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

Yvonne Donkersley, Chair of Governors

School Governors

  • Mrs Yvonne Donkersley (Chair) - Co-opted
  • Mr Stephen Clarke (Vice-chair) - Parent 
  • Mr Geof Baddock - Co-opted
  • Mr Rob Coates - Co-opted
    Miss Deborah Hirst - Co-opted                           
  • Mrs Nicola Holgate - Staff Governor
  • Mrs Angela Hornby - Parent                         
  • Mrs Lauren Metcalfe - Co-opted Staff
  • Mrs Rebecca Townsend - Headteacher
  • Mr Allister Turner- Co-opted

Governor vacancies: 

 1x Co-opted Governor                                                                 1x Local Authority Governor

Committee Meeting Minutes 2017-19

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 f) Committee meeting leadership finance and hs committee 27th-march-2018.pdfDownload
 e) Committee meeting curriculum pupil achievement and outcomes 26th-march-2018.pdfDownload
 d) Committee meeting curriculum pupil achievement and outcomes 12th-february-2018.pdfDownload
 c) Committee meeting leadership finance and hs committee 19th-january-2018.pdfDownload
 b) Committee meeting curriculum pupil achievement and outcomes 11th-january-2018.pdfDownload
 a) Committee meeting leadership finance and hs committee 16-nov-2017.pdfDownload
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Full Governing Body Minutes 2017-19

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 f) Governor meeting 16-nov-2017.pdfDownload
 e) Governor meeting 3rd-october-2017.pdfDownload
 d) Governor meeting 20th-july-2017.pdfDownload
 c) Governor meeting 9th-may-2017.pdfDownload
 b) Governor meeting 16-march-2017.pdfDownload
 a) Governor meeting 12-january-2017.pdfDownload
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2018-19 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

  • Geof Badock
  • Yvonne Donkersley 
  • Angela Hornby (Chair)
  • Nicola Holgate
  • Deborah Hirst

Leadership, Financial Management and Health & Safety Committee 

  • Allister Turner (Chair)
  • Stephen Clarke
  • Rob Coates
  • Yvonne Donkersley
  • Lauren Metcalfe
  • Rebecca Townsend

Key Documents & Terms Of Reference

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Governor Meeting Attendance Record 2017-19

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

Governor Pen Portraits

Mr Geof Baddock

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes 

Why I became a governor:

Coming soon...

Mrs Yvonne Donkersley

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Chair of Governors

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes 

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Early Years Governor

Why I became a governor:

I am extremely proud to be a governor at Hinchliffe Mill J & I school. In 2013 I retired from full time work in schools, based in primary and middle schools within Kirklees and Sheffield. My work involved close collaboration with two Governing Bodies, I found the experience of working with such dedicated people inspirational as they gave their time freely to support the Headteacher and all members of the school.

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

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.

Mrs Lauren Metcalfe

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Staff

Governor responsibilities:

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee

Why I became a governor:

Coming soon....

Mrs Angela Hornby

Type of Governor:

Parent

Governor responsibilities:

Curriculum, Pupils Achievement and Outcomes (Chair)

Safeguarding governor

Child Protection Governor

Looked After Children Governor

Why I became a governor:

 Coming soon.... 

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.

Mr Stephen Clarke

Type of Governor:

Parent

Governor responsibilities:

Vice 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.

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.

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 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.

Mr Allister Turner

Type of Governor:

Co-opted

Governor responsibilities:

Leadership, Financial Management, Health & Safety Committee (chair)

Health and Safety Governor

Why I became a governor:
Having three children who have or are attending Hinchliffe Mill and being an ex-pupil of the school myself, 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.

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