Governors

Huttoft Primary School is a stand alone Academy. This means that it is a company, owned and run by the School's Governing Body, a group of people who are particularly committed to the future developments of the school. The School's Articles of Association require a maximum of four members and in addition the Governing Body may co-opt up to three additional trustees (governors). Trustees will be selected according to need(s) identified by the biennial skills audit carried out by the Governing Body. Several of our governors have served the school for many years. Put alongside newer governors, the wealth of experience available to the school averages out at seven years each.

Through their strategic plan, the Governing Body works tirelessly with the Headteacher to maintain and enhance:

The other significant work of the Governing Body is that of financial responsibility. Part of being an Academy is that the school must manage and be accountable for its own financial affairs.

Our Governing Body

Members

Special Interests

Term of Office

Mr. Doug Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)Member appointed from 13/7/17
Mr. Mark White Health and SafetyMember appointed from 1/10/12
Mrs. Sam FieldmanP.E.Member appointed from 1/5/16

Trustees

Special Interests:

Mrs. Alison Hurrell (Headteacher)Head teacher appointed from 1/10/12
Miss Jodie Mullen1/10/12 - 30/9/20
Mrs. Debra Osborne1/10/12 - 30/9/20
Mrs. Wendy Smalley1/10/12 - 30/9/20
Mrs. Julia Porter-RobinsonAnti-Bullying/SEND/Child Protection1/9/14 - 31/8/22
Ms. Fiona Anderson23/11/18 - 22/11/22
Mrs. Katie Levitt (Vice chairperson)23/11/18 - 22/11/22

Membership of Committees

Finance (Audit Committee)

Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mrs. Debra Osborne
Mr. Doug Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)

Attendance 2018/19: Full attendance at four meetings. 75% attendance at two meetings.

Pupil Wellbeing (including Attendance, Child Protection, SEN and Health and Safety)

Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)
Miss. Jodie Mullen
Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mrs. Wendy Smalley

Appeals (additional members elected as necessary)

Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mr. Mark White
Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson

Policy (including standards, curriculum, procedures and school effectiveness)

Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson
Mr. Mark White
Mrs. Wendy Smalley
Mrs. Debra Osborne (Chairperson)
Mrs. Alison Hurrell

Attendance 2018/19: Full attendance - Mrs Osborne, Mrs Smalley, Mrs Hurrell. Mrs Porter-Robinson each attended 2/3 of the meetings.

Staffing

Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)
Mrs. Alison Hurrell

Standards (including School effectiveness and self evaluation)

Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mrs. Debra Osborne
Mrs. K Levitt

Member Governors who left the Academy's Governing Body in 2018/19

NameDate appointedDate leftBusiness interest
Mrs J Clark2014February 2019Caravan Proprietor, Butcher

Trustee Governors who left the Academy's Governing Body in 2018/19

NameDate appointedDate leftBusiness interestTerm of officeAppointed by
Mr R FollettSeptember 2016October 2018Teacher at partnership secondary school4 yearsThe Members

Anyone interested in finding out about how to become a Governor or wanting to discuss a school issue with a Governor, should contact the Clerk to the Governors in the first instance on 01507 490284 or e-mail office@huttoft.lincs.sch.uk

Record of Attendance

Attendance at the following meetings can be viewed by clicking on the relevant date.

September 2017 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Mullen, D. Osborne, J. Clark

November 2017 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Porter-Robinson, J. Mullen, D. Osborne, J. Clark

January 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Porter-Robinson, J. Mullen, D. Osborne, R. Follett, J. Clark

March 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Porter-Robinson, D. Osborne, J. Clark

July 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Mullen, D. Osborne

September 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, D. Osborne, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, J. Mullen, A. Hurrell, J. Clark, J. Porter-Robinson

November 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, M. White, A. Hurrell, D. Osborne, J. Mullen, W. Smalley, S. Fieldman, J. Clark, J. Porter-Robinson, F. Anderson, K. Levitt

January 2019 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, M. White, W. Smalley, K. Levitt, F. Anderson, A. Hurrell, J. Mullen, J. Porter-Robinson

March 2019 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, F. Anderson, J. Mullen, M. White, S. Fieldman, K. Levitt, D. Osborne

June 2019 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Porter-Robinson, D. Osborne, K. Levitt, F. Anderson

July 2019 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, F. Anderson, A. Hurrell, S. Fieldman, K. Levitt, W. Smalley, D. Osborne, J. Porter-Robinson, M. White, J. Mullen



Summer Term 2019 Report

One of the significant achievements for our Governing Body this term was the publishing of our school’s Ethos in the form of a permanent picture in the Hall. An ethos is an atmosphere; something that is felt, but so difficult to describe succinctly. During the Autumn term we sought views on what people considered our ethos might be and set about establishing exactly what we all believe it to be. The culmination of that work is for everyone to view, framed in red with the key word ‘k i n d’ in the centre. It encompasses so much of the Aims and Values we promote at Huttoft. I happened to be in Assembly shortly after the picture was put up and witnessed the strength of the children’s views on their Ethos – they spoke so confidently and with such belief that every aspect of it surrounds them. As governors we take pride in knowing that the high level of care and support in our school contributes greatly to the children’s well-being and personal development and know that you parents and carers support this view too. When, following the visits on School Journey in June, we received two separate emails expressing compliments about our children’s high levels of interest and consideration for others, we had confirmation that our children take the Huttoft ethos beyond the classroom.

As we begin the task of reviewing the work governors have been involved in to support raising standards this year, it is notable that the Y6 Test results for SPAG are the highest ever; there has been a further rise in the proportion of children achieving ‘Greater Depth’ standard; the Phonics Screening Check results continue on an upward trend and Maths results show more consistency. These were all areas identified for improvement in the November 2017 Ofsted inspection. We have maintained our focus on maths, discussing it through each Agenda, checking and reviewing data, talking to staff and supporting new initiatives and developments. At the conclusion of the LAMP (maths) project this term, our school’s contribution and level of participation were both praised by the organisers. Our staff report that the training they have received through the project is sustainable and already timetabling to utilise it in 19/20 is underway. We will continue to monitor maths throughout next year as we seek even higher levels of achievement and attainment.

One of my priorities this year has been to encourage all our governors to participate in at least one focused training event each term – on line or face to face. This is so we can best address areas that our two-yearly skills audit highlights as less strong within our Body, but are essential for us to carry out the demands of being a governing body of a stand-alone Academy. Among the training events taken up this year have been Safeguarding, SEN, Working in partnership, The role of a governor and Visits into school. Over the last few months we have also had the benefit of on-going work and support from our dedicated Local Leader of Excellence (LLE) and our governor partner through the National Leaders of Governance (NLG) scheme and, most recently, a School Resources Management Advisor (SRMA). For our Governing Body, we still seek further training and expertise in the categories of financial management and data analysis and currently have two vacancies on it which would ideally be filled with people already skilled in one or both of these areas and eager to further those skills. If you are such a person and are interested in applying to join the governing body, please contact the school office.

When we have made a decision, particularly any involving specific funding, we seek to obtain evidence of the effectiveness of it. We do this in a number of ways including attending many of the school’s events, carrying out checks on the school’s arrangements for Safeguarding, attending staff meetings and sharing in the Week 12 joint staff/governor module which this term was about the 2019 Ofsted Inspection framework. Visiting the school ‘at work’ is a pleasure for us and the children are invariably very enthusiastic to share their work and talk about their activities. Our staff work very hard to facilitate the range of activities that are on offer and Y6 preparing their games for the Summer Fayre was no exception to that when one of the governors visited recently. The children had considered which age group they were targeting their game for, what prize scheme they needed to ensure a profit and had even made themselves a rota for manning their game so they could all visit the other stalls too – clear evidence of life-skills preparation!

Throughout the year we have been working with the teaching staff to formalise information about the Intent for each subject in our curriculum, the methods of delivery of each one, the Impact each subject has on our children and how staff’s subject knowledge is developed to ensure quality teaching of them. Our curriculum has always been positively recognised by Ofsted as being ‘broad and balanced’ which we believe comes about from our decisions to retain individual subject teaching and learning, make good use of our local area, commit to a programme of visits and visitors, enhance our grounds into a rich learning environment, invest in music, arts and sports, design our own PSHE scheme of work and facilitate access for our staff to participate in a range of training including access to local Cluster opportunities with other schools.

As you will be aware, Mrs Hurrell intends to retire at the end of this year and I have agreed that she will reduce her hours from the end of this term to two days a week. We are actively engaged in the head teacher recruitment process and are fully supported by the school and staff as we go through this complex and important process.

At the end of each Summer term we have to approve the Budget Expenditure Plan for the next year and prepare our Three Year Budget Forecast. These are then submitted to the ESFA – the funding provider for Academies. Both Budgets prioritise staffing as the key expenditure needed to meet our Aims and Vision next year and into the future.

Thank you governors for the dedicated time and commitment you give to the school – it is the drive for the school’s continued success.

Mr D. Porter-Robinson
Chair of the Governing Body

Spring Term 2019 Report

I had the pleasure of joining everyone for the annual Big Breakfast and Tractor Day this year. The ethos of our school shone through in so many ways – I was particularly proud of the manners displayed by our children right across the school, the patience and support Y6 showed to the younger children as they served them, the Y4’s knowledge of what a healthy diet means, the smiles of enjoyment displayed by children and staff alike and the eagerness of the FHS who had volunteered to help Mrs Stow with the catering. The cooking activated our fire alarm system and I witnessed the initial stages of the fire drill in action in Y3. They clearly know the procedure responding quickly and sensibly only to receive a message that it was a false alarm and normal service should be resumed!

Several governors have attended inter-school events – including seeing one of our hockey teams win through to the County Finals event, which means that for 2018/19 we have two teams represented at this prestigious event next term at Grantham. The Lincolnshire Junior String Day again included a number of our instrumental players – five for the main orchestra and a mix of Y3/4’s in the WCIT orchestra. ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ proved to be our most popular item on the programme.

Highlights of the curriculum opportunities available to our children in the Spring terms are DT Week, Parents/Carers v Y6 Netball Match, Y4 Class Assembly, YR trip to Farmer Brown’s and the Y3 Dance Festival – little wonder we take so much pride in offering our children an enrichingly broad and balanced curriculum. Parental support at our events is always very high, reflecting the strength of the family atmosphere we are renowned for.

This term our Y6 children were involved in a national pilot for SATs. Shaping the future for later cohorts is a very worthwhile experience and they should all take pride in the contribution they have made. We know that alongside their curriculum learning they have been familiarising with the format of the current SAT system and as governors we have viewed the class’s tracking data and noted how it has improved over time – we wish them well in their SAT’s in May.

Training and development of the Governing Body is an on-going process and this term we received further external support and expertise from a neighbouring Multi Academy Trust. Three governors attended the termly Governor Training and Briefing twilight session in March, presented by Lincolnshire County Council. I myself attended one of the school’s ‘2:15 Clubs’. Presented by individual class teachers they are to develop parent/carers understanding of the teaching methods used in school and what help and support can be provided at home to consolidate and develop this.

Out and about our school receives so many positive messages about the children’s behaviour and manners – these come in from all corners of our community and beyond. I referred to our Ethos at the beginning of this Report and am returning to it now because recently the Governors had a poster created to encompass our beliefs and many of these messages to make up our Ethos. Enlarged for the wall, it is now displayed in the corridor to the Hall where everyone can see it and reflect upon it.

Once again I would like to thank my governor colleagues for their interest, enthusiasm and commitment to the school. Our work in monitoring and evaluating its performance progresses in line with the School Development Plan and post-Ofsted Action Plan.

Mr. D. Porter-Robinson
Chair of the Governing Body

Autumn Term 2018 Report

This termly Report is designed to inform you, our parents/carers, about the work the Governing Body has been involved in during the Autumn term - it shows the visibility of the work governors carry out and provides reassurance to you that the school is in good hands.

In addition to our own internal self-reviews, this year we have been participating in an external review to support the development of our governing body. As a result we have become increasingly focused on pupil data and ensuring that the budget allows for the appropriate support to be put in place. Analysis of outcomes has become a regular feature of our work as we seek to enable all our children to attain the highest possible test outcomes. We have introduced a new committee – Standards – to facilitate this focus and appointed two new governors, both with skills in this area. I have been a frequent visitor in school enabling me to find evidence of our decision making, ask questions of the staff, children and you and feed back to the governing body. I have really enjoyed doing this and feel I know the school so much better as a result. Other governors have attended some of the Geography field trips, a PE session funded by Sport Premium, weekly Choir Practice and some reading groups.

As a governing body, we spent some time early in the term collating statements to make the exact wording we wanted to be recorded as our school’s Ethos. So many of you speak so very positively about the ethos of our school and how you can ‘feel’ it. Those comments were a valuable contribution to our discussion and we believe we now have a wording to be proud of. The Ethos will be displayed in school early next term. It is the over-arching message for our four core Values, our Aims, and our Vision which serve to establish and maintain the very strong family atmosphere that is such a well-loved feature of our school. Following on from that we worked with the teaching staff to establish our Curriculum Intent for each subject area – here too, the discussion opportunity was a most worthwhile part of the exercise ensuring that we all uphold a common understanding and purpose.

Part of being a governor involves regular training and arising from our external review was the need for training to be more frequent, so from the start of this Autumn term we all made an individual commitment to participating in at least one module of training every term. We have established a Training Log and now have an opportunity at each full governing body meeting to update the Log and share new learning. Training takes the forms of on-line modules, face to face, presentations, meetings and reading materials. Each term the staff provide a specific staff and governor training meeting, known as ‘Week 12’ which enables us to work or study together. This term we jointly reviewed the impact of the steps taken towards addressing the areas of the School Development Plan. Next term we will be looking at what ‘Greater Depth’ means in the children’s learning and considering what we as governors can do to ensure that those children who can, attain it.

The activities organised for our children during the Autumn term were as varied and frequent as ever and we sincerely appreciate how hard the staff work to facilitate them. The School Choir, accompanied on the keyboard by one of our governors, gave a delightful contribution to the Rotary Club Christmas Concert in Mablethorpe. The Query Crew and Y6 raised over £300 for charities, the Indoor Athletics team won the area competition and go forward to the County Finals event in Grantham in July, the FHS had their best ever Christmas Fayre fund raiser, two classes presented their Class Assembly and of course there were the Christmas Plays - so many of you told me how proud you felt after the performances! I joined a number of parents at School Lunch where we witnessed the very well-organised lunch time arrangements whilst enjoying a delicious meal, served by Y6! We signed up to our own Twitter feed which I hope you are now following to witness all these and the many more exciting activities that go on in our very busy school.

The long-awaited Car Park came into being in November. Funded by a government Condition Improvement Fund bid it has taken two years to reach completion – though there remain a few snags to sort out, it is without doubt an unqualified success. Running alongside that Bid, we had a completely new emergency evacuation and state of the art combined automatic fire and evacuation system put in during the summer holidays. At the end of this term we submitted our next CIF Bid - to replace the windows on the South and West of the main building. The outcome of that Bid will be announced in March.

The final task of the Autumn term was a governor-led staff survey about work load and roles. We are very aware how hard working and committed our staff team is and need to be confident that they have an appropriate work-life balance. As a governing body, we shall be looking at this area further next term in line with some documents from the DfE. At Huttoft we know that our children – and parents/carers – are very fortunate to have such a dedicated team looking after their children. Our school is unique – it stands as an independent Academy with a long history behind it and a strong future ahead. I’ve often heard it said that among the successes of Huttoft are the old traditions and new additions that are so skilfully woven into life here.

Finally I would like to thank my governor colleagues for their time and commitment to the school. I am proud to be Chair of Governors of Huttoft Primary School as both a former parent and member of the local community.

Mr D. Porter-Robinson
Chair of the Governing Body

Governing Body Business Interests

To view a list of Governor's Business Interests please click here.