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Meet the Governors
Governors of the Federation of Mill Hill and Woodcroft Schools
 
Welcome to this section of the website.  A smaller more focussed Governing Body, based on skills, started on 10 July 2014. There are now 10 willing volunteers* who give  time, energy and expertise to ensure that the Federation provides the very best learning opportunities and environment for all the pupils.  The Governors' task is to ensure the Federation of the two schools continues to improve so that the highest possible standards are achieved all the time.  Governors are part of the leadership teams and focus on ensuring that there is a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction, hold the leaders to account for pupils' achievements and overseeing the finances of the Federation to make sure that money is well spent. 

The Leaders and staff are responsible for the day to day running of the school and they work hard to implement the Federations' Strategic Plans.  It is the responsibility of the Governors to challenge and support the school in its ways of providing the best all round education for all the children.

The Governors meet twice a term for Full Governing Body meetings and once a term each for a Resources Committee meeting and a Standards, Curriculum and Inclusion Committee meeting at 4pm. Meetings last no longer than 2 hours.
 
The new rules of Governance now states that we can ask for volunteers to help us with skills needed to complete our important role. There is now not a requirement for election or for a commitment to fulfil a full term of governance. If you feel you could provide any of the following skills or wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please feel free to do so by contacting the school office.
 
Marketing the Federation
Links with the Community
IT skills and Web design

Mrs Christine Thompson
Chair of Governors

 *Please see Biographies and Governing Body Roles and Responsibilities below.

 

Name:

Christine Thompson

Office:

Chair of Governors

Type:

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities:

Leadership & Safeguarding


Biography:

 

Christine was born and brought up in Yorkshire but has lived and worked mainly in Hampshire for many years. She has 2 daughters and 2 teenage grandsons. Before retirement her whole career was spent in education as a teacher, then as a Hampshire and Ofsted Inspector. She was a governor for over 15 years in a secondary school, but since 2013 has been Chair of Governors for the Federation. Her main responsibilities for the governing body is overseeing Leadership, Safeguarding and mathematics across the Federation.

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Name:

Margaret Gray

Office:

Vice-Chair of Governors / Chair of Personnel & Pay Committee

Type:

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities:

Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Early Years

Biography:

 

Margaret has been a governor for over 20 years. She started her governance at Waite End Infants School which, with Waite End Junior School, was threatened with closure. She campaigned strongly to keep them open and was part of this amalgamation of these two schools to become Mill Hill Primary School. She has seen the school progress from being in special measures to a school which is now good. In 2011 she played a major role in the forming of the Federation with Woodcroft Primary School. Over these years she has been Chair of Governors, vice chair, chairs of many committees and continues to be fully supportive and committed to the education of all children. Margaret has an MBE for services to the community.

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Name:

Angela Jones

Office:

Chair of Resources Committee

Type:

Local Authority Governor

Responsibilities:

Budget & Policies

Biography:

 

Angela, as a healthcare professional, has been in vocational education for over 30 years at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as a lecturer and as a manager, with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is currently the Chair of the Resources Committee at the current federation but was previously part of the Interim Executive Board appointed when Woodcroft Primary School (WPS) was in Special Measures. Before that she was asked to participate on the Temporary Governing Body during the amalgamation of Meadowlands Infant and Junior Schools into the new WPS. Therefore, she has had a long association with WPS in one form or another. Additionally, she is the Chair of Governors at another federation, and believing passionately in good education for all pupils, feels that the contrasting experience from the two organisations is of great value to both. Complex decision-making has been part of her role as a Justice of the Peace (JP) or Magistrate at the local Bench of the Wiltshire, Hampshire and IoW Judiciary since 1993. Therefore she thoroughly enjoys supporting all aspects of the education system for the benefit of children. In comparison, relaxation involves exercising and training her two Golden Retrievers.

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Name:

Jenty Young

Office:

Chair of Standards Committee

Type:

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities:

Pupil Premium, Data Analysis & Training Governor

Biography:

 

Jenty has been involved in education for most of her adult life - as a parent of three children; as a teacher of English in secondary schools; as an advisor on the teaching of English and literacy in Hampshire secondary and primary schools; and now, since retirement, as a governor. As chair of the Standards committee, she knows what our two schools do to raise attainment and to ensure all pupils make progress. She is proud that Ofsted validated the hard work of staff and the leadership and management of the schools - and that she could contribute to that success.

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Name:

Yvonne Dixon

Office:

 

Type:

Staff Governor (MHPS)

Responsibilities:

Early Years & Attendance (MHPS)

Biography:

 

Yvonne is a staff governor representing Mill Hill Primary School. She has worked in education for almost 25 years in various roles across the primary age. She attends the Resources and Standards Committees and has a good understanding of school life. She works hard to ensure that all children leave primary school with an excellent education and the confidence to strive to be the best they can possibly be in their future lives. She has 2 children and one granddaughter and she enjoys family time together being outdoors and going on holidays.

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Name:

Gavin Sandy

Office:

 

Type:

Parent Governor (WPS)

Responsibilities:

Attendance & Punctuality (WPS)

Biography:

 

Gavin is a parent governor for Woodcroft Primary School. He spent many years in the Royal Navy and is now training at Chichester University to be a pediatric nurse.

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Name:

Bridget Spencer

Office:

 

Type:

Parent Governor (MHPS)

Responsibilities:

School and Governor Website Review, Marketing & Parent Link (MHPS)

Biography:

 

Bridget is a Parent Governor for Mill Hill Primary School. She has 2 children and has lived in Hampshire for the last 7 years. Originally from Yorkshire, she went to University in Hull, graduating with a BSc Computing. She is currently a Software Engineering Manager producing software systems for the National Air Traffic Service. She enjoys baking, singing and drawing. As a family they like to go for walks and have 2 cats!

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Name:

Marc Le May

Office:

 

Type:

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities:

H&S, Equality Policy, Parent Link (WPS) & Governor website (WPS)

Biography:

 

Marc is a co-opted governor who has previously been a parent governor at a Junior School. He has been involved in a variety of several voluntary organisations. He has a child at Woodcroft Primary School and another in the Woodcroft Pre-School. Before giving up work due to disability, he worked in ICT and the electronics fields in both civilian and MOD environments.

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The Governing Body also have a number of Staff Members and Associates who also play vital roles on the governing body.

 

Name:

Office:

Type:

Responsibilities:

Roxanne Vines

Acting Head Teacher

Staff Governor (MHPS HT)

All

John Webster

Acting Head Teacher

Staff Governor (WPS HT)

All

Yvonne Dixon

MHPS Staff

Staff Governor (MHPS)

 

Lisa Painting

 

Associate Governor

 

 

The governors are ably assisted by Melanie Arstall, our Clerk to the Governors who undertakes all the administrative tasks.

 

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Governing Body Members and Roles document 06.01.16

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