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Governors of the Federation of Mill Hill and Woodcroft Schools
 

Welcome to this section of the website.  A smaller more focused Governing Body, based on skills, started on 10 July 2014.  There are now 11 willing volunteers* who give time, energy and expertise to ensure that the Federation provides the very best learning opportunities and environment for all the pupils.  The Governors task is to ensure the Federation of the two schools continues to improve so that the highest possible standards are achieved all the time.  Governors are part of the leadership teams and focus on ensuring that there is a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction, hold the leaders to account for pupil achievements and overseeing the finances of the Federation to make sure that money is well spent.

The Leaders are responsible for the day to day running of the school and they work hard to implement the Federations Strategic Plans.  It is the responsibility of the Governors to challenge and support the school in its ways of providing the best all round education for all the children.

The Governors meet twice a term for Full Governing Body meetings and once a term for a Resources Committee meeting at 4pm. Meetings last no longer than 2 hours.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor for the Federation or wish to contact me, please ring the school office and leave your contact details and I’ll reply to you as soon as I can.
 
Mrs Jenty Young
Chair of Governors

The Federation of Mill Hill and Woodcroft Schools - an update from the Governing Body

 

We welcome enthusiastic volunteers with a range of skills and abilities.

 

What is the point of a Governing Body?

 

All Governing Bodies have to make sure that -

  • there is a clear vision for the future and that the school provides a good, happy environment for its children
  • the leaders of the school focus on progress so that all pupils get the best results possible and that staff are managed effectively

       the school manages its finances and that money is well spent

 

How have we contributed to school improvement so far this year? - Term 1 2017

 

  • We recruited a new Head Teacher for Woodcroft
  • The Chair of Governors met regularly with both Head Teachers to support the work they do, and to discuss progress on their priorities for school improvement
  • We attended our own training and conferences so that we can offer effective support and challenge e.g. on tackling bullying; protecting children; Special Needs; behaviour
  • We monitored provision for Pupil Premium and Special Needs children and checked Safeguarding practices
  • We checked that a whole range of policies are in place for the start of the year.

 

What did we do last year?

 

  • We worked with the Local Authority to put an interim Headteacher in place at Woodcroft for the start of the academic year 2017- 2018

 

  • We supported both Headteachers with developing their leadership teams across the Federation and within the schools

 

  • We worked with both Headteachers on their school improvement plans so that priorities could be identified. We then monitored how well the schools were achieving their goals

 

  • Information on the progress of pupils was discussed and questioned regularly - at meetings with the Headteachers and at Governing Body meetings

 

  • Policies were reviewed regularly to ensure that the schools are meeting legal obligations

 

  • The Pay Committee audited the performance management of all staff to make sure that the processes are fair and supportive of teachers, that targets are SMART and that quality evidence is provided and recorded

 

  • The financial management of both schools was reviewed regularly and thoroughly by the Resources Committee to ensure best value for money

 

How do others see us?

 

  • We were rated as “Good” by Ofsted at the recent Woodcroft inspection

 

  • A staff questionnaire at Mill Hill showed that most of those who responded feel that governors “actively promote the mission and values of the school” and of the “vision of the federation”.

Meet the Governors


Name:
Margaret Gray
Type:
Co-opted Governor
Responsibilities:
Special Educational Needs (SEN) & New Governor Mentor
Biography:  
Margaret has been a Governor for over 20 years. She started her Ggovernance at Waite End Infants School which, with Waite End Junior School, was threatened with closure. She campaigned strongly to keep them open and was part of this amalgamation of these two schools to become Mill Hill Primary School. She has seen the school progress from being in special measures to a school which is now good. In 2011 she played a major role in the forming of the Federation with Woodcroft Primary School. Over these years she has been Chair of Governors, Vice Chair, Chairs of many Committees and continues to be fully supportive and committed to the education of all children. Margaret has an MBE for services to the community.
 
Name:
Angela Jones
Office:
Chair of Resources Committee
Type:
Local Authority Governor
Responsibilities:
Budget & Policies, Safeguarding and Health & Safety 
Biography:  
Angela, as a healthcare professional, has been in vocational education for over 30 years at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as a lecturer and as a manager, with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is currently the Chair of the Resources Committee at the current federation but was previously part of the Interim Executive Board appointed when Woodcroft Primary School (WPS) was in Special Measures. Before that she was asked to participate on the Temporary Governing Body during the amalgamation of Meadowlands Infant and Junior Schools into the new WPS. Therefore, she has had a long association with WPS in one form or another. Additionally, she is the Chair of Governors at another federation, and believing passionately in good education for all pupils, feels that the contrasting experience from the two organisations is of great value to both. Complex decision-making has been part of her role as a Justice of the Peace (JP) or Magistrate at the local Bench of the Wiltshire, Hampshire and IoW Judiciary since 1993. Therefore she thoroughly enjoys supporting all aspects of the education system for the benefit of children. In comparison, relaxation involves exercising and training her two Golden Retrievers.
 
Name:
Jenty Young
Office:
Chair of Governors
Type:
Co-opted Governor
Responsibilities:
Leadership & Management, governor Training, Pupil Premium & Data Analysis 
Biography:  
Jenty has been involved in education for most of her adult life - as a parent of three children; as a teacher of English in secondary schools; as an advisor on the teaching of English and literacy in Hampshire Secondary and Primary Schools; and now, since retirement, as a Governor. As chair of the Standards Committee, she knows what our two schools do to raise attainment and to ensure all pupils make progress. She is proud that Ofsted validated the hard work of staff and the leadership and management of the schools - and that she could contribute to that success.
 
Name:
Yvonne Dixon
Type:
Staff Governor (MHPS)
Responsibilities:
School Council
Biography:  
Yvonne is a Staff Governor representing Mill Hill Primary School. She has worked in education for almost 25 years in various roles across the primary age. She attends the Resources and Standards Committees and has a good understanding of school life. She works hard to ensure that all children leave primary school with an excellent education and the confidence to strive to be the best they can possibly be in their future lives. She has 2 children and one granddaughter and she enjoys family time together being outdoors and going on holidays.
 
  Name:   
Gemma Pattison
Type:
Co-opted Governor
Responsibilities:
 
Biography:  

 

 
  Name:
Vacancy
Type:
Parent Governor (MHPS)
Responsibilities:
Training Governor
Biography:  
 
 
  Name:
Vacancy
Type:
Parent Governor (WPS)
Responsibilities:
 
Biography:  
 
 

Name: 

Rachel Reid
Office:
Vice Chair of Governors
Type:
Co-Opted Governor
Responsibilities:
Pupil Premium, SEN
Biography:  
Rachel is a parent of a child at Woodcroft Primary School. She has 1 child and has lived in the Horndean Area all her life. Rachel is self employed and works within the Horndean Community; previous to that she held a Procurement position for a global solutions company for 16 years. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog.
 

Associate Governor: Mrs Charlotte Morgan (WPS Staff) 

 
Name: Office: Type: Responsibilities:

Tracy Morgan

 

 

Head Teacher Staff Governor (MHPS HT) All

Barry Fanning 

 

 

Head Teacher Staff Governor (WPS HT) All

The Governors are ably assisted by Kelly Stewart, our Clerk to the Governors who undertakes all the administrative tasks.

 

Governing Body Members and Roles

If you would like to see a copy of the minutes and documentation from any Governor meeting, please contact Mrs Stewart at the school office, who can arrange this for you.
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