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Welcome to the Governors' Page. This page gives information relating to governor activity at the school, please look at the items and visit the links on the left hand side.


To contact the governors please email Beth Stannard, Clerk to the governors.



Full Governing Body (Chair – Susan Watts, Vice Chair – Steve Utley)

2 Parents – vacancy and Peter Martin

Headteacher – Helen Roderick

1 Staff – Stephanie Meredith

1 Local Authority – John Rampton

7 Co -Opted – Amanda Grumbridge, John Spracklen, Steve Utley, Susan Watts, Nick Wharam,  2 vacancies.

Associate governor: Richard Claxton

Curriculum and Pupil Related Committee:

Amanda Grumbridge (Chair), Stephanie Meredith, Helen Roderick (HT), John Spracklen, Nick Wharam and Susan Watts (CoG)


Resources Committee:

Peter Martin, Helen Roderick (HT) Steve Utley, Susan Watts (CoG)



Pay Committee:  Vacancy, Amanda Grumbridge, John Spracklen


Headteacher Performance Management:  Steve Utley and Susan Watts

Pupil Discipline & Exclusion: 3 eligible governors

Appeals: 3 eligible governors

Staff Disciplinary: 3 eligible governors

Staff Disciplinary Appeals: 3 eligible governors



Specific Areas of Responsibility

Link Governor(s)

Health and Safety

Peter Martin


Amanda Grumbridge


Nick Wharam

Standards and Assessment

John Spracklen

Pupil Premium

Amanda Grumbridge



What does a Governing body do?


The Governing Body of Hillbourne Primary School works with the Headteacher to shape the future of the school and to ensure high standards of achievement for all of our children.


Governing bodies have a very wide range of powers and responsibilities covering three key areas:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


    In an effective governing body, Governors:

  • understand their strategic role, building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher, while holding them to account for pupil performance and taking hard strategic decisions based on objective data

  • ensure they have the necessary skills and commitment, including challenging to bring about improvements and hold leaders to account for pupil performance

  • appoint an effective chair to lead and manage the Governing Body

  • appoint a high quality independent clerk to advise them on their functions and duties, and ensure the governing body operates efficiently and effectively

  • regularly measure their effectiveness and make changes as necessary to improve their performance


    Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. This is the job of the Headteacher.


    Hillbourne Governing Body has 12 members including the Headteacher. Individual governors take on specific roles and report back, as appropriate, to the full Governing Body or to one of the two main committees which are Curriculum & Pupil-Related and Resources.


    Governing bodies are made up of all sorts of skilled people who contribute in many different and complementary ways.


    Almost anyone can be a Governor, unless they are:

  • under 18, or

  • disqualified because of such things as bankruptcy or recent prison sentence


Are you interested in becoming a Governor?


The Governing Body currently has vacancies for Co-opted Governors who are appointed by for the skills which they bring to the governance of the school.


Financial, legal or HR experience would be particularly welcome but a good dose of common sense and an interest in young people is just as important!


If you are interested in becoming a Governor and would like to know more about what’s involved please call the school on 01202 692604.