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.

Governors also work to support and maintain the schools vision and values:
    • to be honest
    • to communicate clearly
    • to have confidence
    • to be respectful
    • to embrace responsibility
    • to support one another
    • and to show resilience

 

School Governors

  • Mr Stephen Clarke (Vice-chair) - Parent
  • Mr Alex Beaumont - Co-opted
  • Mr Rob Coates - Co-opted
  • Ms Deborah Hirst - Co-opted                           
  • Mrs Nicola Holgate - Staff Governor
  • Mrs Angela Hornby - Parent 
  • Mrs Vicki McCormick - Observer                      
  • Mrs Lauren Metcalfe - Co-opted Staff
  • Mrs Rebecca Townsend - Headteacher

    Governor vacancies:                           

2x Co-opted Governors                                                                1x Local Authority Governor

Committee Meeting Minutes 2019-21

Name
 p) Committee meeting curriculum pupil achievement and outcomes 2nd-May-2019.pdfDownload
 o) Committee meeting curriculum pupil achievement and outcomes 13th-February-2019.pdfDownload
 n) Committee meeting leadership finance and hs committee 1st-February-2019.pdfDownload
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Full Governing Body Minutes 2019-21

Name
 p) Governor meeting 21st-March-2019.pdfDownload
 o) Governor meeting 24-January-2019.pdfDownload
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2020-21 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

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

Leadership, Financial Management and Health & Safety Committee 

  • Rob Coates (Chair)
  • Stephen Clarke
  • Lauren Metcalfe
  • Rebecca Townsend

Key Documents & Terms Of Reference

Name
 Governor Action Plan - 2018-20.pdfDownload
 Governor code of conduct policy 2020.docxDownload
 Register of Business Interests Attendance 2020 -21.docx-.docxDownload
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Governor Meeting Attendance Record 

Full GB and Committee Meetings attendance record (click the image to rotate committees)

Governor Pen Portraits

Mr Alex Beaumont

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

 

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.

Mr Rob Coates

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

School Website

Why I became a governor:

Having returned to live in the Holme Valley recently I felt I wanted to share the benefits of the variety of skills and experiences I’ve picked up in over 25 years of working in large companies.

For 20 years I’ve worked in a wide number of roles in and around adult learning, development and talent functions. It felt natural to use these skills within our local school when I discovered there was a governor vacancy.

I’m keen to help the school progress and I’m committed to working with my fellow governors to help the Headteacher and all the staff to do this.

Mrs Angela Hornby

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes (Chair)

Safeguarding governor

Child Protection Governor

Looked After Children Governor

Why I became a governor:

I decided to volunteer as a school Governor when my son was in Year 4 at Hinchliffe Mill. I could see as a parent, lots of good work being done at the school and wanted to help support the school to continue to develop.

Although I had no personal experience of school life since leaving secondary school, I am surrounded by a family of teachers, and so it felt quite a natural step to take and it certainly appealed to me to see education from another perspective other than that of a parent.

Since graduating with a degree in Environmental Science followed by a Post grad in Acoustic Engineering I have worked as an acoustics specialist in various guises, including in Local Government, pharmaceuticals, and for the last 16 years as a consultant engineer in the private sector, currently helping my husband run our own consultancy firm. I thought that volunteering as a school Governor was a great way to use some of the transferable skills I have gained along the way, as well as an opportunity to gain some new skills, meet new people from my community and gain an insight into the education system.

Although my son has now moved up to Holmfirth High School, I really value the great academic start he had at Hinchliffe Mill and hope that I can play a part in ensuring that the school can continue to be the best it can for our children. 

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 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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