Our Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body within a school is a strategic one supporting the Head Teacher and the teaching team, in their functions 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 (to act as 'challenge partners')

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.

School Governors

  • Mr Stephen Clarke (Chair) - Co-opted
  • Mr Alex Beaumont - Co-opted
  • Ms Deborah Hirst - Co-opted                           
  • Mrs Nicola Holgate - Staff Governor
  • Mrs Vicki McCormick - Observer                      
  • Mrs Lauren Metcalfe - Co-opted
  • Mr Tom Park-Paul - Co-opted
  • Mrs Rebecca Townsend - Headteacher

    Governor vacancies:                           

2xparent Governor

2x Co-opted Governors                                                               1x Local Authority Governor

Key Documents & Terms Of Reference

Name
 Governor Action Plan - 2018-20.pdfDownload
 Governor code of conduct policy 2020.docxDownload
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Register Of Business Interests 2021

2021-22 Committee Structure:

Committees

  • Curriculum, Pupil Achievement and Outcomes Committee
  • Leadership, Finance and Health and Safety Committee
  • Complaints Committee (formed upon requirement)
  • Staff Dismissal Committee (formed upon requirement)
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals Committee (formed upon requirement)

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes Committee

  • Deborah Hirst (Chair)
  • Nicola Holgate
  • Vicki McCormick 
  • Rebecca Townsend
  • Alex Beaumont

Leadership, Financial Management and Health & Safety Committee 

  • Stephen Clarke
  • Lauren Metcalfe
  • Rebecca Townsend
  • Tom Park-Paul

New Governor Attendance Registers

Governor Pen Portraits

Mr Alex Beaumont

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I became a governor:

I was brought up in the Holme Valley and although I moved away to University, I couldn't resist the pull of the Yorkshire countryside, so returned to  Holmfirth in 1990. My two children were born here and are now both in their 30s! A keen cyclist with Holmfirth Cycling Club, I relish the challenge of the local hills. I also enjoy the countryside and wildlife. 

Although I did a Biochemistry degree  I knew I wanted to teach Early Years in Primary Schools. It wasn't a mistake-I loved my time in schools. I have worked in 9 different schools over my career- from small rural primary schools, such as Hinchliffe Mill, to large inner city schools. I was a headteacher for 25 years in 4 different local primary schools. In addition,  I was also lucky enough to work as a 'Local Leader in Education' supporting other schools .

 I know from personal experience the challenges schools face at the moment. I hope my experience in education will help me to support the staff, parents and children at Hinchliffe Mill to become the very best they can.

 

Mr Stephen Clarke

Type of Governor:

Co-opted 

Governor responsibilities:

Chair of Governors

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Special Educational Needs Governor

Pupil Premium Governor

Why I became a governor:

My wife and I both grew up in the Holme Valley, and after ten years living and starting a family in London, we finally moved back home in 2017.  Miles (7) settled in at Hinchliffe Mill straight away thanks to the school’s community spirit and hard-working staff.  Rory (5) started Reception in 2018, and Douglas (3) will start school in 2020.

My professional background is in public sector finance.  I  trained as a local authority accountant, then until 2017 I was a financial analyst in the City.  I was also a governor at Miles' previous school.  I currently work at a local accountancy practice and I hope I can use my skills, experience and commitment to support educational outcomes but also the school community as a whole.

Mrs Nicola Holgate

Type of Governor:

Staff

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Why I became a governor:

As a teacher of the school my aim is to provide the best opportunities for all pupils, to help them achieve and succeed. Through being part of the governing body I represent and share the views of my colleagues and work with the governors to identify our successes as a school as well as areas for improvements. This enables us to provide the best education for our pupils.

Miss Deborah Hirst

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Governor Training Contact    

Wellbeing Governor

Why I became a governor:

I am really excited to have been given the opportunity to become a governor at Hinchliffe Mill School. Since my son joined in 2015 I have really enjoyed being involved in school life. I love how the brilliant staff have created such a fantastic environment for children to develop and grow and I want to be able to help and support that in anyway I can.

For the last 17 years I have worked in Local Authority Organisational Development. In recent years I have become a qualified Leadership and Management Coach and work with a range of individuals supporting them to be the best they can be.

My role is to listen to clients, help them identify their goals and then support them to achieve those goals. This is done through questioning and challenge. As a coach I have a firm belief in the resourcefulness of my clients and that they can achieve whatever they aim to achieve with the right support. This is something I see all the time at Hinchliffe Mill in the relationship between staff and students.

I hope I can use my skills as a coach and my background in development to support the school and students.

Mrs Lauren Metcalfe

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I became a governor:

Coming soon....

Mrs Danielle Mowbray

Type of Governor:

Non-Teaching Staff 

Governor responsibilities:

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I became a governor:
coming soon....

Mr Tom Park-Paul

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I became a governor:
coming soon....

Mrs Rebecca Townsend

Type of Governor:

Head Teacher

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

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

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