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Dear Parents
 
The Governing Body of Hinton St George C of E First School are very proud of our village school and all that makes it a special place for children to learn and develop.  The start of every child’s school experience is so vital and will colour their approach to education and our school focuses on providing a caring, encouraging and supportive environment in which children can grow and develop.  The fabric of the school has been an area of recent focus and the school is now well decorated and beautifully presented with very good facilities.
 
The school works very much as a community in which all children interact together and are involved in and contribute to the ethos of the school.  We have very small classes and the resultant wonderfully high adult-to-child ratio allows the school to focus on the individual needs of all children.  The school has very high expectations for all the children not only academically but also socially, with a real focus on positive attitudes and behaviour nurtured as the children work and play together.
 
The children at the school receive a rich, varied and stimulating education with staff focusing on attainment of all and the results show that the children consistently achieve higher than County and National averages.  The school was again judged to be “good” in the 2014 Ofsted inspection and since then our Headteacher has led a focus to raise standards even further with very good results.
 
Hinton St George First School is very much part of our local community who, together with our really fantastic parents’ association (PFA), raise money and provide support so that the school is able to give the children a very rich education experience with wonderful after school clubs and educational visits.
 

Kind Regards

Louise Chamberlain              

Louise Chamberlain
Chair of Governors
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Governor Name
Term of Office
Appointing Body
Position of Responsibility
Governors’ Register of Business Interest
Mrs Louise Chamberlain
4 Years
01.10.13-30.9.17
Diocese Bath & wells Foundation Governor
Chair of Governors and
Safeguarding (Child Protection)
Maths
·         Director of LEC Enterprises – Educational Consultancy & Training in Primary Schools
·         Member of the Board and Tutor at Somerset School Centred Initial Teacher Training organisation
·         Minsterstone Ltd – stone/concrete manufacturer – husband’s business
Mrs Lucy Voss
4 Years
16.09.2015-15.09.2019
Elected Parent
Pupil Premium
SEND
None Declared
Mrs Amanda Bell
4 Years
22.10.2015-24.09.2018​
Co-opted
 Health and Safety
None Declared
Mrs Jane Gifford
4 Years
05.11.2013-04.11.2017
Co-opted
Training
English
None Declared
Mrs Marguerite Aubrey
4 Years
09.10.2014-08.10.2018
Co-opted
SEN
 
Pupil Premium
None Declared
Mrs Kat Khan-Davis
4 Years
01.09.2014-31.08.2018
Elected Parent

·         Committee member of this school’s Parents and Friends’ Association
·         Parent volunteer in class, two mornings a week
Rev. Bob Hicks
05.12.2011
Ex Officio, Incumbent of Hinton St George
 
None Declared
​Mrs Charlotte Hall
01.01.18 ​Headteacher Headteacher None Declared
Mr Derek Esp
4 Years
01.09.2016-31.08.20
Local Authority
 
·         Co-opted Governor at Wadham School
·         Assoc. Hon. Fellow, University of Exeter - Research
​Mr Barry Tyler 24.11.16 - 23.11.20 Co-opted ​Finance
​Ms Charlotte Trowbridge
​22.10.18 -
​Staff
​School Council
​Mrs Sarah McEvansoneya
​22.10.18 -
​Co-opted
​Attendance
​Mrs Jenny Pithers
22.10.18 - 
​Parent
​Mrs Jane Wheeler

​11.02.19
​Co-opted
​Health & Safety
​Mrs Ingrid Godfrey

​27.04.18 - 08.02.19
​Clerk ​Clerk
​Mrs Rebecca McAlonan
​11.02.19 -
​Clerk
​Clerk

 

Delegation of powers
 
From 2015/16 this GB has decided to conduct their business without committees, except statutory committees.  See Standing Orders adopted on 23 September 2015 for more detail.
A Scheme of Delegation has been agreed and statutory committees and working parties will be formed as and when necessary.
 
Working parties have no delegated powers and their recommendations will be discussed by the full governing body.  Working Parties will only be formed when necessary and when their task is completed they will disband.  Individuals may be invited to join working parties as Associate Members (not necessarily governors), where their expertise will be beneficial to the task identified.
 
NB:  This list is subject to updating from time to time during the academic year.

 

 
 
 Governor Responsibilities
Safeguarding
Louise Chamberlain
Health & Safety
Jane Wheeler
School Council
Charlotte Trowbridge
SEN and Pupil Premium
Lucy Voss
Training Overview
Jane Gifford
 
 
2016-2019 FGB Governor Attendance Register
Key:
A = Attended
DNA – Did not Attend

Governor Name and Position
Meeting
24.09.18
Meeting
22.10.18
Meeting
16.11.18
Meeting
10.12.18

Meeting
28.01.19
Meeting
11.02.19
Meeting
25.03.19
Meeting

Meeting

Number of
Meetings Attended
Over Academic Year 2018-2019​
Mrs Louise Chamberlain (Chair)
A
A
A
A
A
A
A​​


 
Mrs Lucy Voss – Parent Governor
A
A
A
A
A
A
A


  
Mrs Amanda Bell – Co-opted
A
DNA
DNA
DNA
DNA
DNA
DNA

 
 
Mrs Jane Gifford – Co-opted
A
A
A
A
A
A
A

 

Mrs Marguerite Aubrey – Co-opted
A
DNA
DNA
A
DNA
DNA
DNA


 
Mrs Kat Khan-Davis – Parent Governor
A
DNA
DNA
DNA
DNA
DNA
DNA

 
 
Rev. Bob Hicks - Ex-Officio Incumbent of Hinton St George
A
A
A
DNA
A
A
A

 
 
Mr Derek Esp – LEA
DNA
A
A
A
A
DNA
A


 
Mrs Charlotte Trowbridge - Staff Governor
DNA
A
DNA
A
A
A
A


 
​Mrs Charlotte Hall - HeadteacherA
A
AA
A

A
A
Mr Barry ​Tyler - Co-opted
A
A
A
A
A
DNA
A

 
  
Mrs Jenny Pithers​ - Parent Governor

DNA
A
DNA
A
A
A
A



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Governor Name and Position
Meeting
5.10.17
Meeting
6.11.17
Meeting
4.12.17
Meeting
23.01.18

Meeting
26.02.18
Meeting
24.03.18
Meeting
27.04.18
Meeting
14.05.18
Meeting
02.07.18
Number of
Meetings Attended
Over Academic Year 2017-2018
Mrs Louise Chamberlain (Chair)
A
A
A
A
A
 A
 A
 A
 A
 9
Mrs Lucy Voss – Parent Governor
A
A
A
A
A
DNA
 A
 A
 A
 8
Mrs Amanda Bell – Co-opted
A
A
A
A
A
DNA
 A
 A
 A
 8
Mrs Jane Gifford – Co-opted
DNA
A
A
A
A​
A
 A
DNA
 A 
 7
7Mrs Marguerite Aubrey – Co-opted
A
A
DNA
DNA
A 
DNA
 A
 A
 A
 6
Mrs Kat Khan-Davis – Parent Governor
A
A
A
DNA
A
A 
 A
DNA
 A 
 7
Rev. Bob Hicks - Ex-Officio Incumbent of Hinton St George
A
A
A
A
 
DNA
 DNA
DNA
 A
 A
 6
Mr Derek Esp – LEA
A
A
A
A
DNA
A
 A
DNA
 A
 7 
Mrs Lisa Goodland - Headteacher
A
A
A


 



 3
​Mrs Charlotte Hall - Headteacher A A  A  A
 A
​ 5
5Mr Barry Tyler - Co-opted
A
A
A
 
DNA
A
A 
 A
 A
 A 
 8 
Mrs Ali Holley-Staff Governor
A
Resigned
Vacant Position
Vacant Position
Vacant Position
Vacant Position
Vacant Position​
Vacant Position
Vacant Position
 ​1


 
Governor Name and Position
Meeting
6.10.16
Meeting
24.11.16
Meeting
6.12.16
Meeting
12.1.17
Meeting
6.2.17
Meeting
16.3.17
Meeting
25.4.17
Meeting
25.5.17
Meeting
3.7.17
Number of
Meetings Attended
Over Academic Year 2016-2017
Mrs Louise Chamberlain (Chair)
A
A
A
A
 A
A 
A
A 
A 
 9
Mrs Lucy Voss – Parent Governor
A
A
A
A
 A
A 
A 
A 
 9 
Mrs Amanda Bell – Co-opted
A
A
A
A
 DNA
A 
A
A
A 
 8
Mrs Jane Gifford – Co-opted
A
A
A
A
 A
DNA
A
A
A 
 8
Mrs Marguerite Aubrey – Co-opted
A
A
DNA
A
 DNA
DNA
DNA
A
A
 5
Mrs Kat Khan-Davis – Parent Governor
A
A
DNA 
A
 DNA
 A
A
DNA 
 6
Rev. Bob Hicks - Ex-Officio Incumbent of Hinton St George
A
A
A
DNA
 
 A
 A
A
A
A 
 8
Mr Derek Esp – LEA
A
A
A
A
 A
 DNA
A
A
A
 8 
Mrs Lisa Goodland - Headteacher
A
A
A
A
 A
 A
A
A
A 
 9 
Mr Barry Tyler - Co-opted
Vacant Position
Position
Attended & Filled
DNA
 
A
 DNA
 A
A
A​
A 
 6 
Mrs Ali Holley-Staff Governor
Vacant
Position
Vacant
Position
Vacant
Position
Vacant
Position
Vacant
Position
 Vacant
Position
 Vacant
Position
  Vacant
Position
 A
 1

 

 
 
Reasons for non-attendance, where recorded, include:
·         Work commitments
·         Annual Leave
·         Ill-health
 

Louise Chamberlain – Chair of Governors

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Having started my work life as a reinsurance broker, I changed my career and completed the PGCE training to become a teacher.  I have worked in a range of very different Somerset schools, and finally spent eleven years as the head teacher of the large primary school at North Petherton. On retiring from that post, I spent five years working for the Somerset Initial Teacher Training college (SCITT) as a tutor for graduates working to achieve their PGCE qualification to become teachers. I have also carried consultancy work supporting headteachers and schools, and have planned and delivered school training programmes.

 

I remain passionate about education and ensuring high expectations for all children!

I live in Dinnington and am a mum, a grandmother, a gardener and a dog lover!


Jane Gifford – Vice Chair of Governors

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I trained as a teacher and taught in a number of primary schools in the North East and the Midlands. I taught all year groups from nursery to Year 6. I became a head teacher of a primary school with a nursery and having completed a Master of education degree, was appointed by the Queen in Council to be one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools (HMI). This role required me to inspect schools both state and independent throughout the country.

On retirement I worked for an independent inspectorate specialising in the inspection of small schools in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.  Currently, I edit school inspection reports for the School Inspection Service.


Barry Tyler – Co-opted Governor  

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​I have been a governor since 2017. I was an accountant but I am now retired.  I have lived in the village since 1982.  I started and ran Lefktro UK Ltd since 1996 and it is now run by son.  I have a special interest in school finance.


Lucy Voss - Parent Governor

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 I am a mum of two children, aged 12 and 9 both of whom attended Hinton First School.

I have been an active member of the school PFA during my children's time at the school.  For the past 4 years I have been Chair of St George's Preschool which has a strong association with the First School.


Jane Wheeler – Co-opted Governor

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I retired from the profession of Financial Planning 3 years ago and am now enjoying retirement . My interests include gardening, travel and family. In the past I have been involved, in a voluntary capacity, in a variety of professional, educational, service and charity organisations. I have lived in Hinton St George for more than 5 years and enjoy being involved with the community.


Derek Esp – Local Authority Governor

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I have had a long career in education, including working as the Director of Education in Lincolnshire; researched head teacher training in Europe and the County Council Education Chair for Somerset. 

I was awarded an MBE in 2015 and have published and contributed to many books and journals nationally and internationally. 

All three of my children attended Hinton St George First School and I have been a governor here for many years.

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Rev Bob Hicks – Ex Officio, Incumbent of Hinton St George

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I am a Church of England priest.  My wife Julia and I job share the role of Rector for the parishes of Merriott, Lopen and Hinton St George with Dinnington. 

We moved here from Bridgwater in September 2011 and I have been a Governor at Hinton School ever since.  Prior to being ordained I have worked as a geologist, environmental scientist, missionary, intelligence analyst, charity fundraiser and as a sales assistant in a wine shop!  When not working as a governor or Rector, I enjoy walking, gardening, travel, reading and photography.​


     ​Sarah McEvansoneya - Co-opted Governor             

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​I have been an Education Welfare Officer for the past 4 years and prior to that have been an Adolescent Support Worker and a Senior Social Work Assistant. I have worked for the LA for the past 14 years and am a serving Magistrate.

 

Currently I am the Education Welfare Officer for Hinton St George C of E First School as well as being the Education Welfare Officer for another 38 schools across Somerset. I have been associated with the school since 1977 when I first attended the school, my children also attended between 1995 and 2001 and still speak very fondly of the school and their time there.

 

It is important to me that the school continues to thrive due to my long association with it and I believe that I can bring positivity and creativity to the role.

 


Jenny Pithers - Parent Governor


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I have three children, two who attend Hinton, Fletcher in year four and Teddy in year one.  We moved to the area just over three years ago.


I work as a support worker in the community.   I have worked in schools in the past in the role of special educational needs assistant which I really enjoyed and it gave me a real interest in education and how schools are run. 


I look forward to being part of the governing body in the role as parent governor, helping the school to maintain its high standards for our children.

I'm friendly and approachable and look forward to getting to know those of you who are new to the school. The school has a lovely community where we all like to help each other and the school.   I hope to be part of continuing that all together. 


​Charlotte Trowbridge – Staff Governor​


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I am a staff governor and I work in Woodpecker Class. I have worked in our wonderful school since February 2017. I have been a teaching assistant for over 10 years, with experience from reception to year 6. I think it's the best job in the world, helping shape these little lives to whom we are trusted with.

I live in Hinton St George and I'm a mum to 3 boys myself, so I know the offside rule in football! I'm a keen amateur photographer and clay pigeon shooter and I also referee shooting competitions.