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Governing Body

Governing Body 1 Malcolm Gentry
Governing Body 2 Gaius Phillingham
Governing Body 3 Dave Ashley
Governing Body 4 Hannah Doran
Governing Body 5 Rebecca Howlett
Governing Body 6 Kathryn Glover
Governing Body 7 Sarah Coe
Governing Body 8 Darren Cole
Governing Body 9 Christine Meadway


Malcolm Gentry- Chair

Member of the Personnel, Finance and Strategy Committees I have been a governor at Highfields for 16 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 two at Highfields, in Y6 and Y3; my oldest daughter is in Y8 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.


Rebecca Howlett
I am a parent governor and my two children attend Highfields in Years 2 and 5. I am a teacher, teaching French and German to Years 7 to 11 at a local secondary school. I am part of the Curriculum Committee and have subject responsibility for MFL here at Highfields. I am very proud to be associated with such an outstanding school.

 

Kathryn Glover

I sit on the Premises Committee and I also have subject responsibility for PE. I have one child at Highfields, in year 2, and one who started school in 2017. 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.

 

Sarah Coe

Hello, I am a co-opted governor with subject responsibility of PSHE, responsibility of attendance and will also sit on the personnel committee.

 

I have always lived in and around the Tendring area and wished to volunteer my time to my local community. I am passionate about education and the importance it has in young people and children's lives, which is why I felt becoming a governor for a local school was important.

 

I am an employee of Suffolk County Council and work as an Education Welfare Officer, supporting in attendance improvement across the county. I'm hoping my knowledge and experience will support my role as a governor, but I am also looking forward to all of what the staff, parents and children at this school can teach me too!

 

Darren Cole

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

 

My two children have attended Highfields since Reception and are now in Year 3 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 newly elected Parent Governor, serving on the Curriculum committee and subject responsibility for Maths. I have one child who attends Highfields Primary and another child who has recently moved on from Highfields to secondary school.

 

Kathryn Filmer

I am a newly elected Parent Governor and I will be serving on the Premises committee, with subject responsibility for Design/Technology. My children attend Highfields Primary and I live locally to the area.

 

 

The Governing Body 2017- 2018

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 1-2-18

Mr David Ashley

Finance (Chair)

Co-opted

14-10-16

Until 13-10-20

Mr Malcolm Gentry

(Chair Full Governing Body)

Personnel

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

Premises

Co-opted

14-10-98

Until 13-10-18

Rev Gaius Phillingham

Premises (Chair)

Co-opted

14-5-16

Until 13-5-20

Mrs Rebecca Howlett

Curriculum

Personnel

Co-opted

8-10-13

Until 31-3-19

Mrs Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Curriculum (Chair)

Co-opted

10-2-15

Until 9-2-19

Miss Sarah Coe

Personnel

Co-opted

17-6-15

Until 16-6-19

Mr Darren Cole

Curriculum

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

Parent

6-12-16

Until 6-12-20

  Mr Mike White    Associate   3-10-17   Until 3-10-21

 

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

Name

Category

Date Appointed

Date Stepped Down

Mr Paul Jackson

Finance

14-7-09

13-7-17

Mr Mike White

Personnel (Chair)

29-11-95

30-8-17

 

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 2017- 2018

 

 

Personnel

Premises & Contract Management

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Sarah Coe

Chris Deane

Malcolm Gentry

Kathryn Filmer

Rebecca Howlett

Kathryn Glover

Christine Meadway

Christine Meadway

 

Gaius Phillingham

 

 

Curriculum

Finance

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Karen Acfield

David Ashley

Darren Cole

Malcolm Gentry

Christine Deane

Gaius Phillingham

Hannah Doran

Helen Burton (observer)

Rebecca Howlett

+ 1

Katie Tait

 

 

 

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.

 

Register of Business Interests 2017- 2018

 

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

Nil Declaration

Karen Acfield

Spouse, Hope Church Ipswich, Trustee

Manningtree High School Governor

Kathryn Filmer

Kate Marshall Garden Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor resigned from role in last 12 months

Governor

Interests Declared

Paul Jackson

Nil Declaration

Mike White

Nil Declaration

 

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

Annual Governance Statement

Governor Subject Responsibilities/Support 2017

SUBJECT

TEACHER LEAD

GOVERNOR

Reading Manager

English

 

Sally Allston

Caroline Mitchell

 

Hannah Doran

 

MFL

 

Victoria Yardley et al

Rebecca Howlett

 

Foundation Stage

 

Katie Tait

Hannah Doran

Maths

Tara Marshall KS1

&

Karen Billings KS2

 

Karen Acfield

 

 

Computing

 

Ashley Page

Darren Cole

Raising Attainment Manager

Katie Tait

Darren Cole

Science

Design/Technology

Simon Smith

Malcolm Gentry

Kate Filmer

Equalities Link Governor Inclusion

SEN,CP,PP, Able and Talented and Safeguarding

Hilary Cook

&

Amy Bowden

Christine Meadway

 

Assessment /AFL

 

Christine Deane

Dave Ashley

History

       

Tara Marshall

 

 

Geography

 

Caroline Mitchell

 

PSHE/RE

Collective Worship

Emma Grant

Lucy Sams

Victoria Yardley

Sarah Coe/ Gaius Phillingham

 

Music

Hannah Cole 

&

Hilary Cook

 

Gaius Phillingham

PE/Sports funding

Karen Billings

 

Kathryn Glover

 

Art/Display

Melanie Battle/Jackie Turner

 

Hannah Doran

Health and Safety

Christine Deane

 

Kathryn Glover

 

Complaints

Whistle Blowing

 

Gaius Phillingham

Attendance

Hilary Cook

Sarah Coe

 

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