Governors

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Governor Details and Register of Interests 2017-18  October 2017

Name
Category of Governor
Appointing body
End of term of Office
Committee Memberships and Attendance
Specific responsibilities
Relevant business interest
Member of another governing body
GB Meetings attended
Mr Matthew Coombs
 
Headteacher
Diocese
Ex officio

 

All subcommittees
Headteacher
SLT
Rosa Simon Music Fund – Trustee
St Mary’s Hadleigh
 October
Rev Patrick Prigg
 
Diocese
Diocese
Ex Offico
Finance, Personnel and Premises
none
Glemsford Academy Primary School
 October
Mrs Kate Long
Diocese
Diocese
August 2021
Standards
Teacher Horringer Court Middle School
no
 October
Mrs Mary Burr
 
Co-opted
LGB
August 2018
All subcommittees
Chair
none
no
 October
Mr David Ackroyd
Co-opted
LGB
August 2018
Standards
none
no
 October
Mrs Katie Jackson
Co-opted
LGB
August 2018
Standards
none
no
 October
 
 
Mrs Anna Laflin
Parent
Diocese
August 2021
Standards
SEND
none
no

October

 

Mrs Hollie Kidby
Parent
Diocese
August 2021
Finance, Personnel and Premises
Safeguarding
Husband – local builder
no
 October
Mrs Susan Brown
Teaching Staff
LGB
August 2021
EYFS
none
no
 Apologies

Medical

Mrs Sue Prickett
Associate
LGB
August 2018
Finance, Personnel and Premises
Business Manager SLT
none
no
 October
Mrs Pat Cawston
Associate
LGB
August 2018
Standards
none
no
 October
Mrs Hazel Fisher
Associate
LGB
August 2018
Standards
none
no
 October
 
 

Committee Structure Terms of Reference September 2018 DRAFT

Meeting dates for year 2017-2018

Governor Responsibilities

Governors’ skills and experience

Hartest School is very fortunate to have governors who bring a wide range of skills to the governing body that are very useful in the strategic leadership and management of the school. Through being on the governing body all governors gain an in depth knowledge of the school and aim to provide the best for the pupils of the school. Governors take different roles within the committee, based on their expertise and interest, for which they also receive training.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please either contact the school or look on the Suffolk County Council website (www.suffolk.gov.uk), where you will find further information.

What Hartest School Governors do…

  • All governors are volunteers and their main focus is to try to ensure that Hartest C of E Primary School is the best school for every pupil.
  • They work closely with Mr Coombs and the staff. They monitor data which they analyse to see how the school is performing. They also analyse the finances and try to ensure that monies spent are used as efficiently as possible.
  • They are not responsible for the day to day running of the school as this is the Headteacher’s job.
  • They have to work within a budget which is set by the Diocesan Multi Academy Trust.
  •  A Governor is not the same as a volunteer helper who may come into the school and help on a regular basis, although obviously they can do this too.
  • There are various sub committees that Governors also take part in. Through these sub committees they have the opportunity to look in depth at matters within the school.
  • Some governors have specific roles to cover such as SEND, Safeguarding and Link Governor.
  • The Whole Governing Body meets twice a term. Items on the agenda can be working on the School Development and Improvement Plan, budget monitoring, discussing pupil scores, papers on national issues and the approval of Educational visits. They also discuss the Headteacher’s report which gives them day to day information on the running of the school.
  • Governors have a vital role to play in the effective running of the school.

We like to hear from you if you have either praise or concerns.

Please contact your governors by:

  1. Ringing the school and ask that a governor returns your call, 01284 830343.
  2. Writing a letter ‘For the attention of the Governors’, and send it via the school office.
  3. Email the Chair of Governors –  Chair.gov@hartest.suffolk.sch.uk

Your views are really important and help us to run the school effectively.

Our Governors

Our Instrument of Governance provides for 11 governors and the Governing body is made up as follows:

Headteacher

Mr Matthew Coombs

Matthew Coombs

 

 

2 x Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected from the parent body.

Hollie Kidby 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governor until 31-08-2021.

Safeguarding governor and E safety governor. Member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee.

I have lived in Hartest for just over five years and have three children who attend Hartest Primary School. I have been a governor for six years and a member of Friends of Hartest for five years. I am a registered nurse and have recently become a registered child minder. I am very happy to be supporting such a wonderful school that offers a safe and nurturing environment for our children.

 

Anna Laflin

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governor until 31-08-2021

SEND Governor. Member of the Standards committee

I am a working mum of 3 children, 2 of which are pupils of Hartest School, the other to follow next year. I am married and live and work on a small local arable farm which my husband and I run together. We also run a small horse livery business.

I have lived in the local community for the whole of my life. I am a former pupil of Hartest School and am incredibly passionate about its success. From leaving school I went on to study my NNEB (nursery nursing qualification) as well as doing an HNC in youth and childhood studies. During my 12 year career in Early Years I worked at a local Private School nursery both as a nursery nurse and their SENCO. I have also worked as a private Nanny. All these experiences will help me as a governor of Hartest where I hope to see the school continue to grow successfully.

2 x Diocesan Governors

Diocesan governors are those who are responsible for the Church link, as Hartest is a Church of England Primary School. The Diocese is responsible for electing these governors.

Reverend Patrick Prigg

Patrick Prigg

 

 

 

 

(Ex Officio – remains as a governor unless he should leave his post as a Reverend) The Reverend Prigg is also a governor of Glemsford Primary Academy School.

Member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee. Chair of the Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee.

I have been the parish priest of the Glem Valley United Benefice since 1996. The Benefice covers Hartest, Boxted, Stanstead, Somerton, Glemsford and Fenstead End. As Rector I am automatically a Trustee of many local charities and an ex-officio Foundation Governor at Hartest School. In addition to supporting the school in its administration I lead a weekly assembly and I am available to staff, pupils and parents should they ever appreciate a confidential listening ear.
Born a Fen Tiger, I grew up in Cambridge. I studied there and at Kings College London and in Salisbury. Following a very varied career (DJ, Company Accountant, Restaurant Manager, etc. etc.) I was ordained into the Church of England and served 4 years in Liverpool before coming to Suffolk.
The school’s vision to engender a ‘lifelong love of learning’ is, I believe, the most important gift we can give our children as they begin their voyage of discovery.

Kate Long

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Foundation governor until 31-08-2021.

Chair of the Standards  and Discipline committees.  Member of the Headteacher Performance Review Committee.

I have lived in Hartest for nearly 30 years and all my 4 children attended Hartest School before embarking on their educational path. I am employed as a part time teacher  and my husband James works in the wine trade, based in Newmarket. I decided to take up the role of Foundation governor to further the links between the Church and the school.

1 x Staff Governor

Sue Brown – Part time teacher in Hedgehogs Class. Trained as an Early Years Specialist. Staff Governor until 31st August 2021.

4 x Co-Opted Governors

Co-Opted governors are people from the community who wish to help the school. They are voted as members by the Governing Body.

Mary Burr  

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Co-Opted governor until 31-08-2018.

Chair of Governors.  Chair of the Finance committee. Member of the Standards and Finance, Personnel and premises committees.

I have lived in Hartest for the last 25 years and all my 3 daughters attended Hartest School. I have been a governor at the school for 9 years. I became the Chair 6 years ago.

I studied Sociology at London University and on graduation moved to Suffolk from Surrey.  After working in a children’s home I took the position as the first manager of Mothercare in Bury St Edmunds. I then moved into the publishing world whilst I had young children, proof reading books. Through having the girls I became involved in playgroups and trained as a Montessori Nursery teacher, running my own nursery. I then decided to train as a Primary School teacher and spent a year studying at Cambridge before taking up work in Bury St Edmunds. I have since taught in both the maintained and independent sectors. I progressed to a management role and also trained as a specialist teacher in Specific Learning Difficulties. Although I am now retired from teaching, I still maintain an interest in business matters through involvement in my husband’s Estate Agency.

David Ackroyd

Co-opted Governor until 31-08-2018

Member of the Standards committee.

 

Katie Jackson

Co-opted Governor until 31-08-2018

Member of the Standards committee

Associate members

Associate members advise the committee due to the skills they bring to the role, but do not hold voting rights.

Hazel Fisher 

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Associate Governor until 31-08-2018.

Governor responsible for Looked After Children. Member of the Standards committee.

In February 2014 I moved into Hartest and a few months later I was pleased to join the School Governors of Hartest Primary School. Because of my husband’s job we have lived in many different countries including South Wales, Turkey and Dubai.

After my children were born I decided to change my career and trained as an Early Years Practitioner. I realised how rewarding it felt to teach young children, so after qualifying I worked in Nurseries and Primary Schools both in the UK and abroad.

On our return to the UK I studied further with the Open University in order to update my personal development and took on the position of Manager of an ‘Out of Schools Children’s holiday club’ for an Independent School in Cambridge. I am currently working fulltime in an infant school in Cambridgeshire. All this life experience helps in my governing role. I am enjoying living in Hartest very much.

Sue Prickett 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Governor until 31-08-2018

School Finance officer advising on Finance, Personnel and Premises committee.

I joined the school as Finance Officer in January 2015.  I have three children and have lived locally to Hartest for 12 years now. Prior to my role at Hartest, I was the Office Manager at Cygnets pre-school in Great Whelnetham and have always been very involved in the schools my children have attended.  Several years ago my family had the wonderful opportunity of living in Singapore where we all enjoyed experiencing different cultures, food and festivities. Following our return home I was delighted to become part of the local community once again and very much enjoy being part of the happy and enthusiastic team at Hartest School.

 

Pat Cawston

Associate Governor until 31-08-2018

Member of the Standards committee. Chair of the Hearings committee.

My family have lived and farmed in Rede and Hawkedon for generations and my links with Hartest Primary School have spanned over 40 years as my daughter first joined the school in 1974. I joined the governing body soon after that and my 3 children were all pupils at the school (daughter and two sons). I have continued as a Local Authority governor ever since. In my time as a governor I have held a variety of positions, including being Chair for 23 years. I have been involved in building programmes and in the employment of many members of staff. I have worked alongside several head teachers and seen the school develop into a 4-11 school, with the introduction of years 5 and 6. I have played the piano at countless assemblies and many Christmas productions. I have also listened to many, many children read.

Through my role as a governor at the school, I have received training in a wide range of areas and met many interesting people, enriching my life. My grandchildren are now pupils at the school and so our family links continue.