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Responsibility, Respect, Aspiration, Pride
As a governor of Hartford Primary School we undertake to work collectively, with our best intentions, to drive forward the school community and provide the best environment possible for the pupils and staff in our care to thrive.
We understand that our key roles are to:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
3. Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
We will strike a thoughtful balance between support and challenge, consider the whole school impact of the decisions we make and support, be visible and mindful, whilst seeking self-development to remain relevant and informed.
The well-being of our staff and our pupils will be at the forefront of our minds as we go about our business, we will take bold and decisive steps where the actions match our strategy and we will be active citizens in our community to promote HPS.
Effective governance is based on six key features:
1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.
As a collective we are responsible for being effective, in a manner that promotes the physical, social, emotion and education wellbeing of each and every pupil in our care, for setting and championing our schools ethos, vision and values, and for being the rational and knowledge voice of strategic support, which when couple with our exceptional executive leaders, provides an unstoppable force towards a brighter future for all.
Name/Category (LA/Staff/Co-opted etc)
Term of office
Named Business and/or personal interests with School (spouse/ partner/ relative)
Member of any other educational establishment (list below)
Miss Mair Fairweather
Mr Mike Watson
|6.3.20 to 5.3.24|
Chair of Governors 12.7.19 – 11.7.21
Link Governor Finance
Link Governor Sports Premium
Link Governor Maths
Create Learning Trust
Mrs Kate Venables
|3.6.19 to 2.6.23|
Link Governor Equality & Diversity
Link Governor GDPR
Dr Kate Knight
|16.01.20 to 15.01.24|
Link Governor Curriculum
Link Governor English/Literature
Link Governor Wellbeing
2 children attend the school
Mrs Lindsay Cade
|18.12.18 to 17.12.22|
Childer Thornton English Hub
|29.04.2021 to 28.04.2025|
Barnton Community Nursery and Primary School – Headteacher.
Weaver Trust – Associate Trustee
Ms Lysa Randle
|05.10.20 to 04.10.24|
Link Governor Safeguarding
Link Governor Early Years
Governors Resigned in last 12 months
Mr Dave Dowling
Resigned 21 April 2021
|05.10.20 to 04.10.24|
|Link Governor Health & Safety|
Mrs Julia Hughes
Resigned 26 March 2021
|22.11.18 to 21.11.22|
Link Governor- Governor Induction
Link Governor Pupil Premium
Link Governor SEND
|09.03.2017 to 08.03.2021|
|Chair of finance Committee|
Mrs Elizabeth Parker-Clark
Resigned July 2020
|14.11.19 to 13.11.20|
|Link Governor Safeguarding|
Cheshire Joinery Services Ltd
|Deputy Headteacher Hartford High School|
Mrs Faye Russell
Resigned August 2020
|25.1.19 to 24.1.23|
Vice Chair of Governors 12.7.19 – 11.7.20
Link Governor Literacy
Mr Simon Groves
Resigned February 2020
|21.3.19 to 20.3.23|
Link Governor Health & Safety
Link Governor Pupil Premium Grant
Mike Watson - Chair of Governors
I am father to Max in Y5, and Izzy who is currently in Y5. This is my 2nd Governorship having previously served as a Community Governor at Platt Bridge CPS in Wigan.
I currently work in Financial Services as a Business Development Manager for an Automotive Auditors. I have a huge passion for Sport and have worked and volunteered in the industry for the past 16 years. I'm delighted to have been elected Chair of Governors in July 2019 following a 3 year period as a Parent Governor.
I became a parent governor in June 2019 and have two children at Hartford Primary School.
In my professional capacity, I am a partner in a regional commercial law firm and have specialized in Employment Law for over 14 years, advising organisations and individuals across a range of sectors.
Dr Kate Knight
I was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2019. I have two daughters in School, Bethany (Year 6) and Yasmin (Year 1).
I am a Senior Lecturer in Children and Young People’s Nursing at the University of Chester. I am passionate about hearing and sharing the voices of children and young people with a special interest working with disabled children and young people. I volunteer for the Scout Association and lead 1st Hartford Cub Scouts.
I am delighted to join the Governor team.
Ms Lysa Randle
I am a mum to seven children, two attend HPS. Darcy in Year 6 and Teddy in Year 1. I am passionate about early education and nurturing all children to reach their potential and flourish. As such in my professional role I manage part of the Children and Families service for Cheshire East Council. My research for my MA recently focused on 'Child Voice' ensuring all children are heard and are kept at the very heart of decision making. I have been a governor for 17 years in primary education in a variety of roles. I am a designated safeguarding lead within my organisation, with a keen interest in children's emotional wellbeing.