The Governing Board

Aspire, Believe, Care, Achieve……

Vision

At Hester’s Way Primary School, we:

  • encourage pupils to aspire and aim high
  • believe that everyone deserves the same opportunities to succeed
  • work in a happy, safe and caring learning environment
  • achieve our aspirational goals and targets

Mission

Our Governing Board is made up of volunteers who believe strongly that education can improve everyone’s lives and also that primary school education should provide the strong foundation that all children need for a successful future.  We all have our own experiences of this and are proud to be able to give back to our school and its children by fulfilling the important role of governance as the ‘accountable body’ and also by being a driving force for continuous improvement.  Our role and responsibilities are explained more fully in the ‘Purpose of Governance’ below.

Our current intent is to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of governance, focusing on vision and strategy, accountability and finance, ‘ensuring by seeking assurance’, so that all HWP children achieve to their best potential and are equipped with the knowledge and cultural capital to enable them to succeed in life.

Purpose of Governance

“The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

All governance boards, no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.” – DfE Governance Handbook 2019.

Our main role is to support and challenge the Headteacher, the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. This is actioned through school development planning, we use a Raising Achievement Plan (RAP) and Curriculum Leaders use mini RAPS. The school’s progress is evaluated termly through the RAP.  Also, the School’s Self Evaluation Form (SEF) is another working document that reflects the school’s recent journey and current outcomes.

Our legal duties include: setting strategic direction, policies and objectives; approving the school budget; reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives; appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher.

The Governing Board meets regularly, at least once every term. The committees are Children, Learning and Families (CLF) and Staff, Finance and Resources (SFR). These committees feed into the Full Governing Board (FGB) meetings.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Co-opted governors, the Local Authority (LA), Parents, the Head Teacher and Staff.  The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually or whenever there becomes a vacancy.

Link Governors are linked to a specific area of school. Teaching staff and Link Governors meet and discuss plans, data, teaching and learning, children’s work and other relevant information.

Governors are committed to providing an excellent education and environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

Chair of Governors: Mrs Helen Sexton OBE

Vice Chair: Mr Jonathan Glover

Clerk to Governors:  Ms Jodi Bradford

 

Children, Learning and Families (CLF) Committee – members below

Including Pupil Premium (PP), Attendance & Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND):

 

Staff, Finance and Resources (SFR) Committee – members below

Including Premises and Health & Safety:

 

Governor Information – Terms of Office and Interests:

 

Name Type Role Elected by Term of Office Declaration of Business & Pecuniary Interests & Governance in any other schools
Mrs Helen Sexton OBE Co-opted Chair

Elected 17.10.19

Governors 29.03.18- 28.03.22 None
Mr Jonathan Glover Parent Vice Chair

CLF Chair

Elected 17.10.19

Governors 11.02.19- 10.02.23 None
Mrs Pippa O’Connell Co-opted SFR Governors 12.11.18 – 11.11.22 None

 

Miss Sian Barrow Parent SFR Parents 08.03.18-07.03.22 Teacher in All Saints Academy
Mrs Jackie Harris Staff CLF Staff 15.07.19-14.07.23 Member of Staff
Mrs Penny Morse Additional Governor Strategic advice  LA & Governors 01.01.19-31.07.20 CoG Down Ampney C of E Primary
Mrs Tracey Cotterill Co-opted SFR

SFR Acting Chair

Elected 25.11.19

Governors 11.02.19- 10.02.23 None

 

Mrs Lyn Chamberlain Co-opted CLF Governors 11.02.19- 10.02.23 None

 

Mrs Jessica Briggs Co-opted CLF Governors 15.07.19-14.07.23 None

 

Miss Kirsti Ashman Head Teacher Sits on all committee meetings, except during matters arising concerning HT role Ex officio – automatically Governor as the Head 11.04.16 Member of Staff
Vacancy Parent
Vacancy LA
Governors left in the last 12 months
Mrs Kelly Ives Parent SFR Parents Now an Associate member
Mrs Elizabeth Rowbotham Local Authority SFR Governors Considering Associate member None
Mrs Nicholle Barrowcliffe Parent CLF Parents Left

 

 

Subject

 

Link Governor

 

Teaching Staff

English Jessica Briggs  Sarah Royle
Mathematics Lyn Chamberlain Emma Best
Science  Jonathan Glover Ruth Swinton
Personal Development (RE, SMSC, BFV)  TBC Catherine Coates
Early Years  Penny Morse Emma Best/Alex Gilbert Green
SEND Helen Sexton Mel Richards
Pupil Premium/ Disadvantage Jackie Harris Sarah Royle
Safeguarding Jonathan Glover Kirsti Ashman
Attendance Jonathan Glover Kirsti Ashman
Finance Tracey Cotterill Kirsti Ashman
Safer Recruitment Pippa O’Connell Kirsti Ashman; Mel Richards
Health & Safety Pippa O’Connell

Governor’s Meeting Attendance Records: 

Governor Meeting Attendance 2019 – 2020

 

Meeting In Attendance Apologies
Full Governing Board 16.09.19

8/11 73%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Jessica Briggs

Tracey Cotterill (dial in)

Jonathan Glover

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Mel Richards DHT

Sarah Royle AHT

Sian Barrow

Lyn Chamberlain

Jackie Harris

Full Governing Board 07.10.19

6/11 56%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Jonathan Glover

Jackie Harris

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Helen Sexton

Mel Richards DHT

Sarah Royle AHT

Sandra Sheppard GCC

Sian Barrow

Jessica Briggs

Lyn Chamberlain

Tracey Cotterill

Liz Rowbotham

Children, Learning and Families Committee 11.11.19

4/6 67%

Jessica Briggs

Jonathan Glover

Jackie Harris

Helen Sexton

Mel Richards DHT

Sarah Royle AHT

Kirsti Ashman HT

Lyn Chamberlain

Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 25.11.19

3/5 60%

Kirsti Ashman

Pippa O’Connell

Helen Sexton

Sian Barrow

Tracey Cotterill

Full Governing Board 09.12.19

 

7/10 70%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Jessica Briggs

Jonathan Glover

Jackie Harris

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Helen Sexton

Jodi Bradford (Clerk to Governors)

Sian Barrow

Tracey Cotterill

Lyn Chamberlain

Full Governing Board 13.01.2020

7/10 70%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Jessica Briggs

Jonathan Glover

Tracey Cotterill

Jackie Harris

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Helen Sexton

Jodi Bradford (Clerk to Governors)

Sian Barrow

Tracey Cotterill

Lyn Chamberlain

Full Governing Board Future dates:

10.02.20

09.03.20

27.04.20

08.06.20

13.07.20

 

 

Governor Meeting Attendance 2018 – 2019

 

Meeting In Attendance Apologies
Full Governing Board 17.09.18

6/8 73%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Jackie Harris

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Gill Wilkinson (Clerk to

Governors observing for induction)

Nicholle Barrowcliffe

Kelly Ives

Children, Learning and Families Committee 01.10.18

 

4/4 100%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Nicholle Barrowcliffe

Jackie Harris

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Mel Richards DHT

None

 

Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 08.10.19

 

4/5 80%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Liz Rowbotham

Pippa O’Connell

Kelly Ives
Full Governing Board 12.11.18

5/7 71%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Jackie Harris

Pippa O’Connell

Helen Sexton

Nicholle Barrowcliffe

Liz Rowbotham

Full Governing Board Special Meeting 03.12.18

5/7 71%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Jackie Harris

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Penny Morse

Sian Barrow

Nicholle Barrowcliffe

 

Children, Learning and Families Committee 14.01.19

3/4 75%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Jackie Harris

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Mel Richards DHT

Nicholle Barrowcliffe
Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 11.02.19

 

5/5 100%

 

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Tracey Cotterill

Liz Rowbotham

Pippa O’Connell

None
Full Governing Board 11.03.19

 

9/11 82%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Lyn Chamberlain

Tracey Cotterill (dial in)

Jon Glover

Jackie Harris

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Mel Richards DHT

Sarah Royle AHT

Nicholle Barrowcliffe

Helen Sexton

 

Children, Learning and Families Committee 25.03.19

 

4/6 67%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Lyn Chamberlain

Jonathan Glover

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Mel Richards DHT

 

Nicholle Barrowcliffe

Jackie Harris

 

Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 20.05.19

4/5 80%

 

Sian Barrow

Tracey Cotterill

Jon Glover

Jackie Harris

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Kirsti Ashman HT

 

Full Governing Board 20.05.19

 

10/10 100%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Lyn Chamberlain

Tracey Cotterill

Jon Glover

Jackie Harris

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

Pippa Jones GCC

None

 

 

Children, Learning and Families Committee 10.06.19

 

5/5 100%

Kirsti Ashman HT

Lyn Chamberlain

Jonathan Glover

Jackie Harris

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

 

None

 

Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 01.07.19

5/5 100%

 

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Tracey Cotterill

Liz Rowbotham

Pippa O’Connell

Margaret Wilkinson GCC

 

None
Full Governing Board 15.07.19

 

7/10 70%

 

Lyn Chamberlain

Jonathan Glover

Jackie Harris

Penny Morse

Pippa O’Connell

Liz Rowbotham

Helen Sexton

 

Kirsti Ashman HT

Sian Barrow

Tracey Cotterill