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

7.3.16. to

6.3.20

Parents

Chair of Governors 12.7.19 – 11.7.20

Link Governor Finance

Link Governor Sports Premium

Link Governor Maths

All Sports Solutions Ltd

Director

None

Mrs Kate Venables

Parent Governor

3.6.19 to 2.6.23

Parents

Link Governor Equality & Diversity

Link Governor GDPR

Brabners LLP

Partner

None

Dr Kate Knight

Parent Governor

16.01.20 to 15.01.24

Parent

Link Governor Curriculum

Link Governor English/Literature

Link Governor Wellbeing

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

Mr John Gallemore

Co-opted Governor

9.3.17 to 8.3.21

Governors

Chair of Finance Committee

Vice Chairof FGB

None

None

Mrs Julia Hughes

Co-opted Governor

22.11.18 to 21.11.22

Governors

Link Governor- Governor Induction

Link Governor Pupil Premium

Link Governor SEND

 

Russett School

Ms Lysa Randle

Parent Governor

05.10.20 to 04.10.24

Parent

Link Governor Safeguarding

Link Governor Early Years

 

 

Mr Dave Dowling

Parent Governor

05.10.20 to 04.10.24

Parent

Link Governor Health & Safety

None

None

Vacancy

LA Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Governors Resigned in last 12 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Elizabeth Parker-Clark

Associate Governor

22.11.18 to 21.11.19

Governors

Link Governor Safeguarding

Cheshire Joinery Services Ltd

Deputy Headteacher Hartford High School

Mrs Faye Russell

Parent Governor

25.1.19 to 24.1.23

Parents

Vice Chair of Governors 12.7.19 – 11.7.20

Link Governor Literacy

 

Create Mat

Trustee/Director

Mrs Heather Harris

Associate Governor

22.11.18 to 21.11.19

Governors

Link Governor SEN

Spouse employee at HPS

Crowton CofE Primary School

Headteacher

 

Mr Simon Groves

LA Governor

21.3.19 to 20.3.23

LA

Link Governor Health & Safety

Link Governor Pupil Premium Grant

 

None

None

 

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. 

Mr John Gallemore

Group CFO , The Hut Group, £1.2bn Technology business founded in 2004

Prior to that, Chartered Accountant working for Deloittes

Julia Hughes

I have over 30 years’ experience in the special educational sector. Since 2003 I have worked in school administration, specifically in maintained and academy governance. 

My involvement in school governance as a governor began in 2006 and over the subsequent years I have held various positions of office including Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Board and subcommittees. 

Within such roles I have learnt the importance of strong and effective governance and the role it plays in ensuring that all children receive the best possible education to enable them to achieve their full potential. 

I am currently a member of the Cheshire West Governance Association.

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 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.

Mr Dave Dowling

I became a parent Governor in October 2020 and have a Son at the same school

Following a career in the fire and rescue service I now provide emergency arrangements advice and support to high hazard industries and other organisations

I am keen to work with the Governing Team to support the school community maintain a successful and sustainable future

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.

 

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