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Meet the Governors

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


Malcolm Gentry- Chair

Member of the Personnel, Finance and Strategy Committees I have been a governor at Highfields for over 20 years. I have had the honour of being chair for the majority of this time. (To be honest I can’t quite remember when I first became chair).

 

My wife and I have lived in the area since 1986 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 am proud to have been a governor at Highfields since 2008, and am currently the Chairman of the Finance Committee, as well as being responsible for Assessment and Attendance. 

 

My two children went to Highfields, before then going on to Manningtree High School and then Colchester 6th Form, with my eldest about to go on to university at the time of writing. I have no doubt that their education successes are a direct result of the early education and nurturing they received at Highfields.   

 

I am an experienced teacher and headteacher, and being a governor at Highfields has the advantage of being able to share two-way best practice – both sharing my successful experiences with staff and other governors, and taking ideas and practices back to my schools. 

 

Away from schools, I am a director of a local housing enterprise trust and a trustee for a local Almshouse association, and was previously a long-serving member of Lawford Parish Council, including being chairman of the council, although this has now ceased having recently moved away from the parish. I still stay up to date with the local community news however.

 

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

 

We moved to Manningtree in April 2013 and have really enjoyed settling into the local community and getting to know everyone. All my children went to Highfields Primary School.   

 

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 who both went to 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 both attended Highfields.

 

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.

 

Jordan Marshall

I am a parent Governor and sit on the Finance Committee.

 

I have worked in banking and financial services for 20 years and I come from a family of teachers. Both of my daughters have benefitted from being educated at Highfields Primary School and have very much enjoyed the caring and positive environment that the school has created.

 

As a result, I wanted to support the school in continuing to provide the young people of the local community with the first-class primary education to which they have become accustomed.

 

I have interests in history and music, being a trumpet player and a member of Boxted Methodist Silver Band, and so also support the curriculum leads in those areas.

 

Rob White

I am proud to have been a governor since 2019 and I sit in on the finance committee.

 

My three children all attend Highfields and I myself attended Highfields after moving to the area from the East Midlands. Hilary and the staff at Highfields made my family and I feel welcome from day one as we settled into a new community, and I’m delighted that the same focus on caring and kindness remains at the core of the school’s values today.

 

I currently work as the head of compliance for a national insurance broker. I have prior experience in project management, regulatory compliance and conduct across banking and insurance, and in consulting for one of the world’s largest professional service firms.

 

 

The Governing Body 2021- 2022

   

 

 

Name

Committees

Category

Date Appointed

Term of Office Ends

Mrs Hilary Cook

All Committees

Head Teacher

1-9-1994

-

Mrs Christine Deane

Curriculum

Premises

Staff

2-2-2008

1-2-2022 

Mr David Ashley

Finance Chair

Co-opted

June 2008

13-10-2024

Mr Malcolm Gentry

(Chair Full Governing Body)

Personnel Chair

Finance

Co-opted

18-10-2000

30-8-2025

Mrs Christine Meadway

Personnel Chair

Premises

Co-opted

14-10-1998

13-10-2022 

Rev Gaius Phillingham

Premises Chair

Finance

Co-opted

2008

13-5-2024

Mrs Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Curriculum Chair

Co-opted

10-2-2015

9-2-2023 

Mr Darren Cole

Curriculum

Personnel 

Co-opted

17-6-2015

16-6-2023

Mrs Kathryn Glover

Premises

Co-opted

15-6-2015

14-6-2023

  Mr Jordan Marshall

Finance

Local Authority

22-2-2018

 22-2-2022

Mrs Tara MarshallCurriculum Co-opted12-10-202112-10-2025
Mr Robert WhiteFinanceCo- opted8-10-20198-10-2023

 

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

Name

Category

Date Appointed

Date Stepped Down

  Mrs Kathryn FilmerParent6-12-20166-10-2020
Mrs Katie TaitCo-Opted6-10-201518-12-2020
Mr Mike WhiteAssociate3-10-20173-10-2021

 

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 2021- 2022

 

 

Personnel

Premises & Contract Management

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Malcolm Gentry

Chris Deane

Christine Meadway- Chair

Kathryn Glover

Darren Cole 

Christine Meadway

 

Gaius Phillingham- Chair

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

Finance

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Tara Marshall 

David Ashley- Chair

Darren Cole

Malcolm Gentry

Christine Deane

Gaius Phillingham

Hannah Doran- Chair

Louise Riddlestone- Business Manager

 

Jordon Marshall

 

Robert White

 

 

 

Pay

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 2021- 2022

 

SUBJECT

TEACHER LEAD

GOVERNOR

Reading Manager

English

Sally Allston

Emma Grant

 

Hannah Doran

 

Foundation Stage

Hannah Cole

Melanie Battle 

        Hannah Doran

Maths

Tara Marshall Key Stage 1

Sonja Henderson Key Stage 2

Robert White

Computing

 

Ashley Page

Darren Cole

Raising Attainment Manager

Tara Marshall 

Darren Cole

Science

 

Simon Smith

Malcolm Gentry

 

Design Technology

Jackie Turner

Hannah Doran

Inclusion Governor

Safeguarding

Wellbeing 

 

Hilary Cook

Amy Bowden

Christine Meadway

Link Governor Hannah Doran

Assessment /AFL

 

Christine Deane

Dave Ashley

History and Geography

       Petra Wilton 

   

Jordan Marshall

PSHE & RSHE

Rachel King

 

 Gaius Phillingham 

 

Music

 Hannah Cole

Hilary Cook

 Gaius Phillingham 

PE/Sports funding

Karen Billings

Simon Smith

Kathryn Glover

 

Art/Display

Melanie Battle

 

Hannah Doran

Health and Safety

Christine Deane

          Kathryn Glover

 

Complaints and Whistle Blowing

N/A

Gaius Phillingham

Attendance

Hilary Cook

Dave Ashley

 

Able/Talented

Chris Deane

Christine Meadway

 

Information Officer

Louise Riddlestone

Hannah Doran

 

RE

 

Ashley Page

Gaius Phillingham

MFL

Victoria Yardley

Darren Cole 

Website

Ashley Page

Kathryn Glover

Remote Learning

 

Kathryn Glover

 

Register of Business Interests 2021- 2022

 

 

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

Working at Mayflower School Harwich.

Christine Deane

Nil Declaration

Hannah Hancock (Doran)

Nil Declaration

Kathryn Glover

Nil Declaration

Darren Cole

Nil Declaration

Jordan Marshall

Spouse Teacher at Highfields Primary School

Tara Marshall 

Spouse Governor Finance Committee 

Robert White

Aston Lark shareholder 

   

 

Governor resigned from role in last 12 months

Governor

Interests Declared

Kathryn Filmer

Nil Declaration

Katie TaitNAHT

 

 

Governor Attendance 2020- 2021 

 

 FGBCurriculumFinancePersonnelPremises 
Hilary Cook33515
Malcolm Gentry3341 
David Ashley2 4  
Darren Cole3351 
Christine Deane335 5
Kathryn Filmer1 515
Kathryn Glover3 5 5
Hannah Hancock (Doran)335  
Christine Meadway3 515
Jordan Marshall3 4  
Gaius Phillingham2 5 5
Louise Riddlestone (School Business Manager)0 5  
Katie Tait 121  

 

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