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.

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. We are currently holding “virtual” Full Governing Board meetings. Curriculum and Standards, Finance and Personnel, Premises and Health and Safety are covered during these 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.

Governors with statutory subject links monitor the subject area by liaising with teaching staff to discuss plans, data, teaching and learning, children’s work and any 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: Mr Jonathan Glover

Clerk to Governors:  Ms Jodi Bradford

 

Governor Information – Terms of Office and Interests:

NameTypeRoleElected byTerm of OfficeDeclaration of Business & Pecuniary Interests & Governance in any other schools
Mr Jonathan GloverParentChair - Elected 14.09.20Governors11.02.19 - 10.02.23 Annual elections of ChairNone
Mrs Pippa O’ConnellCo-optedSFRGovernors12.11.18 – 11.11.22None
Miss Sian BarrowParentSFRParents08.03.18-07.03.22Teacher in All Saints Academy
Mrs Jackie HarrisStaffGovernorStaff15.07.19-14.07.23Member of Staff
Mrs Penny MorseAdditional GovernorGovernor LA & Governors01.01.19-31.07.20CoG Down Ampney C of E Primary
Mrs Tracey CotterillCo-optedGovernorGovernors11.02.19- 10.02.23None
Mrs Lyn ChamberlainCo-optedGovernorGovernors11.02.19- 10.02.23None
Mrs Jessica BriggsCo-optedGovernorGovernors15.07.19-14.07.23None
Miss Kirsti AshmanHead TeacherSits on all committee meetings, except during matters arising concerning HT roleEx officio – automatically Governor as the Head11.04.16Member of Staff
Vacancy1 x Parent
Vacancy1 x LA
Vacancy3 x Co-opted
Governors left in the last 12 months
Mrs Helen SextonCo-optedChair - elected 17-10-19Governors29-03-18 - 28-03-22None
SubjectLink GovernorTeaching Staff
Early YearsPenny MorseEmma Best/Alex Gilbert Green
SENDJonathan GloverMel Richards
Pupil Premium/ DisadvantageJackie HarrisSarah Royle
SafeguardingJonathan GloverKirsti Ashman
AttendanceJonathan GloverKirsti Ashman
FinanceTracey CotterillKirsti Ashman
Safer RecruitmentPippa O’ConnellKirsti Ashman; Mel Richards
Health & SafetyPippa O’ConnellKirsti Ashman

Governor’s Meeting Attendance Records: 

Governor Meeting Attendance 2020 – 2021

MeetingIn AttendanceApologise
16.11.20Jon Glover (Chair), Kirsti Ashman, Tracey Cotterill, Pippa O’Connell, Jackie Harris, Penny Morse

14.09.20 Jon Glover (Chair), Kirsti Ashman, Tracey Cotterill, Pippa O’Connell, Jackie Harris Penny Morse

Governor Meeting Attendance 2019 – 2020

MeetingIn AttendanceApologise
20.07.20 Jon Glover (Vice Chair - chairing meeting), Kirsti Ashman, Penny Morse,, Tracey Cotterill
09.03.20 Jon Glover (Vice Chair - chairing the meeting), Kirsti Ashman, Jackie Harris, Penny Morse, Helen Sexton (Chair)
Full Governing Board 16.09.19Kirsti 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 07.10.19Kirsti Ashman HT, Jonathan Glover, Jackie Harris, Penny Morse, Pippa O’Connell, Helen Sexton, Mel Richards DHT, Sarah Royle AHT, Sandra Sheppard GCCSian Barrow, Jessica Briggs, Lyn Chamberlain, Tracey Cotterill, Liz Rowbotham
Children, Learning and Families Committee 11.11.19Jessica Briggs, Jonathan Glover, Jackie Harris, Helen Sexton, Mel Richards DHT, Sarah Royle AHT Kirsti Ashman HT, Lyn Chamberlain
Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 25.11.19Kirsti Ashman, Pippa O’Connell, Helen SextonSian Barrow, Tracey Cotterill
Full Governing Board 09.12.19Kirsti 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 13.01.2020Kirsti 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

 

Governor Meeting Attendance 2018 – 2019

MeetingIn AttendanceApologies
Full Governing Board 17.09.18Kirsti 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 01.10.18Kirsti Ashman HT, Nicholle Barrowcliffe, Jackie Harris, Liz Rowbotham, Helen Sexton, Mel Richards DHT
Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 08.10.19Kirsti Ashman HT, Sian Barrow, Liz Rowbotham, Pippa O’ConnellKelly Ives
Full Governing Board 12.11.18Kirsti Ashman HT, Sian Barrow, Jackie Harris, Pippa O’Connell, Helen SextonNicholle Barrowcliffe, Liz Rowbotham
Full Governing Board Special Meeting 03.12.18Kirsti Ashman HT, Jackie Harris, Pippa O’Connell, Liz Rowbotham, Helen Sexton, Penny MorseSian Barrow, Nicholle Barrowcliffe
Children, Learning and Families Committee 14.01.19Kirsti Ashman HT, Jackie Harris, Pippa O’Connell, Liz Rowbotham, Helen Sexton, Mel Richards DHTNicholle Barrowcliffe
Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 11.02.19Kirsti Ashman HT, Sian Barrow, Tracey Cotterill, Liz Rowbotham, Pippa O’Connell
Full Governing Board 11.03.19Kirsti 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 AHTNicholle Barrowcliffe, Helen Sexton
Children, Learning and Families Committee 25.03.19Kirsti Ashman HT, Lyn Chamberlain, Jonathan Glover, Liz Rowbotham, Helen Sexton, Mel Richards DHTNicholle Barrowcliffe, Jackie Harris
Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 20.05.19Sian Barrow, Tracey Cotterill, Jon Glover, Jackie Harris, Penny Morse, Pippa O’Connell, Liz Rowbotham, Helen Sexton,Kirsti Ashman HT
Full Governing Board 20.05.19Kirsti Ashman HT, Sian Barrow, Lyn Chamberlain, Tracey Cotterill, Jon Glover, Jackie Harris, Penny Morse, Pippa O’Connell, Liz Rowbotham, Helen Sexton, Pippa Jones GCC
Children, Learning and Families Committee 10.06.19Kirsti Ashman HT, Lyn Chamberlain, Jonathan Glover, Jackie Harris, Liz Rowbotham, Helen Sexton
Staff, Finance and Resources Committee 01.07.19Lyn Chamberlain, Jonathan Glover, Jackie Harris, Penny Morse, Pippa O’Connell, Liz Rowbotham, Helen SextonKirsti Ashman HT, Sian Barrow, Tracey Cotterill