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Learning for a Lifetime

AspirationWe work hard and believe in our hopes and dreams

TeamworkTogether we can succeed.

Fun and FriendshipWe enjoy learning and are happy together.

RespectWe value everyone and everything.

EqualityWe all deserve the same rights and opportunities.

AchievementWe create success through effort and celebrate this.


Governors of the Federation of Mill Hill and Woodcroft Schools


Welcome to this section of the website.  A smaller more focused Governing Body, based on skills, started on 10 July 2014.  There are now 9 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 pupil achievements and overseeing the finances of the Federation to make sure that money is well spent.


The Leaders 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.


If you are interested in becoming a governor for the Federation or wish to contact me, please ring the school office and leave your contact details and I’ll reply to you as soon as I can.


Mrs Marie Hattersley

Chair of Governors

Federation of Mill Hill and Woodcroft Schools - Governing Body 2018-19


The core Functions of any Governing Body are to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance for the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent


We uphold the vision statement of both our schools:

Learning for a lifetime

It underpins all we do and believe as a governing body.


We believe that all children should:

  • make good progress
  • feel happy and safe at school
  • have good attendance
  • have well qualified teachers
  • feel that their concerns and opinions are valued
  • enjoy a well planned curriculum with a wide range of experiences, activities and opportunities


We shall do everything we can to support and challenge the leaders of both schools in order to

uphold their Ofsted judgements as “good” schools and to ensure that the learning environment is positive. Good behaviour will continue to be a priority so that all children are tolerant, respectful and aware of the needs of others.


Governor priorities for 2018-2019 include:


Refining our use and understanding of data so we have a sharp focus on attainment and progress for all groups of pupils


Making sure that the schools have a robust programme of assessment


Supporting the teaching staff to address the priorities of the School Improvement Plans through regular monitoring and feedback at governing body meetings


Ensuring that the schools are providing opportunities for higher attaining pupils to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding at greater depth


Maintaining a close oversight of the schools’ budgets to ensure that the schools can deliver their improvement priorities


Ensuring that the budgets allocated to Pupil Premium and the development of Sports Provision represent value for money


Improving our engagement with the school community so that everyone feels valued as a stake holder


Reviewing our effectiveness as a governing body, identifying how best to use current members and to recruit where we have identified a gap in skills.


Developing the work of the Federation so that the schools can be mutually supportive and more cost effective


Making best use of support offered by the Local Authority to develop the expertise of staff and governors.

How will we gather evidence that these priorities are addressed?


Analysis of pupil data - progress and attainment

Curriculum planning - reports to governors; attendance at insets

Safeguarding audits

Evaluating the impact of Pupil Premium spending

Evaluating the impact of Sports Premium spending

Budget and finance reviews - minutes

Resources and school premises appear well managed

Headteacher performance management

Audit of staff performance management

The agendas and minutes of governor meetings; Full Governing Body; Resources; Personnel

Head teacher reports to governors

Questionnaires and surveys of parent, pupil and staff opinions

School visits - purpose and duration recorded

Monitoring visits and reports, especially of SEN and PP provision

Reviews of school policies

Local Authority reviews

Termly reviews of governor body activities provided for parents and carers



If there is anything that you would like to ask of the governing body, please contact us through the schools. Please bear in mind that our role is strategic, not operational so the day to day management of the schools lies with the staff and headteacher. As governors we are supporting them to create the right learning environment for your children - not just for this year, but for the years that lie ahead.


Meet the Governors...


Marie Hattersley                              Chair of Governors/Local Authority Governor

Adam Lea                                          Vice Chair/Co-Opted Governor

Margaret Gray                                  Co-Opted Governor

Rachel Oakshott-Evans                   Co-Opted Governor

Yvonne Dixon                                    Co-Opted Governor

Emily Owen                                       Staff Governor

Tracy Morgan                                    Headteacher Mill Hill Primary School

Barry Fanning                                    Headteacher Woodcroft Primary School

If you would like to see a copy of the minutes and documentation from any Governor meeting, please contact Mrs Rapley at the school office, who can arrange this for you.