Governors

To contact our Chair of Governors, please email mwatson@hartfordprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

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

Appointing body

Responsibility (Chair/V-Chair)

Named Business and/or personal interests with School (spouse/ partner/ relative)

Member of any other educational establishment (list below)

Miss Mair Fairweather

Headteacher

Continuous

N/A

N/A

None

None

Mr Mike Watson

Co-opted Governor

6.3.20 to 5.3.24

Governors

Chair of Governors 08.07.21 – 07.07.23 Link Governor Health and Safety

Link Governor Maths

None

Create Learning Trust

Member

Mrs Kate Venables

Parent Governor

3.6.19 to 2.6.23

Parents

Link Governor Equality & Diversity

Link Governor Wellbeing

Brabners LLP

Partner

None

Dr Kate Knight

Parent Governor

16.01.20 to 15.01.24

Parent

Link Governor Early Reading /Phonics /English

2 children attend the school

None

Mrs Lindsay Cade

Staff Governor

18.12.18 to 17.12.22

Staff

N/A

Childer Thornton English Hub

Spouse

None

Alison Lawson

Co-opted Governor

29.04.21 to 28.04.25

Governors

Link Governor Pupil Premium/Sports Premium

None

Barnton Community Nursery and Primary School – Headteacher.

Weaver Trust – Associate Trustee

Ms Lysa Randle

Parent Governor

05.10.20 to 04.10.24

Parent

Link Governor Safeguarding

Link Governor Early Years

 

 

Sue Mills

Co-opted Governor

08.07.21 to

07.07.25

Governors

Link Governor SEND

 

Cuddington Primary School - Headteacher

Governors Resigned in last 12 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Dave Dowling

Parent Governor

Resigned 21 April 2021

05.10.20 to 04.10.24

Parent

Link Governor Health & Safety

None

None

Mrs Julia Hughes

Co-opted Governor

Resigned 26 March 2021

22.11.18 to 21.11.22

 

Link Governor- Governor Induction

Link Governor Pupil Premium

Link Governor SEND

 

Russett School

John Gallemore

Co-opted Governor

09.03.2017 to 08.03.2021

Governors

Chair of finance Committee

None

None

Mike Watson - Chair of Governors

I am father to Max in Y6, and Izzy who is currently in Y4. 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. 

Kate Venables

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 one daughter in School, Yasmin (Year 2).

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, one attends HPS. Teddy in Year 2. 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.

Alison Lawson

Sue Mills

I am a Head Teacher of a local Primary School and have been a senior leader in 3 primary schools. Having been on Governing Boards for 15 years, I have a good understanding of the important strategic role governors have to improve the effectiveness of schools and to enhance a school’s strategic direction. I have been a school SENDCo in 3 primary schools and am passionate about effective provision for children with Special Educational Needs. I am currently working with my school’s partnership and the local authority to support challenging behaviours in schools, averting exclusions and shaping different ways of working to improve outcomes for children who demonstrate more challenging behaviours. 

I am a ‘mum’ of 2 boys and enjoy my time watching them in their various sports (mainly football and cricket). I have developed a love of walking during recent lockdowns and have even tried to bake – but this is still a work in progress!

 

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