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Governors

Welcome to the Governors' page

Here is a brief description of what we do and who we are:

What we do

As school governors we provide strategic leadership for our school and play a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.  As well as sharing a common desire to be involved in supporting the school, the governing body has statutory duties by which it is legally bound.

The three core strategic functions and responsibilities of school governors are

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

In addition we:

  • monitor and evaluate how well the policies and plans of the school are working;

  • are held accountable for the school and governing body’s performance;

  • act as a “critical friend” to the school by challenging and supporting the senior management team and by taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of the work of staff and pupils.

Governor Meetings

The Governing Body meets twice a term and is supported by two main sub-committees which meet termly.  These are the Standards and Improvement Committee, whose purpose is to focus on the curriculum and attainment, and the Finance, Buildings and Resources Committee which is responsible for financial aspects of the school. There is also a Pay Committee which agrees staff pay awards and a Headteacher Performance Committee.

In addition to our committee meetings we have working parties to look at specific areas of responsibility: for example the strategic plan, pupil premium spending and sports funding spending. We also have focus visits where we visit the school as part of our monitoring of the School Improvement Plan. These visits are a valuable opportunity for governors to work closely with staff members to gain a deeper understanding of some of the initiatives used in school to improve and sustain progress, for example phonics and the embedding of essential life skills.

Individually we take on specific roles and act as a link between the governing body and the school, for example in the areas of special educational needs and disability, healthy eating and PE, health and safety, ICT, and subjects including Maths and English.

All Governors receive a full induction and further training relevant to their committee membership and specific link area.  Training is provided by Hampshire Governor Services.

We don’t get involved in the day to day running of the school which is for the Headteacher and her team, but hold the Head to account for the management of the school.  Any comments relating to the day to day running of the school should be referred to the Headteacher.

Who we are

Hiltingbury Infant School Governing body is made up of representatives from staff, the local authority, parents and members of the community.  Our diverse backgrounds give us a wide range of experience and views, enabling us to make informed decisions about the school collectively. The governing body is made up of 14 Governors including the Head Teacher. These are listed on the Hampshire County Council website and in the table below.  The governing body has a clerk who supports us in an administrative and advisory capacity.

Governors’ Details

Name

Category

Body appointing

Term of Office

Attendance Record for 22/23

Academic Year

Responsibilities / Committees

Laura Aukolls

Parent

Parents

 

4 Years – end date 28/01/2024

88%

Safeguarding Governor

Sebastian Day (resigned)

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

4 Years – end date

30/11/2023

71%

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Dan Tubb

(resigned)

Parent

Parents

 

4 Years – end date

30/11/2023

30%

Chair of Finance Committee

Ben Warcup (resigned)

Parent

Parents

4 Years – end date

23/11/2024

66%

Chair of Curriculum and standards Committee

Phillippa Longman

Headteacher

100%

Laura Flood

Staff Governor

Staff

 

4 Years – end date

15/09/2024

100%

 

Helen Boardman

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

4 Years – end date

23/11/2024

88%

Amy Ingram

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

4 Years – end date

30/01/2024

100%

Chair of Governing Body

Daniel Newcombe

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

4 Years – end date

23/11/2024

88%

Health & Safety Governor

Steve Wills

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years – end date 23/11/2024

88%

Chair of Headteacher Performance Management

Carly Bennell

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years – end date 22/11/2025

71%

Training Governor

Celtie Lincoln

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 Years – end date 22/11/2025

88%

Safeguarding Governor

SEND Governor

Sundeep Kasba

Parent

Parents

4 Years – end date 28/11/2026

66%

Laura Jones

Authority

Local Authority

4 Years – end date 23/01/2027

100%

Fata Mohammed

Parent

Parents

4 Years – end date 20/02/2027

33%

Contact

Should you wish to speak to any of the governors, please contact them via the school office.

Guidelines for the election of parent governors