Governors

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Here you can find out more about your school governors and the work of your governing body.

Governor Details and Register of Interests 2016-2017         April 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
Mrs Karen Harman
Interim Headteacher
LA
Ex Officio
(left April 2017)

 

All
subcommittees
Head teacher
SLT
None
Yes
St Mary’s
Hadleigh
 Oct
Dec/Jan/Mar – Absent due to not working this day (left school April 2017)
Mr Ian
Kearns
Interim Headteacher
LA
Ex Officio
(Left Dec 2016)
All
subcommittees
Headteacher
SLT
None
No
2 Oct, Dec (left school December 2016)
Mr Matthew Coombs
Headteacher
Governing body
(Joined Jan 2017)
July 2017
All subcommittees
Headteacher
SLT
Rosa Simon Music Fund – Trustee
St Mary’s Hadleigh
2 Jan, March
Rev Patrick Prigg
Foundation
Diocese
Ex Officio
Finance, Personnel and Premises
0/3
Headteacher PR
Hearings
None
Glemsford Academy Primary School
0
Serious illness
Mrs Kate Long
Foundation
Diocese
March 2019
Standards
3/3
Vice Chair
Headteacher PR
Appeals
Discipline
Sex Ed, SMSC
Teacher Horringer Ct Middle School
No
3
Oct, Jan, March
Dec – Absent due to work commitments
Mrs Pat Cawston
Local Authority
Suffolk County Council
October 2017
Standards
3/3
Headteacher PR
Literacy
Hearings
Pay
None
No
4
Oct, Dec, Jan, March
Mrs Mary Burr
Co-opted
Governing body
August 2019
Standards, Finance, Personnel and Premises
 6/6
Chair

Target Setting
Prevent Duty
E Safety
Pay
None
No
4
Oct, Dec, Jan, March
Mr Graham Lee

 

Mr David Ackroyd
Co-opted

 

Co-opted
Governing body
December 2019 (resigned March 2017)
May 2017
Finance 2/2
Standards
Target setting
Hearings
Discipline
Pay
None
No
2 Dec, Jan,Oct- family commitment (resigned March 2017)

 

Mr Neil  Gooding
Parent
Governing body
October 2020
Finance, Personnel and Premises
3/3
Link Governor
Numeracy
Headteacher PR
Wife -volunteers at school
No
4
Oct, Dec, Jan, March
Mrs Ruth  Hardy
Parent
Governing body
October 2020 (resigned March 2017)
Finance
Learning and Achievement
 4/4
Target Setting
Appeals
None
No
3 Oct, Dec, Jan (resigned March 2017)
Mrs Anna Laflin
Parent
Governing body
October 2020
Standards
3/3
SEND
Gifted and talented
Literacy
Target Setting
None
No
4
 Oct, Dec, Jan, March
Mrs Hollie Kidby
Parent
Governing body
December 2018
Finance, Personnel and Premises
3/3
Safeguarding
Target Setting
Appeals
Husband -local builder
No
2 Oct, Jan
Dec – Absent due to funeral, March- Absent due to illness
Mrs Susan Brown
Teaching Staff
Governing body
August 2019
EYFS
None
No
4
 Oct, Dec, Jan,March
Mrs Sue Prickett
Associate
Governing body
May 2019
Finance, Personnel and Premises
3/3
Finance and Admin manager
SLT
None
No
3
 Oct, Dec, March
Jan absent family commitment
Mrs Hazel Fisher
Associate
Governing body
May 2018
Standards
3/3
Children in Care
Discipline
Appeals
None
No
4
 Oct, Dec, Jan, March

 

Committee Structure and Terms of Reference 2016-17

Meeting Dates for 2016-17

Governing body agenda 5th October 2016

Governing body agenda 7th December 2016

Hartest CEVCP approved agenda 23.1.17

Hartest CEVCP approved agenda 27.03.17

Hartest CEVCP approved agenda 15.05.17

 

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 CEVC Primary School is the best school for every pupil.
  • Governors have a term of office of 4 years.
  • They work closely with Mrs Harman, Mr Coombs and their 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 overall financial responsibility but they have to work within a budget which is set by Suffolk County Council and the government.
  •  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 – Learning and Achievement, Finance, Personnel and Premises, Pay, Pupil Discipline, Ethos and the Head’s Performance Review. 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, Literacy, Numeracy and Target Setting.
  • 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 that are sent from the LA 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

 

 

4 x Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected from the parent body.

Hollie Kidby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governor until 02-12-2018.

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.

Neil Gooding

Parent Governor  until 04-10-2020

Link Governor. Member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee.

I grew up in Suffolk before moving away to study for a Master’s degree in Engineering with British Telecom. I then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London before spending over 15 years living in different countries in Central America, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean whilst managing finance and administration for several telecoms companies. My children have enjoyed the different cultures and the beaches, notwithstanding hurricanes, earthquakes and being taught in French schools. We have had a family home in Hartest for over 6 years but only returned to live here full time in 2015 and my daughter now enjoys being able to walk to Hartest School every day and being taught in English! I hope my varied skills and experience can help the school to continue to flourish and provide our children with the best possible foundation for their futures.

Anna Laflin

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governor until 04-10-2020

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.

 

1 x LA Governor

LA governors are appointed by Suffolk County Council.

Pat Cawston

 

 

 

 

LA Governor until 11-10-2017.

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.

2 x Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are those who are responsible for the Church link, as Hartest is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled (C.E.V.C.) 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 31-03-2019.

Vice Chair. 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 2019.

2 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 31-08-2019.

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 15-05-2021

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 13-05-2018.

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 12-05-19

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.