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Meet the Governors of Highfields Primary School

 

Please find below information on our Governing Body, how the Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

You will also find information on Governor attendance to committee meetings and full governor meetings, the current register of Business Interests, subject responsibilities and Annual Statement.

 

 

 

Governing Body

Governing Body 1 Malcolm Gentry
Governing Body 2 Gaius Phillingham
Governing Body 3 Dave Ashley
Governing Body 4 Hannah Hancock (Doran)
Governing Body 5 Kathryn Glover
Governing Body 6 Darren Cole
Governing Body 7 Christine Meadway
Governing Body 8 Kate Filmer
Governing Body 9 Karen Acfield
Governing Body 10 Jordan Marshall


Malcolm Gentry- Chair

Member of the Personnel, Finance and Strategy Committees I have been a governor at Highfields for 17 years or so. I have had the honour of being chair for the best part of 14 years. (To be honest I can’t quite remember when I first became chair).

 

My wife and I have lived in the area for 30 years and have two sons, now both adults. Both my sons were former pupils of Highfields and it would be fair to say that I am a governor because I wanted to give something back to the school that played a part in their development.

 

I am now retired but prior to this was an employee of BT plc. I was the Principal Commercial Manager for BT Enterprises. I have many years of managerial experience with large teams and with commercial responsibilities for large budgets.

 

Gaius Phillingham

In May 2007 we moved into the area and our eldest son took a place at Highfields.  A year or two later I became a governor and although both our children have moved onto High School; I don't want to leave!

 

I have recently been asked to serve as Vice Chair of the whole governing body, am chair of the Premises Committee and sit on the Finance Committee too.  I am the Pastor at a local church and so really enjoy my subject responsibilities of Music and Religious Education.

 

It has been a privilege to serve the school during the time that we have achieved an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. 

 

Dave Ashley

I have been a governor at Highfields for 9 years and am currently the Chair of the Finance Committee, as well as being on the Strategy Committee and being the governor responsible for Assessment.

 

My two children went to Highfields, which prepared them very well towards success at Manningtree High School, which they both now attend.

 

A primary school teacher myself at a school in Colchester, leading the junior phase and being responsible for the teaching of maths across the school, as well as being a Safeguarding Deputy Designated Person, I find my working experiences very portable to my role as a governor. 

 

Away from schools, I am the Chairman of Lawford Parish Council, sitting on all committees associated with this role, and hence am able to make links between Highfields and the wider community. I am also a trustee of a charity responsible for the Alms-houses in Manningtree, and a trustee of a local housing enterprise trust.

 

Hannah Doran
I’ve been a governor for three years and chair the Curriculum Committee, with particular responsibility for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Art and Design & Technology, and Behaviour. 

 

I have three children, with one at Highfields in Y4; my oldest daughters are at Manningtree High School. We moved to Manningtree in April 2013 and have really enjoyed settling into the local community and getting to know everyone.  

 

I became a governor because it’s a fantastic opportunity to support Highfields, its staff and students, and to have a positive impact on children’s education. I also work four days a week as a managing editor at the Financial Conduct Authority in London.

 

Kathryn Glover

I sit on the Premises Committee and I also have subject responsibility for PE. I have two children at Highfields. I became a governor because I wanted to support Highfields to become the best it can be. I also work part-time as a civil servant at the Department of Health and hope that my experience of governance and management will be a useful contribution to the governing body and the school.

 

Darren Cole

I am a new governor with responsibility for Computing and Raising Attainment.

 

My two children have attended Highfields since Reception and my eldest is now in Secondary School.

 

My background is suited to my role as governor as I spent 7 years as a Primary school teacher. For the past 10 years I have worked as an education adviser for Essex County Council with a particular focus on software to support assessment and data analysis. With all the recent changes to the Primary curriculum and end of Key Stage assessment I wanted to offer my knowledge and skills in this area to help support the school through the necessary changes.

 

Christine Meadway

I’ve been a governor since my youngest son was a pupil at Highfields and I think I’ve served on the Premises Committee for most of this time.  I also serve on the Personnel Committee and because I used to work in the community health services with children with additional needs I’m now the governor with responsibility for children with SEND, working closely with the school SENCO, Mrs Bowden.  I also have governor responsibility for monitoring the way Pupil Premium is spent within the school and ensuring that the school and its environment is a safe and happy place for everyone who studies and works here. 

 

One of my greatest pleasures as a governor is seeing our children being encouraged to grow in confidence and develop their skills and talents, whatever they may be.

 

Karen Acfield

I am a parent governor with one child in Manningtree High School and another in Highfields. My children have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Highfields and I would recommend the school to any parent. As parents we need to support the school to create a caring and learning environment for our children, which is why I became a governor. I am part of the curriculum committee as well as subject responsibility of maths. I also fulfil the Link governor role.

 

Kate Filmer

I am Kate Filmer, one of the parent governors at Highfields. As well as being a mother, I am a garden designer. It has been my privilege to work with the school to develop its music garden, which will provide an alternative "practise room" for young musicians in the school and also has a part to play in the pastoral care of the children. This background in landscape and design, and a degree in history, is useful in my role as the governor for Design & Technology and History/Geography and as a member of the Premise Committee.

 

Jordan Marshall

I am a parent Governor at Highfields Primary and I am on the Finance Committee. 

 

 

The Governing Body 2018- 2019

Name

Committees

Category

Date Appointed

Term of Office Ends

Mrs Hilary Cook

All Committees

Head Teacher

1-9-94

-

Mrs Christine Deane

Curriculum

Premises

Staff

2-2-08

Until 1-2-22 

Mr David Ashley

Finance Chair

Co-opted

14-10-16

Until 13-10-20

Mr Malcolm Gentry

(Chair Full Governing Body)

Personnel Chair

Finance

Co-opted

18-10-00

Until 30-8-21

Mrs Katie Tait

Curriculum

Co-opted

6-10-15

Until 6-10-19

Mrs Christine Meadway

Personnel Chair

Premises

Co-opted

14-10-98

Until 13-10-22 

Rev Gaius Phillingham

Premises Chair

Finance

Co-opted

14-5-16

Until 13-5-20

Mrs Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Curriculum Chair

Co-opted

10-2-15

Until 9-2-19

Mr Darren Cole

Curriculum

Personnel 

Co-opted

17-6-15

Until 16-6-19

Mrs Kathryn Glover

Premises

Co-opted

15-6-15

Until 14-6-19

Mrs Karen Acfield

Curriculum

Parent

6-12-16

Until 6-12-20

Mrs Kathryn Filmer

Premises

Personnel

Parent

6-12-16

Until 6-12-20

  Mr Mike White

   Associate   3-10-17   Until 3-10-21

  Mr Jordan Marshall

Finance

Local Authority

22-2-18

 Until 22-2-22

 

Governing Body Members for the current and previous academic year who have stepped down

Name

Category

Date Appointed

Date Stepped Down

Sarah Coe

Co- Opted

17-6-15

21-7-18

Rebecca Howlett

Co- Opted

8-10-13

21-7-18

 

Name and address of Chair of Governors & Clerk to Governors:

Chair of Governors: Malcolm Gentry

Clerk to Governors: Sue Madell

 

Both can be contacted via the school:

Highfields Primary School,

Colchester Road,

Lawford,

Manningtree,

Essex CO11 2BN

Telephone: 01206 392223

Information supplied by Governor Services EES

Membership of Committee Highfields Primary School

 

Governing Body 2018- 2019

 

 

Personnel

Premises & Contract Management

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Malcolm Gentry

Chris Deane

Christine Meadway

Kathryn Filmer

Kate Filmer

Kathryn Glover

Darren Cole 

Christine Meadway

 

Gaius Phillingham

 

 

Curriculum

Finance

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Karen Acfield

David Ashley

Darren Cole

Malcolm Gentry

Christine Deane

Gaius Phillingham

Hannah Doran

Louise Riddlestone (observer)

Katie Tait

Jordon Marshall

 

 

 

 

Salaries

Pupil Discipline/Staff Discipline

Headteacher

Malcolm Gentry

Chair of Governors

Chair of Finance

Chair of Personnel

Gaius Phillingham plus a further impartial governor.

 

Strategy Committee

 

Headteacher

 

Chair of Governors

 

Chair of Finance

 

Chair of Personnel

 

Chair of Curriculum

 

Chair of Premises

 

 

Appeals

 

Associate Member with 2 other governors who haven’t been involved in any investigation and are not otherwise in conflict.

 

 

If you are not a member of a particular committee but are interested in the agenda you may attend any meeting as an observer.

Annual Governance Statement

Governor Subject Responsibilities/Support 2018

 

SUBJECT

TEACHER LEAD

GOVERNOR

Reading Manager

English

Sally Allston

Emma Grant

 

Hannah Doran

 

Foundation Stage

Katie Tait

Hannah Doran

Maths

Tara Marshall Key Stage 1

Karen Billings Key Stage 2

Karen Acfield

Computing

 

Ashley Page

Darren Cole

Raising Attainment Manager

Katie Tait

Darren Cole

Science

 

Simon Smith

Malcolm Gentry

 

Design Technology

 

Jackie Turner and Katie Tait

Kate Filmer

Equalities Link Governor Inclusion

SEN,CP,PP, Able and Talented and Safeguarding

Hilary Cook and Amy Bowden

Christine Meadway

Assessment /AFL

 

Christine Deane

Dave Ashley

History and Geography

Tara Marshall

 

Jordan Marshall

PSHE

Lucy Sams and Victoria Yardley

 

Gaius Phillingham

 

Music

Hannah Cole and Hilary Cook

 

Gaius Phillingham

PE/Sports funding

Karen Billings and Simon Smith

Kathryn Glover

 

Art/Display

Melanie Battle

 

Hannah Doran

Health and Safety

Christine Deane

Kathryn Glover

 

Complaints and Whistle Blowing

 

Gaius Phillingham

Attendance

Hilary Cook

Kate Filmer

 

Able/Talented

Chris Deane

Christine Meadway

 

Information Officer

 

Louise Riddlestone

Hannah Doran

 

RE

 

Ashley Page

Gaius Phillingham

 

Register of Business Interests 2018- 2019

 

Governor

Interests Declared

Hilary Cook

Nil Declaration

Malcolm Gentry

BT shareholder

Gaius Phillingham

Trinity Free Church

The Open Door Christian Fellowship, Norwich

Christine Meadway

Venture Centre 2000

1st Lawford Scout Group

David Ashley

Lawford Housing Enterprise Trust

Almshouse Association

Spouse working at Highfields Primary School

Christine Deane

Nil Declaration

Katie Tait

Nil Declaration

Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Nil Declaration

Rebecca Howlett

Nil Declaration

Sarah Coe

Nil Declaration

Kathryn Glover

Spouse employed by TES

Darren Cole

EES for Schools

Karen Acfield

Spouse, Hope Church Ipswich, Trustee

Manningtree High School Governor

Kathryn Filmer

Nil Declaration

Jordan Marshall

Spouse Teacher at Highfields Primary School 

 

Governor resigned from role in last 12 months

Governor

Interests Declared

Rebecca Howlett

Nil Declaration

Sarah Coe

Nil Declaration

 

Attendance Committee Meeting 2017- 2018

 

Autumn Term 2017

Committee Member of.

FGB

3-10-17

Curriculum

19-9-17

Finance

21/9 30/11

Personnel

12-10-17

Premises

13/9 29/11

Hilary Cook

All Committees

1

1

2

1

2

Karen Acfield

Curriculum

1

1

 

 

 

David Ashley

Finance (Chair)

*

 

*I

 

 

Helen Burton

(observer Finance)

Finance

 

 

2

 

 

Kathryn Filmer

Premises

1

 

 

 

2

Sarah Coe

Personnel

1

 

 

*

 

Darren Cole

Curriculum

1

1

 

 

 

Christine Deane

Curriculum

Premises

1

1

 

 

2

Malcolm Gentry

Personnel

Finance

1

 

I*

1

 

Kathryn Glover

Premises

1

 

 

 

2

Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Curriculum

(Chair)

*

1

 

 

 

Rebecca Howlett

Curriculum

Personnel

*

*

 

*

 

Christine Meadway

Personnel

Premises

1

 

 

1

2

Gaius Phillingham

Premises (Chair)

Finance

*

 

2

 

2

Katie Tait

Curriculum

Finance

1

1

2

 

 

Pam Langmead Governor Training 22nd November 2017


Attended By:

Malcolm Gentry

Christine Deane

Katie Tait

Hilary Cook

Darren Cole

Christine Meadway

Dave Ashley

Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Kathryn Glover

 

Spring Term 2018

Committee Member of.

FGB

30/1

Curriculum

16/1

Finance

25/1

Personnel

11/1

Premises

24/1

Hilary Cook

All Committees

I

I

I

I

I

Karen Acfield

Curriculum

*

*

 

 

 

David Ashley

Finance (Chair)

I

 

I

 

 

Helen Burton (observer )

Finance

 

 

I

 

 

Kathryn Filmer

Premises

I

 

 

 

I

Sarah Coe

Personnel

*

 

 

*

 

Darren Cole

Curriculum

I

I

 

 

 

Christine Deane

Curriculum

Premises

I

I

 

 

I

Malcolm Gentry

Chair FGB

Personnel

Finance

I

 

I

I

 

Kathryn Glover

Premises

I

 

 

 

*

Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Curriculum

(Chair)

I

I

 

 

 

Rebecca Howlett

Curriculum

Personnel

*

*

 

*

 

Christine Meadway

Personnel

Premises

I

 

 

I

I

Gaius Phillingham

Premises (Chair)

Finance

I

 

I

 

I

Katie Tait

Curriculum

Finance

I

I

I

 

 

Jordan Marshall

Finance

I (observer)

 

I (observer)

 

 

Summer Term 2018

Committee Member of.

FGB

19/4

26/6

Curriculum

24/4

Finance

19/4

24/5

Personnel

11/5

Premises

25/4

Hilary Cook

All Committees

2

I

2

I

I

Karen Acfield

Curriculum

I*

*

 

 

 

David Ashley

Finance (Chair)

2

 

2

 

 

Helen Burton (observer)

Finance

 

 

2

 

 

Louise Riddlestone (observer)

Finance

 

 

*I

 

 

Kathryn Filmer

Premises

2

 

 

 

I

Sarah Coe

Personnel

**

 

 

*

 

Darren Cole

Curriculum

2

I

 

 

 

Christine Deane

Curriculum

Premises

2

I

 

 

I

Malcolm Gentry

Personnel

Finance

2

 

2

I

 

Kathryn Glover

Premises

2

 

 

 

I

Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Curriculum

(Chair)

2

I

 

 

 

Rebecca Howlett

Curriculum

Personnel

**

*

 

*

 

Christine Meadway

Personnel

Premises

2

 

 

I

I

Gaius Phillingham

Premises (Chair)

Finance

I*

 

2

 

I

Katie Tait

Curriculum

Finance

2

 

2

 

 

Jordan Marshall

Finance

I*

 

2

 

 

 

Attendance of Committee Meetings 2016- 2017

 

Autumn Term

FGB

Curriculum

Finance

Personnel

Premises

Number of Meetings

1

2

2

1

1

Hilary Cook

1

2

2

1

1

Karen Acfield

-

-

-

-

-

David Ashley

1

NA

2

NA

NA

Kathryn Filmer

-

-

-

-

-

Sarah Coe

1

NA

NA

1

NA

Darren Cole

1

2

NA

NA

NA

Christine Deane

1

2

NA

NA

1

Michelle Eyers

1

NA

2 (Observer)

NA

NA

Malcolm Gentry

1

NA

2

1

NA

Kathryn Glover

1

NA

NA

NA

1

Hannah Hancock

1

2

NA

NA

NA

Rebecca Howlett

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Paul Jackson

1

NA

2

NA

NA

Christine Meadway

1

NA

NA

1

1

Gaius Phillingham

*

NA

2

NA

1

Katie Tait

1

2

2

NA

NA

Mike White

1

NA

NA

1

NA

 

Spring Term

FGB

Curriculum

Finance

Personnel

Premises

Number of Meetings

1

1

2

1

2

Hilary Cook

1

1

2

1

2

Karen Acfield

1

NA

NA

NA

NA

David Ashley

1

NA

2 (Late)

NA

NA

Kathryn Filmer

1

NA

NA

NA

NA

Sarah Coe

1

NA

NA

1

NA

Darren Cole

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Christine Deane

1

1

NA

NA

2

Michelle Eyers

1

NA

2 (Observer)

NA

NA

Malcolm Gentry

1

NA

2

1

NA

Kathryn Glover

*

NA

NA

NA

2

Hannah Hancock

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Rebecca Howlett

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Paul Jackson

1(Late)

NA

2

NA

NA

Christine Meadway

*

NA

NA

1

2

Gaius Phillingham

1

NA

*1

NA

1*

Katie Tait

1

1

2

NA

NA

Mike White

*

NA

NA

1

NA

 

Summer Term

FGB

Curriculum

Finance

Premises

Number of Meetings

2

1

2

1

Hilary Cook

2

1

2

1

Karen Acfield

2

1

NA

NA

David Ashley

2

NA

2

NA

Kathryn Filmer

2

NA

NA

NA

Sarah Coe

1

NA

NA

NA

Darren Cole

1

1

NA

NA

Christine Deane

2

1

NA

1

Michelle Eyers

NA

NA

2 (Observer)

NA

Malcolm Gentry

2

NA

2

NA

Kathryn Glover

2

NA

NA

1

Hannah Hancock

2

1

NA

NA

Rebecca Howlett

**

*

NA

NA

Paul Jackson

2

NA

1

NA

Christine Meadway

2

NA

NA

1

Gaius Phillingham

2

NA

1

*

Katie Tait

2

1

2

NA

Mike White

1

NA

NA

NA

 

NA- Not applicable

*- Apologies

Governors Training

Attendance

 

Training with Pam Langmead 20th June 2017 at Lawford C of E Primary School

 

Hilary Cook

Kathryn Glover

Darren Cole

Christine Meadway

Gaius Phillingham

 

Malcolm Gentry

 

Katie Tait

 

Chris Deane

 

Karen Acfield

 

Hannah Doran (Hancock)

 

 

Attendance of Committee Meetings 2015- 2016

 

Autumn Term

FGB

Curriculum

Finance

Personnel

Premises

Number of Meetings

1

2

2

1

2

Hilary Cook

1

2

2

1

2

David Ashley

*

NA

2

NA

NA

Sarah Coe

*

NA

NA

1

NA

Darren Cole

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Christine Deane

1

2

NA

NA

NA

Michelle Eyers

NA

NA

2

NA

NA

Malcolm Gentry

1

NA

2

1

NA

Kathryn Glover

1

NA

NA

NA

1

Hannah Hancock

1

2

NA

NA

NA

Rebecca Howlett

*

2

NA

NA

NA

Paul Jackson

1

NA

1

NA

NA

Angela Jarques

1

2

NA

NA

NA

Christine Meadway

1

1 observe

NA

1

2

Gaius Phillingham

*

NA

2

NA

2

Katie Tait

1

2

2

NA

NA

Mike White

1

NA

NA

1

NA

 

Spring Term

FGB

Curriculum

Finance

Personnel

Premises

Number of Meetings

1

1

1

1

2

Hilary Cook

1

1

1

1

2

David Ashley

1

NA

1

NA

NA

Sarah Coe

1

NA

NA

1

NA

Darren Cole

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Christine Deane

1

1

NA

NA

2

Michelle Eyers

NA

NA

1

NA

NA

Malcolm Gentry

1

NA

1

1

NA

Kathryn Glover

1

NA

NA

NA

1

Hannah Hancock

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Rebecca Howlett

*

1

NA

NA

NA

Paul Jackson

1

1 observe

1

NA

NA

Angela Jarques

1

1

NA

NA

NA

Christine Meadway

1

1 observe

NA

1

2

Gaius Phillingham

*

NA

NA

NA

2

Katie Tait

1

1

1

NA

NA

Mike White

1

NA

NA

1

NA

 

Summer Term

FGB

Curriculum

Finance

Personnel

Premises

Number of Meetings

2

2

2

1

1

Hilary Cook

2

2

2

1

1

David Ashley

1

NA

2

NA

NA

Sarah Coe

2

NA

NA

*

NA

Darren Cole

2

2

NA

NA

NA

Christine Deane

2

2

NA

NA

1

Michelle Eyers

2

NA

2

NA

NA

Malcolm Gentry

1

NA

1

1

NA

Kathryn Glover

2

NA

NA

NA

1

Hannah Hancock

2

2

NA

NA

NA

Rebecca Howlett

1

2

NA

NA

NA

Paul Jackson

2

NA

2

NA

NA

Angela Jarques

2

2

NA

NA

NA

Christine Meadway

2

NA

NA

1

1

Gaius Phillingham

2

NA

2

NA

1

Katie Tait

2

2

2

NA

NA

Mike White

**

NA

NA

1

NA

 

NA- Not applicable

*- Apologies

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