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Meet our Governors

What are Governors?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They appoint the headteacher and deputy headteacher and are responsible for their performance management. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

 

Each individual governor is a member of the governing board. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board and decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

 

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
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Governors set the aims and objectives for the school. They set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

 

As a Voluntary Aided Church School, the Governing Board is also responsible for ensuring that the school meets the required standards for Church Schools, assessed by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.

 

The Governing Board

At Hopton CE VA Primary School, the members of the Governing Board are:

 

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Emma Plane - Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor

Governor appointed by Diocesan Board of Education. Term of office until 31/08/2019. Business interests: Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors at another school. Emma has 2 children in school. 

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Christabelle Whiteley-Tye - Headteacher Governor

Headteacher of the school. Business interests: Headteacher of the school. 

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Stephen Siegert - Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

Governor appointed by Diocesan Board of Education. Term of office until 31/08/2019. Business interests: Stephens wife is a Teaching Assistant in school.

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John Waters - Local Authority Governor

Governor appointed by Local Authority. Term of office until 31/08/2019. No business interests.

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Sandra Smith - Foundation Governor

Governor appointed by the Bishop. Term of office until 31/12/2020. No business interests. 

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Chris Grogan - Parent Governor

Elected Parent Governor. Term of office until 31/08/2019. No business interests. Chris has a child in school. 

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Emma Czajkoswki - Parent Governor

Elected Parent Governor. Term of office until 13/11/2020. No business interests. Emma has 3 children at the school. 

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Karen Garforth - Staff Governor

Staff Governor. Term of office until 31/08/2019. No business interests. Member of staff in school. 

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Dawn Read - Staff Governor

Staff Governor appointed by staff. Term of office until 31/08/2017. Business interests: employed at the school. 

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Justine Petersen - Clerk to the Governors

The Full Governing Board meets once per half term. The meeting dates for 2017/18 are:

 

16th October 2017

4th December 2017

5th February 2018

26th March 2018

21st May 2018

16th July 2018

 

Once formally accepted, the minutes from these meetings will be published below.

The attendance records for governors can also be found below.

 

Governor Committees and Responsibilities

 

Some work of the Governing Board is delegated to our committees; Resources and Curriculum & Standards. These committees meet half termly and report to the full Governing Board. The Terms of Reference for each committee can be found below.

 

School Improvement Board

Chair: John Waters

Emma Plane

Stephen Siegert

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Dawn Read

 

Resources Committee

Chair: Stephen Siegert

John Waters

Chris Grogan

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Dawn Read

 

Curriculum & Standards Committee

Chair: Emma Plane

Karen Garforth

Emma Czajkowski

Sandra Smith

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Dawn Read

Individual Governor Responsibilities

 

Individual Governors take responsibility for monitoring important areas within the school on behalf of the governing board.

 

Anti-bullying - Karen Garforth

Attendance - Emma Czajkowski

Critical Incidents - John Waters

Cluster - John Waters

Collective Worship - All foundation Governors

EYFS - Emma Czajkowski

Health & Safety - John Waters

More Able Pupils - Emma Plane

Pupil Premium - Emma Plane

Safeguarding - Emma Plane

SEND and LAC - Sandra Smith

Website - Stephen Siegert

Wellbeing - Karen Garforth

 

 

 
Head teachers Performance Management Panel: 

John Waters and Sandra Smith

 

 

Contact the Governors

 

Governors actively seek parents’ views throughout the year through parent questionnaires. In addition to this, any parent can consult the Governors, or put forward ideas for consideration at any time. Please contact us via the school office or directly by email at chairofgov@hopton.norfolk.sch.uk

Governance Statements

Governor Code of Conduct

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