you have any queries around our Governance practice please do not hesitate to contact us through the school office.

Committee Membership


Cathy Symonds and Karen Everett


Cathy Symonds and Karen Everett

Panel Hearings / Appeals (three selected by the clerk)

Three selected by the clerk

Headteachers Performance Review Panel

Jeff Bray

Meet the Governors

Lynda Hamlyn

Hannah Staddon

Emma Homer

Karen Everett

Stephen Bartlett

Tracey Holmes