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Our Governors

Our Governing Body meets four times a year. We also have committees which meet in between each Full Governing Body meeting.

 

If you wish to contact any of our governors please leave a message for them at the school office and it will be passed on.

 

If there is any information about the school that you require and you can not find it on this website please ask at the office or speak to Mr Martin. 

These were the key issues that were faced and addressed by the governing body over the last year, including an assessment of our impact on the school.

 

Over the past couple of years we have completely changed the committee structure and increased the frequency of meetings. This has meant that governors are committing to more time in school and are more involved in reviewing and determining school policies.

Our pupil numbers have risen over the past few years and this trend is set to continue. We have employed a new senior teacher who it is hoped will bring some experience and new ideas to the school. We have been in discussion with the council over plans for new building work to enable us to meet the demand for places at the school over the coming years.

Governors have also become more involved in talking to children and monitoring their work. This has given us a greater insight into the progress that children are making. In the past we have spent a lot of time analysing facts and figures and while we are still doing this our work has been made easier and more meaningful by looking at work as well.

Throughout the year we have been satisfied that standards have remained high and this has been reflected in our EYFS and Key Stage 1 outcomes. However we acknowledge that results at Key Stage 2 have dipped considerably this year, particularly in maths. We have worked with the senior leadership team to try to see where improvements could be made and this has led to a maths consultant working with the school over the coming moths.

The Governors

These are our governors...

Nigel Down is a co-opted Governor, appointed by the Governing Body. He has been a Governor for 6 years and his term of office runs out in 2019. He is currently the Chair of Governors and the Chair of the Pupil Welfare and Personnel Committee. Nigel is also the lead governor for safeguarding and child protection. He is not a Governor at any other school.

Nigel has worked for Local Authority youth services for 30 years and is currently a locality manager for the youth service in Nottinghamshire. He has one child who left Highfield Hall in 2015 and one who still attends here.

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 4/5, committee meetings 4/4. 

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Janis Breeze is a co-opted governor. Janis is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body. She originally joined the governors as a parent governor (elected by parents in 2013) and her term of office ends in 2019.
Janis is currently on Pupil Welfare and Personnel Committee and was a member of the Governor Action Plan Group that worked on School Improvement related to our most last OfSTED Inspection.


Janis is married and has two children attending Highfield Hall; she has worked in customer service for 10 years. 

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 5/5, committee meetings 3/4. 

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Mary McManus is a co-opted governor.  She originally joined the governors as a parent governor (elected in 2012) and her term of office ends in 2019.
Mary is currently on the Pupil Welfare and Personnel Committee and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. She is also the named health and safety governor.  She is not a governor at any other school.
Mary is married and has twin girls that currently attend Highfield Hall. Mary has worked as an IT specialist for the NHS for the last 15 years.

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 4/5, committee meetings 2/7. 

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My name is Catriona Carless and I am a co-opted governor. I have been a governor for 2 years and my term of office ends in 2020. I am on the Pupil Welfare and Personnel Committee and a member of the School Improvement Group. I am not a governor at any other school.

I moved to Chesterfield from the Wirral in 1998 to train as a midwife and I continues to work in the NHS for 11 years. I am married and have 3 daughters who all attend Highfield Hall Primary School.

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Anne Kitchen is a parent governor. She was elected in 2018 and her term of office ends in 2022. She is not a governor at any other school. Anne has a daughter who currently attends Highfield Hall, who will be leaving in July 2018 to go to secondary school. Anne has worked within Government and Local Government for 30 years and is currently employed as the Benefits Officer for Chesterfield Borough Council.
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Rebecca Coles is a co-opted governor. She is appointed by the governing body. She has been a governor since 2013 and her term of office runs out in 2019. Rebecca is on the School Improvement Group committee and has voting rights on this committee. She is not a governor at any other school. Rebecca has worked as a teacher at Highfield Hall since she qualified in 2009. Rebecca is married and has two young sons. 

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 4/5, committee meetings 1/2. 

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Rebecca Aspinall is a Local Authority governor. She has been a governor for six years and her term of office ends in 2022. Rebecca is a member of the Finance Committee and the Head Teachers Performance Group. She is not a governor at any other school. Rebecca has 2 daughters that currently attend Highfield Hall. She has worked within the Financial Services sector for over 18 years.

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 5/5, committee meetings 3/3. 

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Lisa Greenwood is a co-opted governor. She has been a governor for 3 years and her term of office ends in 2019. Lisa is a member of the Admissions Committee, the Head Teachers Performance Group, and the Pupil Welfare and Personnel committees, she is also the Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. She is also the named anti bullying governor. She is not a governor at any other school. Lisa has 2 daughters that currently attend Highfield Hall. Lisa has worked in the restaurant and licensed trade for 23 years.

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 3/5, committee meetings 6/7. 

 

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Dianne McCollum is a co-opted Governor. She has been a Governor here for 11 years and this term of office runs out in 2019. Dianne is Chair of the Pupil Discipline Committee and the Governor School Improvement Group, she also a member of the Pupil Welfare & Personnel Committee and the Headteacher Performance Group. She is also the lead governor for looked after children, children with special educational needs or disabilities and vulnerable groups. She is not a governor at any other school.

She worked as a teacher for 33 years in schools in Dronfield and Chesterfield, ending her career as Deputy Headteacher of Highfield Hall. She retired in 2009.

To continue and extend her own development Dianne undertook several secondments during her career.  She worked for the local authority as a trainer of teachers on many occasions. She also worked with staff in schools experiencing problems and she really enjoyed supporting newly qualified teachers and newly appointed deputy heads.

Dianne also worked as an Associate Primary Tutor for Sheffield Hallam University, on a part time basis, for 3 years delivering lectures and working with tutorial groups.

Dianne’s four grandchildren attend Highfield Hall Primary School, so she has a strong commitment to the school’s continuing success. 

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 5/5, committee meetings 2/4. 

 

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Caroline Riley has been a governor since 2013. She is on the School Improvement Committee. She has been qualified as a teacher for 9 years, most of that time has been spent at Highfield Hall. Previous to that she was a manager at Royal Mail working to keep the network of vehicles moving. She is not a governor at any other school. She is recently married.

Attendance over the last year: Governing Body meetings 4/5, committee meetings 1/2. 

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