What is the governing body?
The governing body has nine members. Some are parents of Hannah More children; others are members of the local community, one is chosen by the local authority and one is a staff representative. We have three teams who meet regularly to look at various aspects of school life. We meet as a full governing body at the end of each term. We regularly visit school to monitor and evaluate particular aspects of the school such as behaviour and safety.
Our role is to:
- Work with the Head Teacher to determine the overall direction of the school
- Oversee the budget
- Help recruit staff
- Monitor how well the school is doing and how well pupils achieve at Hannah More.
- Advise on school policies and procedures
The July 2013 Ofsted Report praised the Governing Body: 'The strong Governing Body provides effective direction to the school's work and both challenges and supports the school well'... 'They are regular visitors to the school so they are known to pupils and staff and can find things out for themselves'. Our recent school visits have been looking at the 'Talk for Writing' approach to improving the quality of children's writing and how the school best meets the needs of children with Special Educational Needs.
Meet the governors
Name: Amy Creech (Chair) Co-opted Governor.
Job: I am a lecturer at City of Bristol College where I teach in the higher education department.
Governor role: I am chair of governors, and sit on two committees - standards and pupil support and provision. I am named safeguarding governor.
My children attend Hannah More and I got involved with the governors because I believe passionately in the importance of education, and was very proud to be a part of the Hannah More community. I want all of our children to have access to high quality, well rounded education.
Name: Ali Hassan (Vice Chair) - Parent Governor
Job: I am a network engineer.
Governor role: vice chair, member Standards Committee and Resources Committee.
As a governor I believe that it is important for the local community to take an active role in contributing to the school. I am happy with my role and I aim to use my skills to support Hannah More school to drive towards even higher standards and excellence for all children.
Name: Michael Carter - LA Governor
Job - Teacher
Governor role - Named governor for SEN and Children in Care.
Why I am a governor?
Not as some short-term opportunity to look good on my CV, I'm here as a governor for the long term. Nominated by the Labour Party back in 1993, I see being a governor as using my skills and experience to the benefit of my local community. Trying to hold onto my beliefs as to what is important in education, whilst deciding which of the latest crazy ideas from politicians should be thrown out. Schools should be about the pleasure of lifelong learning, not a place where pupils are assessed just so league tables can be compiled and where schools and staff are only as good as the previous year’s results. I want to see Hannah More Primary School as a place where both the children and the staff who work there thrive, and will recall with pleasure, their time at the school as they move forward in life."
Name: Joe Cook, Year 6 teacher - Co-opted (staff) governor
Why I am a Governor: As a member of the school staff, I'm passionate about helping our school community and the children we serve to succeed. I see my role as to provide an 'on the ground' perspective to the governing body's decisions and ability to support and challenge school leadership.
Name: Gini Middleton - Co-opted Governor
Job: Senior Programme Officer at Teach First.
Governor Role: Link Governor for SMSC
I am a governor at Hannah More because I want to support the local community that I live and work in. I was lucky enough to have a great time at school when I was younger and I know how important education is. I want to do what I can to ensure that the children at Hannah More not only enjoy their time at school but leave feeling ready to take on whatever challenge they choose.
Name: Benjamin Malcolm – Associate Member.
About me: I am a parent, with two children at Hannah More Primary School: (in Years 6 & 4 in 2016/17)
Role: I am an associate member of the governing body. My link role is regarding sport and the Sports Premium. I also attend the Resources and (as of 2016/17) the PSP Committees.
Why I am involved with the governing body: I strongly support the ethos of Hannah More Primary School and the role it plays in my community. I really appreciate the education the school provides to our children and I am pleased to help and support the school in any way I can in its work and in its continuing improvement.
Name: Hannah Pepper - Coopted Governor
About me: I work in Neighbourhood and Community Mediation.
Role: I have been a Governor at Hannah More since my son Spike was in Reception. I have had lots of different roles on the governing body; I am currently the Chair of the Resources Committee, and Link Governor for Leadership. I also take a particular interest in the progress of children’s learning which we monitor through the Standards Committee.
Why I am a Governor: Although my son has now left for secondary school, I am continuing in my role as a governor because I care deeply about Hannah More and am extremely proud to be involved in such a wonderful school. I feel very strongly that children at this school should thoroughly enjoy their learning and feel part of a strong and vibrant community.
Name: Nayah Yetunde – Co-opted Governor and Community and Cohesion governor.
About me: I have a daughter at Hannah More who is in Year 6. I am currently doing a master’s degree in research in history and am also involved in community activism particularly for the BAME community.
Why I am a governor: I care about the consistent improvement in children's education and aim to contribute to this whilst at the same time developing my own skills and knowledge of education in our community.
Name: Becky Hall, Year 1 Class Teacher- Staff Governor
Why I am a Governor: I wanted to become a governor for Hannah More Primary school to be a voice for staff, parents and children at the school. I am passionate about representing all members of the school community, and feel that my welcoming and approachable demeanour will enable this. Finally, I feel that this role offers a lot of exciting opportunities for me to be part of the inner workings and decisions at Hannah More.
How are we organised?
The Governing Body at Hannah More has three committees:
Finance and Resources Committee : Hannah (chair), Ali, Ben, Michael, Amy
Pupil Support and Provision Committee: Joe (chair), Amy, Gini, Nayah, Ben
Standards: (Rotating chair), Michael, Hannah, Amy, Ali, Joe