Governance

Welcome to the Governors’ Page. This page gives information relating to governor activity at the school, please look at the items and visit the links on the left hand side.

To contact the governors please email Beth Stannard, Clerk to the governors. b.stannard@hillbourne.poole.sch.uk

Headteacher – Laura Bennett

1 – Staff Governor – Charlie Hall
2 – Parent Governors – Kate Webster, Louise Middleton
5 – Co-opted Governors – Nicola Best, John Dallison, Lisa Jepson, Bernadette Taylor

What does a Governing body do?

The Governing Body of Hillbourne Primary School works with the Headteacher to shape the future of the school and to ensure high standards of achievement for all of our children.

Governing bodies have a very wide range of powers and responsibilities covering three key areas:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

In an effective governing body, Governors:

  • understand their strategic role, building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher, while holding them to account for pupil performance and taking hard strategic decisions based on objective data.
  • ensure they have the necessary skills and commitment, including challenging to bring about improvements and hold leaders to account for pupil performance
  • appoint an effective chair to lead and manage the Governing Body
  • appoint a high quality independent clerk to advise them on their functions and duties, and ensure the governing body operates efficiently and effectively
  • regularly measure their effectiveness and make changes as necessary to improve their performance

Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. This is the job of the Headteacher.

Hillbourne Governing Body has 12 members including the Headteacher. Individual governors take on specific roles and report back, as appropriate, to the full Governing Body.

Governing bodies are made up of all sorts of skilled people who contribute in many different and complementary ways.

Almost anyone can be a Governor, unless they are:

  • under 18, or
  • disqualified because of such things as bankruptcy or recent prison sentence

For the Governance Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation please visit the Hamwic Education Trust website.

School governors

Our governors are:

Roles and Responsibilities:

Chair – Lisa Jepson
Vice Chair – 1 Eligible Governor
Finance – Lisa Jepson
Health and Safety – John Dallison
Personal development and pupil and staff wellbeing – Bea Taylor
Safeguarding and SEND – 1 Eligible Governor
Maths – Lisa Jepson
Reading – Lisa Jepson
PP and attendance – Nic Best
Committee – John Dallison, Lisa Jepson, 1 Eligible Governor
Appeals/Grievance/Exclusion Panels – any 3 eligible governors

For the Governance Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation please visit the Hamwic Education Trust website.

Are you interested in becoming a Governor?

The Governing Body currently has vacancies for Co-opted Governors who are appointed by for the skills which they bring to the governance of the school.

Financial, legal or HR experience would be particularly welcome but a good dose of common sense and an interest in young people is just as important!

If you are interested in becoming a Governor and would like to know more about what’s involved please email the Chair of Governors on Chair@hillbourne.poole.sch.uk

Governor Responsibilities / Interests / Term of Office
Governor Meeting Attendance 2022 / 2023
Governor Meeting Attendance 2021 / 2022
Governor Meeting Attendance 2020 / 2021
Resignations