Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of a group people who are particularly committed to the future developments of the school. Several of our members have served the school for many years. Put alongside newer members, the wealth of experience available to the school averages out at seven years for each member. In addition to the number of members required by the School's Articles of Association, the Governing body may co-opt up to three additional members. These members will be selected according to need(s) identified by the biennial skills audit carried out by the Governing Body.

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:

Mr. Richard Mountain (Chairperson)Computing and ICT
Mrs. Rachael HoultbyAnti-Bullying/SEND/Child Protection
Mr. Mark WhiteHealth and Safety
Mrs. Alison Hurrell (Headteacher)
Miss Jodie Mullen
Mrs. Debra Osborne
Mrs. Wendy Smalley
Mrs. Kate MarnochEarly Years Foundation Stage
Mr. Rob Follett
Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson
Mr. Doug Porter-Robinson
Mrs. Sam FieldmanP.E.
Mrs. Jenny Clark

Membership of Committees

Finance (Audit Committee)

Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mr. Richard Mountain
Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mr. Doug Porter-Robinson

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

Mrs. Rachael Houltby
Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson
Miss. Jodie Mullen
Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mr. Richard Mountain
Mr. Rob Follett

Appeals (additional members elected as necessary)

Mr. Richard Mountain
Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mr. Mark White

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

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

Staffing

Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson
Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mrs. Jenny Clark
Mr. Rob Follett
Mrs. Rachael Houltby

Member Governors who left the Academy's Governing Body in 2015/16

NameDate appointedDate leftBusiness interest
Julia Barker01/11/2012April 2016Governor at Alford Grammar School. Employed as the Academy's Finance Office(part time)
Clifford Bell01/10/2012June 2016-

Trustee Governors who left the Academy's Governing Body in 2015/16

NameDate appointedDate leftBusiness interest
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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 Sarah.White@huttoft.lincs.sch.uk

For a schedule of Governors meetings for 2016/17 click here.

Record of Attendance

Attendance of the following meetings can be view by click on the relevant date.

September 2016 Full Meeting

J. Mullen, D. Osborne, W. Smalley, J. Porter-Robinson, D. Porter-Robinson, R. Mountain, S. Fieldman, A. Hurrell

November 2016 Full Meeting

J. Mullen, D. Osborne, W. Smalley, R. Houltby, R. Mountain, R. Follett, J. Clark, S. Fieldman, A. Hurrell

February 2017 Full Meeting

W. Smalley, R. Mountain, R. Follett, J. Porter-Robinson, D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, A. Hurrell

March 2017 Full Meeting

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

Autumn Term 2016 Report

At the end of the Summer Term we accepted Mr Bell’s resignation from the governing body. After over 25 years dedicated service to the school, including a term of office as Chairman, we all felt a tinge of sadness amidst our gratitude– so much knowledge and experience takes a lot of replacing. Plans for a celebration and the opportunity to express our thanks are in hand for next term.

Two new governors were appointed in November. Between them they bring experience in safeguarding, budgeting and interpersonal skills – areas our recent skills audit review identified for development.

The term included a variety of valuable traning modules for different governors. ‘Safer Recruitment’, an online course which supports the appointment of new staff, was retaken by those governors who sit on our interview panels. The LCC Governor Partnership programme provided three modules – finance, Ofsted and information gathering. We requested two places on ‘Introduction to being a Governor’, as part of our Governor Induction but the course was cancelled. The termly joint governor/staff training module for Week 12 was about ‘Questioning for Learning’. This supported our foci on language enrichment and assessment as well as giving us the opportunity to learn alongside the staff – likewise on the September INSET Day when governors shared in the annual Safeguarding briefing presented by the school’s DSO and developed their understanding of autism and how the school supports autistic pupils.

Curriculum wise we have looked at the content of the RE Scheme of Work, how it is taught and where Collective Worship fits in the children’s daily lives. We have learned about the new Outdoor Scheme of Work – specifically written for each class to use our grounds twice in the year in a cross-curricular way. Our grounds are so important to us and for the children to have such learning opportunities is key to our vision. We have also had the mysteries of Phonics unravelled to us and can now understand how the children learn the basics of reading and spelling – even if ‘trigraphs’, ‘dipthongs’, and ‘phoneme fingers’ are a little confusing!

We have reviewed the Staff Code of Conduct, the Child Protection Policy and the Safeguarding Policy and almost completed the process of a DBS application for each governor. We have introduced a termly Headteacher with link governor meeting to discuss the log of parental concerns and clarifications and been impressed with the efforts taken to resolve these. Next term we intend to further parental interest in the governing body with the introduction of a governor at the morning ‘Meet and Greet’ once a term.

We have been pleased to support the establishing of two new additions to the calendar of trips – Year 4 went to Metheringham airfield in December and Year 2 will be going to East Kirkby next term. These venues are part of our local heritage and therefore make a particularly valuable contribution to the curriculum. Working with Alford Grammar School, new this year has been additional weekly IT lessons for Year 6. These have enabled programming and spreadsheets to be added to the Year 6 IT curriculum.

The work of the Query Crew continues to impress us. They gather the children’s views as well as promoting charity fundraising and seeking to add their perspective on what’s fun in school. In this term alone they have raised over £150 for their chosen charities, initiated after school Sewing, IT and Dance clubs and successfully developed a former Query Crew’s ‘Christmas Activity Afternoon’ (now in its fourth year of operation) into a morning carousel of activities.

We have spent a considerable amount of time on preparing our 17/18 Condition Improvement Bid which was submitted at the beginning of December. It is to purchase the building plot on the A52 and develop it into a car park. This piece of land is central to our school’s development and future – it is a once in a life time chance and having a successful outcome to our bid would solve so many of the daily problems the school faces which in turn impact on teaching and learning.

Finally, I would like to thank my governor colleagues for their time and commitment to the school. I feel proud to be Chair of the Governors of Huttoft Primary School with such a hardworking, enthusiastic staff team and I look forward to seeing the decisions we make and actions we take continually strengthening the high quality of education we strive to offer our children.

Mr R. Mountain
Chair of the Governing Body

Summer Term 2016 Report

As always, the Summer term was packed with exciting activities for the children. Taking part in inter and intra sports activities, day and half day trips, residential school journeys, secondary school taster days, workshops and inter-class activities feature highly as enrichments to our curriculum. A new addition for the Summer term was a Poetry recitation opportunity, which each child participated in, on our new outdoor stage. We are delighted that this will now be an annual event. Developing the children’s creative side is very important to us and we were particularly pleased to hear that we had several winners in the regional round of the Rotary Club’s poetry competition.

Another quality we aim to foster in the children is that of good sportsmanship. Success with this was evident this term when two of the school’s teams and a representative at the gifted and talented in PE event, were awarded ‘best attitude’ trophies.

Our children work very hard to support their community through fundraising – overall almost £1,000 has been raised by them in 2015/2016. Year 6 choose the charities they want to help and this year they included an amount for next year’s Y6 to have transport to extend our link with Alford Day Centre next term. The addition of a ‘Clatterbridge’ on the playing field was the children’s request and funded for by themselves. A second-hand toy and book sale, wear an accessory to school, business enterprise and several sponsored events have all been popular ways to raise money. Supporting others develops self-confidence and builds partnerships – qualities we are keen to grow in our children.

During this term members of the governing body have attended a number of the school’s events and training modules to strengthen and deepen our knowledge to support us in our decision-making. Some governors have also been to external training events led by Lincolnshire County Council. We regularly review our biennial skills audit to make sure that our governing body has expertise in as many relevant areas as possible.

Thank you to my fellow governors for your time and commitment to the school – your hard work and common purpose are key to the success of our Vision and Values.

Mrs. R. Houltby
Chairperson, Governing Body
August 2016

Spring Term 2016 Report

This term has flown by and as always, I am very grateful to my governor colleagues for their contribution to the school. New to the Governing Body this term are Mr Porter-Robinson and Mr Mountain – both member appointments i.e., co-opted by the Governing Body – and Mrs Fieldman elected by the parents. They join the Body with individual skills to strengthen our work. Their very first meeting opened with a Governor Training Session presented by the Headteacher. We continually seek ways to deepen our skills and knowledge as Governors and following the success of this particular session, we are now going to include similar sessions as termly additions to our existing, internal schedule of training.

Our traditional event for the Spring Term was, of course, The Big Breakfast, which the Governors are so pleased to organise and direct. The children’s lovely manners and appreciative comments were many and demonstrated that the school’s ‘family values’ are very strong. An extension to the children’s knowledge and understanding of food was enabled by the NFU’s ‘Tractors in School’ Day. This was very well received and I’m so pleased to report that the school will be looking to combine the two events from 2017 as part of the children’s enriched curriculum. That curriculum features in our beautiful grounds too. Admired almost daily by children, staff, parents/carers alike, specific outdoor learning activities are under development for each class to participate in from September 2016. The benefits should be significant to each child’s personal development as well as their general learning and we look forward to seeing the final draft and having the opportunity to be involved with some of the activities.

I have already mentioned a new training opportunity for Governors introduced this term but it seems appropriate to also inform readers of other training modules members of the governing body have engaged in this term. As well as several CfBT arranged courses for Governors, we have joined staff on INSET Day for PREVENT training, to carry out the annual monitoring of our SEN Policy and to complete our annual Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis. The termly ‘Week 12’ joint staff and governor training session was all about Pupil Premium Funding. This is an area within our financial monitoring that we take particular care to ensure is spent to benefit the current eligible children as well as our future children. The impact of supporting Y5/Y6 swimming and the forthcoming residentials, further engagement with parents to attend our events have already seen increased take up. Adding additional ‘furniture’ to the playground has been a joint venture with the children who have raised over half of the cost themselves through a sponsored event and Easter raffle.

In our role of monitoring the performance of the school governors have, as usual, been involved in the cycle of termly policy reviews, reviewed information about the academic progress being made, considered the contribution our curriculum makes the children’s SMSC and confirmed that FBV are being taught. We have learned about ‘life without levels’ as the Assessment Action Plan unfolds and observed the school at work in a variety of activities. Notable has been the outstanding behaviour of our teams at inter-school sports events – Governors report that supporting from the viewing gallery is certainly an eye opener for measuring our school’s performance against other schools.

The two DT Assemblies this term gave us assurance in the school’s commitment to ensuring our children are confident to speak in a range of situations. A significant number of parents echoed our views on this too.

Thank you Governors for your commitment, interest and enthusiasm in the school. Our next School Development Plan is almost due for publication following your contributions this term. It will direct us through the next two-three years ensuring that we see our Vision for the school continue and the promotion of our Values secure. Our set of performance indicators will focus our monitoring work during that time.

Mrs. R. Houltby
Chairperson, Governing Body
April 2016

Governing Body Business Interests

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