Our Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body within a school is a strategic one supporting the Head Teacher and the teaching team, its key functions are to:

  1. set the aims and objectives for the school
  2. set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  3. set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  4. monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  5. be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

‘Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant school is a small community school and we pride ourselves as being a school that is a 'family'; where building positive relationships, working well together and respecting one another are our key values. As a Governing body we aim to support the Head Teacher and whole school to provide a safe, caring and happy environment that fosters children's independence and personal potential.’ Charles Crossland, Chair of Governors

School Governors

Mrs Claire Bolton - Co-opted                          
Miss Nicola Holgate - Staff  
Mrs Yvonne Donkersley - Co-opted                           
Mr Charles Crossland (Chair) - Co-opted         
Mrs Lauren Metcalfe - Co-opted Staff                 
Mrs V Ann Short- Local Authority
Mr Andy Parr - Co-opted                             
Mr David Raven-Hill - Co-opted
Mrs Rebecca Townsend - Headteacher
Mrs Clare-Marie Taylor - Parent
Mr Allister Turner (Vice-chair) - Co-opted

Governing Body Minutes and Notices

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Governor Minutes 9th May 2017.pdfDownload
governor-minutes--- 16 March 2017.pdfDownload
governor-minutes---12-January-2017.pdfDownload
governor-minutes---17-November-2016.pdfDownload
Register of Business Interests 2016.pdfDownload
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2016-17 Committee Structure:

Committees

  • Curriculum, Pupil Achievement and Outcomes Committee
  • Leadership and Management Committee
  • Complaints Committee (Formed upon requirement)
  • Staff Dismissal Committee (Formed upon requirement)
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals Committee (Formed upon requirement)

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes 

  • Clare-Marie Taylor (Chair)
  • Charles Crossland
  • David Raven-Hill
  • Claire Bolton
  • Nicola Holgate
  • Rebecca Townsend

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee 

  • Allister Turner (Chair)
  • Charles Crossland
  • Ann Short
  • Lauren Metcalfe
  • Rebecca Townsend

Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Claire Bolton

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Outdoor learning and Special Educational Needs Governor

Why I become a governor:

Having been a teacher for 19 years I decided I would like to see the other side of the running of a school and with a link to Hinchcliffe Mill through my children and a bit of basic knowledge about the school I thought it would be a good place to start.

Miss Nicola Holgate

Type of Governor:

Staff Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Why I become a governor:

Coming soon.... 

Mrs Lauren Metcalfe

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Staff Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I become a governor:

Coming soon....

Mr David Ravenhill

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Safeguarding Governor and Child Protection Governor

 

Why I become a governor:

Soon after she was appointed as the new Head of Hinchliffe Mill J&I School, I was approached by Rebecca and asked to consider becoming a governor. I gladly accepted, as I wanted to give something back to the very profession that has been of such significance to me.

I suspect two factors might have prompted Rebecca’s request. Firstly, I happen to live next door to the school and this gives me a unique view of aspects of the school. However more significantly, my background is in education: I have been a Head in two primary schools, a Local Authority School Improvement Officer and now work on a part time and self-employed basis as an Education Consultant with a remit around school improvement and strategic leadership. I also work for a national educational charity whose purpose is to promote equalities, global awareness, dialogue and cohesion in schools.

Mr Charles Crossland

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Chair of Governors

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I become a governor:

I’ve lived in the Holme Valley all my life and in Holmbridge since 2001. My wife and children all attended the school and my son still attends. I started as a governor in the Autumn term of 2012 and I’ve been chair of governors since Autumn 2014, starting under the previous headteacher Mrs Liz  Noble.

I felt as a governor I could offer my skills, support and commitment to the school and make a contribution to the education system that served my family so well. I take great pride in the school and everything it stands for within the whole school community.

Mr Andy Parr

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Why I become a governor:
I am a police officer who has worked in Huddersfield and the Holme Valley most of my service. I have also served in Afghanistan helping the local police there with training and advice.
I'm married with a grown up daughter who lives in the beautiful city of York.
My hobbies are gardening, travel and football. As I come from Liverpool you can guess what team I support!
I have travelled widely, I used to be in the Royal Navy so saw a fair bit of our planet when much younger. My favourite places are, The Caribbean, New York and Barcelona. 
I'm looking forward to helping the school to provide lifelong skills to our children and helping them realise their dreams.

Mr Allister Turner

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Vice Chair

Full governing body

Chair of Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I become a governor:
Having three children who have or are attending Hinchliffe Mill and being an e x-pupil of the school my self , I wanted to get more involved in school life.
Being a governor provides the opportunity to work with other governors to support staff to make the school a great place for our children.

Mrs Clare-Marie Taylor

Type of Governor:

Parent Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Chair of Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Governor for Looked After Children

Why I become a governor:

I’ve lived in the village of Holmbridge for 12 years and both my children Isabella and Harry attend the school. I took on the role as Parent Governor as I wanted to feel part of the school and local community. My role as Chair of Curriculum, Achievement and Outcomes is extremely important to me, working with the wider Governor team to ensure that the school has the support needed to achieve exceptional standards and development for our children.

Mrs Rebecca Townsend

Type of Governor:

Head Teacher

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I become a governor:
As part of m y job role as the Headteacher it is important that I meet with the Governing body t o share the successes of our school and the areas which we need t o improve  and work on.

Mrs V Ann Short

Type of Governor:

Local Authority Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Governor Training Contact    

Why I become a governor:

I have worked in the Education arena for some 30 years including Cheshire, Halton, Manchester City and latterly at Kirklees Council as a school business manager.

Aside from being a Parish Councillor for many years, I have always been on the support side of Education either finance, audit or ICT and when moving to the Valley over 10 years ago I wanted to give something back into the local school environment.

With my accountancy background and local authority, education background I hope I can give a good wide perspective to the way schools have to operate to progress in an ever complicated education environment. It is nice to help and support my local community

Mrs Yvonne Donkersley

Type of Governor:

Co-optd Governor

Governor responsibilities:

Full governing body

Why I become a governor:

I am extremely proud to have been asked to become a governor at Hinchliffe Mill I & J school. In 2013 I retired from full time work in schools, based in primary and middle schools within Kirklees and Sheffield. I now enjoy a part-time job for a local family which involves caring for the children before and after school.

I have lived in the Holme Valley all my life; I’m married with two adult children and three young grandchildren. I enjoy every opportunity outside the world of full-time work, volunteering as a Governor being a new challenge.

My aim is to support the school as best I can, building on the rich educational heritage and working to provide the best quality education for children now and in the future.

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