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.
2014 / 2015
Following an independent review of the Governing Body we 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.
Governors have also been much more involved in talking to children and monitoring their work over the past year. 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.
We have been increasingly concerned over the past year by the gap between the budget we are given to run the school and the cost of running and repairing it. We worked with the Head Teacher to try to hurry the work on the chimney as the scaffolding had been there forever! Even though it took a long time we did manage to get a new boiler and heating system installed as part of the work (and all at no cost to the school) so perhaps it was worth the wait!
Perhaps the biggest challenge for us last year was to try to maintain standards with so many people on maternity leave! We had five temporary teachers for most of the year. We worked with the senior leaders (one of whom was covering temporarily too, thank you Mrs Ross!) to try to keep standards high at the school and it was hard. We would like to acknowledge our thanks to the teachers for working so hard under such pressure, not only teaching their own classes well and achieving such good results but also supporting the temporary staff. It wasn't perfect and some things worked better than others but our results at the end of the year showed what an excellent team of teachers and teaching assistants we have at Highfield Hall.
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.
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.
My name is Lorraine Warby and I am a parent governor at Highfield Hall school , I was voted in by parents in June 2013 and it has been my pleasure to be a governor ever since. My term of office runs out in 2017. I am on the Pupil Welfare and Personnel Committee. I have five children, my son attended this school before going on to secondary. My youngest daughter still attends Highfield Hall. I am not a governor at any other school. I have no connection to any other members of the governing body or staff. I worked at Highfield Hall as a play leader for three years before leaving to be a full time nana. I still help on trips and come in to listen to children read.
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.
Hollie Hayward is a teacher governor. She is appointed by the governing body. She has been a governor since 2013 and her term of office runs out in 2018. Hollie is on the Finance and General Purposes committee and has voting rights on this committee. She is not a governor at any other school. Hollie has worked as a teacher since 2007 and started at Highfield Hall in 2011 when she moved from Sussex. Hollie is married and has a little boy.
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 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.
Ian McCollum is a Local Authority appointed Governor. He has been a Governor here for 5 years and this term of office runs out in 2018. Ian is Chair of the School Improvement Group and the Hearings/Appeals Committee. He is not a governor at any other school.
He worked as a teacher and Headteacher for 29 years before serving as the Training Manager of the Derbyshire Literacy Project, ‘Read On, Write Away! for 7 years. From then until his retirement in 2014, Ian worked as an independent Education Consultant, providing training services for schools in 16 Local Authorities. He has trained many thousands of teachers, student teachers, teaching assistants and parent volunteers to support reading and writing skills. He is OFSTED trained in classroom observation.
He now writes novels.
Ian’s four grandchildren attend Highfield Hall Primary School, so he has a strong commitment to the school’s continuing success. His wife, Dianne [also a Governor] was a teacher at the school for 23 years.